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
Friday, June 13, 2008
For more information and to register online click here.
First meeting is June 25th at 1:00 in the children's library. All other meetings will be from July 2 - August 6th on Wednesdays.
Contact Sue McPherson at 764-2571 for additional information.
Here are some neat bug sites to visit (courtesy of Librarians' Internet Index www.lii.org).:
This is a starting place for locating the Smithsonian Institution's projects and content on insects, including exhibits, fact sheets, research, and classroom guides. Includes links to pages on mosquitoes and cicadas.
Purdue University Agriculture
Compilation of columns featuring fun facts and trivia about insects, with titles such as "Hissing Cockroaches Not Warm-and-Fuzzy Pets," "Insect Words Can Be Pests to Crossword Puzzle Addicts," and "Not All Insect Legs Are Made for Walking."
Information Center for the Environment (ICE), University of California, Davis
"This website describes over 34 years of data collected by ... [a] professor of Evolution and Ecology at the University of California, Davis, in his continuing effort to regularly monitor butterfly population trends on a transect across central California." Features butterfly data, profiles of study sites (such as Donner Pass and Suisun Marsh), bibliography, photos, links to news and related websites, and more.
The Smithsonian Institution
Quick list of the state insects for the "41 states in the United States [that] have officially designated State Insects." It also notes that "California was the first state of the United States to select a state insect. The Dogface Butterfly, Zerene eurydice, was officially adopted as the state insect of California in 1929."
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Fact sheet about the insect class, which "comprises the most diverse group of animals on the earth and constitutes more than half of all described animal species." Includes images and links to related articles and fact sheets on praying mantids, Hercules beetles, insect farmers, communication, and camouflage and mimicry.
Some of the weather sites Ted went to during his talk were:
NOAA Photo Library (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
National Weather Service Historical Photos
National Weather Service Caribou Maine
Ted will be teaching an Introduction to Meteorology course at University of Maine at Presque Isle this fall. The course number is EDU 186 and class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:40-2:55 beginning September 2nd. The course in open to all interested parties. Maine residents 65 and older can take the course for free (only fees are for textbooks).
For additional information, contact Ted at 764-4461 x261.
Another site you may enjoy is the National Weather Service Online School for Weather.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
While many of us remember reading Willa Cather's My Antonia, Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes, and Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club, there are many other titles to explore that highlight the immigrant experience, and some are listed below.
Love Wife by Gish Jen
Describes a mixed American family with a second-generation Chinese-American father, a WASP mother, two adopted Asian daughters, their half-half biological son, and a Chinese grandmother.
Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Indian American second generation experience. Growing up American with Indian parents and never quite understanding or finding your place in the world.
Digging to America by Anne Tyler
The story of two families in America that both adopt Korean infants. They meet at the airport while awaiting their adoptive daughters. One is a middle-class white couple and the other is an Iranian-American couple. Their friendship and the differences in their approach to raising their daughters is chronicled in this work.
A Free Life by Ha Jin
The story the members of a Chinese family as they begin a free life in American after the Tiananmen Square massacre in China. The family lives in Boston, New York, and Atlanta while seeking success in America. Read about their struggles and successes as they seek out the American Dream.
Typical American by Gish Jen
A story of the transformation of Chinese immigrants into typical Americans who find greed and consumerism attractive.
Mona in the Promised Land by Gish Jen
Chronicles the life of a Chinese-American teenager growing up in an affluent Jewish suburb of New York City.
Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran by Azadeh Moaveni
The story of straddling two cultures and struggling to find one's place.
Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia by Carmen Bin Ladin
The wife of Osama Bin Laden's brother describes her life and divorce, and provides an insider's look into Saudi culture.
Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You by Hanna Jansen
Based on a true story of a Rwandan Tutsi girl who is the only survivor of her family's massacre.
China Boy by Gus Lee
Story of a seven-year-old Chinese boy and his life in the San Francisco of the 1950s.
Ten Thousand Sorrows: The Extraordinary Journey of a Korean War Orphan by Elizabeth Kim
An immigrant's brutal and disturbing memoir of abuse at the hands of fundamentalist parents and a sadistic husband.
The Spirit Catches you and you Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
The story of Western medicine and Hmong culture and the clash of Hmong history, culture, spiritual beliefs, and ethics against the beliefs of Western medicine and society.
Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire
This memoir of two brothers who were airlifted out of Cuba to the U.S. in 1962 is a very beautiful and moving account of the Cuban immigrant experience.
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this work describes the history of a Greek family in Detroit. The narrator and protagonist, Calliope Stephanides, an intersexed person of Greek descent, has 5-alpha-reductase deficiency. The bulk of the novel is devoted to telling his coming-of-age story growing up in Detroit, Michigan in the late 20th century.
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
An Indian-American family's transformation as they reconcile their past with the demands of the present.
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this work explores Indian assimilation in American culture.
The Houseguest by Agnes Rossi
The story of an Irish soldier and his family, who come to America in the 1930s and settle in Patterson, New Jersey.
Colors of Freedom: Immigrant Stories by Janet Bode
Newly arrived teenaged immigrants describe their experiences in America, recount traditions of their native countries, and present short stories, poems, recipes, and artwork. Also provides interviews with native-born American teenagers, who share their family histories.
Kids Like Me: Voices of the Immigrant Experience by Judith M. Blohm and Terri Lapinsky
A collection of 23 stories about the immigrant experience based on interviews with of people ranging in age from 10-21 and representing 23 different cultures.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
For those who have not used open source software and would like a definition, click here.
Whether you plan to spend some of your Economic Stimulus payment on a new desktop or laptop computer but don't have a lot to spend on extra goodies, or whether you are a local business trying to find ways to trim expenses on software, the following 15 applications are almost all Open Source. (This means they are constantly being improved and shored up by everyday programmers who believe programs and applications should be freely available to everyone.) All are free to download and/or use. All run on Windows and most also run on Mac and Linux.
Visit your local library to learn what other sites offer free applications or programs for your computer!
1. OpenOffice www.openoffice.org Free office suite with word processing, spreadsheet, draw, slideshow presentation, and database, Exports directly to PDF if desired. Completely compatible with MS Office's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as Starwriter and GoogleDocs.
2. Scribus www.scribus.net Free desktop publishing which allows you to design and print brochures, flyers, etc. Exports directly to PDF. Requires Ghostscript download, which can be tricky (or maybe that was just Lisa that found it tricky!) - visit your library for assistance if needed. You will probably also need GIMP ... .
3. GIMP www.gimp.org Free GNU Image Manipulation Program allows you to edit, layer and manipulate photos and images - just as the name implies. Think along the lines of Photoshop.
4. Paint.net www.getpaint.net Free digital photograph editing software. Makes cropping screenshots and photos a breeze! Saves easily to portable image file formats.
5. Inkscape www.inkscape.org - Open Source graphics editor. Great drawing tools. Fun one for kids to try.
6. Pencil http://www.les-stooges.org/pascal/pencil/ 2D animation software. Allows you to draw, layer - even add a music bed!
7. AutoStitch www.photo-freeware.net/autostitch.php Allows you to "stitch" together several photos into a panorama.
8. Audacity audacity.sourceforge.net Audacity allows you to break down your own music (created or loaded) or other voice audio into sound waves that let you edit down to the slightest hiccup. This is handy for studio musicians, voice-over artists, or anyone who likes to edit their music mixes. Users of SoundForge will find this looks very similar.
9. LilyPond lilypond.org Like to compose your own sheet music? LilyPond is a free, Open Source program which allows you to enter your music information in a language which the program understands and which will give you back elegantly engraved sheet music which can be put into PDF. LilyPond's site offers a ton of help and cheat sheets. If at first it looks too "programmy" to write, I promise you it will soon make sense. After all, if you have already learned the difference between writing a treble clef and a bass clef, this will soon come easily to you, too!
10. Jahshaka jahshaka.org Free Open Source video editing, effects and compositing suite. Improvements are being added all the time. Certainly worth a look for those interested in trying their hands at videography.
11. Blender www.blender.org Free Open Source tool for 3D creation and animation.
12. Songbird getsongbird.com Free desktop media player that finds, collects and stores music. Sort of like a customizable desktop jukebox.
13. SpiralFrog www.spiralfrog.com Free LEGAL music downloads. The site is supported by advertising, and they ask that you re-register every so often. They explain all this on their site. Windows only at this time.
14. InfraRecorder infrarecorder.sourceforge.net Free Open Source CD and DVD burning software. Runs on Windows.
15. Firefox www.mozilla.com/firefox/ Free Open Source browser alternative to Explorer, Safari, Opera, etc. Lots of interesting optional add-ons available.
This list is by no means exhaustive. Beta releases of applications warn you that they might still be working out a few kinks, but the ones we have listed here have stable versions and have been around enough to be considered overall pretty reliable. What are your personal hobby, entertainment, or business application wants and needs? You might be pleasantly surprised by what your local library has available for suggestions!
If you enjoy reading political works or biography and memoirs, stop by to see what we have and ask us to get any titles you'd like that aren't on our shelves. If you have recommendations for purchase, we are always happy to hear from you.
- The Audacity of Hope
- Dreams from My Father
- Why Courage Matters
- Faith of My Fathers
- Worth the Fighting For
Sunday, June 1, 2008
The writers who presented were (l to r): Jennifer Linforth, Lori Libby, Judi Phillips, Pam Champagne, Michelle Libby, and Nina Pierce.
We had great refreshments and a beautiful cake made by library cataloger Bonnie Smith.
Thanks to all who contributed to the event and to those who attended.