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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Star Wars Reads Day!

If you have a Star Wars fan at home, Saturday, October 11th is “Star Wars Reads” Day! Many bookstores, libraries and other places will be holding fun events, including special storytimes to promote the love of reading, as well as the excitement surrounding the whole Star Wars phenomena.

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You can follow them on Facebook to see what events might be happening in your area, or just to take part in the conversation on Twitter. It’s going to be a fun day!

While we’re not having any special event at the Carleton Place Public Library, we always have lots of great Star Wars books on hand for young readers. Drop by to pick one up so you can have your own Star Wars Reads event at home (how about a special bedtime read?). May the Force be with you!

Published in: on October 6, 2014 at 3:56 am  Leave a Comment  
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October

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It’s October!  And that means fun things happening at the library. This month, we’re all about crafting, book clubs and a new program for Toddlers!

Since today is October 1st, you can now register your child for Halloween Craft Night, which will take place on Tuesday, October 28th from 6-7pm.  This is open to children aged 6-11, and registration is required, so call us to sign up EARLY!  This event will fill up quickly!

Next up is a really fun special storytime with none other than Ronald McDonald! He’ll be visiting the library on Thursday, October 16th at 3pm to do a fun story and visit with our young readers.  This storytime is aimed at those aged 4-7, but everyone is welcome. No registration is necessary for this…so tell all of your friends!

If you’ve been waiting for a book club at the library, wait no longer!  Monday, October 20th from 6:30pm – 8pm will be the first one! Bring along a friend, and bring along a recommendation for our reading list.  Refreshments will be served, so expect it to be a fun evening! We’ll meet the 2nd Monday of each month after that. Registration is required!

We know many of you have been waiting for a Toddler session for those kids from 1-2 years of age…and it’s finally here! Our first session will take place on Thursday, October 23rd at 10am. We’re expecting this to be quite popular, so please call to register ASAP.  We have VERY limited spaces, so don’t be disappointed! (Yes, younger/older siblings are welcome to come along, but please don’t sign them up when registering.)

And in case you’ve been wondering, we’re registering for Forest of Reading this month. Book selections will be out later in the month, and we’ll start visiting schools in December to promote this great reading club for kids in Kindergarten to Grade 8.

Happy Library-ing!

Fire Up Your PVR!

Hulu and Warner Brothers TV, along with J.J. Abrams’ fabulous team, have announced they’ll be making a 9-hour series based on Stephen King’s alternate history novel, 11/22/63 which is based on the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 

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I loved this book, which centers around English teacher Jake Epping who discovers the local diner has a portal that can transport him back to 1958….several years before the assassination in Texas. But time travel through this secret portal is not without consequences, as Epping soon discovers.  While there are many classic King-isms in this book (it’s not for those who cannot suspend disbelief for a short time, or for those who aren’t comfortable with King’s interest in paranormal/horror nuances), this is a wonderful re-imaging of a horrible moment in US history. Not only does he shed light on historical facts many generations might not have heard, but he paints Lee Harvey Oswald in a human light, making this book rich with history and humanity.

While the mini-series isn’t set to air until 2015 on Hulu, and probably later through Warner Brothers, I’m going to mark my calendar so that I don’t forget. And if you haven’t read the book, you still have time. It’s a biggie, so you might want to get right on it!

Published in: on September 24, 2014 at 3:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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