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Adult Book Blog and Recommended Reads - Staff book reviews, fiction and non-fiction.

The Edge: A blog about Occult philosophy, depth psychology, ancient times, future times and the frontiers of science.

Farnsworth's blog features news and reviews in the world of sci-fi.

Internet Search and Web Tools and ebook technologies - brought to you by mrweaver.

It's a Mystery is a blog about the Mystery genre and its many subgenres.

Just the Facts - In Reference, we learn something new every day. What we find, we share with you.

Let's Talk Trending keeps you up to date with the latest and greatest in what's happening in Popular Culture.

The Media Maven's goal is to help you understand what resources and databases the library has access to, how to use them, and sometimes give reviews to books she thinks you might enjoy.

Music Musings on Monday features music news, releases, and everyday musings.

Pics & Tricks - Need help? Tips and tricks about illustration and graphic design on library computers.

The Playful Parent - Make the most of your family time with ideas for activities and crafts that entertain and educate!

The Sports Section covers the world of sports, from alpine skiing to yachting.

STEAM - all about Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math.

An In-depth Look: ReferenceUSA for Individuals

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The Media Maven wants you to know exactly what comprises ReferenceUSA, and how you can use it to make your life easier as a consumer.

Let’s start by looking at the five separate databases within ReferenceUSA that we have. 

Edit Digital Photos Online, Download Picasa, and Learn from Lynda.com

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Thanks to everyone who enjoyed the recent Digital Photos Online and Picasa classes! The next two digital photography classes may also be full, but that doesn't mean you can't learn some of the material from the comfort of your own home.

With just your Westlake Porter Public Library card and PIN, you can access Lynda.com, a huge database of video tutorials to almost any software you can imagine (plus some more videos on business skills!)

Welcome to Pics and Tricks

Greetings and welcome to the first post of Pics and Tricks.

So, who is this being? Well, let's say She (the green girl, as I call her) is the embodiment of the creative urge, the right brain, or a muse. Maybe she's the goddess of the unconscious or of the universal mind, the ground source of emotion and new ideas. (I have to admit there's probably an undercurrent of my longing for spring here, as well, hence all the greenery.) 

This blog is going to be about being creative, about using the tools, hardware and software, that are available here at the library to create illustrations for your publications: posters, flyers, brochures, pamphlets, greeting cards (whatever you're working on) and about creating and outputting the final publications, as well.

Both patrons and staff can ask questions, technical or otherwise, about any aspect of the process, and I’ll help you if I can—and, if I don't know the answer, I'll find out.

It’s time to roll out the red carpet…

      

Artist of the Week #5: The Newsboys

So far, our Artists of the Week have mostly focused on Rock groups, with a short deviation into classic show tunes with Michael Crawford.  Today, we're going to check out one of the genres on the other side of the Popular Materials desk: Gospel.

How to Subscribe to WPPL Blogs and the Library Calendar

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Westlake Porter Public Library’s blogs are a great way to learn what’s new at WPPL (and a chance to peek into the minds of some of your favorite staff members!)

Of course, you can always see the newest WPPL blog posts at http://westlakelibrary.org/?q=wpplblogs (and this particular STEAM blog here), but if you look to the left of the main text, you’ll see all of the blog names listed with a symbol that looks like this:

What Are "Squishy Circuits?"

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Ever want to learn about simple electronics, but felt that wires, soldering, and such were too complicated or dangerous?

Miss sculpting with Play-Doh and want to learn how to make your own (for you or your kids?)

Linda Street Creates a Beautiful Space

Greetings EDGE Readers!

 

Just wanted to write a little something to express my thanks to Linda Street and to all of you who attended our Coffee With Linda discussion group on January 29.

 

We had a really great conversation. Linda was wonderful, as usual, and the group was open and sharing, just the way I've been hoping it would be. I've borrowed the title of this post from one of the evaluations.  I agree, Linda did create a beautiful space to be in.

 

I've read the evaluations and will be sharing the results with Linda shortly.  We're going to try and incorporate some of your suggestions in future meetings.  If you didn't fill out an evaluation sheet after the program, you can still relay your interests for future programs or any other comment, by emailing me at Ilona.Miklos@westlakelibrary.org.  I'll pass them on to Linda.

 

For the next meeting, I know, Linda is thinking that we'll allot more time for the meditation, for one thing, and I'm thinking of asking her to talk a little more about meditation in general, since some of you have suggested that. 

 

In my private talks with Linda, I know we've discussed the many forms meditation can take, some of them traditional ones we've all heard of, involving assuming certain body positions and paying close attention to our breathing or focusing on something in particular, a word or phrase, for example.   But we also discussed other methods, walking or running outdoors, breathing deeply and taking in the beauty of nature;  or staring comfortably out a window at trees or clouds or birds or squirrels while quieting your mind.  I think meditation is a lot like listening. It's being prepared to receive something, the way you can be prepared to hear . . . 

 

I also think you can meditate while listening to certain kinds of music, or while being involved in some kind of creative or artistic activity.  So there are a lot of ways to meditate and I think, a discussion on that topic could be very illuminating and helpful.  I have something different up there now, but I think that in March, I'lll feature books on meditation on my endcap display near the 100s and 200s(ask a staff member where that is if you're unsure).