Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Beat the Heat: Library services you can use from home

It’s hot out there and we don’t blame you if you do not want to leave the comfort of your air conditioning. That does not mean you can’t use the library! In the next couple weeks, we will go in depth with each service, but for now, check out the following free services you can access with your library card without stepping outside:

Monday, July 18, 2016

Enjoying Netflix's 'Stranger Things?' Then you'll love these movies and books at the library

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The Netflix series Stranger Things is an homage to some pretty great movies and books from the 1980s. Centering around a group of young boys and a supernatural girl fighting an evil from... well, it's not from around here. With the library's collection of books and movies, you can relive those 80s classics with these items:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pokemon and Gaming at the library!

Pokemon Go has hit the library in a big way, but gaming has always been part of our programming. Just this month we have nine programs across all our branches to get you gaming and enjoying healthy competition with others.

Below is a full schedule of our events and some pictures of Pokemon from the Main and Grand Caillou Branches! For more information, check out our Event Calendar and Contact Us!

Monday, June 20, 2016

8 Literary and Library Podcasts to Get You Through The Summer

Through audio books (especially like the ones the library provides through Overdrive) you can get your books right into your ears while you sit on the beach or drive to your vacation destination. But what if you want to hear people talk about books and give you some recommendations or great interviews?

Enter podcasts.

After the breakout success of Serial, podcasts have become a legitimate way to spend your time learning or being entertained. Like audio books, they can be downloaded to your smartphone and taken with you. Below are eight free podcasts that give book recommendations, interviews with authors, readings of works, all of the above and even some advice. Enjoy!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Save Gale Virtual Reference Library Items Directly to Google Drive!

For those unfamiliar, the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is a wonderful resource of reference materials. Rather than being just ebooks meant to be read cover to cover, GVRL separates its materials so they can be searched chapter by chapter or as a whole. 

For instance, if you are looking for test prep materials and just need a practice test, you can access just that chapter rather than downloading the entire book. Unfortunately, this means that items cannot be used like "normal" ebooks, but can be accessed and downloaded as pdf and word files. Now, GVRL has Google Drive integration, making it easier than ever to download and study reference materials!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Keep Your Brain Strong All Summer With Tutor.com!

A lot of students during the summer want to veg out and relax, creating a bit of a summer slide. Don't let this happen to you or your kids! Have fun with educational packs and programs available in the SkillsCenter of tutor.com through HomeworkLA.org and by being a part of the library Summer Reading Program starting May 31st! Kids and adults welcome with reading prizes!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Working Americans: A Historical Collection

The library’s reference collection contains hundreds of titles of interesting, up to date information about all manner of subjects, but did you know you could find some of those books online? One of the best resources available is Working Americans.

Each volume of the Working Americans series by Grey House Publishing covers a different aspect of American life. Click the link to check out the following with descriptions from the publisher:

Working Americans Vol. 1: The Working Class, 2nd Edition

The updated Second Edition of this important reference work focuses on the lifestyles and economic life of working class families and looks, decade by decade, into the kind of work they did, the homes they lived in, the food and clothes they bought, the entertainment they sought as well as the society and history that shaped the world Americans worked in from 1880 to 2012. From the wealth of government surveys, social worker histories, economic data, family diaries and letters, newspaper and magazine features, this unique reference assembles a remarkably personal and realistic look at the lives of ordinary working Americans.