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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.

Spring into the Season!

Artist of the Week #6: That's So Metal!

I know generally speaking, the Artist of the Week should really focus on just one artist.  But, when it came time to choosing a band for this post, I was torn between two.  And when I started reading into the band biographies a bit more, I realized that the two bands both happened to be European metal bands.  So, instead of just choosing one band of the two, I'm going to be focusing on the concept of European metal bands, specifically my two favorites: Sabaton and Sonata Arctica.

Countdown

There are a lot of key dates coming up in the world of sports – here are a few notable ones:

 

Facebook Photo Albums, Instagram, and Snapchat

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We had a lot of fun this Tuesday night during the Facebook Photo Albums, Instagram, and Snapchat class, including the “live” posting to Instagram!

Here are some handy links about the topics from the class. The following Lynda.com video tutorials and other websites will go more in-depth than we had time for.

GVRL eBooks. Do your research.

Westlake Porter Public Library is delighted to announce a new service for our patrons called Gale Virtual Reference Library.

GVRL eBooks. Do your research.

Non-fiction eBooks available 24/7. Access is easy. No wait. No check-out required.

Get caught up on your favorite crime dramas!

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…