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Venus Crosses Sun: June 5

Photo: 2004 Transit of Venus. Credit: SOHO/EIT/ESA/NASAObservers on the North Coast are well-positioned to see the last transit of Venus in our lifetimes on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. A transit of Venus occurs when that planet crosses (transits) the face of the Sun as viewed from Earth.  The event is rare indeed, with the next transit taking place in the year 2117 -- and then not visible from Northeastern Ohio!


It's a Mystery 5/15/2012

The Sports Section: The Run for the Roses

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If it's the first Saturday in May, it has to be the running of the Kentucky Derby.  And to make it even more exciting this year, the classic horse race falls on May 5 - the day of celebration known as Cinco de Mayo.  The 138th running of the "greatest two minutes in sports" takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, and is the first leg of racing's Triple Crown.  The Preakness follows two weeks after the Derby at the Pimlico Race Track in Maryland and the Belmont Stakes, in New York, are 3 weeks after that, the last and longest of the three races.  The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.

Animal Kingdom was the 2011 winner of the Kentucky Derby, ridden by John Velaquez (his first derby win).  An attendance record was set last year, with 164,858 race fans on hand to catch the Run for the Roses.

Who Are You Really? The Psychology, Philosophy, and Science of Human Consciousness

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DISPLAYED at the front of the library until the end of the month.

The Sports Section - PLAY BALL!

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Spring has truly sprung this year.  And what is more a sign of spring than that (un)official Cleveland holiday, the Indians' Home Opener?  Cleveland's big day begins on Thursday, April 5 at 3:05 pm when the Tribe takes on the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive Field.  The scheduled starting pitcher for the Indians is right-hander Justin Masterson.

The first scheduled MLB game is on Wednesday, April 4, featuring the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals playing the Miami (formerly Florida) Marlins.  The 7:05 pm game marks the beginning of the 2012 season and will be played in Marlins Park, the new home of the Miami team.  Also new this year in Miami is manager Ozzie Guillen, formerly of the Chicago White Sox.

From Dover to Market

According to the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, a web based historical resource operated and maintained by Case Western Reserve University, the public market as an institution in Cleveland started as early as 1829. That year, stalls were auctioned off to farmers and merchants on the South side of Public Square on Ontario Street.

It's a Mystery 3/20/2012

The Sports Section 3/1/2012


Sharpen your pencils and get your bracket forms ready because March Madness is almost upon us.  The annual NCAA Division I basketball championship will be decided in New Orleans at the Superdome on Monday, April 2.  The defending champions are the Connecticut Huskies, who beat Butler 53-41.

iPads and Penguins--UPDATED 2/16

[UPDATE: From the "Why didn't I catch that" department, note that the text for the Kindle-format ebook in the second image, the Harlan Coben entry, reads "Kindle and Kindle free apps via USB only." This language is inaccurate: if you see "via USB only" on any such entry, it cannot be downloaded to the Kindle app. We have contacted Overdrive about this language and they are "looking into it."

Another part of this update: if you are on hold for a Penguin ebook (The Help, for instance) and you are planning to read it on a Kindle app, because of Penguin's recent decisions to eliminate wifi access to its ebooks, you will not be able to get that hold. And because holds are format-specific, your hold will not allow you to check out the ePub format ebook via the Overdrive app. If you think this is going to affect you, check your holds in the Overdrive page and see if a title has the "via USB only" language on the record. If not, you're golden. If so, call us.

Again, this only relates to people using Kindle apps to read ebooks published by Penguin.]


As you may have read on the website's front page, publisher Penguin has decided to end its contract with our ebook/audiobook provider Overdrive, and part of this change means that our existing Penguin ebooks have to be downloaded via USB cable for Kindle owners only.

There is a special problem for tablet users who prefer to read library ebooks via the Kindle app, as opposed to the Overdrive app, due to special features the Kindle app has. Two things:

  1. Overdrive is updating its apps to include some of those features, like a dictionary, etc, which is why many people preferred the Kindle app over the Overdrive app.
    • Unfortunately for iPad/iPhone/iPod owners, the updates for your app haven't been completed yet.
    • For Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone, the apps have been updated.
  2. You cannot transfer ebooks to a tablet device via USB, so you cannot use the Kindle app to read Penguin ebooks.

The Sports Section 1/31/2012

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