Tuesday, January 29, 2008

University Podcasts

This is something I have not really delved into yet but here is a promising list of podcasts of courses provided by big ole universities. Unfortunately, some require Itunes. I'm not a big fan of Itunes.

This aspect of the internet is just starting and, once everyone has a camera and a fast connection, online education may really take off.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Amazon Reviews

I've never asked any of my friends if they post reviews on Amazon. I do, but not very often. I've been using Amazon for several years and have less than ten reviews. I found a good article on Slate that discusses top Amazon reviewers and the strange limbo in which amateur writers live in.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Free Quality Reading Online

I see a few newspaper and magazine sites that now offer free content online. Some even include archives. I think this is going to be the standard pretty soon. Many news and magazine sites have tried using a subscription service and have seen them go over like lead balloons. Here's a list of what I have found so far.

You can read the NY Times for free back to 1987

The Atlantic magazine is offering free back issues to 1995

Time magazine has an archive you can search and read back to 1923. I've done some searching and if it's not a complete archive it's pretty big.

The Boston Globe has a free archive back to 2003.

Discover magazine goes back to 1993.

The Paris Review is building an archive of the interviews.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Library Murder

On Friday, February 8th at 7 pm we will be sponsoring a Murder Mystery night here at the Morrison Regional Library. There is going to be some wine, some catering, a body and some clues. Several staff members have been spending a lot of time putting this together and it sounds like the plot and the clues are starting to come together. There is a blog about the night and its preparation over on a blog that was set up by one of our librarian's, Melanie. You can view that here.

So far we have sold over thirty tickets so it's looking to be a pretty exciting night. All money raised is going to the Friends of the Morrison Library and they will take the money and use it to improve the Morrison Library. A lot of the library staff will be on hand also as participants and hosts so this will also be a good chance to interact with your friendly, helpful and interesting Morrison staff people.

Here is how the program is listed on the library's website: Love Your Library to Death, A Murder-Mystery Party
You can be part of the mystery during an incredible evening of wine, cheese and mayhem. Collect clues to figure out just who did the dastardly deed. Proceeds from this event benefit the Morrison Chapter of the Friends of the Public Library. Tickets $20. Call 704-336-2109. Credit card, cash or check.
Location: Morrison Regional
Date: Friday, 2/8/2008 at 7:00 PM
Age Range: Adults

Friday, January 11, 2008

Today we did some switching around of furniture in the fiction/young adult area. We took the newspaper shelf and moved it into the adult reading area and that opened up a bunch of space down in the young adult area. We put a table and some chairs in there along with four large bean bags. We now have a Teen Reading Area. We are very excited about this and there were already some teens down there lounging this morning. They weren't playing hooky, they were here with their school. You can see pictures of our improvements here.