Beacon Links & Apps – May 2018

By: Barbara Ruben

Leonard Bernstein centennial In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Library of Congress has made available online for the first time musical manuscripts and scrapbooks from the legendary composer’s personal and professional archives housed in the library. The public can now access for free more than 3,700 items — including photos, writings,... READ MORE

Beacon Links &  Apps – April 2018

By: Rebekah Alcalde

Edgar Allan Poe monthly podcast WYPR in Baltimore will air the first in a series of new podcasts by the National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre on the Air on Tuesday, April 17, with its production of “The Tell-Tale Heart.” The series features fresh, 20- to 30-minute podcast adaptations of the best-known works of Edgar Allan Poe, including “The Black Cat,” “Berenice” and “The Cask ... READ MORE

Beacon Links & Apps – March 2018

By: Barbara Ruben

Online video support groups Connecting with others who share similar diseases or challenges as yourself can help you feel less alone and offer coping tips. The new website, aGroupForME, makes it easier to join a wide range of support groups, including ones that address addiction, depression, cancer, divorce and PTSD. There is currently no charge to use the service Using group video... READ MORE

Beacon Links & Apps – February 2018

By: Barbara Ruben

How the world works Can alcohol cause anxiety? Is Seattle the rainiest U.S. city? Why are rodents such popular lab test animals? You’ve got questions, and the website HowStuffWorks has answers to thousands of them. The site got its start in 1998 at a college professor’s kitchen table. From there, it grew into a source of unbiased, reliable, easy-to-understand answers and... READ MORE

Beacon Links & Apps – January 2018

By: Barbara Ruben

Go take a hike You don’t need to scale Mount Everest to net the many benefits of hiking. Even a moderate one-hour hike can burn around 400 calories. Find a trail near you at, which features GPS and elevation data, as well as user-generated tips for almost 14,000 trails, from beginner to advanced hikes. The website also offers a forum where hikers can compare... READ MORE