Monday, August 26, 2013

50th Anniversary: "I Have A Dream" Speech

  On August 28th, 1963 at 3pm Eastern time, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. To honor the 50th Anniversary, we will be showing a film of the speech at several of our branches.  Please join us and the rest of the nation as we celebrate this historical moment.

Click here for branch information: Events & Programs.

Monday, August 19, 2013

A Closer Look at OverDrive Media Console version 3.0

OverDrive Media Console has an ever growing history with mobile platforms. We first released a mobile version of OMC on the Windows Mobile platform in September of 2009, followed soon after by the Android version in December of ’09, and then the BlackBerry version in February ‘10 and finally on iOS devices in April ’10.
Since then, we have included Windows Phone and Windows 8 in the OMC app family and worked hard to improve the apps; from adding the ability to read eBooks, to trying to unify the visual experience between devices, to simple bug fixes.  Many changes have swept through the mobile device platforms since then and we’ve kept up with the pace of technological growth, bringing you the latest and greatest version of OMC.
My fellow OverDrive blogger, Adam Sockel, gave you a great overview of what to expect with the newest release, and we have a couple live training sessions scheduled as well. To help get you excited for this new release, I’m here to give you a closer look, and point out the ways in which OMC v3.0 will simplify support for your users. I want to start by highlighting the newest features in the app.
When you first open OMC v3.0, you will see the familiar splash screen give way to a new start screen for first-time users prompting them to add a library or add some books to their bookshelf, complete with visuals to point users in the right direction. Once you have your libraries and/or books added, more tutorial screens will walk you through the new interface, showing up when you go to your bookshelf or open an eBook. Each tutorial screen shows up once, but is available again using the option in Settings to show tutorials next time the app is started.
Aside from the tutorials, we simplified getting around in the app. The Home Menu is your one stop for navigating the improved OMC v3.0. From there, you can go to the My Libraries list, the Bookshelf, Settings, History, OverDrive One and more. In addition to the ease in navigation, the Home menu also provides a better in-app help experience, offering detailed solutions to common questions and issues within OMC.
History is a list of titles that have been deleted from the app upon expiration, or returned to the library. This feature should be a big hit with avid readers, allowing them to keep track of the titles they have read – options range from the last 10 deleted titles to the last 100 deleted titles – so they run less of a risk of listening to/reading the same books over again, unless they want a repeat performance of a book.
When reading the books, we have added another menu, called the Book menu, which allows for simpler navigation within the book, providing access to the table of contents, book details, and editable bookmarks.
Back on the Home menu, the biggest new feature, OverDrive One, allows users to sync their titles, bookmarks, and furthest point read between devices using OMC v3.0. The editable bookmarks I mentioned above are the very same ones that will sync between devices using Overdrive One.

So, you can stop reading on your Android phone, pick up your iPad to continue, and you’re back in the same place – much like when using OverDrive Read in your browser. For your users who use more than one device to read OverDrive eBooks, OverDrive One should be a welcome addition to the app. This feature is in beta, and we are relying on user feedback to help us add features and improve the Overdrive One experience.  So come on and get excited for August 20th and the new OverDrive Media Console v3.0.

 ~ Justin Noszek is a Support Specialist with OverDrive

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Final Week of SYNC! Download the final Free Teen Novel & Summer Reading Classic!

Downloading FREE Literature from SYNC is coming to an end! Download the final YA Novel from August 15th-August 21st. This week's download is Sold by Patricia McCormick. "Lakshmi, raised in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal, journeys to India to take a job to support her family. There she is tricked into prostitution and must risk everything to reclaim her life."

Eventhough SYNC's summer downloads are coming to an end, remember your library has its own digital collection of eBooks and Audiobooks. Check it out and download today!

Have FUN @ the Library!!!!

Hey kids, what if you could learn, have FUN & make friends at the Library with an interactive learning table? You can. It’s called a SMART Table.
Gather around this multi-touch, multi-user table to explore educational games and work together on interactive learning activites. 
Find it at the Epps Library, Central Library, Moss Bluff Library and now the Iowa Library.
It’s so COOL!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Staff Pick: "We Need New Names" by NoViolet Bulawayo

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
Reviewed by Gabriel Morley
A new generation of novelists is emerging from the continent of Africa, bringing a rich variety of stories and images with them. These stories are immense, frequently unsettling and often overlooked in America, but NoViolet Bulawayo’s new novel “We Need New Names” is begging to be noticed.
Bulawayo’s coming of age tale features Darling, a 10-year-old girl in Zimbabwe who lives in a shanty town called Paradise. Darling and her mother have been uprooted by civil unrest and forced to live in Paradise in a one-room shack made of corrugated tin. Hundreds of other displaced Zimbabweans are crammed together with them. But Darling has hope. Her aunt lives in America and Darling insists it is only a matter of time before she joins her relatives in Destroyedmichigan (Detroit, MI). In the meantime, Darling and her friends, including a pregnant 11-year-old named Chipo, prowl the streets day and night looking for food, or mischief, or anything to occupy their time and meager existence. No one cares about the children of Paradise. The men are busy getting drunk all day and the women are busy gossiping and fixing hair. The children eat or don’t eat. No one cares. School is not a priority. The only clothes they have were scavenged and feature American advertising.
The situation in Paradise is so dire and that when the children find a dead woman hanging from a tree, their first inclination is to take her shoes so they can sell them and by a loaf of real bread. No one ever mentions the dead woman again.     
Bulawayo’s writing is clear and pointed. The children’s dialogue is exacting, fraught with meaning they do not yet understand, but which follows them like the aching hunger in their bellies. When Darling is finally able to go to America she reflects on the droves of children leaving Zimbabwe. 
“When things fall apart, the children of the land scurry and scatter like birds escaping a burning sky. They flee their own wretched land so their hunger may be pacified in foreign lands, their tears wiped away in strange lands, the wounds of their despair bandaged in faraway lands, their blistered prayers muttered in the darkness . . .”
“We Need New Names” is not only a story about Zimbabwe, but also the African experience in America.
In Michigan, Darling is surrounded by other Africans who can no longer return home because they are in the United States on expired visitor visas. It’s as if they are trapped in America in these new lives that have no resemblance to the lives and the countries they left behind. “We Need New Names” was recently longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Britain’s most prestigious literary award.    
CPPL has two copies of “We Need New Names.” Copies are available at Central library and Epps Memorial in north Lake Charles. Bulawayo is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
Recently, Michael Shewmaker, a former poetry graduate student at McNeese was awarded a Stegner Fellowship. 
Staff: Gabriel Morley is the director of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library.  

Survive the Zombie Apocalypse!

Do you have what it takes to survive?
Find it at your library!!! Survive the Zombie Apocalypse!

Learning @ your library is easy & FREE!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Need help finding a job or need to create a resume? Where can you turn?

It's very scary when you have to find another job! Or maybe you've decided to try a new career. That means it's time to create a resume, right? Don't add to your anxiety with the stress of figuring out how to create a professional resume or polish an old resume. In 3 easy and quick steps, you can create a professional resume with Cypress Resume from your Library.

Okay so you have the resume builder, but you don't have a computer or laptop? Now what?
Did you know that your library has computers that you can use or that you can actually check out laptops? The laptops, housed at the Central Library (721-7116) & Sulphur Regional Library  (721-7141), are provided to Calcasieu Parish by the State Library of Louisiana as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program of the Department of Commerce. Included/installed software/programs are Microsoft Office 2007, Adobe Acrobat Reader, QuickTime Viewer, Shockwave, a Video Launcher, Flash Media Player and a CD Burner. These laptops are internet ready so you can take them to any hot spot to access the internet. That includes your local library. Here's more details.

Hey wait! So you need help finding a job? Your library can help with that too! Use JobView to find full-time or part-time jobs plus link to the company website to complete an online application. It's easy.

Plus check out the employment webpage for additional help.