Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Library Elf Responds to News

Library Elf developer responds to the Bloglines issue and offers advice to change your Elf password.

Library Elf RSS Feeds & Bloglines

We know a number of our patrons have signed up for Library Elf.

Recently there has been a discovery that users who subscribe to Library Elf and add the RSS feed to a Bloglines account are (possibly unknowingly) making their email address, list of items checked out and list of items on hold available to anyone doing a Bloglines search.
[Note: Bloglines was stated in all the examples, but this may extend to other web-based RSS aggregators.]

Users who choose to have their Library Elf information delivered via email are not affected by this.

Library Elf has updated their Frequently Asked Questions with this information about your privacy.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

2005 State Income Tax Forms Online

Illinois has updated the tax forms on their website.

We've got links posted on our tax forms webpage.

We've also linked to forms for Indiana for those of you who work over the border!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Recommended Websites Via

We've got an account on!

This allows us to bookmark websites that can be useful to our patrons, and categorize them with tags. Tags are like keywords you can use to find sites that interest you!

Each day, sites added to our account will be posted into the feed for our Internet & Technology Blog.

You can also visit our page to see all the links or you can subscribe to the RSS feed.

You can even set up your own account to save your favorite bookmarks. Perfect if you use more than 1 computer. Access your bookmarks from work, from home, at the library, at school, or a friend's house!

NewsBank Enhancements Coming in January!

NewsBank, inc. is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of several enhancements that will improve the functionality of the following products: Access World News, America's Newspapers, Hometown News and Armed Services & Government News. In addition to offering your library more customization options, these new enhancements will provide your students and patrons with an improved interface and more advanced search capabilities.

The enhancements will include:

Spanish-Language Interface

Users of NewsBank newspaper products will be able to choose between two versions of the interface, one in English and the other in Spanish. This choice will also be available to users of Acceda Noticias, NewsBank's Spanish-language news module. Ideal for Spanish speakers and users learning Spanish or English as a second language, this enhancement will go "live" at 8:00 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, January 3, 2006.

Keywords-in-Context for Search Results

Users will have the option to view highlighted keywords within the text of articles retrieved by their searches.

Also, NewsBank will offer users three options for viewing their search results: (1) by headline, (2) by the first paragraph or (3) by the context of articles in which keywords appear. Each of these options can be set as the default for your library's account. Please contact NewsBank Customer Services if you would like to change your default preference.

Spell Checking & Correction

NewsBank's search engine will enable users to easily discover and fix misspellings in their search terms. The search engine will suggest corrections to misspelled words and phrases, which users can quickly accept before executing their searches. This unique feature is offered only by NewsBank.

Keywords-in-context and spell checking enhancements will go live at 8:00 a.m. (EST), Monday, January 16, 2006.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

2005 Federal Tax Forms Available Online

We've just updated the links for all your Federal Tax needs for 2005!

Note: Illinois has not yet updated their website to list the tax forms for 2005.

As soon as they update their website, we'll update our links and post a notice here!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries)

Programs for December & beyond...

They're free, and if the original presentation time doesn't fit your schedule, you can download the podcasts.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Computer Classes in January!

Sign-up for the hands-on computer classes in January begins Tuesday, December 13, 2005.

In January, we'll offer the following topics:
(Click here for the dates & times.)

  • Intro to Library Computers & Mouse
  • Library Catalog
  • Yahoo E-mail for Beginners (E-mail I)
  • Expanded Yahoo E-mail (E-mail 2) designed for users who already have a Yahoo email account... bring your Yahoo ID and password! We'll review, then show you some other features.
  • Internet I
  • Microsoft Word
  • NoveList

Classes are limited to 6 students.

Classes start promptly at scheduled time, plan to arrive 5 minutes early.

We do accept walk-ins at the start of class to fill seats of any last-minute cancellations.

Open to high school aged or older. Must be at least age 18 to take the E-mail class.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Feeling Nostalgic for Classic Video Games?

With all the new games and players coming out lately, are you feeling nostaglic for your old favorites?

Play your old favorites on your PC with titles like PacMan, Centipede, Missle Command, and more on GameTap! (free trial, then monthly fee)

You'll need:

  • Broadband connection
  • 800MHz or better processor
  • Windows 2000 or XP
  • Gaming-friendly video card
  • 5GB free storage, 256MB RAM

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Local Computer Service

I'm often asked during the computer classes if there are computer people for hire who would either:

  1. Come to a patron's house and hook up a printer, scanner, etc.
  2. Come to a patron's house and teach them how to use their home computer.
  3. Fix or upgrade a computer.

Lansing Library cannot provide these custom services but I can direct you to some local listings. The library has no affiliation with any of these computer service providers, and does not endorse any particular business, we're simply providing this link as a convenience to our patrons.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Podcast: Email, part 5, Spam, Security, and more

Here is a series of 5 short podcasts on Yahoo! email.

Use them to review or preview a computer class!
You could also listen to them and follow along if you can't attend the hands on class!

Part 5. Spam, security, forgotten passwords, logging out, logging in

Podcast: Email, part 4, Attachments

Here is a series of 5 short podcasts on Yahoo! email.

Use them to review or preview a computer class!
You could also listen to them and follow along if you can't attend the hands on class!

Part 4. Attachments

Podcast: Email, part 3, Write email, Reply, Forwarding

Here is a series of 5 short podcasts on Yahoo! email.

Use them to review or preview a computer class!
You could also listen to them and follow along if you can't attend the hands on class!

Part 3. Write email, reply, forwarding

Podcast: Email, part 2, Reading mail, Creating Folders

Here is a series of 5 short podcasts on Yahoo! email.

Use them to review or preview a computer class!
You could also listen to them and follow along if you can't attend the hands on class!

Part 2. Reading email, creating folders

Podcast: Email, Part 1, Intro and Setting Up an Account

Here is a series of 5 short podcasts on Yahoo! email.

Use them to review or preview a computer class!
You could also listen to them and follow along if you can't attend the hands on class!

Part 1. Intro and setting up a free account

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Lansing Public Library Podcasts

Live, from LPL!

We're now offering selected library programs and computer lectures as a podcast! What's a podcast?
Visit our new podcast info page for details!

Audio podcasts from computer classes, computer lectures, and helpful how-tos relating to using our library technology will be posted on this blog. Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Website, Catalog, Borrower Records Working!

The internet, catalog & website problems we were experiencing since Wednesday have been resolved.

You should be able to search the catalog, view your borrower record, and do everything else!

If you still get an error when following a link on our website, please press the "refresh" button on your browser. (It looks like 2 arrows forming a circle--usually the 3rd option from the left on your browser toolbar.)

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Website Working

The website is working again, but there are still problems connecting to the catalog from the website.

Website & Internet is Down

Access to our website, library catalog and internet access in the library is currently unavailable.

We're working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and we appreciate your patience.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Computer Classes

There are still some spaces in November computer classes.
Classes not meeting the minimum number of registrations will be cancelled.

Don't forget to sign up for the lecture to be held on:
Saturday, November 19, 2005
10:30 a.m.
Computer Lecture: Picturing the Digital Camera Revolution

Also, due to low enrollment, the December computer classes have been cancelled.
Classes will be offered once again in 2006.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Youth Printing...[updated]

Youth Services public printing is out of order now being routed to the paystation on the upper level. You must go upstairs to pay for your print job and release it to the printer queue.

We're working on an alternative option for our patrons.

In the meantime, all patrons may print using the terminals on the upper level.

The 4 terminals located near the Adult Reference Desk have been designated for Microsoft Word only.

If you are using our catalog, the internet, email, or an online database please use other available terminals. Have a seat at 2 terminals at the far side of the atrium, or at the 2 accessible terminals near Circulation.

Please remember that all printing tasks must be completed before the library closes.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Web Forms [update]

Due to a recent change, the email forms on out library website (contact us, suggestion box, and assignment alerts, sign up for e-mail notices) are not working.

We have reported this to our support team. This issue has been resolved.

Until this is resolved, please email and your request will be routed to the appropriate department.

If you sent information to us via an email form on our website between Thursday Oct. 13th and Monday Oct. 17th (before noon), please resubmit the information.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Cook County Property Tax Website

According to the Cook County Treasurer's Office website, Property Tax bills are being mailed this week. They will be due November 1st.

Anxious? You can log on now to see your bill and make sure all the exemptions you were entitled to were applied. [choose payment status and log in with your Property Index Number which you can find on last year's statement...or try their search to find your PIN]

The site also includes links to information on Services for Seniors, including information about Circuit Breaker, Senior Tax Exemptions, Senior Tax Deferral, Disabled Veteran's Benefits, and more.

They're also offering a convenient online payment option.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Library Closed

Lansing Library will be closed Monday, October 3, 2005 for staff training.

You may return items in the book drop located to the right of the upper level entrance.

Our website and catalog may be unavailable for a limited time Monday as we perform maintenance.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Get Your Notices in Your E-Mail [revised]

You can now elect to receive your Hold Notices and Overdue Notices in your e-mail!

This will help the Library reduce postage costs and allow Circulation staff to make fewer phone calls, which gives them more time to assist patrons!

For all the details and to sign-up visit

Q. How is this different from Library Elf?

A. Signing-up for e-mail notification with the form on this page will save staff time, and postage costs.

Library Elf is a third-party product. Lansing Library has no knowledge of which of our patrons have signed up for Library Elf's reminder services, so we still have to phone or mail the notices.

Library Elf can send you reminders before your items are due.

Lansing Library generated e-mail notices will arrive 14 days after item was due back.

Both services have advantages for our patrons, you may register for both.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Genealogy Research on WorldCat

Use WorldCat to do genealogy research! Use their genealogy research tutorial, get answers to common questions. Connect to the OCLC WorldCat Login page

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

New Katrina Information Search Tool

Google has created a special search engine to find information about relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina, housing resources and a people finder.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Upcoming Computer Classes

We're accepting registrations for hands-on computer classes in October.

Register at the Adult Services Desk (or you may phone 708-474-2447 ext. 122)

There are still spaces available in some of the September classes too!

Don't miss the lecture this Saturday, discussing Internet Auctions (such as eBay.)
Please register with Adult Services.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Current events in the news, and suggested search terms to find articles in NewsBank

Access NewsBank in the library, or on the internet!

From: NewsBank HOT TOPICS
Environment - Hurricane Katrina
Topic: Hurricane Katrina came ashore as a category 4 storm packing winds over 150 mph and causing devastation to New Orleans, Louisiana, Mobile Alabama, and other nearby cities – flooding, epidemics, destroyed buildings, etc. What is being done to aid the people of these areas?
Search: hurricanes AND damage reports

Civics, Government and Politics – Supreme Court Nominee
Topic: Judge John G. Roberts Jr. has been nominated by President Bush for to fill the seat of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Who is John Roberts? Why is this position available? What needs to happen before he can assume this position?
Search: Roberts, John G.

Economics – Gasoline Prices
Topic: Gasoline prices are the highest since they peaked at $3.11 per gallon in 1981. In many large cities prices have now exceeded $3 per gallon and the economic impact is putting a strain on both personal and commercial auto use. What are the reasons for this higher price? What do you think the outcome will be?
Search: gasoline AND prices AND economic impact

Education – No Child Left Behind
Topic: Connecticut is the first state to sue the federal government over the No Child Left Behind Act. What are the reasons for this suit? How do other states feel about this action?
Search: Connecticut AND No Child Left Behind.

History – John F. Kennedy Tapes Declassified
Topic: The information from many meetings held between The President and top government officials is considered classified. What is classified information? Tapes of meetings held between President Kennedy and his officials in the 1960’s have been declassified. What does this mean? What information is in these tapes?
Search: Kennedy, John F.AND history

International – Wildlife Management
Topic: Kenya’s Wildlife Service is relocating elephants from one area to another. Why are they doing this? How do they accomplish this move?
Search: elephants AND wildlife management

Environment – Global Warming
Topic: Greenland has recently hosted an international conference of environmental ministers on global warming which concluded that retreating glaciers show that the planet is approaching a dangerous level of warming and action must immediately take place to reverse it. What does this mean to the earth? What can be done to help this situation?
Search: glaciers AND global warming.

Health – Mad Cow Disease
Topic: There is a new theory that mad cow disease came from humans. What is mad cow disease? What evidence is there that this is an accurate conclusion?
Search: mad cow disease

Science and Technology – Gene Mapping
Topic: Scientists have finished deciphering the DNA of chimpanzees. Why was this done? What did they learn?
Search: chimpanzees AND DNA

Film and Television - Documentaries
Topic: March of the Penguins is a documentary film. What is a documentary? What other ones have been released recently? How does a documentary compare with a fiction movie?
Search: documentaries

Fine Arts and Architecture – Building Renovations
Topic: One of the nation's most esteemed buildings has just undergone a successful renovation. Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology, a masterpiece by famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, re-opened recently. What is the significance of this building and this architect?
Search: Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig.

People – William H. Rehnquist
Topic: William Rehnquist was the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court until his recent death. How long was he on the Supreme Court? For what contributions will he be remembered?
Search: Rehnquist, William H.

Performing Arts – The Rolling Stones
Topic: The Rolling Stones, a rock band that's been around for 43 years, are touring again - opening their 37 city tour with a concert at Fenway Park in Boston Massachusetts. Where else are they appearing? Why has this band lasted for so many years?
Search: Rolling Stones (musical group).

Sports – Track and Field
Topic: The United States dominated this year's World Track and Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland by winning a record-breaking 14 gold medals. In what events did they win? How did other countries score?
Search: track and field sports.

NewsBank, inc. 4501 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 315, Naples, FL 34103 (800) 762-8182

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Access OCLC's WorldCat from home!

Discover the World at your Library!

Library users can access OCLC FirstSearch at the library or from home at

Lansing Public Library offers access to the world’s library collections
(Lansing, IL, September 1, 2005)—Patrons of the Lansing Public Library now have more ways to find all types of materials in local libraries and in other libraries around the world. Through the WorldCat database, which contains records of materials in libraries worldwide, library users can find books, eBooks, videos, DVDs, magazine articles and other items in libraries everywhere.

Thousands of libraries worldwide contribute information about their new
resources to WorldCat daily, making it an international resource for locating and sharing materials selected by librarians for their users. Recent enhancements allow users to quickly pinpoint local materials.

“Our users can extend their research beyond our library using WorldCat,” said Kelli Staley.” Lansing Public Library users can find information on everything from antiques to zoology. Students of all ages can locate information for research papers, science fair projects and book reports. Teachers can find electronic and audiovisual materials. Members of the business community can find resources on companies and business practices, such as accounting or marketing, including publications from the Small Business Administration.”

“WorldCat can be a particular boon to genealogists,” added Kelli Staley. “Not only does it contain records and locations for census and family history documents, but it also contains records giving library location information on more than 130,000 newspapers published in the United States, ranging from Publick Occurrences (1690) to USA Today.”

WorldCat is available through the OCLC FirstSearch service, a reference service offering more than 70 databases in a variety of subjects. Library users can look for materials using the Chinese, English, French, Japanese or Spanish interface and in basic, advanced or expert search modes. They also can see whether the Lansing Public Library owns materials, and if not, request them from another library. Citations in many databases link to ejournals. Library staff can borrow materials that are not available in Lansing Public Library.

Lansing Public Library also offers its users many other databases, including Newsbank, Ebsco, Grolier, and Hoover’s. We also offer InterLibrary Loan services through SWAN and Illinet Online.

FirstSearch is a service of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., headquartered in Dublin, Ohio. OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 41,000 libraries in 82 countries and territories. For more information, visit these web sites: < > and
< >.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Renew your items* online!

You can now renew your items* online! It's easy!

  1. Visit our website.
  2. Click on the link to our catalog.
  3. Log in to your borrower account.
  4. Click on “Checked Out”
  5. Check the box in front of the item(s) you wish to renew, then click the renew button. The updated due dates will display on the screen. A message will appear if an item was not eligible for renewal.
  6. You are responsible for any overdue fines or charges incurred if an item was not eligible for renewal, or if the item was overdue when it was renewed.

Of course, you still may renew items* by phone by calling 474-2447.

*Items not eligible for phone or online renewal are:
Items which have been requested by other patrons (no renewals.)
or Items that were InterLibrary Loaned (ILL) for you (in person renewal with the item ONLY.)

Computer Class Sign-Up Relocated

Sign-up for hands-on computer classes has been moved to the Adult Services/Readers Advisory Desk (near the fiction books).

Monday, August 29, 2005

E-Books Discontinued

We are discontinuing our subscription to the e-book service due to low circulation.

Our vendor, Baker & Taylor, said that although our subscription is now expired, the e-books will still be available for a limited time, but they did not give us a definite date. In the meantime, you may continue to access the e-books via our website

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Firefox Toolbar Available

Lansing Public Library Toolbar is now available for Firefox!

Download it now!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A Fortnight of Exciting OPAL programs - LJ Tech Blog - Blog on - 670000067

OPAL (Online Programs for All Libraries) announces upcoming programs.

There is no need to pre-register, and no cost to attend.

All you need to participate is a computer with an Internet connection. The software used for OPAL programs--tcConference version 4--works for computers running MS OS (Win98 and higher), Mac OS X, and Linux. All participants can communicate via text-chatting.

Upcoming topics include aging parents & book discussions

A Fortnight of Exciting OPAL programs - LJ Tech Blog - Blog on - 670000067 - Authors let eBay bidders name characters

Stephen King, Lemony Snicket, Michael Chabon, Amy Tan, Nora Roberts and the chance to name a character (or place, etc.) in their next novel! Auctions begin Sept. 1st.

Read the complete USA Today article.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

September Computer Classes

Registration for the September hands-on computer classes has begun!

If you're new to the mouse, sign up for:
Intro to Library Computers and the Mouse

If you're already pretty good at using a mouse, sign up for the individual classes that interest you! (Classes do not need to be taken in a particular order.)

Library Catalog
Yahoo E-Mail for Beginners
Beginning Internet
Getting Started with Microsoft Word
Mom & Me Library Catalog
Finding Your Next Great Read with NoveList
Finding Your Child's Next Great Read with NoveList
Ebsco (finding magazine & journal articles)

For descriptions of the classes, and dates & times for September... click here.

P.S. There is still room in some of our August classes!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Be an Informed Parent!

Attend the computer lecture this Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 10:30 a.m.

Surfing Safe! Children & Their Parents on the World Wide Web will examine the benefits of children using the Web and includes safe surfing tips from experts.

Attendees will gain:

  1. An understanding of the basics of the Internet and the World Wide Web as an educational tool and source of entertainment for young people.
  2. An examination of safe surfing guidelines for children and parents.
  3. An opportunity to explore the Web for more information with suggested URLs.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Printing Available-Youth

The problem with the public printer on the Youth level of the library has been resolved. Thank you for your patience.

Spaces Still Available in the Week's Classes

We still have room in the comptuer classes on Thursday, August 11.

Yahoo! E-Mail for Beginners is at 9:30 a.m.

Getting Started with Microsoft Word is at 1:30 p.m.

Register at the Adult Circulation Desk. Walk-ins will be accepted if there are seats left.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

SWAN access unavailable Tuesday

SWAN will be unavailable on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Printing Available

The problem with the public printer on the Adult level of the library has been resolved. Thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

August Hands-On Computer Classes

It's hot outside, but it's cool in our Community Room!

Join us for hands-on computer classes this month.

There is still room in many of our August classes, so stop by the Adult Circulation Desk to sign up!

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Now Even Easier to Subscribe!

Now it's even easier to subscribe to this blog!

Read the new entries in your favorite aggregator.

Easy subscription links just added for Bloglines, My MSN, My Yahoo & Newsgator. For more information on RSS feeds and aggregators, visit our RSS info page!

Monday, July 25, 2005

Due date reminder notices via e-mail with Library Elf!

Do you always forget when your items are due?
Keep track of what you have out, and get due date reminder notices by e-mail with Library Elf! Click here to read all about it, or follow this link to sign-up!

Checkout items at SWAN libraries? Sign up on this link too!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Looking for Wireless Connections?

Check out MetroFreeFi!

The searchable site lists free WiFi sites in Chicago and the suburbs!

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Resources from Planning a Website Lecture

Web links from today's Planning a Website Lecture have been posted to the library website. Click here.

There are links listed for domain name registration, domain hosting, accepting payments on your website (e-commerce) and search engine optimization.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

New Computer Class Topics Added!

In August, we will offer the following computer classes.
Registration is limited, and we expect classes to fill quickly, so sign up now!

Introduction to Library Computers & Mouse
Lansing Library Catalog
Yahoo! E-Mail for Beginners
Beginning Internet


Finding Your Next Great Read With NoveList
Finding Your Child's Next Great Read with NoveList K-8
Getting Started with Microsoft Word
"Mom & Me" Library Catalog (Dads or Grandparents are welcome too!)

An evening session will be offered for "Getting Started with Microsoft Word."

Click here for detailed information about registration requirements and class descriptions.

Lecture: Planning and Maintaining a Website

There is still time to register for Saturday's free lecture!

Saturday, July 16, 2005
10:30 a.m.
Computer Lecture:Planning a Website

Starting a site for your small business or personal use? Don’t miss this lecture!
Attendees will gain:
An understanding of the key steps to begin planning a site: examining other pages, exploring page layout schemes, and diagramming.

An overview of the costs involved in creating and making a page available on the WWW: domain fees, ISP hosting, design fees, graphics, and more.

An action plan for developing their own site and pointers to Web resources and books that will help.

Please register for this free program at the Circulation Desk, or call the Adult Services Dept. (708-474-2447, extension #122)

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Computer Class Registration

Registration for our August computer classes will begin on Monday, July 11, 2005. Register in person at the Adult Circulation Desk.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Lansing Public Library Toolbar

Keep the Lansing Public Library at your fingertips as you search the web!

If you're familiar with the Google toolbar, this is the same concept.

The toolbar adds a search box below your address bar, and you can search the library catalog at any time.

What does the Lansing Public Library Public toolbar let me do?
Instant access to our website from any site on the web
Search our catalog or SWAN from anywhere on the Web
Get instant access to useful links and search engines
Get updates through the built-in library news feeds (RSS)

Click here to download and install the Lansing Public Library Toolbar on your home computer.

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows ME/NT/2000/XP
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0+

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

E-Mail on the go!

Here's a cool site to keep in mind while traveling for business or pleasure.

If you need to keep in touch via your work e-mail, you can read it anywhere online by visiting Mail2Web. This is great for those corporate e-mail systems that don't offer a web-based interface.
The letters will remain as new mail and will download to your regular inbox when you return to work and check your mail through your usual method.

This site also works with the commercial e-mail sites too.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

I-80/94 Kingery Expressway Construction

Visit our website for links to all the updates about lane closures and construction.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Not ready for RSS?

Not ready to take that jump to RSS and blog aggregators?

You can subscribe to receive updates to this blog via email!

Enter your email address in the box on the left, click subscribe and you'll receive a confirmation email.

Follow the instructions in the email and you'll get the updates delivered to your inbox!

Thursday, June 02, 2005

USB Flash Drives

We've added USB Flash Drive capabilities to selected terminals!

Terminals #2, #5, #9, #11, #15 and #19 are flash-drive ready.

Ask a staff member for the instructions and detailed information.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Update to Horizon Information Portal (HIP)

I've just finished a few minor changes on our catalog interface.

"Hot Picks" has been renamed to "Good Reads"
"Audio-Visual" has been renamed to "Audio & Video"

The tabs now display items in columns, so you won't have to scroll down as far.
Note, (generally) the left column is Adult materials, middle column is Teen materials, right column is Youth materials.

New audio & video items appear at the top of the list, followed by the searches for the complete collection in that format.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Limited Edition Online

The June-August issue has been posted.

Click here to read it!

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Freebies during National Library Week!

Free Resources during National Library Week from Gale.

Try these resources this week!

General Knowledge (includes Spanish-language and Health)
Gale Virtual Reference Librarysm with xreferplus
InfoTrac OneFile®
InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy
Consulta (Spanish language)
Informe (Spanish language)
Health & Wellness Resource Center
Student/Homework Reference
Science Resource Center
Student Resource Center
Junior Reference Collection
Corbis Images for Education
Discovering Collection
Kids InfoBits™
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Testing and Education Reference Center
History, Biography and Literature
Biography and Genealogy Master Index
Biography Resource Center
Book Review Index Online Plus
Eighteenth Century Collections Online
History Resource Center - World
History Resource Center - U.S.
Literature Resource Center
The Making of Modern Law
Times Digital Archive
What Do I Read Next?
Business & Law
Business & Company Resource Center
Associations Unlimited
Military and Intelligence Database

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Lansing Public Library to accept payments via Internet

Lansing Public Library, has announced participation in an Internet payment service that will be available to the community.

Lansing Public Library has partnered with the office of Illinois State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka to offer a new service called E-Pay. The E-Pay program was launched by Topinka’s office in 2000 under a state master services agreement that is available for all counties and local governments in Illinois to participate in.

“We are pleased to help move the library into the 21st century.” Assistant Library Director Patricia Higgins said, “Our E-Pay electronic payment service will provide greater convenience to the community and increase the services offered by the library.”

The library’s E-Pay service has started with fee payment and donations to Friends of Lansing Public Library. E-Pay will allow you to make your payments over the Internet with cardholders of MasterCard, American Express and Discover card brands. A transaction, or user fee, is added to the payment amount for the convenience of the Internet service. The state and local participants who use this program do not receive any revenue from the convenience fee.

Payments are being accepted now and the Library invites patrons to visit the library's web site, to see how the payment service can work for them!

Monday, March 28, 2005

Find a good book! Choose whether you want a happy or sad book, gentle or not-so-gentle, suspenseful or predictable! Make your selections, then you'll be provided with a list of titles that meet your criteria!

on our site in Reader's Advisory/bookreviews.htm

Village of Lansing Elections

Visit the websites for Community Action Party and United Party of Lansing

on our website at selected websites/lansvillage.htm

Limited Edition

You can view the latest issue of Limited Edition online at

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow FYI from the popular PBS show

Missing Masterpieces, additional background info, and more!

on our page: Selected Websites/antiques

Federal Legislation and Regulations

Tracking Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: a Guide to Basic Sources
a .pdf document giving readers tips on how to start and where to look for info

on our page: Selected Websites/government

Readers Advisory-Christian Fiction

Christian Fiction for Discerning Readers from Focus on Fiction Contains author interviews, book reviews and more!

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Book Page online

Book Page The online version of our patron-favorite!

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Free Audiobooks for the blind

Another free audio book resource for residents of Illinois who are blind or visually challenged is Unabridged.
They can download audiobooks to their home computer.

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Find a Soldier

Finding Former or Active Military Personnel in the U.S.

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and MuseumSpringfield, Illinois (President 1861-1865)"Combining impeccable scholarship with brilliant showmanship, the new museum's permanent exhibit galleries carry visitors on twin journeys from a crude, overcrowded Indiana cabin to Ford's Theater and a reproduction of the House Chamber in the Old State Capitol where Lincoln's flag-draped casket lies in state. Along the way, you will be treated to a 250 seat multi-stage and screen presentation ("Lincoln's Eyes"), a stunning holographic theater ("Ghosts of the Library") bringing Lincoln documents and artifacts, literally, to life; a Treasures Gallery housing icons like the Gettysburg Address; and a separate children's area called "Mrs. Lincoln's Attic."We invite you to browse this website and encourage you to join us this spring when the Museum opens its doors to share what has been called "The Great American Story" with the nation and the world."

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Monday, February 28, 2005

Free Credit Reports

Free Credit Reports for Illinois Residents begins March 1st

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