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Category: On-line resources
FEBRUARY 13, 2015
Just finished reading...
Quietly in Their Sleep by Donna Leon. If you are looking for a good, long series of detective fiction, try this one. Donna Leon, a long time American resident of Venice, writes about Commissario Brunetti, a high ranking Venetian policeman. Each book gives you insight into the complications of Italian society as well as a view of family life in this unique, historic city. The first book of the series, Murder at La Fenice, the famous opera house of Venice, is available in our ebook collection, along with many other Brunetti volumes. Ebooks can be read on IPads, IPhones, Android devices, Nook and Kindle Fire. Call the library for information on getting a library card and setting up your device.
When the library put its catalog on line back in August, the procedure for access to our ebook collection also changed. All members got new library card numbers, and these are now what must be used to checkout the ebooks. Unfortunately, we had a little glitch with that in October when our service provider made some changes to its server. Everything is back to normal now, and we apologize for any inconvienience. If you are having problems accessing ebooks on frackvillelibrary.com or if your device is not working as it was before, send an email to email@example.com and someone will respond with assistance. The image on this post is one of our latest additions to the collection, Hilary Mantel's award winning Wolf Hall, a masterful piece of historical fiction. It's checked out right now, but you can put it on hold and be next in line!
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These days most of us are used to finding at least some of our information needs on the computer. But what about reading a book on your computer? Many readers find the idea horrifying, preferring the volume in their hands, cozy in a nice big chair or in bed. If you don't mind the constraints of the computer desk or if you just want to read part of a book, then netLibrary might be what you want. NetLibrary, one of the resources on Power Library provides users with over 12,000 titles(that's almost as many as we have here in our library). You can access the complete book, read it from cover to cover, or search ahead to find the part you need-and you don't have to leave home to do it. Offerings range from classic fiction to self-help books. Check it out-you may find exactly what you need. For help in accessing Power Library call the library at 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
Power Library is often viewed as a homework help site for students. But it also has value to their teachers in it's Education section. Here educators can find ERIC, Ebsco's super search engine to over 3000 educational resources. Also, you'll find the Teacher Reference Center and Professional Development Collection which offer even more links to the latest information that teachers need. In addition, school librarians can find their specialized resources in LISTA, a comprehensive collection of materials about information technology and librarianship. If you're not already using it, check out this goldmine today! For information on access to Power Library call 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
It's 8PM on Sunday evening and your homework is going nowhere. Searching the net is not netting you the information you need. If you could only go to the library and ask that nice librarian for help... Well, you can get help 24/7 at Ask Here PA, one of the newest Power Library resources. At any time you can link up with a librarian to ask a question or get a suggestion on how to find what your looking for. These trained information specialists find answers all the time-they're really good at it, and they are available to help you! Just sign onto Power Library and click on the Ask Here PA bar on the left side of the screen. For assistance with Power Library call us at 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
Have you ever wanted to find a book that you read years ago, or perhaps you're looking for the missing volume of a series that your own library just doesn't have? Well, you may not know it, but you have access to over 15 million titles-yes, 15 million!-at Access PA. Access PA is an on-line catalog that includes the holdings of over 3000 libraries in the state of Pennsylvania. These include academic, high school, elementary, and public libraries as well as many libraries specializing in subjects like medicine, history, or law. You can search this amazing collection on Power Library and get many of these books sent to your home library through the Interlibrary Loan program. So use your Access-it's free at Power Library. For information on how to use Power Library call the library at 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
When we hear the word Oxford we usually think first of the great British university which has educated many world leaders, authors, and scientists. As an arm of Oxford University the Oxford University Press is well known throughout the world as a publisher of reference materials which cover just about every subject you could want to explore. Oxford Reference Online is a comprehensive website which allows the Power Library user access to over 175 fully-indexed and cross- searchable reference works on literature, science, language, history, and more. No ordinary person could ever hope to own all of these volumes, but on Power Library you can use them all for free! This is a great resource for high school and college students writing research papers, as each entry gives you instructions on how to cite it in a bibliography. For information on how to access Power Library call the library at 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
What to read next-often a problem for avid readers. When your favorite author is between novels, get quick suggestions by subscribing to NextReads. This service provided free on Power Library allows you to get booklists customized to your reading preferences. NextReads currently offers twenty-two categories from which you can select. Each month you'll receive a booklist by email giving you both current and classic selections from your chosen genres. Pick from mystery, biography, romance, or even things like audiobooks, kid's books, and Christian fiction. Once you get your booklist, a link takes you directly to AccessPa, where you can find out which county library has your book! Sign-up today at Power Library. If you need help, call us at 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
We've all been frustrated by overwhelming searches for information on the big search engines like Google and Yahoo. This can be even more difficult for school students trying to do homework assignments. Power Library has great resources for students which search for websites, articles, and references that are suited to a student's reading level and content needs. SIRS Discoverer, Searchasaurus, and the Student Research Center are just a few of the resources available for grade specific information that is entirely geared toward kids. Find out more about these kid-friendly search options by calling the library at 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
One of the most comprehensive and user friendly options on Power Library is the new resource called CHC, or Consumer Health Complete. On this site, you can search for health related information in various ways-by name, by alphabetic listing or by types of sources like actual medical reports, encyclopedias, fact sheets, and even animated presentations and videos. This is all available on your home computer! In addition, CHC also has the LexiPal Drug Guide, which contains information on 1300 generic drugs and over 4700 brand name products. To get information about access to CHC call us at 874-3382, use the contact page at our website at www.frackvillelibrary.com, or visit the library.
Like to read the newspaper? Want more than the Republican Herald? We've got access to more newspapers than you can imagine at your library or on your home computer, and they're free! Power Library's Newspaper Source features selected content from over 180 newspapers, both US and international, newswires, and even TV news broadcasts. You can search by publication or by subject, and read the full text right on the computer. Needless to say, this is also a great resource for student research. For instructions on how to access this and other Power Library content, visit us at the library, call 874-3382, or use our contact page on our website at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
I just returned from a workshop held by the PA Dept. of Education regarding Access PA. Access PA is a statewide database containing the holdings of almost all of the libraries in Pennsylvania. In addition, the website also features a wealth of reference material covering just about any topic you could possibly be seeking. I'm sure you've seen Power Library mentioned before on this blog, but I'm going to make a point of featuring some of the wonderful stuff being provided with more attention to specifics in future blog posts. And it is all absolutely free to use as long as you have a library card! Watch for my weekly Power Library Post starting Thursday.