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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Health Fair November 3rd

If you are in Presque Isle on Saturday, November 3rd stop by the library booth at the 15th Annual Fall Health Fair held in Gentile Hall on the University of Maine Presque Isle campus. Turner library staff will be there to distribute health information, demonstrate using MARVEL Health databases and MedlinePlus. We will have giveaways, items to raffle and much more.

The fair will be held from 8-12 and is sponsored by The Aroostook Medical Center and University of Maine at Presque Isle. There will be free flu shots, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings and health and wellness displays at over 40 booths with an expected attendance of over 1,400.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Live Chat Available

On the right hand column of this blog you'll see an online chat feature. Send any and all questions, and if the librarian is online you'll get an instant response. You can also leave a message.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Staff Picks

Each week we'll have a "Staff Picks" post to highlight the books library staff members are reading. Here are three you may enjoy.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Events at the Library

If you missed the Genealogy workshop on October 20th or Webkinz party on October 26th, don't worry. We are planning to hold these events again. Keep checking the library newsletter, Webpage, MySpace, Facebook, and this Blog to learn about events at the library.

Don't know where to find Turner Library online? Use the links on the Webpage
  • Did you know the the library offers computer training? Contact Lisa Shaw to schedule a session.
  • Want to learn ASL? Contact Sue Roberts to join one of her classes.
  • Interested in attending Toddler Time? Contact Sue McPherson for additional information.
  • Need help finding information? Contact Gail Roy with any questions you may have.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Picasso's Birthday Today

Do you love art? Did you know that the library has art shows throughout the year?
To celebrate Picasso's birthday today, view this site, and next time you are in the library, take a look at our oversized art books.


Library Turns 100 in 2008

In 2008, the library will turn 100. Planning has begun for the celebration. If you have old photos, stories to share, or want to volunteer, please contact us. Watch this space for updates.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Your Library Inside and Out

LaptopsOur wireless network can be used both in and outside the library.
Bring your laptop, find a comfortable spot, and relax.
This is your library: take advantage of every service!

Monday, October 22, 2007

How to subscribe to this blog

If you already know about RSS feeds, you can ignore this post (although you might enjoy this video from Common Craft Productions), but if you need help understanding what an RSS feed is and how to subscribe, watch this:

You can access a list of RSS readers from the link in the right column called "Click for a list of news readers." You can also use the "Subscribe by email" link, if you prefer.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Daylight Saving Time First Sunday in November

On the first Sunday in November (November 4th) clocks are set back by one hour (at 2:00 am) to observe Daylight Saving Time.

Read more about the change here

Saturday, October 20, 2007


Who can resist photo-a-day sites? Here are a few listed below. Feel free to share your favorite photo sites by posting a comment.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Earth Science Picture of the Day

NASA Image of the Day

National Geographic Photo of the Day

Earth Shots Photo of the Day

White House Photo of the Day

Need books on photography? Stop in and we'll show you where to find a great selection on digital photography. If we don't have what you need, we can arrange to get it for you. Just ask us.

Friday, October 19, 2007

More on finding your next book

Reading the first chapter of a book is a great way to find something new to read.

Read the first chapter of selected books at

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Online Health Information

Looking for online health information you can trust?

Have you gone online to find health information lately? If you had trouble locating reliable information, contact the library and we can help you find what you are looking for.

If you want to search on your own, a good place to begin is MedlinePlus.gov, which is sponsored by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. You can search for information on tests, procedures, diseases, conditions, drugs, and supplements. There are surgery videos to view, a medical dictionary and encyclopedia, and much, much more.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Reading Recommendations

I just finished this memoir by Kate Braestrup and read it in one sitting and enjoyed it very much. I was drawn to the book because it is a Maine story written by a Maine author.

Here is an excerpt of a review from Booklist

"Braestrup was an accidental chaplain. Her husband, Drew, a Maine state trooper, died in a car accident at a time when he was considering a second career as an ordained minister. After her shock subsided, Braestrup decided to follow in his footsteps and became a chaplain for the Maine Warden Service, which sets up search-and-rescue missions throughout the state. A poignant, funny book by a sympathetic, likable, immensely appealing figure."

This book is also available in Large Print at the library.

Anytime you want a reading suggestion, stop into the library or email us and any staff member will be happy to talk books with you and offer reading suggestions. See the list below for those of us who have reading interests in certain areas:

Lisa for Teen/Young Adult
Linda for Fiction
Gail for Non-fiction
Sue Mc for Childrens

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

NoveList in the MARVEL! Databases

Have you heard of or ever used NoveList? You'll find it in MARVEL!

What is MARVEL?

MARVEL! provides every resident of Maine with access to a collection of full text and abstracts from magazines, newspapers and reference books that are credible, reputable resources.

What is NoveList?

NoveList is a fiction database in MARVEL! where you can find book reviews, fiction lists, discussion guides, author read-alikes, list of award winning books, and much more.
NoveList is a great place to search when you wondering what to read next.

Best of all, you can access NoveList and any of the databases in MARVEL! from home.
Visit the library website and click on the databases link and you'll find instructions to sign in from home. You can also use it in the library. We have computers for use or bring your laptop and use our wireless.


Send an email to Gail in Reference

Monday, October 15, 2007

What Do I Read Next? Try NextReads

Maine State Library/NextReads

The Maine State Library announces the introduction of a free email newsletter service called NextReads. Get great book suggestions by email. Select as many newsletters as you want.

If you do not want to subscribe you can view previous newsletters here

I recently signed up for the "Mystery" and "All Things Maine" newsletters and have been enjoying the convenience of finding monthly newsletters with reading suggestions in my inbox.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

My Space and Facebook

Visit the library's website and click on the links to find the library in MySpace and Facebook


Friday, October 12, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth (Book & DVD)

The recent announcement that Al Gore, Jr. and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) share the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change" might inspire you to come into the library for An Inconvenient Truth.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

More Local History

If you have enjoyed reading the books and the Star-Herald columns by local author Dick Graves, then you'll want to know about his blog on Crown of Maine Web site. While you are there, check out all the other local information on the site. On his blog, Dick has posted an eight-part article on the Jim Cullen lynching, and his latest post is on the "House that Captain Cook Built."

Forgotten Times Blog

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Love Local History?

If you want to learn more about local history stop into the library and browse through the Maine Collection. The following books are just a small sample of what you'll find in the collection.

Forgotten Times: Presque Isle's First 150 Years
Forgotten Times: A Walk Through History
Presque Isle, Caribou, and New Sweden
The County: Land of Promise
City of Presque Isle 125th Historical Booklet

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Virtual Library
Genealogy Workshop

October 20th from 10-11 in the library multipurpose room/gallery.

If you would like to learn the basics of genealogy and how to research your family history, this is the workshop to attend.

Ann Cushman will teach you all you need to know to start the process and will review the resources at the Turner Library. Call the library to register.

The Big Read

The Big Read is on October 17th at 6pm.

The book is the Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.
Visit the author's website.

National Endowment for the Arts Reading Program is a cooperative effort of Northern Maine Community College and the Turner Memorial Library.
Participants will receive a free book.
Contact the library for more information.
Come and enjoy Chinese food while discussing the Joy Luck Club.

All are welcome!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Banned Books Week Sep 29 - Oct 6, 2007

Visit the library to see the Banned Books Display and to celebrate your Freedom to Read:

Sign up for the raffle of a Banned Books T-shirt and totebag, help yourself to free booksmarks and buttons and literature about censorship and banned books.

Banned Books Week 2007 is the twenty-sixth annual celebration of the freedom
to read. Libraries and booksellers across the country and celebrating with displays.
Come in and learn about the books that were challenged or banned in 2006-2007.