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If you could see all of the activity around me today, you would know that the answer to that question is “yes.”  Of course I would say that as a librarian, but the last few days have brought home to me how much our services are needed.

There is so much information available on the internet that people need someone to sort through information for them.  Librarians find creditable sources and libraries pay to use online databases that the general public cannot afford as individual  subscriptions.  Yesterday I showed a mother the Tumblebooks link on our kids page.  With a computer, children can see the pages of picture books on which the words are highlighted while the computer reads the text aloud.  I also explained the Maker Lab to a very excited patron.These are two of the many resources you can access with your library card.  We offer e-books and audiobooks that can be downloaded to your mp3 player through Overdrive, streaming movies from Hoopla, magazines through Flipster, music downloads through Freegal and a language learning program called Mango.  All of these services can be accessed from home through whatever internet device you own.

We currently have two terrific apps for your mobile device: the ACPL mobile app lets you browse the catalog, check the events calendar, store your library card info and renew books with a touch of your screen; the family app has games, information and much more to offer to parents of young children.  You currently need to have an Apple device to access the family app, but I’m told it will be available for android in the future.

Libraries are gathering points for the community.  Parents attend the same story times each week with their children and make friends with other parents.  Groups use our meeting rooms for quilting, dance, yoga, scrap-booking and, of course, meetings.  ACPL has its own theater and art gallery. There are also live music concerts throughout the year.  This summer ACPL again offers Rock the Plaza concerts outdoors on Saturday evenings.  Oh, by the way, we also have books.

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Reading — in the summer and always

So I’ve been thinking a lot about reading. The library sponsors the summer reading program every year for kids — we’ve had it for over 30 years! When I was a little girl we went to the library off and on every few months. I loved going to the library! I loved reading. And now, for the first time in many years, we’re going to offer prizes for summer reading to adults in our community! Many people have been asking for it and it is here! I am so excited.

2015 SRP

For summer reading, we want you to count the time that you spend reading. But even I have been guilty of thinking reading means sitting down and quietly reading a book. But reading doesn’t always look like that. I was telling someone about summer reading and they said that they don’t read — they only read the newspaper. But, of course, reading the newspaper is reading! And it counts for summer reading. I was thinking about the different ways we read as a society and ways that I read personally. I do always have at least a couple books on my nightstand. (Though how much time I have to read freely with small children is rather limited.) Right now next to the bed I have Bel Canto by Ann Pratchett and Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed and several books for my kids. I also read the newspaper every day, starting with the Living section.

I do listen to quite a few audio books. I live on the south side of town and I work in the area where I grew up: Georgetown. I have a 20 minute commute to work and I listen to audiobooks during my drive. My CD player is on the fritz in my van so I usually download audiobooks from OverDrive for free through the library. I can play them on my phone and use a tape adapter to project the sound through the speakers of my van. I’m also trying to walk more and when I walk on my lunch break, I listen to more of my audiobook.

I read books with my kids but because I’m an adult I think that that doesn’t “count” — but reading is reading. The reading that I do with my kids is benefiting them — both my pre-reader and my high-level reader. When I read books with them we can all count that time for summer reading. That reading truly benefits us all.

I love to read! The way that I read has changed quite a bit from from when I was a little girl going to the Georgetown Library. I love getting book recommendations from people I love, and I love giving book recommendations to readers in our community!

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What we’re reading . . .

Ever wonder what library staff like to read?  Wonder no more!  Here’s a quick look at some books we’ve enjoyed this month.  Just click on a book cover to check availability; if you’d like to read a short description of the book, just scroll down below the availability listings.

Leviathan Wakes  Fridays with Red  Dragonfly in Amber
Still Alice  Debt Paid in Marriage Station Eleven
 All Our Names  Autoimmune Solution  Cherokee Rose

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ACPL app update

Our app developer discovered a problem with the ACPL Mobile app for iOS last week: it was not connecting to the library to display account information. An update fixing the snafu was submitted to Apple right away, but it can take about a week for it to be available in the App Store. The update is available now in the App Store! Make sure you get v2.11 (March 16) — this is the updated, corrected version.

Remember, you may always access your account online via a web browser at http://www.acpl.info or http://alpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/patronlogin/. You may call us at 260-421-1240 for 24-hour automated renewal by phone, or at 260-421-1200 during Main Library operating hours for any other assistance.

We’re very sorry for the temporary inconvenience and we hope you continue using the library app.

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Sunday Smiles

bug you

In case you can’t tell, it’s an ant

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I worked at this desk for three months. This is the one and only time I saw a bug in this building.

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The library has purchased a triple-threat database for our card holders to use for free. Lexis-Nexis Library Express will help you research law, research business and find stories from newspapers and news broadcasters.

LexisNexisThe legal part of the database replaces the Westlaw database we had for several years, but it is better in an important way — you can access it from any of our library branches, not just the Main Library as before. You can use it to research legal subjects and also to find particular cases — either by the name(s) of the people in the case or by the formal case number. If the names are common, you might have to wade through several cases, but you can filter by the state or the court jurisdiction. If you have the case number, you can get to it right away, but you need to be careful to type the number exactly in the format they show you.

The business and news arms of the database are even more accessible than the one for law. You can use them from home, work or any other online situation.

For business people, the most exciting thing about Lexis-Nexis is that it has a lot of authoritative information about millions of privately-owned companies. Getting information about the few thousand companies that are publicly traded is common because they have to file public reports, but finding private company information is a challenge that this database now makes easier for you.

The news arm includes stories from thousands of news sources in many languages. While it’s simple to find current news articles on the Internet, Lexis-Nexis also lets you find older ones on subjects important to you from places of interest. Also, importantly, the database lets you identify the source; sometimes on the open Internet, you don’t know where the information was originally published.

To get to the database, go to this page and then scroll down to Lexis-Nexis Library Express under the Business and Finance heading. Again, you can get into the business and news arms from anywhere by inputting your library card number, but you need to be at one of our libraries to do the legal research. If you have questions or feedback, please call our Business, Science & Technology Department at 421-1215.

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Not only spirits but upcoming titles are about to speak. Coming to a store/library near you between February 15 and March 14, 2015. And, remember that is the publishing date, not the date it lands in the library.

Historical romances take place before 1945. A heavy emphasis is placed on the development of a romantic relationship. Subgenres include medievals, American West and regencies.

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Katherine Ashe

I Loved a Rogue
Prince Catchers series
February 24

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Isabella Bradford

A Sinful Deception
Breconridge Brothers
March 3

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Madeline Hunter

His Wicked Reputation
The Wicked series
March 3

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Susanna Ives

Wicked, My Love
Wicked Little Secrets series
March 3

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