Most computer games give me a headache, but there is one website that I love for its soothing, relaxing Flash games: orisinal.com! Even though these webgames are exciting and challenging, they are also visually appealing and comforting. Make sure you turn your speakers on. I haven’t played all of these yet, but it seems like they are all kid-friendly and may be a nice break from the other violent games they may be playing. And one last warning: some of these can be very addictive!
Did you know that the Chamblee Library has a Community Art Bulletin Board? Local schools, day cares, and other children’s organizations can have their artwork on display for about a month. If you would like to know more, please call the Chamblee library at (770) 396-1380.
What is a blog?
I didn’t really know what a blog was
until we began creating one for DCPL. Our director talked about what a blog is
in our first blog entry. Since first hearing about
blogs, I have been doing some exploring and experimenting with them. There are
several sites that allow you to create your own blog for free. Some of the most
popular sites are blogger, wordpress, and livejournal. I
currently write two blogs for my own personal enjoyment. One is a way to share
my life with my distant family and friends. The second is documenting my family
stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. You can add
pictures and videos to share with your audience. This allows many family members
to feel like they are participating in your life in a more dynamic way. If you
are interested in learning how to blog, the library has several books. Here is
a sampling: Blogging for Dummies, The Corporate Blogging Book, and We blog: publishing online with weblogs.
I have started finding blogs out there to keep up with the library
profession and other types of blogs to help me perform my current job better. I
found many of my first blogs by word of mouth and then most bloggers will list
their favorite blogs on their sites. Recently, I have been using an online tool
called bloglines.com to keep up with the numerous blogs I am interested in. This
site allows you to catch new blog entries without typing the address of each
blog. The site also allows you to search for other blogs using keywords. So if
you are interested in blogs concerning Atlanta you can search for either entries about Atlanta or blogs with a direct focus on Atlanta..
Some of my favorite library related blogs are Librarycrunch, David Lee King, and Tame The Web. Other blogs that I
check out frequently are Coaching Tip: The Leadership blog, The Practice of Leadership, and Metroblogging Atlanta.
Are you blogging? What are some of your favorite blogs (beside DCPLive of
Two of the best books I checked out of the library last year were the graphic novels/memoirs Persepolis and its sequel Persepolis 2: the story of a return by Marjane Satrapi, so when I found out recently that the books have been made into a movie, I was thrilled! Marjane is 9 years old in the story, and we see her grow up in war torn Iran. She goes through many of the same trials that people all over the world go through when growing up, including rebelliousness and finding an identity. But she has the added challenge of trying to lead a normal life while living through the Islamic Revolution. Marjane has a unique visual style, and both graphic novels are a pleasure to read and flip through. Instead of using actors, the movie is in the style of the novels, with more original drawings and animations by Marjane.
With all the things happening over in the Middle East these days, it’s nice to see something from the perspective of someone who is from that area. I was attracted to the many hardships and differences she had growing up, but even more so by how similar our experiences were, even though we grew up worlds apart! It’s a very moving and personal story that I would recommend wholeheartedly to everyone.
The movie will open at the Landmark Theater this Friday, January 25th. You can also find out more information about the movie at the official Persepolis page.
While doing some snooping on the web for old Atlanta buildings, I stumbled across the Atlanta Time Machine. This amazing site has many many now and then photos that let you see just how much our fair city (or metro area, if you prefer) has changed over the years. There are pictures of houses, commercial buildings and streets, with the “now” photos each taken from the same point of view for easy comparisons. There are also pop culture references, including pages on the Dukes of Hazzard (filmed in Atlanta and Covington) and Smokey and the Bandit. If you’re an Atlanta native (a rare animal nowdays), there are pages on Officer Don and the Popeye Club, a WSB-TV show that ran from the mid-1950s through the 60s and many other ways down memory lane. Enjoy yourself, but if you’re looking at this at work – beware! Once you start looking you won’t be able to stop!
All DeKalb County Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.
You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.
You don’t have to have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.
You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve.
You don’t have to know Einstein’s “Theory of Relativity” to serve.
You don’t have to know the Second Theory of Thermal Dynamics in Physics to serve.
You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love, and you can be that servant.
Excerpted from “The Drum Major Instinct”, a sermon by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968. Available on CD and print in A Knock At Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Courtesy of The King Center.
Biographies and other books about Dr. King
Books by Dr. King
Library Databases (remote access requires valid DCPL card and PIN):
Biography Resource Center
The African American Experience
The King Center
The Nobel Peace Prize
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
The King Papers
“Now what was that book so-and-so told me about?”
“What was that book I meant to read?”
“Have I read this already?”
Does this sound familiar to you? It does to me. Over the years (and especially since I became a librarian), I have made several attempts to track my reading adventures with little to no success. I have started book “journals” in both pen and pencil; created spreadsheets; set up databases; and even created my own old-school mini card catalog (OK, so I only actually created three cards before I got frustrated and abandoned the project). The point is that I have never been able to track my reading in an effective manner, nor in a way that enabled me to share my reads with anyone else.
With their stated goal of making “reading fun again”, Goodreads.com is a great way to not only track what you have read, are reading, and want to read; but a way to share it with friends too. Organize your books by virtual shelves you create; rate and review your books; join reading groups; and comment too. At a loss for what to read? Check out a friend’s list and find inspiration.
Lots of fun to navigate, a great way to remember what you’ve read, and for librarians (or anyone) a great readers’ advisory tool.
Logo from Goodreads.com website
One of the best all-in-one websites I’ve used is www.gacollege411.org .
This website is specific to Georgia colleges and universities, but there are other partner sites, which I’ll mention again a bit later.
I recommend beginning with the Getting Started tab on the far left. It won’t take long to look through these links, and the information on how to use the site is very helpful.
The multi-colored tabs along the top take you directly to specific sections. Here are some of the highlights:
- College Entrance Requirements are in the Student Planner section.
- In the Career Info section, you can match your interests to different college majors using the career key feature, or match jobs to the kind of major each requires using the Student Career Matching Assistant.
- There are other ways to match schools and your interests in the Comparative View and Matching Assistant sections under the GA Colleges tab. You can even take virtual tours.
- Under Applications & Transcripts you’ll find a feature that uses information you store in the website to fill out your applications to Georgia colleges and universities.
Notice those links on the left under Getting Started; here you’ll find sections on College Test Prep and the HOPE Scholarship. I like the design of this site and the helpful ways in which they give you more than one place to find the information that you need.
Also interested in colleges and universities outside of Georgia? If you click on the Georgia Colleges tab, there’s a link to sites for schools outside the state. If you save information using that neat application feature, it remains usable in the other sites.
You might also visit CollegeSource Online, which is bookmarked on our Databases page. Here you’ll find an online version of college catalogs, so that you can search from one source rather than going to several different college or university websites. To see this database, go to http://www.dekalblibrary.org/search/cdrom.ssi and click on the link for CollegeSource Online under the Tests and Careers menu.
Also, feel free to visit your closest library branch for some great print reference resources.