Blogs

Big Library Read

This late spring, Porter Public Library will again be taking part in the Big Library Read, sponsored by OverDrive.  The WPPL OverDrive website is your place to go for eBooks and eAudiobooks in many different formats.  If you are new to eBooks, or want guidance on how to use Overdrive, the staff at our Popular Materials desk are alway

Who is the Yellow King?

The One Literary Reference You Must Know to Appreciate True Detective--
Two episodes into the HBO series, True Detective dropped a reference to one of the strangest, most compelling tales in the canon of weird fiction: Robert W. Chambers' The King in Yellow, a collection of short stories published in 1895. Knowing this book is key to understanding the dark mystery at the heart of this series.

May Flowers and More

May is a busy month for celebrations – Mother’s Day, First Communions, graduations and showers will keep our social calendar full.

The Sports Section - Pros and Cons

No, this topic is not about professional athletes and their legal problems.  This is about some of the rule changes affecting MLB and the NFL this year that have stirred up a bit of controversy.
 
With the 2014 baseball season just underway, teams, announcers, umpires, and fans are trying to figure out the two major rules changes.
 

Sleepless in...EVERYWHERE! Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun

What if something apocalyptic happens in the future and suddenly 90% of the population can no longer sleep? What if you are one of the few who CAN? How quickly would society crumble? What happens when no one can sleep anymore?

Heartbleed: When to change your passwords

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In the past couple of days you have probably heard a lot about Heartbleed, a major security flaw in SSL (secure socket layer) that many websites use to encrypt data. If you have read about this, many people covering the story have given the advice "change all of your passwords right away." This may not be the best advice. If you changed your password on a website before the site patched the security flaw, the new password could still be vulnerable.

WPPL does not use OpenSSL (the technology that is the source of the vulnerability) in our public websites, nor in our catalog.

TuitionTracker.org: Learn the true costs of college

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If there is someone college-bound in your household, take a look at a new database that has just been launched called TuitionTracker.org. Created by the Dallas Morning News, The Hechinger Report and the Education Writers Association, the site includes data on more than 3,000 institutions of higher learning. For families dealing with making college choices, this site contains a lot of helpful information.

It's a Mystery - A Little History in the Mystery

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I've written before about the many sub-genres of the Mystery genre, such as cozies, police procedurals, and hard-boiled.  One sub-genre that is regaining its popularity is the Historical mystery.

Springing Back Slowly

Having endured quite a brutal winter, I know we’re all anxious for Spring’s arrival. The unusual sight of my lawn immediately sparked ideas for this year’s landscaping updates.

Discworld is turning 30!

Discworld is a comic fantasy book series written by the English writer Terry Pratchett, set on the fictional Discworld, a flat disc balanced on the backs of four elephants which, in turn, stand on the back of a giant turtle.