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Technology Update - March 2011

Image of keyboardIf you have used our public computers this past week, you may have noticed a change in the login screens on our public computers and the sign-in screen on the sign-up stations. These changes are part of an upgrade to the system that manages our public computers. SAM (Smart Access Manager) is the system that manages each person's time and printing on our public computers. It also allows you to reserve a computer from home or work and control the level of Internet access you have on our computers. In addition to the new login screens, a few of the new and improved features from the upgrade include:

 

  • Faster printing - The slowness of the printing in the old system was a frustration for all of us. Printing happens much more quickly with the new system.
  • Eliminating confirmation notice when using sign-in station - This "feature" of the old system was quite an annoyance! It's gone and the sign-in process at our Adult sign-in station is much easier to complete. 

If you didn't notice the changes, that's OK! Our goal was to complete the upgrade with as little inconvenience as possible to our users. 

The Power of Less : The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential...In Business and in Life by Leo Babauta

Cover of The Power of LessCheck our Catalog for: The Power of Less

The Power of Less is a quick read filled with a lot of useful suggestions on how to make more of your life by doing less. Unlike many books that promote complicated organizational systems, Leo Babauta outlines a series of simple but powerful methods to streamline your work and your life. While many will find some of the suggestions challenging, like only checking e-mail once or twice a day, there's good ideas for anyone looking to bring more order and focus into lives filled with distractions and demands. The author also maintains the blog ZenHabits where you can find more about the ideas outlined in this book. 

The Postcard Killers by James Patterson

Cover of The Postcard Killers

Check our catalog for: The Postcard Killers

This murder mystery revolves around murders in various locations in Europe announced to specific reporters with a postcard. An American detective, whose daughter was one of the victims, doggedly pursues the clues. Some of the murder scene descriptions are grizzly but the mystery and suspense made it worth the read.

Review by: Chris Hurt, Library Aide, Technical Services

Technology Update - January 2011

Image of hands on a computer keyboardThe recent closure of the Leggett Branch library has led to an increase in public computers available at the Main Library as we've put the public computers formerly at the branch into service at the Main Library. The new computers include:

  • Four additional first-available Internet stations in the Adult area. These computers provide full access to the Internet and include support for printing.
  • One 15 minute Internet station in the Childrens area. 
  • A new self-check out station in the Circulation lobby.

We are also working on upgrading our wireless public Internet access to provide better support for those times when we have a lot of users accessing the system at the same time. 

Moosewood Restaurant cooking for health by the Moosewood Restaurant

Cooking for Health coverCheck our Catalog for: Moosewood Restaurant cooking for health : more than 200 new vegetarian and vegan recipes for delicious and nutrient-rich dishes

I liked this cookbook so much that I purchased an electronic version for my iPad. I already tried two of the recipes, chili and a pasta dish, and really enjoyed them. The instructions were easy to follow and the ingredients are items that I usually have in stock at home. I would have liked to have had more dessert options and photos, but I can easily live without them.

Review by: Heather Colman, Library Clerk, Circulation Services

Sizzlin' Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

Cover of Sizzling Sixteen

Check our catalog for: Sizzlin' Sixteen

This was a quick and laugh out loud read. Stephanie is involved in the usual crazy antics with her sidekicks Lulu, Connie, and Grandma. Should she choose Ranger or Morelli? So, some of it was repetitive from the other books but I did enjoy reading it.

Review by: Chris Hurt, Library Aide, Technical Services

Green Metropolis: What the City Can Teach the Country About True Sustainability by David L. Owen

Green Metropolis Book CoverCheck our catalog for: Green Metropolis: What the City Can Teach the Country About True Sustainability

What's the greenest city in the US? Would you be surprised if someone told you New York City? If so, David Owen makes a compelling case in Green Metropolis why New York City is one of the greenest cities in the United States and why much of what passes for being green and sustainable is neither. An interesting read that's not afraid to take on some of the sacred cows of the environmental movement while offering solutions for how we can build more sustainable and environmentally-friendly communities. 

Southern Lights by Danielle Steel

Book cover of Southern Lights by Danielle SteelCheck our catalog for: Southern Lights

A coworker recommended this book to me. I hadn't read Danielle Steel in a long time and was pleasantly surprised. The story is a mystery revolving around a woman lawyer in New York. When threats are made against her daughter while she is trying a high-profile murder case, she is forced to send the daughter to her ex husband in Georgia.

Review by: Chris Hurt, Library Aide, Technical Services

Important News for NetLibrary Media Center users

NetLibrary logoIf you have downloaded and installed NetLibrary's Media Center software on your computer for downloading titles from NetLibrary, please be aware that effective May 20, 2010, NetLibrary will no longer support Media Center Versions 1.2.52.3 and lower. If your version of Media Center is 1.2.52.3 or lower, you will need to uninstall the software and reinstall the most current version to continue accessing eAudiobooks.

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Last Minute Tax Resources - April 2010

Image of tax formsThursday, April 15th is the deadline to file your state and federal tax returns. We've compiled a list of resources that can help you if you're still working on completing your forms.

For those who are unable to file by April 15th, view this resource about filing for an extension of time to file from the IRS.