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discoverysettlem00fils_0010Book Review:  The Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucke by John Filson.

~Contributed by Jeff, Internet Archive

Written in 1784, this book’s an oldie but a goodie!  While not part of ACPL’s print collection, we digitized it, and it can be read online by clicking the title or the cover image.

The Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucke  came to us from the University of Pittsburgh’s Darlington Collection.  One of the many fascinating things about this book is that a previously unknown letter written by Daniel Boone was discovered inside this volume when we digitized it!

This book is a fascinating account of Daniel Boone’s adventures, his dealings with the Indians including his capture and his escape, and his impressions of their lifestyle and culture.  Click here to skip ahead to a brief mention of the “Mawmee” Indians.

If you like regional history, this book’s definitely worth a read!  And if you’re interested in an overview of the Internet Archive itself, click here.

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These are the people who get the books

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These are a few of the faces of the people with whom I have the pleasure of working while I am on seated duty.  This is the Technical Services department of the library.  What is technical services (TSS)?  These terrific people make sure we have books on the shelves and that they are labeled in such a way that we can find them.   From ordering books to sending them to library agencies all ready to check out, TSS does it all!

I was going to write a nice little piece about how a book moves through this department, but the reality is much more complicated than I had imagined.  Books are requested by you or by the people you see every day working with the public in all of our libraries.   The acquisitions people order the titles from our various suppliers.  This puts a brief record in the computer for the item.  One of the other things done at this point is marking the record “ON ORDER” so you, the public, can find the record and place a hold on the item.

When orders are received, they are sorted by print/non-print and fiction/non-fiction.  Each shipment is scanned into the computer and then placed on a cart. In receiving, paperwork is printed which follows each title from receiving through the department. This tells the processors what agencies will receive that title. Catalogers decide what genre fiction belongs in and what Dewey number to use for non-fiction.  Sometimes they can copy the record from the Library of Congress catalog and sometimes the non-fiction items take a little more research.  TSS processes every item that comes into the library, whether it is a book, CD, DVD, video game, or magazine.  Each cataloger has a specialty.  When they are finished cataloging an item they print a spine label for it and non-fiction and non-print items go on carts for the prep people to put on the labels, bar codes, etc.  After that, each book is scanned so that the bar code is connected to the item in the computer.  Then they are put in grey tubs for our couriers to deliver to the branches.

When you see a new book at the book store, it may or may not be on the library shelves.  New fiction is cataloged quickly and released to the branches on the date that book stores are allowed to release them.  If the book is written by a best-selling author, there are many holds on the book before it is released.  If you are lucky, you might be able to find an express copy of the book on shelf,  but you will need to read the book in 7 days or fewer.  If you don’t want to risk the $1.00/day fine, you will have to wait your turn with everyone else in the hold queue.  New non-fiction may or may not be ready for check-out on the release date, but chances are it will be close.  We work hard to get books to the shelves quickly.

One thing that is hard to predict is when books will be reviewed on television or radio and how many people will want the book as a result.  Oprah really had the book world jumping for a while with her picks.  The new books were not so bad, we could order “Oprah’s next book” and get a number of them knowing there would be a large demand.  Sometimes she picked classics that ACPL only owned a few copies of and then we had to scramble.  Until we could order new copies, you were on a very long waiting list.  The Harry Potter books were similar in that the older books in the series were in great demand as each new volume was published.  These considerations are not controlled by TSS, but they affect what we do.  Next time you meet someone who works for Technical Services at ACPL, give her (or the one him) a hug.  They are cheerful and work very hard to get the books you want to you in a timely manner.


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As a librarian, I am never sure whether to be excited by the addition of another electronic service that has the potential to keep patrons (that’s you) out of our physical buildings. However, as a patron with an iPad who travels a bit, I enjoy these additions as they keep my “activity bag” lightweight. I do hope these services bring  a relationship with the library back to some patrons who may have traded visiting the library with online book and magazine sources long ago.
This year ACPL brings Flipster, a downloadable magazine service, to the lineup of electronic offerings. There are 58 titles available including Car & Driver, Consumer Reports, Entertainment Weekly, People, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, and Time. Monthly magazines may be checked out for 7 days and weekly magazines for 48 hours. There is no limit on the number of magazines you may have checked out at a time but there is a limit on the number of simultaneous users (meaning you might have to wait for someone else’s checkout period to end).

When you read these magazines at an ACPL location (on your device or our computers) it will allow you to read without entering your library card. To read outside the library you will have to sign in using your library card and check out each magazine you’d like to read.

flipsterThere is a mobile app available for iPad and Android tablets. You must still download any titles you’d like by visiting the website on your device. You then choose “open in app” and it will pop you over to the app on your device (see photo below). It will download for reading when you are not connected to the internet. You then have your magazines for 7-days (monthly issues) or 48-hours (weekly issues). Once the loan period has ended it will show “expired” in red and will no longer allow access.

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You can read each individual page or choose the landscape two-page spread by tilting your device. It is clear and quite lovely! Click the banner at the top of the page to connect to Flipster. Enjoy!


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By Nancy

Holiday DVDs are flying off our shelves at all of our library locations.  This holiday season is our first since we started offering streaming movies via Hoopla.  So in case you can’t make it in to the library because of your busy holiday schedule or just want to stay in out of the cold, don’t forget that ACPL resident library cardholders can borrow up to six movies each month via the library’s free streaming move service, Hoopla.  You can borrow each title for 72 hours.  Those under 18 may borrow those movies rated G through PG-13.

holidayhooplamoviesSo scope out the selections (consider scrolling through the lists of “Festive Family Flicks” and “Holidays with Heart”) and plan your six checkouts for November and six checkouts for December.    You can do all of your searching now, adding titles to your Favorites so you don’t have to remember which titles you wanted to view at a later date.  Once you’ve added the titles as Favorites, when you are ready to watch a movie, just Sign In, go to My Titles and then Favorites to pull up the list of movies you added to your Favorites list.  Click on the cover for the detailed information and then click borrow to start your 72-hour loan period.

If you need any assistance using Hoopla, please call us at 421-1210.  Hoopla requires you to sign up or register for an account using your email address, a password you create for Hoopla, and your library card number.  Once you have created your Hoopla account, you will Sign In with your email address and the password you created.

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Holiday music in the air

If you’re a Christmas music lover, ACPL can help with your holiday listening needs.  From secular to sacred, from classic to contemporary, we have a wide array of Christmas music available in two different formats.   You can borrow CDs from the Main Library or any of our 13 branch locations.  You can also download music from home for free using your ACPL library card and Freegal.  Freegal allows the download of five songs per week, so if you begin now, you can have a great playlist built up by Christmas day.  Different selections are available via the two different formats, so be sure to check both options if you’re having trouble finding your favorite song.  Here are some favorites:

Cover image for A Charlie Brown Christmas [sound recording]A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio (On CD)





Cover image for Christmas collection [sound recording]Christmas Collection by The Jackson 5 (On CD)





Cover image for O holy night [sound recording] : Christmas favoritesO Holy Night: Christmas Favorites by David Phelps (On CD)

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Cover image for Noel [sound recording]Noel by Josh Groban (On CD)





Cover image for Heavenly Christmas [sound recording]Heavenly Christmas by Jackie Evancho (On CD)





Cover image for Christmas In New York [sound recording]Christmas in New York by Renee Felming (On CD)

New Release!




Cover image for What a wonderful time [sound recording]What a Wonderful Time by Yolanda Adams (On CD)





Cover image for Holiday wishes [sound recording]Holiday Wishes by Idina Menzel (On CD)

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Cover image for One wish [sound recording] : the holiday albumOne Wish by Whitney Houston (On CD)






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Christmas in Rock by Elvis Presley (Via Freegal)







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Christmas Joy in Latvia by The New York Latvian Concert Choir (Via Freegal)






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Christmas with Soul by James Brown (Via Freegal)







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Wrapped in Red by Kelly Clarkson (Via Freegal)







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A Music Box Christmas by Rita Ford (Via Freegal)

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The Allen County Public Library has many books about health and disease on its shelves.  Since November is National Diabetes Month, I am going to focus on diabetes.  November is also blogging month, so I am writing a blog entry each week for As You Like It.  Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and an additional 79 million have prediabetes and are at risk of developing the disease.  There are many other diseases and diagnoses that people come to the library to research.  Diabetes is just the example. If you have questions about researching any health topics, please contact Ask a Librarian.



Diabetes is an insidious disease.  It affects not only the pancreas and its ability to process carbohydrates, but it can lead to complications in most of the other systems of the body.  Complications of the nervous system, circulatory system, digestive system, skin, eyes, kidneys and skeletal system can occur at any time, but usually come after a long period of uncontrolled blood glucose. The risk of complications can be reduced but not eliminated by tight control of blood glucose.

Changes in the eye caused by diabetes are one of the first signs of complications that can be detected. The retina is one of the ways that the health of small blood vessels can be observed.  An eye doctor will dilate your pupils in order to look at those blood vessels.  If the blood vessels in your eyes are healthy, chances are that your other blood vessels are healthy, too.  Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults, but tight control of blood glucose levels will help prevent blindness as well as other complications of the eye that are more common in people with diabetes than they are in the general population, including glaucoma and cataracts.

Nearly 50 percent of all people with diabetes will eventually develop neuropathy — damage to nerves throughout the body. Damage to nerves and to small blood vessels can contribute to kidney failure, which  is eventually developed by 30 percent of all people with type 1 diabetes.  Neuropathy also causes a loss of sensation in the hands and feet, which can lead to a failure to notice and treat injuries before they become bigger problems.  Broken bones in the feet can cause deformities that can rub inside shoes, forming ulcers that can lead to amputation.

People with diabetes have an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and a decreased resistance to infection.  Each of these possibilities make life challenging for people with diabetes.  If you would like to know more, look in the ACPL catalog or come to any library in Allen County for books and journal articles.

There is good news.  The Centers for Disease Control reported in April that the rates for diabetes complications have fallen even though the number of people with diabetes has tripled in the last 20 years.  This decline is attributed to advances in treatment and understanding of complications.  Next week’s entry will be about advances in treatment and research.


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Attendees at the 2013 Author Fair.

Photo: Megan Bell

ACPL’s Annual Author Fair will take place at the Main Library on Nov. 8 from noon until 3:00 pm. Whether you’re an avid reader or an aspiring writer, this is a great opportunity to meet and chat with published authors and buy their books. Writers representing a variety of genres including books for children, teens, nonfiction and historical fiction will be here to talk about their works.

Click here to see the authors who are attending.

Access Fort Wayne will be filming the panel discussions.

The staff of the Bookmark bookstore in Fort Wayne will assist the authors at the event by selling titles, thus enabling authors to interact with the audience and sign books. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Allen County Public Library, an organization which helps support the library’s services to the community.

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