Wednesday, December 17, 2008
For those of you who follow our library's activities in Second Life, we recently has a reading by author Mark Budman from his book My Life at First Try. We have copies of this excellent novels available at our physical library on 39 Second Street in Presque Isle as well. We also have two new virtual libraries going up in Cybrary Square, one dedicated to the music of the Big Band Era and one to help job seekers and employers access some helpful services available on the Internet.
The library will be closed on Thursday, December 25, and again on Thursday, January 1. We will also be closing at 1:00 on Wednesday, December 24.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
This past Saturday, October 25, Turner Memorial Library had a booth along with the Aroostook Medical Center Library, at the University of Maine at Presque Isle Health Fair. Hundreds of people came by our table to get library READ bags, bookmarks, informational brochures, and apples kindly donated by the Presque Isle Regional Vocational Center School Farm.
We had seven people in attendance at our last Turner Writers Group meeting. The next one is scheduled for Monday, November 10, at 6:00 pm.
Two area Vietnam Veterans will speak to the public about their harrowing war experiences on Thursday, November 13, at 10:00 am in the Multi-Purpose Room. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient Peter Main, as well as Marine Veteran and former Navy Chaplain Jim Morgan will gives talks, and a representative from the Caribou Veterans Center also plans to be on hand. The library also plans to show attendees the D.A.V's site in Second Life. There are two sims for the general public to visit and two sims that are for veterans only.
The Library Book Club has two meetings scheduled for November. The first will start earlier than usual, at 4:30 on Thursday, November 6, where Dr. Nan Amadeo, emerita, will show a William Faulkner film and give a talk. The club then will discuss Faulkner's As I Lay Dying at 6:00. The Book Club will also meet on Thursday, November 20, at 6:00 pm to discuss Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn.
Library Genealogist Ann Cushman will be giving a presentation to all those interested in the basics of genealogy on Saturday, November 22, at 10:00 am in the library's Multi-Purpose Room. Please do let the library know if you plan to attend. You can send a message here or call (207) 764-2571 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ALA and Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library are teaming up to bring you National Gaming Day @ your library on Saturday, November 15, from 12 noon to 6:00 pm. We plan to have a Nintendo Wii on hand as well as a couple of PS2s. Pizza and drinks will be served.
The library recently received a generous donation of several Reader's Digest large print books. Library members are greatly enjoying this new collection.
Have a safe and happy Samhain/Hallowe'en!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library was very pleased to be able to have a booth at the University of Maine at Presque Isle Tech Fair on Friday, October 10. There were several excellent presenters in attendance. The library was able to showcase our virtual library in Second Life, which caught the attention of several people passing by. We also were able to let people know about a new link we have set up, which will be available in the Online Services section of the library's website, which links to many, many free and/or open source utilities and applications on the Internet. You can access that link below:
This is something we will be able to update continually with a couple of simple mouse clicks. If you have any questions or comments about the tools or sites that are listed there, please do let us know.
Our Seniors Group is next meeting on Wednesday, October 15, from noon until 2 pm. Our presenter this week will Michelle Sandelier, who is Vice President of the Clan MacKay. We thank her very much for the last-minute scheduling. The group will meet in the Multi-Purpose Room.
The library will also be having a booth along with The Aroostook Medical Center on Saturday, October 25, from 8 in the morning until 12 noon at the University of Maine at Presque Isle Health Fair. We have several wonderful prizes and give-aways lined up, with deepest thanks going to the Presque Isle Elks Club for making that possible.
For those who have inquired, we are still making plans to show the film “Quid Pro Quo” and have a discussion following that with a community educator from the Aroostook Mental Heath Center. Please watch this space for a date and time.
We are also working to bring our next featured artist into the Multi-Purpose Room and Art Gallery, hopefully in time for the holidays. Again, please watch this space for further details as we get them.
Finally, you will notice an item at the top of each blog entry now which says “Listen Now.” We are trying a new feature on our blog which translates text to audio, which can then be played straight from your computer or added to an mp3 player or iTunes. We are in hopes that this might be of some help to those who like to keep up to date on the go or who might have issues with vision. Odiogo offers this service. Again, we welcome your feedback as always.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Today some of our staff had the exciting opportunity to speak with some librarians live from Bogota, Colombia, through Second Life, who are interested in learning more from us about virtual librarianship. This wonderful opportunity was made possible by the US Embassy.
The library will be having a booth at a couple of upcoming events at the University of Maine in Presque Isle: The first will be on Friday, October 10, from 10-5 for the Tech Fair; the second will be on Saturday, October 25, from 8-12 for the Health Fair, and we will be joined by TAMC. The Presque Isle Elks Club has made several VERY generous donations for prizes and giveaways - especially for young people - with a health and wellness theme. We thank them deeply and hope that you will come along and visit Miss Sue and Lisa Shaw at the booth.
The Senior Club will be meeting on Wednesday, October 15th, from 12-2. As usual, lunch will be provided, and we are awaiting final confirmation on a very exciting musical performance!
We thank you all for your continued membership at the library. There is much going on behind the scenes to make this a valuable and exciting place to be. Check our website for upcoming events, and please do let us know when there is something that YOU would like to see!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Here is a list of the most frequently challenged books through the first five years of the 21st Century (2000 -2005):
1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier
3. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
4. "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
5. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou
6. "Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers
7. "It's Perfectly Normal" by Robie Harris
8. Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz
9. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
10. "Forever" by Judy BlumeMore recently, these ten books were the most challenged in 2007:
1. “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group
2. “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence
3. “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language
4. “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint
5. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain
6. “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language,
7. “TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
8. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou
Reasons: Sexually Explicit
9. “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris
Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit
10. “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
Off the list this year, are two books by author Toni Morrison. "The Bluest Eye" and "Beloved," both challenged for sexual content and offensive language.
(Source: http://staging.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2008/may2008/penguin.cfm [Retrieved September 24, 2008])
The website DeviantArt is hosting a writing contest in observation of Banned Books Week as well. Writers may submit in either of two categories (or both): Fan Fiction (of challenged works) or Forbidden Themes (original works based on themes most frequently challenged). If you are interested in seeing what has been submitted or trying your own hand, please visit their guidelines page here. Deadline is October 6, 2008.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Light lunch will be served. We hope to see you there.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Here are some reviews from readers in the program this summer. Please feel free to add any recommendations you may have to share with other readers.
Girl in the Shadows / V. C. Andrews
Hard Truth / Mariah Stewart
Truth of Love / Jayne Ann Krentz
Falling Awake / Jayne Ann Krentz
Sizzle and Burn / Jayne Ann Krentz
The Dogs of Bedlam Farm / Jon Katz
Knitting Bones / Monica Ferris
Three Cups of Tea / Greg Mortenson
The Painted Veil / W. Somerset Maugham
No Country for Old Men / Cormac McCarthy
Under Orders / Dick Francis
Friday, September 5, 2008
For those with an interest in Maine history and artifacts, you'll find plenty to look at on the Maine Archives online store site. Replicas of old maps, posters and notecards, and copies of historical documents are just a few items you can view at their site. All are available for purchase. It is definitely a fun site to browse and a great place to look for an unusual gift from the State of Maine.
Thank you for Being my Teacher / Melody Carlson / 371.1 CAR
Ms. Moffett's First Year/ Abby Goodnought / 372.9747.GOO
Classroom Management for Middle and High School Teachers/ Edmund Emmer / 373.1102.4EMM
Be a Teacher / Phillip Bigler/ 371.102 BEA
Teaching with Love and Logic / Jim Fay / 371.1 FAY
Courage to Teach / Parker J. Palmer / 371.102 PAL
The Laughing Classroom / 371.102 LOO
Discipline in the Secondary Classroom / Randall S. Sprick / 373.1102.4SPR
Teacher Reference Center in Marvel!
Teacher Reference Center provides indexing and abstracts for more than 270 periodicals. Topics include: Assessment, Best Practices, Continuing Education, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Media, Administration, and Teacher Education.
MARVEL! Maine's Virtual Library
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Once you find the information you need, it is always best to discuss it with your healthcare provider.
DailyMed provides high quality information about marketed drugs. This information includes FDA approved labels (package inserts). This Web site provides health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts.
PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.
Genetics Home Reference
Genetics Home Reference provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.
Household Products Database
What's under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room?
Learn more about what's in these products, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling.
Environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals where you live, work, and play.
ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.
Evaluating Health Information Online - a tutorial
Dietary Supplements Database
The Dietary Supplements Labels Database offers information about ingredients in more than two thousand selected brands of dietary supplements. It enables users to determine what ingredients are in specific brands and to compare ingredients in different brands. Information is also provided on the health benefits claimed by manufacturers. These claims by manufacturers have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Companies may not market as dietary supplements any products that are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
International Information on Dietary Supplements Database
Recalls FDA and USDA
Merck Manual Online
National Institutes of Health
Teen Health MedlinePlus
National Women's Health Information Center
CDC Women's Health
WebMD Men's Health
New Database in Marvel!
Lexi-PALS Drug Guide
The Lexi-PALS Drug Guide, published by Lexi-Comp and available as part of the Health Source database, covers over 1,000 generic medications, 100 natural products and 19 vaccines. It is updated every six months.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Our library has a large selection of these books and here are just a few recent arrivals:
8 Sandpiper Way / Debbie Macomber
Devil Bones / Kathy Reichs
Silks / Dick Francis and Felix Francis
Monday, September 1, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
The American Red Cross site has a Safe and Well List where those affected by disaster can register and you can check to see if your friends/relatives are safe. Visit the site at https://disastersafe.redcross.org
ContactLoved Ones.org is hosted by Project Genesis and the American Red Cross and allows those with access to a phone to leave or receive voice messages. Visit the site at: http://contactlovedones.org
FamilyLinks is a site operated by the International Committee of the Red Cross for global disasters. Visit the site at www.familylinks.icrc.org
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Come to the library on Monday, August 25, 2008, at 9 a.m. in the art gallery for a public forum concerning the transition to digital broadcast television. A representative from the Federal Communications Commission will answer questions and will sign attendees up for a discount coupon for digital converters.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Types of Waste Accepted
- Brake Fluid
- Paint Remover/Thinner
- Charcoal Lighter Fluids
- Pool and Photo Chemicals
- Linseed Oil
- Used Antifreeze
- Oven/Drain Cleaners
- Battery Acid/Muriatic Acid
- Waste Gasoline
This photo was given to the late Julian Turner during the time of the James School Restoration (1985-1987). Could this photo be of a class from the old James School before the newer (1917) James School was erected on Niles Road in Presque Isle, Maine? The photo is possibly from the early 1900's.
Please post any comments here or call or email me at the library.
Martie will give a presentation about her research on the James School History Project.
All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.
Martie Pritchard joins the ranks of historians of the James School. She is a special education teacher in Presque Isle, a farmer, grandmother and freelance writer. She is working on the James School History Project in two volumes; a compilation for adults and older students, and a children’s book which incorporates questions posed by her students on field trips with photographs of children exploring the historical features of the school.
Monday, August 11, 2008
- October 16 As I Lay Dying/William Faulkner
- November 20 Huckleberry Finn/Mark Twain
- December 18 The Lost Salt Gift of Blood/Alistair MacLeod
- January 15 Luther/Heiko A. Oberman
- February 19 Othello/Shakespeare
- March 19 The Art of Drowning/Billy Collins
- April 16 Beloved/Toni Morrison
- May 21 The Regeneration Trilogy/Pat Barker
- June 17 On Human Nature/Edward O. Wilson
Friday, August 8, 2008
Bookplate Archive University of Texas at Austin
Stanford University Libraries Bookplate Exhibits
Bookplates on Flickr Brooklyn Museum
National Library of Medicine Bookplates
American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Touted as the world's biggest search engine, Cuil was unveiled on July 28th and has plans to rival Google.
New Search Engine Takes Aim at Google
See Yahoo story here. Try a few of your searches and see if you like the results and share your comments here with others.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Randy Pausch died today at his home in Chesapeake Virginia. He was 47.
Carnegie Mellon page of Randy's Last Lecture.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle has just launched a new site which will list cultural events throughout northern Maine. This will be a wonderful place to begin your search for things to do in our area. Everyone is encouraged to submit information about their events to get them posted to the calendar. Visit the site and click on the "submit an event" link. Also check out the listings and the calendar to find local arts events.
Aroostook's Cultural Events site
Thursday, July 24, 2008
55th Class Reunion PIHS Class of '53
We were really delighted when the Presque Isle High School Class of '53 President, Earl Adams, contacted us to see if class members could visit the library while they were back in town for their 55th class reunion on July 19th.
Luckily our art gallery had a beautiful display of paintings by Richard Clark which were set up in preparation for the opening reception on Friday, July 25th from 6-8.
30 Most Incredible Abstract Satellite Images of Earth
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
"The Poet Laureate is appointed annually by the Librarian of Congress and serves from October to May. In making the appointment, the Librarian consults with former appointees, the current Laureate and distinguished poetry critics. The position has existed under two separate titles: from 1937 to 1986 as "Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress" and from 1986 forward as "Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry." The name was changed by an act of Congress in 1985."
Kay Ryan has recently been appointed the 16th Poet Laureate of the US. This position is appointed annually by the Librarian of Congress and the person serves from October to May. The recipient receives a $35,000 annual stipend.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
On Saturday and Sunday we held our annual book and bake sale and raised over $460 for the library. Library staff members worked hard to make the sale a success. We want to thank everyone who assisted with the sale by either volunteering to help staff the tables and collect money, move books and tables, or by bringing in a baked good for the food table.
The library also had a float in the Potato Blossom Parade in Fort Fairfield and volunteers and staff worked hard to decorate and make the float a success. Mimi the Mime was there handing out candy to parade watchers.
We also had the Presque Isle High School Class of 1953 visit the library for their 55th class reunion. Local historian Dena Winslow was the guest speaker and she gave a wonderful presentation on the Lynching of Jim Cullen.
Monday, July 14, 2008
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow is exactly as the title suggests. It is the final lecture given by Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He delivers this last lecture after being diagnosed with a terminal disease. Oddly enough, the book isn't really sad, but is actually life affirming. This is a beautiful book that makes one stop and reflect on life.
If you love reading about expeditions to Mount Everest then the following books are definitely for you: Nick Heil's Dark Summit and Lincoln Hall's Dead Lucky. Both present remarkable tales of what it takes to tackle Mt. Everest and the risks that all those who climb are willing to take to get to the top.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
It is defined as "a small book containing ballads, poems, tales, or tracts" by Merriam-Webster online dictionary.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
The ICDL collection includes 2657 books in 48 languages. Over a million people have visited their Web site. ICDL visitors come from 166 countries worldwide. After the United States, most ICDL visitors come from South Africa and China.
Click here to begin your journey and to read books online.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
In the meantime, here are some places to look for good books to read:
LA Times Summer Reading List
Statesman Austin Texas Reading List
NPR Summer Reading List
NYT 10 Best Books of 2007
Boston Globe Reading List
ALA Best Books for Young Adults 2008
Oprah's Summer Reading List
Book Sense Summer Reading Picks
Daily News Beach Reads for Guys
New York Public Library 25 Books to Remember from 2007
ALA Teens Top Ten 2007
Amazon 2008 Teen Books
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
July 2 - August 6
For Students in Grades 6-12
Sign up now by clicking here or stop into the library to register. For additional information, contact Rick at 764-2571.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
We have lots of new exciting titles on order and some have arrived already. Stop by to see what is new and please let us know if there is something you want that you don't see.
- Home: My Early Years, Julie Andrews
- Enchantress of Florence, Salman Rushdie
- Rogue, Danielle Steel
- Sail, James Paterson
- Fearless Fourteen, Janet Evanovich
- Nothing to Lose, Lee Child
- The Reapers, John Connolly
- Tailspin, Catherine Coulter
- Resolution, Robert Parker
- Monster of Florence, Douglas Preston & Mario Spezi
- When you are Engulfed in Flames, David Sedaris
- Plague Ship, Clive Cussler
- Death and Honor, WEB Griffin
- A Champion's Mind, Pete Sampras
- Dear American Airlines, Jonathan Miles
- Point of Origin, Patricia Cornwell
- Secret Servant, Daniel Silva
- Navigator, Clive Cussler
- Double Take, Catherine Coulter
- Audition: A Memoir, Barbara Walters
- Tribute, Nora Roberts
- Last Kiss, Luanne Rice
- Fractured, Karin Slaughter
- The Garden of Evil, David Hewson
- Hit and Run, Lawrence Block
- Killer View, Ridley Pearson
- The Last Patriot, Brad Thor
- Moscow Rules, Daniel Silva
- Death Angel, Linda Howard
- Silent Thunder, Iris Johansen
- Say Goodbye, Lisa Gardner
- Queen of Babble Gets Hitched, Meg Cabot
- The Sand Castle, Rita Mae Brown
- Uneasy Relations, Aaron Elkins
- Into The Fire, Suzanne Brockmann
- Books: A Memoir, Larry McMurtry
- The Dangerous Days of Daniel X, James Patterson
- Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole Novel, Robert Crais
- My Guantanamo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories they Told Me
- My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike, Joyce Carol Oates