Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"
Due to rain, tonight's Toe Jam Puppet Band performance will be held next door at the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, 3 Barrows Street, North Easton.

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Arts & Entertainment

Books & Reading

Read reviews and find out about upcoming books.

Patrons of the Perkins Library have access to a world of resources - from braille and audio books to accessible magazines and museum passes. Readers with visual impairment, blindness or physical disability are able to read independently in a format most comfortable to them.

Business

The MSBDC provides free and confidential business advice to existing and prospective small business people. Areas of assistance include, but are not limited to: business plan development, preventure feasibility, cash flow analysis, personnel and organizational issues, conventional and non-conventional financing, and marketing. They also offer training seminars on a variety of topics, including starting a business, financial planning, government procurement, marketing and international trade assistance.

SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters.

Inc. Magazine's annual list of the top 5000 fastest growing private companies in America.

The SEC protects investors in the $3.8 trillion municipal securities markets that cities and towns rely on to provide neighborhood schools, local libraries and hospitals, public parks, safe drinking water and so much more. 

Learn about starting and managing a small business, search for loan and grant opportunities, find information about contracting, and more.

View detailed information about what to consider when conducting business in different countries. 

Learn the steps to start a small business, get financing help from the government, and more.

Career & Employment

Find helpful resources for career research, job searches, resumes, cover letters, and interviews.

Explore different types of careers, find job training, and search for your next job.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Includes helpful tips, sample resumes and a sample cover letter.

These learning modules are designed to teach essential vocabulary skills related to computers, Microsoft Word, the Internet, and email. Created by the Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) service corps members in Saint Paul, MN. CTEP's goal is to help adult learners become full digital citizens so that they can fully participate in economic and daily life in the US. 

Information about how to protect yourself from job scammers.

Indeed is the #1 job site in the world, striving to put job seekers first, and giving them free access to search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies. It searches a wide variety of sources: job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages for the keyword (or keywords) you enter in its search field, and can narrow results by distance from your selected location. You can also narrow results by salary, job type, company, and/or experience level. Once you have found a combination of search terms you like, you can tell Indeed to email you a report so you can be the first to know about the newest job postings.

Resources for job seekers and employers from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD).

For job seekers and employers, and funded by your state and federal tax dollars. Whether you are looking for a job, making a career change, increasing your earning potential, or seeking a top quality job applicant, MassHire Greater Brockton Career Center has the resources you need to be successful. Services offered for job seekers include: A state of the art Resource Room with technology and experienced professionals to help you apply for jobs on-line, post your resume, and much more; a wide variety of free workshops to help you sharpen your skills (including resume and cover letter writing); opportunities for free training; priority service for veterans, including a dedicated counselor for disabled veterans; on-site unemployment insurance counselors and resources to work on Unemployment Online applications and issues. You do not need to be unemployed to take advantage of their resources! 

From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

Need to brush up on your typing skills and/or speed? Visit this website for tests, practice, and games.

Children

Websites recommended by the American Library Association on Animals, The Arts, History and Biography, Literature & Languages, Mathematics and Computer, Reference Desk, Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Find award-winning picture books.

Common Sense Media is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. It helps families make smart media choices using the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Their Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.

The Multnomah County Library Homework Center organizes thousands of carefully reviewed K-12 education and homework resources for students, teachers, media specialists, and librarians.

The goal of the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) Foundation is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.  Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community.

The purpose of kids-in-mind.com is to provide parents and other adults with objective and complete information about a film's content so that they can decide, based on their own value system, whether they should watch a movie with or without their kids.

View PBS Kids videos, play games, and enter contests.

A comprehensive resource addressing many aspects of bullying.  Includes a "Get Help Now" button to provide quick assistance to victims.

Community Information

CLAVC-funded legal aid programs offer a wide variety of civil legal services to victims of crime. Services can include housing, public benefits, family law, immigration, consumer law, health law, disability law, education, employment issues, elder law, veterans rights and much more. Contact the program directly by calling or applying for help online.

On the Town of Easton, Massachusetts Website

H.U.G.S. II is a multifaceted, non-profit organization that educates communities about domestic violence, while assisting victims and their families. H.U.G.S. helps victims of domestic violence leave abusive environments and gives them the means to survive outside the relationship.

MARE finds "a permanent place to call home" for children in foster care, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place. They do this by recruiting and supporting families throughout the adoption process, while targeting recruitment efforts to find families for specific children. So far, MARE has helped over 6,300 children join their "forever families."

Moms Offering Moms Support (MOMS) Club of Easton, MA is a chapter of the International MOMS Club which is a non-profit organization designed to connect and support mothers within the community. The MOMS Club has a variety of scheduled group activities for moms, kids and families like mom's night out, organized play dates, book club, dinner nights and much more! They also work together on a variety of fundraising and service projects that benefits our community's needs. 

The NRT of Easton offers many different ways to enjoy the wonders of the natural world. From educational classes to events and outdoor adventures, there is something for everyone at NRT.

Homeless information for Massachusetts, including help hotlines, shelters, and other Massachusetts resources for homeless persons.

Computers

American Graphics Institute’s digital book collection provides access to books, video tutorials, and lesson files for self-paced learning of many popular design technology topics ranging from Adobe software applications, digital video editing tools, web design and coding skills, and office applications. The collection also includes training videos created by the authors as well as lesson files. More than one million of these books are in print, and Ames Free Library patrons can access current and past digital versions of these book titles while on the library's network. Access is limited to Ames Library patrons on the library’s network.

These learning modules are designed to teach essential vocabulary skills related to computers, Microsoft Word, the Internet, and email. Created by the Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) service corps members in Saint Paul, MN. CTEP's goal is to help adult learners become full digital citizens so that they can fully participate in economic and daily life in the US. 

If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, DigitalLearn Computer Tutorials has the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free. 

Need to brush up on your typing skills and/or speed? Visit this website for tests, practice, and games.

Consumer

Learn about money management, using credit and loans, protecting personal identity, and avoiding financial scams.

Useful tips for evaluating the reliability of print and online information sources from the Purdue Online Writing Lab.

A free government site to report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission, build a step-by-step personalized recovery plan, and put that plan into action.

Working in cooperation with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the MASSPIRG (Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group) Consumer Action Center in Weymouth is an independent agency that resolves disputes between consumers and businesses through negotiation and mediation on a wide range of issues, including automobile sales and repair, home improvement transactions, debt collection and credit problems, retail sales and advertising, and landlord-tenant disputes, among others. There are no fees for their service.  

The Simple Dollar's in-depth blog focuses on teaching financial literacy skills, along with lifelong personal finance strategies.

Cooking & Nutrition

Science-based, accessible information to help consumers make smart seafood choices.

Search for goverment information about food and nutrition.

Find recipes and how-to videos.

WIC is a free nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services to Massachusetts families who qualify.

Information about food marketing, public policy, nutrition and childhood obesity.

Education

Find information about adult & community learning services and the High School Equivalency Testing (HST) Program (formerly the GED).

"Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion."

Search for early education and child care programs near you.

Learn math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more on your own time.  

Search for local Head Start programs.

"This database contains more than 7,000 accredited post-secondary schools in the United States. Universities, colleges, community colleges, junior colleges, career schools and teaching hospitals are all represented. The schools are accredited by the 7 Regional Accrediting Organizations and 69 National, Professional and Specialized Accrediting Organizations."

Government

The "Encyclopedia of American Politics" with nonpartisan entries from a professional staff of writers, editors and researchers.  

Read the Transcript of the Bill of Rights - The National Archives.

The Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (BBA LRS) is a public service provided by the Boston Bar Association. This website makes referrals to lawyers or other resources that specialize in the area of law related to your specific situation.

More than 223,000 hours of C-SPAN videos, including debates, speeches and rallies.  

Find registration deadlines, absentee voting guidelines, designated poling locations, information about U.S. elections, and other voting information from the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).

Learn about the CIA's history, use the World Factbook to obtain up to date information about other countries, read declassified documents, and have fun in the Kids' Zone.

Includes histories of presidential debates, transcripts from some debates, and links to the C-SPAN video library for recent debate footage from the CPD, which is a nonpartisan corporation that organizes the presidential debates.  

Read the Transcript of the U.S. Constitution - The National Archives

The official website of the European Union.

Low income Massachusetts residents can create an account on the secure website, then log in and post their legal questions.  Volunteer lawyers answer the questions through the same website.  There is no charge to use this service. You can access the site from anywhere that you have internet access, including smart phones.  All information is confidential.

"The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you."

At USPS.com. Find Post Office locations that offer passport acceptance services. You can filter your Post Office search to find specific passport services.

Reputable statistics compiled by regions, states, and cities in the United States.

Unbiased information on elections, U.S. candidates and elected officials.  

Health

This page provides links to several sites that contain advice for finding reliable health information on the Internet. Topics range from general advice to information about specific conditions and for specific groups.

The National Library of Medicine's guide to understanding genetic conditions.

American Academy of Pediatric's resource for parents and families.  Includes information about health, safety and development. 

This website is a hub for community resources related to physical activity and nutrition, as well as information for the Healthy Stops Initiative and upcoming Bike Share! This is a community website, and we want you to be involved! Feel free to share resources or learn more about how to get involved at info@healthyeaston.org.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' database of common household products and their health effects.

Resources guides with information about DMH and other statewide services and programs.

Massachusetts' health insurance marketplace.

Research care options, find nursing facilities and learn about the care planning process.

Search for substance abuse services and find helpful resources.

The official U.S. government site for medicare.

Health information for patients and families from the U. S. National Library of Medicine.

Consumer health information from Merck.

Resources for older adults, professionals and advocates.

Patient education resources from the National Library of Medicine.  Also, includes the latest statistics, clinical trials, and journal articles from PubMed.

Resources to understand addiction, overdose, opioid drugs, treatment, and recovery.  Also, includes topic related searches of the biomedical journal literature.

Find substance abuse treatment facilities in the United States.

History

By the New England Historic and Genealogical Society (NEHGS). NEHGS is the nation’s leading comprehensive resource for family history research and the largest Society of its kind in the world. Through scholarship, research, education, and content, NEHGS is a wealth of family history information, in easy reach.

This site provides access to thousands of images, documents, and sound recordings that have been digitized by member institutions so that they may be available to researchers, students, and the general public.

Language & Writing

Pronunciations of over 2.5 million words, crowdsourced from native speakers.

Includes resources on resume writing, properly citing sources, avoiding plagiarism, basic letter writing and more. 

Math & Science

Movies & TV

Common Sense Media is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. It helps families make smart media choices using the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Their Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.

Find movies, TV, and local showtimes; watch trailers and read reviews; research celebs and events; find photos; and read news on your favorite titles.

The purpose of kids-in-mind.com is to provide parents and other adults with objective and complete information about a film's content so that they can decide, based on their own value system, whether they should watch a movie with or without their kids.

Plugged In is a Focus on the Family publication designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate, and impact the culture in which they live.

Rotten Tomatoes and the Tomatometer score are the world’s most trusted recommendation resources for quality entertainment. As the leading online aggregator of movie and TV show reviews from critics, Rotten Tomatoes provides fans with a comprehensive guide to what’s Fresh – and what’s Rotten – in theaters and at home. 

Teens

Search for schools, learn about financial aid and start planning for college.

Apply for financial aid through the U.S. Department of Education, and get help preparing for college, and managing and repaying your student loans.

Practice the SAT for free.

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has launched its new Teen Book Finder, a free database and app that can access nearly 4,000 titles. The app is Android and iOS compatible and features: the ability to search for books by author, title, award/list year, genre, by award, and by book list; a "Find It!" button, powered by the OCLC WorldCat Search API, that will show users where to find the book in a nearby library; a "Favorites" button, to create an individualized booklist; and the ability to share books from the Teen Book Finder on Twitter and Facebook.

Veterans

12 must-have books for children of deployed parents.

The Department of Career Services provides employment and training services to veterans and their families. Dedicated staff is available throughout the state to help veterans transition to civilian employment. Veterans and their eligible spouses receive Priority of Service throughout the full array of services provided through the One-Stop Career Center System.

CHAMPVA is a comprehensive health care benefits program in which the VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs offers a tax free monetary benefit to veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. Compensation may also be paid for post-service disabilities that are considered related or secondary to disabilities occurring in service and for disabilities presumed to be related to circumstances of military service, even though they may arise after service.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) savings guide.

The mission of the Department of Veterans’ Services is to advocate on behalf of all the Commonwealth’s veterans and provide them with quality support services and to direct an emergency financial assistance program for those veterans and their dependents who are in need.

A compilation of resources regarding major state benefits in the areas of education, employment, housing, motor vehicles, property taxes, and medical assistance. Information regarding recent amendments to federal and state legislation on employment rights and federal burial benefits is also offered. Information specifically included for members of the Guard and Reserve.

Access to state and Federal financial, educational, and housing benefits through an easy to use, online resource.

The Massachusetts RMV makes certain exemptions from regular procedures and waives certain fees for military service members, veterans, and their spouses/dependents.

MSEP creates employment connections that provide companies with direct access to military spouses seeking career opportunities, and spouses with direct access to employers who are actively recruiting.

Occupational license map and finder tool.

Military.com's free membership connects servicemembers, military families and veterans to all the benefits of service — government benefits, scholarships, discounts, lifelong friends, mentors, great stories of military life or missions, and much more.

The fundamental principle of the SAVE program is to advocate for veterans who are not able to obtain the benefits they have earned due to institutional or personal barriers. The program's primary mission is prevention of suicide and mental health distress through the identification of issues facing veterans when they return from service and proactively providing them with access to benefits and services that may address these issues and result in positive transitions back to civilian life.

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

Covers topics ranging from deployment, to "MilSpouseLife," to military resources and military life.

Easton Veterans' Services informs and assists Easton veterans and their families in the navigation of applicable local, state, and federal benefits.

Heath care, benefits, burials and memorials.

Through this National Archives website, veterans or next-of-kin of deceased veterans can use online order forms to request service records, medical records, and replacement medals; or submit burial and emergency requests.

VETS serve America's veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights.