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NOVEMBER 30, 2007
Power Library Post/You've Got Access!
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.
Do you spend a lot of time in your car? Tired of Top 40, Talk Radio, and NPR? Try a book on tape or CD. A new assortment has just arrived as part of our rotating collection and there are some gems among them. You can share in the adventures of Bilboa Baggins while you sit in traffic with J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Or perhaps you'd rather ponder a good mystery like Murder Unprompted by Simon Brett or Agatha Christie's A Caribbean Mystery. For those with more contemporary tastes, ride the highway with James Patterson and Cross or Beach House. All books on tape or CD can be borrowed for a period of three weeks. Try one!
All of us here at the Frackville Free Public Library want to wish you and your families and friends a joyous and safe Thanksgiving Day. We will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 22-23 in observance of the holiday, but we will be open on Saturday, November 24 from 9AM-4PM.
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.
In celebration of the Frackville Christmas Parade the library will be presenting a special holiday program, Christmas at the Library on Saturday, December 8, 2007 between 2PM and 4PM. Children ages 3-12 and their parents are invited to attend. Activities will include readings of three holiday favorites-Dream Snow by Eric Carle, Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve? by Jan Brett, and The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore. Stories will be followed by light refreshments and children attending will receive a Christmas ornament craft kit to take home. Registration is required to attend. Call the library at 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com. Come celebrate Christmas at the Library with us!
Everyone here at the library says 'Thank you so much' to all of you that bought coupons from our organization at last weekend's Community Day Event at the Bon-Ton. We had a great time meeting you all at the Mall and with your support, we were able to meet our sales goal. We now have the funds to apply for a matching grant from the Gates Foundation for a new computer and other technology related expenses. Thanks to you we can continue to provide our patrons with this needed service.
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.
The Frackville Recreation Board is in the process of looking for an evergreen to serve as the town Christmas tree this year. The tree should be between 15 and 20 feet tall. It needs to be in a location where it can be easily cut down without damage to surrounding property(not close to any buildings, for example). If you have such a tree that you would like to offer for the town's use, please call the library at 874-3382 or visit our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com. We will forward the information to the appropriate person. Thanks.
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.
ESPN's David Fleming has written an exciting and thought-provoking sport's story that began right here in Schuylkill County. The Pottsville Maroons, one of the first teams to play for the NFL, has long been considered by many as one of the greatest football teams ever to play the game. His new book The Breaker Boys, which tells the amazing and disappointingly brief history of this legendary team, is now available for loan. Even those of us who are not big sports fans will find it an interesting tale, as it is also a piece of our own local history. This book has also revitalized the movement to get back the Maroon's national title, which was taken from them in 1925. Have a look at this acclaimed piece of sports nostalgia at your library.
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.