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How do I get full access to the New York Times from anywhere?

September 15, 2017


Activate your Pass for free access to as follows:

While on campus and/or logged on to our network, visit by clicking on this link. Follow the simple instructions.
Once activated, your Pass will provide access to from any location.

Students, faculty and staff now have full complimentary access to and NYTimes mobile apps, thanks to our
school-wide subscription.

We encourage you to take advantage of the world-class
journalism of The New York Times to enrich your
educational experience. covers a variety of topics with unsurpassed
quality and depth through breaking news articles, blogs,
videos and interactive features. In addition, you will be
able to share content on social networks, save articles
of interest, subscribe to email newsletters and set up
personalized alerts. Your access to is
available from any location, on or off campus.

The New York Times:


International Peace Day on September 21, Streaming Live Celebration 7pm EDT

September 9, 2014

12 Years a Slave Wins Best Picture

March 3, 2014

Read the New York Times coverage of Solomon Northrup’s kidnapping and return. (h/t NYT)

Download Solomon Northrup’s original narrative Twelve Years A Slave at the Internet Archive.

Who or What is the Yellow King?

February 27, 2014

The_King_in_YellowAre you watching True Detective on HBO?  Are you curious about the mysterious references to a yellow king?   You are in luck.  You can read or download the 1895 book of short stories that seems to have informed this season of the show, The King in Yellow by Robert B. Chambers, online at Project Gutenberg.

Striking Gold for Teachers in the NYT

February 3, 2014

Learning Network Logo by Ted McGrathThe Learning Network website offers free and easy “curricular gold” from the New York Times. No need to subscribe or mine the daily paper.

Find stories, opinions, media and interactive features relevant to students and supplemented by lesson plans, quizzes, pairings with poetry, video, archival material and more.

At Tunxis Library, the special Times Topics pages prove especially useful for many assignments. To learn more about these and other great options, read New York Times Features Every Teacher Should Know About. Scroll down for current events, civics and politics; history; English language arts and journalism; science and health; math, economics and finance; arts; and education, family and leadership.

The Teaching Topics page highlights additional subject specific links. For general ideas and special features, check out 14 Ways to Use the Learning Network.

It’s easy to keep up with new material: bookmark the site, save the mobile site to your smartphone or tablet home screen, get weekly lesson plans e-mailed to you, sign up for the RSS feed or follow on Twitter or Facebook.

Logo by Ted McGrath for the New York Times

For Greater Knowledge on More Subjects…

April 11, 2013

"For greater knowledge on more subjects use your library often!"

See other vintage WPA posters at the Library of Congress site.

What is the Great American Novel?

March 7, 2013

Cast your vote
Moby Dick, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird…So many great ones suggested here.
What do I think?
Hint: I just listened to all 22 hours of it.  The prose is robust, vigorous and abundant in a USA kind of way. It comes from a time that was arguably the highpoint of the “American Century.” Any guesses?

Thanks, @LibraryofCT, for the link.

The 100 Best Opening Lines from Books

February 27, 2013

Can you identify these?

“Call me Ishmael.”

“‘Where’s Papa going with that axe?’ said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.”

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

See the answers and the rest of the list at Stylist.


2012 Goodreads Choice Awards

December 27, 2012

goodreadsThe Goodreads Choice Awards are voted on by you, the reader. Here are the winners for 2012.
Most of these books are available here at the Tunxis Library. Enjoy!

© 2012 Goodreads Inc

2012: The Year in Words

December 10, 2012

By tracking ‘lookups’ of words on Merriam-Webster Online you can review 2012 as it happened and was reported in the news.