Saturday, November 17, 2012

Games, games and more games


Did you miss National Gaming Day on November 3rd? It's not too late to learn about both video and board games.
- From Atari to Xbox
- 1001 Video Game You Must Play Before You Die
- Extra lives: Why Video Games Matter
- Books about chess, board games and card games
- Looking for new games to play? Check out TableTop

Friday, November 16, 2012

Model Railroads


Trains can be so much fun to build and collect. Do you have a train collection? Learn more about model trains and railroads at your library. And check out the National Toy Train Museum in Lancaster.
- Books about model railroading
- Films about toy trains
- History of toy trains

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Take Flight @ Your Library

Discovery the history of airplanes and aeronautics at your local library.

Spotlight on Library Databases

MaterFILE Premier
MasterFILE Premier
MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.

Library Services: Pay Your Fines Online

Did you know that you can pay your library fines online? Learn more.

Thankgiving - November 22, 2012
Get great ideas for your holiday celebration from the library.

- Books About Thanksgiving
- Thanksgiving Cooking - Thanksgiving Decorations
- Books For Kids

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Becoming Digital Savvy

Feeling a bit confused in the digital age? Here are books to help you with the basics. Also, check out computer classes at Bosler.

- Absolute beginner's guide to computer basics by Michael Miller
- Computer Basics
- Purchasing a Computer
- Internet Manuals

Also read this helpful article from PC World "Try before you buy"
(You will need your library card barcode to access the database if you are reading outside the library)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Help Your Child to Be a Better Writer


Is your child struggling with writing? Here are some books to help you work with your child and improve their writing skills.

- How to Inspire Confidence and Creativity by Pam Allyn
- Books about creative writing, proofreading, and composition exercises.
- Helpful DVDs about writing.


Are you a Harry Potter fan? Have you explored Pottermore? New content was just released last week!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012

Manners and Etiquette For Kids

Manners are a way of showing other people we care about them. Read these great books with someone you care about.

The Well-Mannered Monster by Marcy Brown and Dennis Haley
Do Unto Otters: A Book about Manners by Laurie Keller
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen
Other books about etiquette for kids

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. Learn about the vast culture, history and contributions of the first Americans.

Spotlight on Library Databases

Info Trac Database
InfoTrac Newsstand
Search a collection of more than 1,000 newspapers, translate articles into 11 different languages, and more.

Veteran's Day 2012

Veteran's Day For and About Veterans:
- Books For Kids
- Chicken Soup For Veteran's Soul - Veteran Biographies
- Alive Day Memories (DVD)
- National Observances (DVD)

Resources for Veterans:
- Veteran Employment Books
- Cumberland Co Veteran Services
- PA State Veteran Benefits
- State Veteran's Assistance
- Benefits/Services for Veterans

Great Apps

Are you one of the 46% of Americans who own a smart phone?  These apps are wonderful for research, reading, cooking, learning and more.  And they are FREE! (Android & iOS) - Search by dish, cooking time or ingredients.

Article Search (iOS) - Search for journal articles with Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic for free.  Results are given in PDF files.

Bloomberg  (Android & iOS)  - Finance news, market data, stock tracking tools and news coverage.

CamScanner  (Android & iOS) - turn your phone into a document scanner and fax machine.

Congress (Android) - Find your elected officials and respresentatives.  Research the latest bills, committe hearings and laws.

Dictionary (Merriam Webster)  (Android & iOS) - Look up words, synonyms, antonyms and more.

First Aid Red Cross  (Android & iOS)  - Offers expert advice, videos, safety tips and instructions for everyday first aid.

Goodreads  (Android & iOS) - Discover new books, rate what you have read and read others' reviews about books.

iTunes U (iOS) - University level classes and lectures, for free.

Job Search  (Android & iOS) - search for jobs in a specific area or industry with  Keeps track of new jobs and displays them each time you launch the app.

Khan Academy (iOS iPad only) or KhAndroid (Android) - Bring all the resources of Khan Academy with you on the go.  Excellent information for school age kids or parents looking to help with homework.

Kindle  (Android & iOS)  - ebook interface for

Overdrive  (Android & iOS)  - get ebooks and audiobooks directly from CCLS

Red Laser  (Android & iOS)  - See a book you like?  Scan the barcode and it will find it at a local library.

Reference USA (iOS) - Access CCLS library database on your iPad.

Shazam  (Android & iOS) - You hear a new song you like.  Use the microphone on your smart phone to record it and the app will provide the information of the song for you.

World Factbook (Android) - Provides information on the history, people, governments, economy, geography and more.