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Consumer Reports

Consumer ReportsAre you in the market for a new washing machine or maybe even a new car?  Not sure which model will be the better buy?  The library offers a powerful consumer research tool by providing you access to the Consumer Reports website.  ConsumerReports.org provides members with access to expert, unbiased ratings of over 5,000 products.  The website also provides product reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, and reviews from other users like you.  ConsumerReports.org reviews include cars, household appliances, electronics, home and garden products, and products for your kids and babies.  

Do you want to keep up on the latest consumer product news such as recalls and safety tips?   ConsumerReports.org has the most current relevant news always displayed on its homepage.  You can also sign up for the free email newsletter.  Consumer Reports operates the world's largest product testing and research lab.  On the website you can read or watch videos of how they conduct their many different tests.  ConsumerReports.org also includes a home remodeling and improvement guide that offers expert advice on keeping your project on schedule and on budget. Read more »

2013 Free Community Tax Service

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Monroe County Public Library 303 East Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington

February 4 - April 12

Monday and Tuesday: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Friday: 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm

(Arrive early - signup begins at 1:30 p.m. - first come, first served)

 

Ellettsville Branch Library 600 W. Temperance St., Ellettsville, Phone 812-876-3383

February 1 - April 12 (Call for an appointment.)

Friday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Saturday: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

 

Other locations:  see http://www.monroeunitedway.org/freetaxes

 

 

 

Escape With the 2013 Winter Reading Program

WRP 2013Adult, high school and middle school readers are encouraged to participate in our annual Winter Reading Program. It's easy to enter - read a book, submit an entry. Every week, winning names will be drawn to receive prizes, and a final prize will be given at the end. The more books you read, the more chances you'll have to win.

Enter anytime between January 2 and February 25 at any library location - Main, Ellettsville or the Bookmobile - or online.

Need help finding a great winter read? If you haven't already, check out MCPL's online book lists. Whether you are craving contemporary British novels, non-fiction about cold places or for a little of everything try a book that library staff loved in 2012. Check out a book today and escape!

NoveList Plus is A+ for Readers

What can you do when your favorite author doesn't write fast enough?  When you finish a series do you have a hard time finding something else to read?

Using NoveList Plus, you can find suggestions for similar authors or series, lists of award winners, as well as the order of books in a series.  Book lists and book discussion guides can help you find a new favorite book or author.

 In NoveList Plus, you'll find:

  • Fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages
  • Expert reading recommendations from professional librarians
  • Read-alikes for every title, author, and series
  • Easy-to-use interface designed with readers and librarians in mind
  • Simple but effective searching
  • Quick and easy-to-use resources including:
    • Book Discussion Guides
    • Thematic book lists
    • Reading and book-oriented articles

 

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Try NoveList Plus, a great resource for finding your next favorite book.

Self Service Scanning is Here!

MCPL is experimenting with a self-service scanning station that provides an easy way to convert paper documents, photos and drawings into a digital format.

The "Simple Scan" station is an easy to use touch-screen scanning device that scans, saves, and sends all your documents, photos, magazines and more. The Simple Scan Station can automatically auto-crop, auto-straighten and auto-orient each page scanned.

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You can save your scanned item in the following formats:

  • PDF's
  • Searchable PDF
  • Word
  • TIFF
  • JPEG

 

After you decide how you want your scanned item saved, Simple Scan's touch screen guides you through several ways to save or send it including:

  • Save to USB
  • Send to email
  • Send to Google Docs

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We would like library patrons to try it out and help us decide whether we should keep the stations. Stop by the Elletsville Branch or the Main Library (second floor Reference Desk) to try one out today.

ReferenceUSA - The Premier Source of Business and Residential Information

Did you know that the library has a powerful database available to its members?  ReferenceUSA is a leading provider of business and consumer research.  The site was initially designed as a powerful research tool for small businesses, students, and job seekers.  The database has information on over 20 million businesses as well as 222 million consumers.  You can use ReferenceUSA to look up the phone numbers and addresses of any of these businesses or people in the database. Image

Do you own or are planning on opening a small business here in Bloomington?  You can use ReferenceUSA to scope out the competition.  This database will allow you to select a location and conduct a radius search of similar businesses in an area defined by you.  You can look up how long the competition has been in business as well as how good their credit rating is. Read more »

Proper care and feeding of your DVDs, CDs and BluRays.

Not this wayWhen compact discs first came out they were proclaimed to be almost indestructible.  I still remember watching the Today Show and being amazed as the new media storage for music was demonstrated.  Part of the demonstration was taking a small hammer and hitting the CD disc with it.  A wonder of wonders; the disc still played.  Looking back on this event today I wonder if the disc would have played all the way through.   The Idea that digital disc storage was indestructible has been more than a little overblown.  Digital discs need the same care and sometimes greater care than the old vinyl recordings.   I would like to share with you some guidelines for caring for your digital discs. " Read more »

Family History Month is coming!

The Indiana Room is gearing up early for National Family History Month in October.

Be sure to mark your calendars now for these programs:

Dating Old Family Photos

From the Smithville News Digital Collection

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Joan Hostetler from Heritage Photo Research will give clues on dating and identifying the person pictures or era of old photos. Participants are encouraged to bring mystery photos. You may email photos and questions in advance to Joan at heritagephotoservices [at] gmail [dot] com. Registration Required

Beginning Genealogy: Just the Basics

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This class is designed for people interested in beginning research on their own family history. The basic resources will be reviewed including census records, marriage, birth and death records and obituaries. The class will also include a very brief review of Ancestry Library Edition and Family Search.org Registration Required

Civil War "Rock Star" Ed Bearss Speaks on the 27th Indiana and the Battle of Antietam

 
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Civil War expert and popular battlefield tour guide Ed Bearss will talk about the Hoosier Soldiers who fought in the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single-day battle in American history. Bearss provided commentary for Ken Burns' PBS series, The Civil War, and has served as Chief Historian for the National Park Service. Presented in partnership with the Monroe County Civil War Roundtable; part of the David Wiley Lecture Series.

According to Adam Goodheart of the Smithsonian Magazine, Bearss is "nothing short of a rock star" in Civil War circles.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity! Event is Tuesday, September 11th at 7pm in the Main Library's auditorium. Drop in.

 

What's an Alex Award?

In ZanesvilleWarning! Don't look for these books in the Young Adult section! These are "Adult Books," written for adults. Teens beware!

Ok, now that I've got your attention, let me also say that these books are just great for teens. So great, in fact, that the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) made an award just for them, and named them after a famous Baltimore librarian - sort of. Her name was Margaret A. Edwards, but her friends called her Alex, and that's where we get the Alex Awards. The 2012 Alex Awards feature ten books written for adults, but with special appeal to teens. Read more »

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