Preview Shelf: October 2017

October 26, 2017

By Jessica Mondy, Reference & Local History Assistant

Do you have a favorite author? Most of us do. We love these writers because they thrill us, educate us, and inspire us through their craft. Personally, my favorite author is Stephen King. I was lucky enough to see him in person a couple of weeks ago on his most recent book tour. Hearing King speak, plus the many appearances his works have made on the big screen in recent months have reignited my passion for his writing. At CDPL we have many Stephen King items in our collection, including fiction books, audiobooks, nonfiction books, and large-print books. In addition to these print materials, which can be checked out with a library card, Stephen King is also heavily featured in our online resources. Because of my longstanding appreciation for his writing, I decided to use King as a test subject in three of our eContent databases to get a better understanding of how they worked. By entering Stephen King into the search databases of Zinio, Overdrive, and Hoopla, I learned how to navigate these databases, and was rewarded with a huge variety of materials about my favorite author.

Using Zinio, our e-magazine collection, I was able to find multiple articles and interviews with Stephen King. To access these articles, I clicked the link for “Article Search” and typed in Stephen King. This instantly took me to all the items they have containing his name in their database. When I found an article that looked interesting, I clicked the link that says “Read Full Issue” which added the magazine to my collection. I read several interesting articles featuring King using Zinio’s easy to navigate e-Reader.

In our newest online e-content service, Overdrive, the search box is located at the top right of the screen. Typing Stephen King into the box yielded 90 results, some of which are available in eBook format and some of which are audiobook format. When using Overdrive, you will notice that some books are “Available Now” in which case you can check them out to your account right away. If an item says “Place a Hold” you can get in line to check out the item. Overdrive tells you how many people are in line ahead of you, and also gives you an estimate about how long your wait will be. If you don’t want to wait for a popular title by King, you can click “Available Now” to instantly check out an item by this author.

Hoopla, another CDPL e-content service, also has ebooks and audiobooks by King available for download, in addition to a few of his movies. These items can be instantly added to your account. Hoopla has no limit on how many people can check out a certain item, which means no waiting in line for a book or movie you want! It does, however, limit your items to 5 downloads a month. While using the database, there is a large number in the upper left corner, letting you know how many downloads you still have available that month.

You could replicate this process using any of your own favorite authors. All you have to do is visit our website: www.cdpl.lib.in.us and click on the eContent tab. These databases and others are listed there. You will need your library card and PIN to use these databases, but you can access the content from the comfort of your own home! Have questions about how to use these online resources? Please contact the Reference desk staff for assistance at 765-362-2242 ext. 117.

 

October 19, 2017

By Lynette Ziuchkovski, Reference and Local History Librarian

Gumption isn’t a word you hear often, but it is a driving force in what has made this town, and country the great wonder they are. The Merriam – Webster dictionary defines gumption as a person displaying initiative, common sense, horse sense, or enterprise. Recently I read three books that help illustrate initiative, common sense, enterprise, and yes, gumption.

“Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom With America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers”
Who else but Nick Offerman would see what Benjamin Franklin, Carol Burnett, Wendell Berry, Frederick Olmsted, Yoko Ono, and Willie Nelson all had/have in common. Dedicating a chapter to each of the listed and some I haven’t listed, Offerman explains how sometimes you have to make your own way. Done with humor, each life is described in an enlightening and uplifting fashion that is also compassionate.

“Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson
When someone is dealing with anxiety and depression it is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture of life and to get sucked into a dark place. It takes a lot of drive and initiative to even get out of the bed, much less out the door. Jenny not only makes it out the door, but she takes us along with her with her quick wit, sarcastic humor, and odd but supportive family. Sure to make you laugh out loud at some of the absurdity of it all, but in the end, this book will help you see that with a little love and support even the darkest of days can have a little touch of gray.

“Rabbit” by Patricia Williams, aka Ms. Pat
In addition to gumption and initiative, a person needs dreams to make it big in the world. Ms. Pat describes her hard upbringing living in poverty and learning from the bad influences around her how to steal and hustle. However, she dreamed of providing a better life for her family and self. She explains in a very raw and open manner the life changes she had to make in separating herself from a life of crime to a life as a comedian. Feeling as though she had no other choice, she left the area she grew up in to move to Indianapolis to find her new life. Having grown up in an area of Eastern Kentucky (same region mention in the book Hillbilly Elegy) that was riddled with extreme poverty I can understand the feeling of needing to escape and get away from your current environment to improve your life.

Come find a little of yourself in the pages of these and many of the “my life” stories at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. If you prefer e-books, don’t forget to check some out with our free e-content services, Hoopla and OverDrive. If you’d like help learning to use them, please come by the library’s second floor reference desk for assistance, or attend our Digital Drop In, held Wednesday afternoons from 4-6 p.m. in the library’s main lobby. Call 765-362-2242 ext. 117 for more information.

 

October 12, 2017

The Digital Drop-in
By Angela White

Hello again from the tech department of Crawfordsville District Public Library. I am very excited to remind all of our patrons about our technology education service, the Digital Drop-in.
We’ve all had issues with technology but surviving in today’s world without our gadgets is nearly impossible. But who can afford private computer lessons or the hourly rate of a Geek Squad member? Well, your library wants to help.
Patient CDPL staff will be available in the library’s main lobby every Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm to work with you one-on-one to answer your tech questions.

Whether it’s:
· basic computing skills like using the mouse or finding out what a browser is

· troubleshooting an issue with your smartphone, laptop, or e-Reader

· opening an email account

· making a Craig’s List post

· changing your Facebook security settings

· learning how to use your iPad or tablet

· format an Excel spreadsheet

· how to Google

· getting your photos off your phone or digital camera

· filling out online job applications

· downloading free books, music, movies and magazines to your device or computer

· using all the free electronic resources available through CDPL

We want to help.
Here at CDPL, we aim to build personal confidence for those using digital devices and technology. We want to provide answers to questions that people have about how they can accomplish their tech goals but perhaps just don’t know how.
As with all good things, there are limitations. We cannot guarantee an answer or fix. If staff aren’t able to help right away, they will do some research in order to provide more information at the next session. Our recommendations are our opinion, but you are ultimately responsible for your device, and a liability waiver must be signed prior to a consultation. Also we cannot keep your device to fix it. Each consultation is limited to 15 minutes if there is a wait in order to help all our patrons in a timely manner. Please have your device fully charged, connection cables if appropriate and know your sign-in information and passwords.
There is no formal class, sign up or registration. This service is free. Laptops will be available for those who don’t have their own computer or device but still have questions. All kinds of queries are welcome, from the quick and easy to the more complicated. All ages are welcome. Just bring yourself, your questions, and your tech. I can’t wait to meet you.

 

October 5, 2017

By Lynette Ziuchkovski, Reference & Local History Librarian

Winter is coming, and with the cold weather out comes my yarn and knitting needles.

Beginning knitters will love Stitchionary: The Ultimate Stitch Dictionary from the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine (746.432 Vog). Each pattern is shown knitted out, and pictured in a high resolution picture so that you can easily see (without doing it yourself) what the pattern will look like in a small sample. Seed stitch, sugar cubes, basketweave, and waffle rib are just a few of the pattern stitches pictured, and to a new knitter many of these sound odd so the pictures help show why each pattern is called as such. Each pattern is described in easy to follow instructions. Advanced knitters will find new patterns to play with as well in this book.

Seasoned knitters, and new beginners will find Lily Chin’s Knitting Tips & Tricks: Shortcuts and Techniques Every Knitter Should Know (746.432 Chi) very helpful. There are easy to follow directions on how to get out of common mistakes, how to follow and adjust patterns to fit you, and how to avoid some common mistakes.

Brave New Knits: 26 Projects and Personalities from the Knitting Blogosphere (746.432 Tur) by Julie Turjoman is a vibrant and fashionable book of projects and ideas, including classic cardigans with a new twist in the decorative new cable designs. Patterns inspired by pop culture like the “Johnny Rotten” jacket will make an impression for sure when entering a room. Peppered throughout the book are vignettes of various knitwear designer blogs complete with the blog address so if you feel so inspired by the designer you can subscribe to their blog. Lace Flower pin design is a pattern I have only seen done in crochet. It was so exciting to see an old design done in a new way to create a pin that can be worn as a hair clip or as a brooch on your dress jacket.

Come on in and check out our large selection of knitting books and prepare for the coming winter. For knitters who prefer e-books, our new OverDrive service provides an impressive variety of knitting-related titles accessible for nearly all e-devices including Kindle Paperwhite. To utilize the OverDrive service, a patron must have a current library card (cards expire every 12 months) and must know their password for their library account. Please visit the circulation department on the first floor of the library to renew your library card or reset your library password. If you know your card is current and have your library password, and you need assistance with setting up your new OverDrive account, please contact the library’s reference desk at 765-362-2242 ext. 117. We’ll be glad to help.