We’re Having a Kick-Off!

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We’re only a few short weeks away from National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. And once again, the Carleton Place Public Library will be an official Come Write In zone!  That means, we’re looking for people who want to write a novel during the month of November, and it doesn’t have to be done entirely at the library (although we would like you to try writing here at least once).

This coming Tuesday, October 21st from 6-7pm, we’re having our NaNoWriMo Kick-Off!  Join us for an hour to hear about our plans, and find out more about the whole idea. If you participated in April, this will just as much fun, and if you didn’t, come and participate this month!  We’ll have special write-in times, group events, inspirational daily emails and maybe even some snacks (because it’s hard work writing).

We’re looking for anyone aged 13+ who wants to write with us.  You can register on the official NaNo website, or just participate for fun.  But be prepared to write…we’re going to challenge you, and hopefully you’ll get that novel written.

Drop by the National Novel Writing Month website, or visit the blog for daily inspiration leading up to the event, as well as during NaNo.

Any questions?  Give us a call at the library, or drop by on Tuesday night for the event!

Frivolous Friday Fun!

Some fun from the Nashville Public Library!  Get a library card, wherever you are!

Published in: on October 17, 2014 at 3:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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Technology at the Library

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Electronic resources are popular at the library, both eBooks and Audiobooks. And while we like to make our patrons feel secure in being able to download either one to any kind of device (computer, phone, tablet etc.), it’s not always as straight forward as it should be. But trust me, originally, it was way, way more difficult.

When eBooks and Audiobooks first arrived through the Over Drive website, you needed to download a small program, register for an Adobe ID, have all of your computer equipment up to date, and then make sure you accepted all of the conditions when downloading your books. Of course, it also requires a library card number and PIN, both of which you can get from the library.  Sounds simple, right?

Next, once you had everything installed on your computer, it was simple enough to do a search and select a book. If you weren’t on high speed internet, it wasn’t impossible, but took a little more time to download, especially those audiobooks. But you could do that here at the library…providing you didn’t mind wiping everything off of your iPod when you began the download (yes, public access computers made things a bit tricky). Then, if everything went well, your book was downloaded into your program, where you could then plug in your iPod or eReader and transfer it over.  That could take a bit of doing, as well. Some of the devices required certain functions to happen in a particular order (ie…plug in the USB cord first to your device, then to your computer etc.).  And teaching people to drag and drop a book into Adobe Digital Editions (as well as helping them to navigate the software if it opened in a different configuration was always fun), the whole thing sort of lost its shine.

With the invention of tablets and apps in general, things have changed quite a bit. Now, with most newer devices, you can download a small program and the eBook or audiobook simply downloads straight into the app. No separate programs for each type of electronic resource, and not much in the way of registration (except for the Adobe ID, which they’ve now eliminated for new users!).  Yes, there are still people who are using their computers to listen to or read books, but many of us like the portability of smaller devices.

What remains a bit frustrating—-and something that’s difficult to explain to new users, especially when we tell them “it’s easy!”—–is that not everything goes smoothly. We could install the same apps on the same type of devices for five people in a row….and run into different problems with each one. Keep in mind, we all install different updates, run different programs that might interfere in some way, and purchase our devices at different times. What might be standard on the first issue of a tablet might be upgraded slightly in a few months, even though it is technically the same device. So, keep all of that in mind when downloading your electronic resources. It’s not always perfectly simple, but hopefully, we can get you there without many issues.

Similarly, any updates to the app or to your device might also render some new steps or a new look when using OverDrive. Have patience….if you experiment a bit, sometimes you’ll learn more about how to do things than coming in for help. But, we’re always here to give you some assistance, so please drop by anytime.  If it looks like it might be a difficult issue, you can always call and make an appointment with us so we can spend a bit more time.

If you haven’t been using electronic resources, why not start now?  Drop by the OverDrive website to get started!

Published in: on October 16, 2014 at 3:32 am  Leave a Comment  
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Diana Gabaldon Signs the Deal!

For those of you who are Outlander fans, uber-author Diana Gabaldon just signed her contract for the ninth–and final–book in the series! Apparently, her agent waited about a year to finalize the book deal in order to wage more bargaining power now that the television series based on the books has become so popular. For this ninth book,  it is suggested she made a $6million-dollar deal…about double that of the eighth book in the series.

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Will she decide that TEN is the magic number in order to secure another big publishing deal?  Gabaldon says no. According to an interview she made in 2012, there were always supposed to be nine.  Considering the time factor between books, this is probably more than most of her fans can handle. 

Now we must wait to hear what the new book will be called……..

Published in: on October 15, 2014 at 3:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist announced!

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Early last week, the Scotiabank Giller Prize Short List was announced, and there are some great choices! The authors will have a variety of public events over the course of the next month, and the final winner will be announced on  CBC at 9pm on November 10th. Who will you pick as the winner?

 

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THE BETRAYERS by David Bezmozgis is about a disgraced Israeli politician.

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TELL by Frances Itani takes place at the end of the Great War.

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US CONDUCTORS by Sean Michaels is a mix of love, electricity and the jazz age.

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THE GIRL WHO WAS SATURDAY NIGHT by Heather O’Neill is the tale of two special twins and their charmed life.

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ALL MY PUNY SORROWS by Mirian Toews , a story about two very different sisters.

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THE EVER AFTER OF ASHWIN RAO by Padma Viswanathan is set in the time after the 1985 Air India bombings.

Published in: on October 14, 2014 at 3:36 am  Leave a Comment  
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Published in: on October 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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