April 27, 2017
By Suzie Baldwin
Cooking … almost every person does this, and pretty much everyone enjoys eating. Thus, the library is having a second cooking class on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 1:00pm in the library basement. Of course, the Pressure Cooker has taken a drastic change over the old metal pot with a locking lid I remember as a kid. The Instant Pot and the Della 12 Quart 1600 Watt Electric Pressure Cooker provide alternatives to the “old standby.”
The first “steam digester” was created in 1680 by Denis Papin – but explosions were common. This type of cooking began because Napoleon’s War was causing malnutrition to run rampant in the 18th century and it was necessary to find a way to preserve food. By 1915 the lightweight aluminum canner arrived as the “pressure cooker” for home usage. With the onset of WWII the eleven companies manufacturing pressure cookers were asked to donate their aluminum to the war effort and many housewives even donated theirs. Through the decades the pressure cooker has come and gone in popularity (often due to cheaply made models displaying dinner on the dining room ceiling).
Miss Vickie (not the potato chip lady) operates a blog regarding pressure cookers and has a book titled Miss Vickie’s big book of Pressure Cooker recipes: Everything you need to know about Pressure Cookers with hundreds of quick-and-easy recipes. There are over 400 pages of recipes and several pages of useful time-table charts. Vickie Smith’s book has a 2008 copyright so the library has purchased two new books regarding this appliance.
The Power Pressure Cooker XL Cookbook by Whitley Fox includes 123 delicious Electric Pressure Cooker recipes for the whole family and was published in 2016. Recipes include: breakfast, brunch, beef, poultry, pork, seafood, vegetables, soups, stews, desserts and more. Utilizing the power pressure of steam to cook, natural flavors are intensified, and food is cooked quickly and efficiently Pre-Programmed smart settings. If you love to eat healthy, home-cooked nutritious meals – this book is for you!
Laurel Randolph pens The Instant Pot: Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy recipes for fast & healthy meals. Randolph even incorporates labels like Virtually Instant, Weekday Win, Worth the Wait, and Family-Friendly to assist with the difficult decision of what to make for dinner. Over 100 healthy, easy-to-make Instant Pot dishes are included. Savory breakfasts, hearty stews and decadent desserts will adorn your table. Paleo-friendly , vegetarian, and gluten-free options will also be included with tips and techniques so you can discover endless possibilities for tasty pressure-cooked meals.
Whether you already own a pressure cooker or just want to attend a fun cooking demonstration call and reserve a spot for the upcoming class at (765) 362-2242 x 109. Or, if you enjoy cooking come browse the collection on the 2nd floor of the library – I can almost guarantee you will find something to enjoy! Stop by to see us and dream of becoming a “Master Chef!”
April 20, 2017
By Angela White
Cyber Security during Tax Time
Cyber security is a broad term to describe all the things you can do to keep your computer and personal information safe. During tax time, personal information is flying all over the place, making the need for strong cyber security crucial. Here are some areas of cyber security to think about this tax season.
They may not seem like a big deal, but passwords are your first line of defense against cybercrime. A password should have a minimum of 10 characters using uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. To make it easy for you to remember but hard for an attacker to guess, create an acronym. For example, pick a phrase that is meaningful to you, such as “My dog’s birthday is January 23, 2007. Using that phrase as your guide, you might use Mdbij23,2007 for your password.
A best practice for strong password creation is to exclude what are called “dictionary passwords” or passwords that are created by using simple words. An example might be SummerTime17. This could be an acceptable password for the source you need it for but it’s composed of two basic words and isn’t very strong, unlike the example we used earlier Mbdij23,2007. This password is exponentially more complex therefore harder for malicious software or person to figure out.
Below are additional criteria you should follow when it comes to your password.
• Use a strong password.
• Never tell anyone your password or hinting at it, not even to friends, family or colleagues.
• Pick a password you can remember and don’t need to write down.
• Lock your screen or log out when stepping away from a computer, especially in a public area.
• Use a temporary password when using a public computer or a public network to access confidential information.
• Ignore requests by websites or browsers to “remember” your password.
There are many different types of malware that are designed to gather either your personal or financial information or both. Malware can come in many different forms such as clicking on an ad, an e-mail attachment or free software installs. To protect against malware, it’s very important that you install all suggested updates for your operating system and keep your anti-virus software up to date. Also ask any tax preparation service if they are up-to-date. If you’re not sure if your computer is free of viruses and malware, StaySafeOnline.org has a list of sites that offer free security check ups for your computer.
Cyber criminals are always trying to devise new ways to trick you into revealing information. Our best defense is to think critically and don’t be too trusting. Never send financial information over email and if a seemingly legitimate organization asks for money, tell them you’ll call/email them back—with a phone number or email address you’ve looked up in the phone book. The Internal Revenue Service has released a statement saying that their employees will never email or call demanding immediate payment without having first sent a bill. They will also never ask for your credit card information over email or phone. Pay attention to phishing traps in email and watch for telltale signs of a scam. DON’T open mail or attachments from an untrusted source. If you receive a suspicious email, the best thing to do is to delete the message.
Securing your home network
A firewall sits between a computer (or local network) and another network (such as the Internet), controlling the incoming and outgoing network traffic. Without a firewall, anyone can “walk” right into your network. With a firewall, the firewall’s rules determine which traffic is allowed through and which isn’t.
If you connect to the Internet using a router, you already have a firewall. You can configure your router for maximum security. The StaySafeOnline.org has some tips for setting up your router for maximum safety.
Computer operating systems also offer firewalls as a second line of defense. Learn what your computer has to offer for protection and if it is enabled or not.
The Department of Homeland Security has a campaign called “Stop. Think. Connect.” to help people be safe online. This information is available for personal and professional use as well as for all ages.
Also here at CDPL we have moved our Digital Drop In to a new day: Wednesdays from 4-6pm. Come in and talk to our patient IT staff about your technology questions and issues.
April 13, 2017
By Dianne Combs
Back in my early ‘80s college days, I learned about music from listening to my music, my friends’ music, and anything else I could get my hands on. I was never a great fan of rock ‘n’ roll, with the decided exception of a few talented musicians, one of them being Phil Collins of the supergroup “Genesis.” I first heard “I Can Feel It in the Air Tonight” in 1981, and went crazy over the man who could sing lead vocals and bang out a rhythm at the same time. “Not Dead Yet” is Phil Collins’ new autobiography recently acquired by CDPL. Phil starts out his memoirs with stories about his family, and his early drumming life. Imagine a kid, barely 12 years old, with a kit set up in the “lounge” (living room) with the telly on, who played along to every commercial, every singer, every in-and-out of commercial time. He must have driven his neighbors crazy, but his family put up with it. In 1964, he sold his brother’s train set to come up with half the money for a new drum kit. And who knew that as a young teen, he modeled in commercials, and appeared in print advertisements? He soon started a band with his drama school mates, and they worked hard to learn American R&B music, and style themselves after their favorite local band. During this time, Phil met his lifetime friend, Ronnie Caryl. They would carry on with their joint musical adventures for another fifty years.
One day, while getting out of the bath, nineteen year-old Phil received a call from George Martin — yes, THAT George Martin, and yes, they were recording at Abbey Road Studios, and yes, THAT George Harrison needed him to play along on his next album. All is well until the album is released and he is not mentioned at all. Blame it on Phil Spector, but Phil’s drummer heart was crushed, and his fingers were bloody from pounding on congas.
If you are a fan at all of Collins, you will love to read about his auditions for different bands, starting with Genesis in 1970. He joined up with three very young musicians: Mike Rutherford, Peter Gabriel, and Tony Banks, and they carried on with playing in tiny clubs in Britain, but eventually had a great time playing a well-received concert in Italy. Touring began across the globe. Reading about the crazy things Peter Gabriel did during concerts, it’s a wonder they survived. Phil is also quite open about his three failed marriages, his alcohol addiction, and other stresses in his life.
Other books we have on musicians are “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: Story of Pop Music From Bill Haley to Beyonce,” by B. Stanley; “Motown,” by G. Posner; “Rock and Roll: an Unruly History,” by R. Palmer; “I am Brian Wilson: a memoir,” by Brian Wilson; and the new “ Sex, Drums, and Rock’n’Roll: the Hardest Hitting Man in Show Business,” by IU grad Kenny Aronoff — most famous as the drummer for John Mellencamp. Many more biographies are available in the non-fiction collection. Please ask for help to find the book you’re looking for; we’ll be happy to help you!
April 6, 2017
By Jodie Wilson
Public libraries are great money saving resources. Are you taking advantage of the financial benefits of library use? One of my personal favorite resources is the library’s subscription to Consumer Reports, the magazine prepared by the Consumer’s Union. Unlike the majority of the library’s 150 magazine subscriptions for adults, these issues cannot be checked out, which means that all the issues are here and always waiting for you on the library’s second floor. The extensive reviews found in Consumer Reports compare products in a specific category to each other, and help the reader save not only money, but the headaches that result from purchasing a flawed and troublesome product.
When it comes time to purchase a car, the reviews in the annual auto issue (please ask for this at the 2nd floor reference desk) could save you thousands of dollars and dramatically improve your chances of driving a car you love. And missing out on the expense and hassle of fixing a poorly-performing vehicle will allow more money and free time for other things you love to do.
The annual Consumer Reports Buying Guide (also available at the 2nd floor reference desk) rates over 2,000 products, from refrigerators and dishwashers to laptops and smartphones. The results are ranked in order of model performance, with reliability scales for the manufacturers of the products, ranked from highest reliability to lowest. While they can’t guarantee the performance of any particular purchase, spending just a few minutes with the results of their testing could eliminate a source of frustration from your life, while providing a different perspective on the features of each product. You’ll be more likely to walk away with just the features that matter to you, saving money on your overall purchase.
The hundreds of magazine subscriptions available in print at the library are available for borrowing except for the most recent issue contained in the red cover. Not only can you avoid subscription expenses, you can also avoid needless clutter at home. Magazines in the library’s collection cover a wide variety of subjects, including pet care, home decor, antiques, popular culture, health, science and technology, cooking, and many other popular areas of interest. Want to learn how to handle money more successfully? Read Money or Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazines. Or if you’re hands-on, you can save by putting the solutions in Do It Yourself or The Family Handyman into play.
While services such as Netflix and Hulu charge you for their access to great TV and movies, the library DVD collection includes brand-new releases such as Moana, Arrival, and Doctor Strange, and TV series such as Orphan Black, Sherlock, The Flash, and Game of Thrones. Hidden Figures, La La Land and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are already on order and will be added on their release date. Once the item shows in our system, these popular items can be placed on hold for you; just ask our staff for assistance if you’d like to be shown how to do this for yourself. Our Hoopla online service allows our library card holders to access streaming video, thousands of music albums, e-books, and e-audiobooks.
Looking for other ways to save at CDPL? You can use the library’s Freegal service to download music you can keep; take advantage of the library’s internet computing & low-cost printing capabilities; and enjoy free programs such as the Chess Club, Book Clubs or other special programs. Follow CDPL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and to keep up with the library’s newest and most popular additions, be sure to sign up for Wowbrary, the library’s e-newsletter. But be sure to confirm your subscription by clicking on the follow-up e-mail sent to you, or your subscription will not activate. Have questions about materials in the library’s collections? Please call the reference desk at 765-362-2242 ext. 117.