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Academic OneFile: Peer-reviewed, full-text articles from leading journals and reference sources. Topics include physical sciences, technology, medicine, social science, the arts, theology, literature and more. (6/2024)
Black Freedom: Features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history.
BookList Reader: This magazine will help you build your literary collection and will help readers make their book selections with ease. BookList Reader features readers’ advisory recommendations in print, and on audio, for readers of all ages.
Britannica Academic Edition: An accurate, current, and comprehensive resource for college-level learners, researchers, and faculty. (6/2024)
Educator’s Reference Complete: A one-stop resource for educators and education students, providing relevant and timely information for studies as well as detailed, comprehensive data for those already working in the field. (6/2024)
Gale General OneFile: News and periodical articles on wide range of topics. Includes full-text and often include images. (6/2024)
Great Lakes Resources: Resources related to the history, culture, economy, and environment of the Great Lakes.
GreenFILE: Well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact on the environment.
Buying a Car
Fuel Economy information is provided by the US Dept of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. This website provides fuel economy guides, annual fuel cost estimates, and emission information on vehicles from 1984 through now. Printable guides are available for free for new car information.
Craftsy is our newest DIY video tutorial app, that is home to a collective group of curious, driven doers who believe in the power of creating. Get help with knitting, sewing, baking, crocheting, quilting, embroidering, cake decorating, or cooking.
At Craftsy, we’ll help you get it right the first time. Use our tailored project kits, step-by-step expert instruction and timely lessons to make things you’re proud of over and over again. You can borrow this app for free for a 7-day loan period.
Hoopla: Download eAudiobooks, eBooks, eComics and more, up to 8 per month. Simple to use and without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed. All you need is your library card and a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started.
Libby (formerly Overdrive): Download eBooks and eAudiobooks. You can check out up to 10 books for 2 weeks. When your time is up they automatically return themselves. There are some books which are only available to Lee-Whedon cardholders. Click on the book cover in the right column and get a full listing of titles we purchased exclusively for our patrons.
Britannica Elementary: Encyclopedia for Elementary age students. (6/2024)
Britannica Middle: Encyclopedia for Middle School students. (6/2024)
Britannica High: Encyclopedia for High School students. (6/2024)
Kids InfoBits: Contains over 100 magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Websters Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, charts, and graphs. (6/2024)
Opposing Viewpoints: Contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s social issues for middle and high school. Includes full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, and more. (6/2024)
Research in Context: Specifically for Middle School students, combines reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. (6/2024)
Ancestry NY: Free access to New York State records for residents of New York. You will need to create a free ancestry.com account. Here is an Ancestry.com tutorial.
Ancestry Library Edition: Unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world! Only accessible from within the library. Click link to see how to save, email, or print records that you find.
Fold3: Access to US military records, including the stories, photos and documents of the men and women who served. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3. The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans. Accessible from anywhere with your Lee-Whedon Library card.
Heritage QuestOnline: A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. Accessible from anywhere with your Lee-Whedon Library Card.
Libby App by Overdrive: Full color, interactive digital magazines. Choose from over 3,000 magazines including Star, US Weekly, Food Network and HGTV Magazines. All you need is your library card number.
Digital Sanborn maps: The Sanborn maps are the most frequently consulted maps in public libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of America. This collection is available through the Library of Congress. Sanborn maps can also be accessed through NYPL if you have a NYPL library card, which is free to any NYS resident.
Take a 360 degree tour of local Medina Sandstone buildings. Created by Lee-Whedon in collaboration with The Medina Sandstone Society. Grant funding for this project was provided by WNYLRC.
Movies & Music
Hoopla: Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies and full music albums. You are allowed to download up to 8 titles per month. Simple to use and without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed. All you need is your library card and a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started.
Medina Historic Newspapers: Early editions of Medina’s newspapers are available on our website. We add more every year so the collection is growing. We have papers digitized from approximately 1852-2014. Newspapers are also available on microfilm in the library.
InfoTrac Newstand: Full-text newspaper database of more than 1,000 newspapers. (6/2024)
Chronicling America: Historic American papers between 1777-1936. Freely available through the Library of Congress.
New York State Newspapers: Newspapers published in New York State including the Buffalo News, the New York Times, and the New York Post.
NYS Historic Newspapers: Online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect NY’s unique history.
New York Times: The online version is now free in all NYS public libraries. You will need to sign up for a free account and be in the library to access it. (6/2024)
How to access the NYT from any other location.
NoveList: Non-fiction for pleasure reading titles are included in this collection. So no textbooks or instructional books. Includes extensive nonfiction reading recommendations. May include lexile level, suggested grade level and full text reviews.
NoveList K-8: A nonfiction database designed for elementary and middle grade students. May include lexile level, suggested grade level, full text reviews, and read a likes.
In response to the crisis of thousands of orphaned and homeless children at the end of the Civil War, the Orphan Train Movement was formed. This was an endeavor to save these lost children. Watch the video, “Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Orphan Trains”, by Michael Keene to learn more.
Britannica Escolar Primaria: Primary School Encyclopedia. (6/2024)
Britannica Escolar Secundaria: Secondary School Encyclopedia. (6/2024)
Informe Academico: Academic Report. Journal articles and scholarly resources. (6/2024)
Los tutoriales en español están disponibles para EbscoHost, Libby y NoveList en la página de tutoriales en video en línea .
Spanish language tutorials are available for EbscoHost, Libby, and NoveList on the Online Video Tutorials page.
(6/2024) These databases will no longer be provided by the NYS Library as of June 2024.