Friday, December 22, 2006

2007 Brings Changes in Daylight Savings Time

Due to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, changes in Daylight Savings Time will go into effect in 2007. We'll change the clocks in March & November instead of April & October.

Microsoft has a hotfix you can download & install that will update your computer's settings so you can continue to use the 'automatically adjust for daylight savings time' option. New machines shipping with Vista will not need the hotfix.

Details and links for Windows XP Service Pack 2, and Windows servers can be located at Microsoft Knowledge Base KB928388

Detailed info for Win98, Win2000, and server versions are located at Microsoft's DST 2007 site.

Mobile device users will want to read KB923953 too.

Technical info on editing the registry, using scripts, and visual basic to adjust the time settings are in KB914387

Procrastinators take note: the clocks change March 11, 2007 @ 2 a.m.

[updated with a link to information for mac users. mac link]

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Practice Your Typing!

If you need to practice your typing skills, try some of these websites!

http://www.lansing.lib.il.us/skills.htm#typing

NewsBank Special Report: Year in Review 2006

You can research any of these hot topics using NewsBank. Lansing Library card required.

NewsBank's new Special Report - The Year in Review - 2006 is now available as part of our NewsBank subscription.

The Year in Review - 2006 takes a look back at the most important events and issues that occurred during the year. While these stories were once current events, many are now history. Some continue to be headline news today. Information on these topics and many others can be found in your NewsBank products with daily updates to keep you current.

Stories include the most important issues and events in the Arts, Business, Science, Health, Government, Crime and other areas including People who made the news. New topics will be added through the remainder of the year.

Some of the top news stories you will find on this site include:

  • Pluto status change.
  • Supreme Court appointments.
  • North Korean missile tests.
  • Immigration .
  • Five year anniversary of 9/11.
  • World Cup.
  • Early admissions eliminated.
  • and many more

To help understand the top news stories of 2006, also included are.

  • Pictures of the major events and people .
  • Background information.
  • Maps of areas that were in the news.
  • Suggested search terms to use in your NewsBank products

The Year in Review - 2006 provides you with a reminder of the wealth of information that appears in news media each year. As new stories make the news in 2007, check your NewsBank products for the current events and background coverage you will need to keep informed of issues and events throughout the world.

This Special Report is available at infoweb.newsbank.com along with your NewsBank products and many other Special Reports of interest.

Special Reports currently being featured are.
  • Natural Disasters Around the World.
  • World Geography.
  • World Environment.
  • World Economics.
  • Iraq.
  • Conflict and Terrorism Around the World

Watch for the release of two new Reports later this month -

  • The World of Film and People in the News
  • The U.N. Secretary General Change of Power

NewsBank Hot Topics December 2006

You can research any of these hot topics using NewsBank. Lansing Library card required.

HOT TOPICS – December 2006

CURRENT EVENTS
Further information on these topics may be found in NewsBank’s Special Reports
CRIME AND LAW – Passport Requirements
TOPIC: The Homeland Security Department will require nearly all air travelers entering the U.S. after January 23, 2007 to show a passport. This will apply to U.S. citizens also. What are the reasons for this new law? What countries do not require passports now? What other changes are planned for 2008?
SEARCH TERMS: passports AND “homeland security”

INTERNATIONAL – Iraq Civil War
TOPIC: Various news media are now describing the political violence in Iraq as a civil war between the Sunnis and the Shiites but the Bush administration is saying the violence does not fit that definition. What defines a civil war? What kind of political violence would not fit that definition?
SEARCH TERMS: Iraq AND civil war

PEOPLE – Alexander Litvinenko
TOPIC: An investigation has started into the poisoning death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. Where was Litvinenko killed? Who did he claim poisoned him? What are some of the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death?
SEARCH TERMS: Alexander Litvinenko

ECONOMICS – Milton Friedman
TOPIC: Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman has passed away. What policy work of Friedman’s earned him the Nobel Prize? What colonial-era American economist did Friedman most admire?
SEARCH TERMS: Milton Friedman

ENVIRONMENT – UN Climate Conference
TOPIC: A two-week UN Conference on Climate Change has recently concluded. Who attended the conference? What was the outcome of the conference?
SEARCH TERMS: “U.N. Conference on Climate Change”

SOCIAL STUDIES RESEARCH TOPICS
CIVICS, GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS – Military Draft
TOPIC: Congressman Charlie Rangel from New York is pushing to reinstate the draft as a possible solution to raising the troop levels in Iraq. What has been the response of the Democratic Party to Congressman Rangel? What are the arguments for and against the draft? When was the last time the draft was in place in the United States?
SEARCH TERMS: draft AND military

CRIME AND LAW – Wiretap Review
TOPIC: The Inspector General of the Justice Department has announced plans to review the department’s warrantless surveillance program. What will this review entail and specifically not entail? Which government agency conducts the wiretapping?
SEARCH TERMS: U.S. Justice Department AND electronic surveillance



EDUCATION – Rhodes Scholars
TOPIC: Rhodes scholarships are awarded in November. What are the criteria for choosing the winners from the applicants? For who is the scholarship named?
SEARCH TERMS: Rhodes scholars

HISTORY – Vietnam War and Iraq
TOPIC: President Bush has recently finished his first visit to Vietnam where he took part in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting. Bush made some comparisons in his speeches between the war in Iraq and the war between the U.S. and North Vietnam. What were his comparisons? How have the wars been compared by historians?
SEARCH TERMS: George W. Bush AND Vietnam

SCIENCE AND HEALTH RESEARCH TOPICS
HEALTH – Staph Infections
TOPIC: A quickly rising problem for both school and professional athletes has been a sharp rise in skin bacteria that results in staph infections. What has happened to these bacteria to exacerbate the problem? Why are athletes particularly at risk?
SEARCH TERMS: staphylococcal infections

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – Genetically Engineered Rice
TOPIC: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved an experimental variety of genetically engineered rice as safe for human consumption. What is the primary controversial issue surrounding this decision? What has been the international response to the recent controversy?
SEARCH TERMS: genetically-engineered food AND rice

SPORTS RESEARCH TOPICS
SPORTS – FIFA Lifts Ban on Iran
TOPIC: The Federation of International Football Association has removed a ban in Iran’s soccer league, The Islamic Republic of Iran Football Federation, allowing them to compete in the 2006 Asian Games. What was the issue surrounding the ban? What convinced FIFA to lift the ban?
SEARCH TERMS: Federation of International Football Association AND Iran

SPORTS – Willie Pep
TOPIC: Featherweight Willie Pep was twice the world champion and is listed as one of the 5 best boxers of the 20th Century by the Associated Press. How many fights did Pep win during his career? What about Pep’s childhood is often credited for his toughness?
SEARCH TERMS: Willie Pep

SPORTS – Johan Santana
TOPIC: Johan Santana, the left-handed pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, is this year’s American League Cy Young award. What does the Cy Young award recognize? What is unusual about Johan Santana winning this award?
SEARCH TERMS: Johan Santana

SPORTS – Jimmy Johnson wins Nextel Cup
TOPIC: NASCAR driver Jimmy Johnson is the declared winner of this year’s Nextel Cup. What other major NASCAR races has Johnson won this year? What is the significance of the Nextel Cup to NASCAR racing?
SEARCH TERMS: Jimmy Johnson AND NASCAR

ARTS AND LITERATURE RESEARCH TOPICS
FILM AND TELEVISION – Bobby
TOPIC: Emilio Estevez has directed an all-star cast in a film remembering the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. What approach does Estevez take to presenting the day of the assassination? How is the actual character of Kennedy presented?
SEARCH TERMS: Bobby AND film AND Emilio Estevez

FINE ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE – Benny Andrews
TOPIC: Benny Andrews, an expressionistic painter whose work was inspired by African-American life in Georgia has died. What causes did Andrews effectively champion during his lifetime? What other career did Andrews hold?
SEARCH TERMS: Benny Andrews

LITERATURE – Bebe Moore Campbell
TOPIC: Novelist Bebe Moore Campbell explored race relations in her works. What are some of Campbell’s more popular books? What did Campbell hope to do for race relations in her fiction?
SEARCH TERMS: Bebe Moore Campbell

PERFORMING ARTS – American Music Awards
TOPIC: The Black Eyed Peas won the most awards at this year’s American Music Awards. How many awards did they win? In what categories were the awards? What prevents the Black Eyed Peas from winning in the upcoming Grammy Awards?
SEARCH TERMS: “Black Eyed Peas” AND music

Friday, December 15, 2006

News for Busy People and Snowbirds!

Have you placed Lansing Library items on hold and you're worried they will arrive while you're out of town, or just too busy to read them all?

Watch our new demonstration of how you can "suspend" your holds! It's easy, and you choose the date you want your hold to reactivate!

While your hold is "suspended" the computer just skips over your name on the waiting list, then resumes when your hold is no longer suspended!

Try it!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Federal Tax Forms

The IRS has already posted the 2006 tax forms on their website.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary to view & print the forms, but it is free to download.

The library will have paper forms available in January.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Shop with Amazon, Benefit the Library!

Follow this link to do your Amazon.com shopping and the library receives a percentage of your sale automatically! Details can be found here.
Buy books, DVDs, CDs, magazine subscriptions, toys, jewelry, specialty food items, or even gift certificates!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Special Election 2006 Resources

You can research any of these hot topics using NewsBank. Lansing Library card required.

NATIONAL IMPACT
Congressional Elections – U.S. House of Representatives
TOPIC: The Democrats have won a majority of seats in the House of
Representatives for the first time since 1994. What benefits do the Democrats
now have with their new majority status? Name some of the people who will hold
leadership roles in the House. Of the declared winners, what have been some of
the upsets?
SEARCH TERMS: congressional elections 2006 AND U.S. Congress House

Expected New Speaker of the House – Nancy Pelosi
TOPIC: Nancy Pelosi is expected to be the new Speaker of the House of
Representatives. What makes her new position historic? What are some of the
duties of Speaker of the House?
SEARCH TERMS: Nancy Pelosi

Congressional Elections – U.S. Senate
TOPIC: A few states are still evaluating the results of closely held Senate races.
How does this impact the political power structure of the U.S. Senate? What
races are still being decided? Of the declared winners, what have been some of
the upsets?
SEARCH TERMS: congressional elections 2006 AND U.S. Congress Senate

Congressional Elections – Governors
TOPIC: Many states held elections for governor. What political party won a
majority of governorships? What were some of the high-profile races? When
was the last time the Democratic Party has won a majority of governorships?
SEARCH TERMS: governors AND elections

ELECTION DAY ISSUES
The War in Iraq
TOPIC: According to almost every poll, the driving issue behind this election was
the war in Iraq. What are the specific issues about the war that have been
debated? What have been the positions of the two major political parties and
what individuals within those parties have formulated unique positions on this
war?
SEARCH TERMS: congressional elections 2006 AND Iraq

Stem Cell Research
TOPIC: Stem cell research was a primary issue in the mid-term elections of
2006. How has this impacted some key races? What political advertisement
garnered national attention?
SEARCH TERMS: congressional elections 2006 AND stem cells

Political Corruption
TOPIC: Charges and investigations of corruption have been a primary factor for
many voters in this year's mid-term elections. What are some examples of
corruption that impacted individual races? What is a primary investigation of a
case corruption that impacted a number of congressmen?
SEARCH TERMS: corruption and congressional elections 2006

LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS
Connecticut Senator – Joe Lieberman
TOPIC: Joe Lieberman has won the senate election in Connecticut. What is the
unique factor in this race that caused it to draw so much national attention?
What are some of the positions held by Senator Lieberman that made his a
controversial candidate?
SEARCH TERMS: Joe Lieberman

Massachusetts Governor Race
TOPIC: Democrat Deval Patrick has won the governor's race in Massachusetts.
How is Patrick's winning historic? What other state's former governor has had a
similar historic distinction?
SEARCH TERMS: Deval Patrick

Minnesota House of Representatives – Keith Ellison
TOPIC: Democrat Keith Ellison has won a seat in the House of Representatives
for Minnesota. What are two ways in which Ellison's win is historic? What have
been some of Ellison's political positions?
SEARCH TERMS: Keith Ellison

REACTIONS TO ELECTION
International Reaction
TOPIC: Foreign nations are watching the results of this election with interest.
What has been their reaction as the results come in? What issues are they
concerned about?
SEARCH TERMS: congressional elections 2006 and U.S. image abroad

National Reaction
TOPIC: As the Democrats have increased their national political power
significantly in the 2006 mid-term elections, the citizens of the nation are
reacting. What has been the speculation of people as to how the country will
change with the new power change?
SEARCH TERMS: voter attitudes AND congressional elections 2006

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Native American Indian Resource

You can research any of these hot topics using NewsBank. Lansing Library card required.

NewsBank's Special Report focusing on Indigenous People - Native American Indians is now available.

Indigenous Cultures contains articles and pictures about people native to various regions around the world.

To support this month's celebration of Native American Indians, there is a focus on the site about this group of people including their history and traditions.

The overall global focus of the site provides information on Indigenous Cultures with perspectives on people native to all regions of the world, including:

  • Africa.
  • Asia.
  • Australia and Oceania.
  • Europe.
  • Latin America.
  • Middle East.
  • North America.
  • United Kingdom & Ireland

Related maps and links to web sites are included.

Suggested search terms to help locate additional information in your NewsBank products are listed to encourage further research.

All articles are easily accessed and can be printed or e-mailed from within the site.

NewsBank has always been committed to providing libraries with the best coverage of important global issues and events.

The Indigenous Cultures Special Report is accessible from the left side bar after you login to NewsBank.

Other currently featured Special Reports include.
  • Iraq.
  • Natural Disasters Around the World.
  • World Economics.
  • Conflict and Terrorism Around the World.
  • World Environment.
  • World Geography

Monday, November 06, 2006

Election Day Information

Visit voterinfonet for all the Cook County voting information, including polling places, and Cook County election results.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Try-It! Illinois 2006

Try-It! Illinois 2006 is the annual statewide database trial sponsored by the Illinois State Library. Try-It Illinois, now in its seventh year, offers the 4,000+ ILLINET member libraries, their staffs and their communities a wonderful opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to the collaboration between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois.

The Try-It! Illinois program runs through November 20, 2006.

Ask a library staff member for the login and password information, and the Try-It! Illinois website.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

EBSCO Features First Chapters for Books on NoveList

EBSCO announced that its NoveList readers' advisory service now lets users preview the first chapters of thousands of included book titles. Provided by the Dial-A-Book Chapter One program, first chapters are provided for a range of books spanning most genres with a focus on recent and popular titles. (via Computers in Libraries, Nov/Dec 2006)

Access NoveList in the library, or through our website. Lansing Library card required.

To see an example of the first chapters program, try a search for Patterson, James
Next choose the title The 5th Horseman, look in the light blue box, to the right of the book cover image (approximately in the middle of your screen) to find the link for the First Chapter.

What a great way to see if you might like the book!

If it sounds good, use the link on the left side of the screen (in the orange bar) to connect to Lansing Library's catalog to see if the book is on shelf, or to place a request!

NewsBank Hot Topics November 2006

You can research any of these hot topics using NewsBank. Lansing Library card required.


NewsBank HOT TOPICS - November 2006

CURRENT EVENTS
Find more information about these topics in NewsBank Special Reports
ENVIRONMENT - California Wildfires
TOPIC: Southern California has suffered devastating damage in a wildfire that has burned over 40, 000 acres. What is said to have been the cause of this wildfire? What are some of the conditions in Southern California that make it so vulnerable to fire damage? How are fires of this magnitude brought under control?
SEARCH TERMS: forest and brush fires

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - Hubble Repairs
TOPIC: Repairs and upgrades to the Hubble Space Shuttle will be made per the latest NASA decision, in spite of concerns over risks that prompted an earlier decision to abandon the mission. What are the repairs and upgrades to be made? What are the risks that caused the concern?
SEARCH TERMS: Hubble Space Telescope

INTERNATIONAL - Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism
TOPIC: The five leading nuclear powers and 8 other nations are holding a meeting to decide how to prevent nuclear weapons from reaching terrorist organizations. What meeting brought about the idea for this initiative? What are the five nuclear powers that are involved in this meeting? What are the 8 other nations?
SEARCH TERMS: meetings AND nuclear technology

SOCIAL STUDIES RESEARCH TOPICS
CIVICS, GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS - Mid-term Elections 2006
TOPIC: The final campaign push is on to determine which of the two major U.S. political parties (Democrats or Republicans) will be able to make the most of the congressional mid-term elections. What are the most significant areas for each party? What have been some of the top news stories to come out of this election cycle?
SEARCH TERMS: congressional elections

CIVICS, GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS - Campaign Advertising
TOPIC: Campaign advertising for the congressional elections is a primary focus in the media. This focus on political advertising ranges from a candidate's attributes, disparagement of an opponent, a focus on specific issues or some combination of these three areas. What are some of the campaign ads in this election cycle that have gained the most attention? What is meant by "negative advertising"?
SEARCH TERMS: congressional elections (2006) AND advertising

CIVICS, GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS - Voting Machines
TOPIC: As mid-term elections come up, there has been a lot of media coverage on the modernization of voting machine technology. What have been some of the concerns over these changes? What have been recognized as benefits of new voter technology?
SEARCH TERMS: voting technology

CRIME AND LAW - St. Louis Crime
TOPIC: St. Louis, Missouri has been named the country's most dangerous city by research firm Morgan Quitno Press. What city has been listed as most dangerous for the past two years? What region of the country has seen the most dramatic rise in crime? What are the reasons for the rise in crime rates in some areas?
SEARCH TERMS: crime and criminals AND rates

ECONOMICS - Newspaper Industry Conditions
TOPIC: The Audit Bureau of Circulations has released information showing that 18 of the top 20 newspapers have dropped in circulation over the past 6 months. What are the two newspapers that did not show a drop? What are some of the factors challenging the newspaper industry?
SEARCH TERMS: newspaper publishing

EDUCATION - College Educated Earnings
TOPIC: Data from the Census Bureau has recently shown that the pay of those with an undergraduate college degree averages $23,000 more than those without a degree. What are the reasons for this difference? What state has the highest percentage of residents with at least a bachelor's degree? What state has the lowest proportion of college graduates?
SEARCH TERMS: college graduates AND income

HISTORY - 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Uprising
TOPIC: 50 years have passed since Hungary's 1956 failed uprising against their Soviet occupiers. How did Moscow respond to the uprising in Hungary? What was the complicated role of Hungarian communists in the uprising?
SEARCH TERMS: anniversaries AND Hungary

SCIENCE AND HEALTH RESEARCH TOPICS
HEALTH - Trans Fats
TOPIC: The fried chicken fast food chain, KFC has banned trans fats from its food and New York City is considering imposing a ban on trans fats from its restaurants. What are trans fats? What foods carry the most trans fats? What are the health concerns about eating trans fats?
SEARCH TERMS: fatty acids

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - Looking for Blackbeard's Ship
TOPIC: The wreck of the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the pirate Blackbeard, has been found - so people think. Where has this discovery been made? What new efforts have been made to excavate this historic wreck? What has been found so far?
SEARCH TERMS: Blackbeard

SPORTS RESEARCH TOPICS
SPORTS - World Football
TOPIC: The NFL has expanded its regular season games to include at least two games outside the United States starting in the 2007 season. Which countries are the first to be considered? How is it organized so that teams have a chance to play internationally?
SEARCH TERMS: professional football AND international aspects

SPORTS - Red Auerbach
TOPIC: The passing of former Boston Celtic coach Red Auerbach brought professional basketball together to mourn the end of an era. When did Red Auerbach coach? Who were some of the most outstanding players that made up Auerbach's team during the dynasty years?
SEARCH TERMS: Red Auerbach

SPORTS - Dean Karnazes
TOPIC: Dean Karnazes is an ultramarathoner who is running 50 marathons back-to-back across the United States. What is an ultramarathon? What will be Karnazes final marathon? What is his purpose in running this distance?
SEARCH TERMS: Dean Karnazes

SPORTS - World Series
TOPIC: The St. Louis Cardinals have beaten the Detroit Tigers to capture the World Series title. When was the last time the Cardinals won a Series? Who were some of the stars of the series?
SEARCH TERMS: World Series AND baseball

ARTS AND LITERATURE RESEARCH TOPICS
FILM AND TELEVISION - Flags of Our Fathers
TOPIC: Clint Eastwood has come out with a new, acclaimed film remembering the WW II battle of Iwo Jima. What have been some of the acclaimed films remembering WW II? What are some of the stories of the men made famous by the photo of the U.S. flag raising on Iwo Jima?
SEARCH TERMS: "Flags of Our Fathers" AND film

ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE - Louis Sullivan Building Damaged
TOPIC: Chicago architecture preservationists are asking why the city wasn't more active in monitoring the repair work of Louis Sullivan's Wirt Dexter Building. The building was the second this year to be heavily damaged from fire caused by torches that were being used for repair. How many buildings did Louis Sullivan build in Chicago? How many of his buildings still remain today?
SEARCH TERMS: Louis Sullivan

LITERATURE - Orhan Pamuk
TOPIC: Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. What are Pamuk's most famous books? What has Orhan been recently tried for in Turkey?
SEARCH TERMS: Orhan Pamuk

PERFORMING ARTS - New Who
TOPIC: After a long time without recording, the famous rock act The Who has released a new recording called Endless Wire. When was the last time The Who released a recording? What is an aspect of their new recording that is shared on some of the Who's most famous recordings?
SEARCH TERMS: " The Who" AND music

PEOPLE - Enolia McMillan
TOPIC: The first woman to head the NAACP, Enolia McMillan, has passed away. What was McMillan's occupation before becoming involved with the NAACP? In what city did McMillan make her name?
SEARCH TERMS: Enolia McMillan

Monday, October 30, 2006

Newsletter Available!

The latest copy of our Limited Edition Newsletter is available in the library, our you can download your own copy on our website!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Financial Resource Guide for Illinois Women

Packed with tons of information and useful websites, this guide from the State Treasurer's Office is a must-see! Download your copy here. (requires Adobe Acrobat)

Windows Vista?

Confused about Windows Vista? Wondering if you're ready for Windows Vista?

This site from Microsoft helps answer your questions.

You'll also find tips to evaluate a new computer you might be purchasing now, and make sure it will be able to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Fall Computer Classes

Senior citizens welcome! Open to adults of any age, 18-118!

Sign-up for one or more of these hands-on sessions!
Classes with less than 3 people registered will be cancelled.

Space is limited, register early at Adult Services. $5 refundable deposit required. Visit our upcoming events page to see class descriptions.

Blog class cancelled.

Library Catalog
Friday, Sept. 29 @ 9:30 a.m.

Yahoo E-Mail
Friday, Oct. 13 @ 9:30 a.m.

Using the Library from Home
Friday, Oct. 20 @ 9:30 a.m.

Internet I: Search Engines
Friday, Oct. 27 @ 9:30 a.m.

Microsoft Word
Friday, Nov. 3 @ 9:30 a.m.

Intro to Mouse
Friday, Nov. 10 @ 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Get your copy of the Library Newsletter!

You can pick one up in the library, or print your own!

All our events for September and October are inside!

Get your newsletter here.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Online Renewals Fixed

The online renewal problem experienced Aug 28-Aug 29 was fixed at 10:54 a.m.

The borrower account overview screen now displays correctly.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Library Catalog and "My List" Feature

Our support team has informed us that our borrowers' "my lists" were lost during our recent computer problems. They were unable to recover them from the backup files.

You may have also noticed that the catalog options and searches such as "new videos" or "new books" look differently. They were rebuilt from an older backup from August 2004. We're working on getting these updated to current versions once again, but that will take a few days.

We are also aware that the Borrower Overview screen is not displaying correctly. A support request has been placed to address this issue.

We'll post updates on our progress here on the blog.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Catalog Alphabetical/Browse Searches

The Lansing Library Catalog Alphabetical or Browse searches are now working.

Lansing Library Catalog Fixed

Well a few minor things still need some work, and the support teams are addressing those issues.

This information is current as of Friday, Aug. 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Browse searches do not yet work properly, but most of our patrons use keyword searches and those work fine.

You can once again renew your items online, place holds, check your borrower record and search for items.

We are aware that many of you who had saved items to the "my list" feature have lost their lists. We have entered a request for support on this issue.

We are also aware that the options for the new dvds, and some of the other catalog quick searches have been reverted back to the 2004 version. We will get this corrected as soon as possible.

Check back here for updates on the browse searches and "my list" issues.

Thank you for your patience the past week.

Note: if you tried to visit the catalog in the past week, when you return you may want to click the refresh button in your browser to make sure it loads a fresh copy.

SWAN Catalog Announces Scheduled Maintenance

This is a reminder that electronic access to all MLS services including the SWAN catalog will be down and not available all day on Sunday, August 27. This downtime is required in order to install a new network switch, which affects all MLS and SWAN electronic services and telecommunications.

It is anticipated that access to these services will be available beginning at 7:00 a.m. on the following day, Monday, August 28.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Catalog Update

We're making progress towards getting it all working correctly again.

You can now access your borrower record, see your list of holds, and renew items online.

Searching is not working correctly yet.
For any search you try, it will respond with no results found.

Watch the website for more information.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Catalog Access Still Unavailable. Phone to Renew

Patrons are still unable to renew items online.
Please call the library (708) 474-2447 to renew your items.

We're working on the problem. Thank you for your patience!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Update on the Catalog Upgrade

We've run into unexpected problems during the catalog upgrade.

Library staff can look up items for you until we get the public catalog repaired.
If you wish to place a hold on a title, staff can take that information as well.

Thank you for your patience.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Computer Maintenance Reminder

Our public terminals will not have access to the Internet or Library Catalog on Friday, August 18 during a routine upgrade.

Our catalog, access to your borrower record, or renewing items online will not be available via our website during the upgrade.

The upgrade is scheduled to take a few hours. If you are planning to visit in the afternoon to use the Internet, please phone first! (708) 474-2447

Thursday, August 10, 2006

New & Improved Toolbar!


an EffectiveBrand toolbar

Download our new and improved toolbar! Easy access to search our catalog, SWAN, and the new open WorldCat...accessing items in libraries all over the world!

Available for Internet Explorer or Firefox.

Quick links to our online photo album on flickr.com, our favorite websites on del.icio.us, and built in news updates!

If you've already downloaded our toolbar, no need to reinstall, it automatically updates with the new features.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Scheduled System Maintenance, Friday Aug. 18th

Scheduled System Maintenance

Friday, August 18, 2006 (8:30 a.m.-until completed)
The upgrade is scheduled to take all morning.


Internet and library catalog access from public computers will be unavailable during a routine upgrade.
Catalog, borrower account, and renewal access through our website will also be unavailable during the upgrade.

WiFi Internet access, and access to public machines with Microsoft Word will still be available.

If you need assistance locating items, please ask the Reference Desk.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Internet and Teens: Social Networking Safety Online Event

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Central

The Internet and Teens: Social Networking Safety

How many times have you heard a young person talk about "blogging" or "myspace" and wondered what language they were speaking? If you've ever been concerned about the amount of time that your child spends on the Internet, or wondered what they were doing, this program will help you to understand more about blogging, what role it plays in the lives of teens especially, and how you can help them to use this communication tool in a safe and positive environment.

The presenter is Bill Erbes, the Assistant Director of the Bensenville (Illinois) Community Public Library District. Bill has presented workshops on using the Internet throughout the United States for such groups as the Public Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians, the Library and Information Technology Association, and the Illinois Library Association. In addition to his work at Bensenville, Bill has made a number of Soaring to Excellence presentations, and occasionally teaches at College of DuPage and the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences at Dominican University.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is free, but you must register by going to www.LibraryU.org. Whether you are a parent, teacher, librarian, or interested in the trends in teen Internet usage, this event will be engaging and informative.

Monday, July 24, 2006

International Book Chat

Join readers in Singapore and around the world for an online chat about The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Chat will use MSN Messenger. For details on how to register and participate, visit the website for details. A project of READ Singapore. Open to Adults and teens.

Tuesday, July 25 @ 7:00 a.m.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Beware of Phishing!

Many library staff recently received an email that appeared to be from Amazon.com asking us to click on the link, which was labeled http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/sign-in.html and verify our account information. Clicking on the link actually leads you to http://80.97.17.147/index.html which is NOT an Amazon.com web page.

This is an example of phishing.

Beware of clicking links in emails asking you to verify your account information.

If you receive such an email, open your web browser, manually type in the main URL of the company or bank (such as www.amazon.com), then log into your account. If the email concerns your local banking information, just pick up the phone and see if they need to verify anything!

Trial Offer of Marquis Who's Who in America

Trial Offer of Marquis Who's Who in America Online through August 31:
Go to www.marquiswhoswho.com
Click the upper left corner link: CURRENT SUBSCRIBERS ENTER HERE
Type user name: mls
Type password: mls
This password is good through August 31.

Post a comment here to let us know what you think about this resource!

What does Marquis Who’s Who Include?
The online version of Marquis Who's Who has over 1.3 million names and includes biographies that have appeared in the print volumes since 1985.It covers the following print titles:
Who's Who in America
Who WAS Who in America
Who's Who in Finance and Business
Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare
Who's Who in Science and Engineering
Who's Who in American Education
Who's Who in American Law
Who's Who in the East
Who's Who in the Midwest
Who's Who in the South
Who's Who in the West
Who's Who in the World
Who's Who of American Women
Who's Who in 20th Century America
Who's Who in American Art (new June 2006)
ANDWho's Who in Asia (brand new title; Fall 2006)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: There are so many biographical sources out there. Why should I consider Who's Who?
A: The three items that make Who's Who unique are: Scope. No other database has as many names as Who's Who. The online version includes 1.3 million names of people from all professions and walks of life. Source. The information is autobiographical. Quarterly surveys aresent to each person listed in Who's Who, so you know items such as date of birth and political affiliation are accurate. Content. Marquis provides information on 21 points including entirecareer history, all civic activities, all memberships, hobbies & special interests, and religion.

Q: Can't I just find this information on the internet?
A: Yes and No. You will find the most famous Who's Who people on the internet, however over 90% of the names are not found on the internet. There is a wealth of information on the internet, but it is not always comprehensive, accurate, or authoritative. Several popular internet sites (e.g., Wikipedia, famousamericans.net) simply rely on submissions from any user and have no quality control mechanisms. Fact checking ofthese biographies eventually comes back to authoritative sources such as Marquis Who's Who.

Q: Can Who's Who be used for other reference questions, other than a simple name search?
A: Yes. Consider these reference questions answered by Who's Who:
"I am using the internet to look up people, but there is no indicationof the authoritativeness of most of the web sites I am using. I know that Marquis Who's Who Publishing is authoritative, partly because you have been in business since-is it 1899?"

"I need the address of the former astronaut Mae Jemison and can't findit anywhere on the internet."

"Who is the slave who became the inspiration for Uncle Tom in UncleTom's Cabin?"

"Who is the woman who just became president of Liberia?"

"We need a speaker for our upcoming event regarding real estate law. The person should be an accomplished attorney who knows the history of land grants."

"We are doing some fund raising for our organization and need to findpeople in our city interested in the mission of our organization. I heard that Marquis Who's Who lists people's hobbies and special interests."

"I am doing some genealogical research and need to find the organizations to which my past relatives belonged."

"My school assignment is to find inventors of various products,including the roving machine for spinning cotton, panty hose, the wristwatch calculator, and swing-up sunglasses."

"My teacher does not want us to just copy our reports from narrative sources like an encyclopedia. The requirement is to use a descriptive source like Marquis Who's Who and construct short biographies. I need to use this source at my home computer."

"Do you have a simple list of authors who have died this year?"

"The assignment for Women's History Month is to profile a successful businesswoman. Isn't the head of E-Bay a woman?"

"I need to find out what happened to Robert Jarvik, the developer of the artificial heart."

"What is the name of the man who is credited for the first mass-produced home development site? It was in Levittown, New York, right after WorldWar II."

"We need a public speaker for our pet care program. The person shouldbe an accomplished practicing veterinarian in [your city]."

"We are having a book discussion and can't find information on theauthor of this book."

Category: Announcement

Friday, July 14, 2006

NewsBank HOT TOPICS for July

Lansing Library card holders can visit http://www.lansing.lib.il.us/catalog.htm#NewsBank to login to Newsbank from home, or use it in the library!

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NewsBank HOT TOPICS - July 2006
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HOT TOPICS
CURRENT EVENTS
See more information on these topics in NewsBank Special Reports
CRIME AND LAW – Train Bombing in India
TOPIC: Seven bombs hit a commuter train in Bombay’s rail network. Who was responsible for these bombings? What affect does this have on train networks in other cities around the world?
SEARCH TERMS: India AND trains

SPORTS – 2006 World Cup Soccer
TOPIC: Italy has won the 2006 World Cup soccer title after its championship match against France. What was the score of the game? What are some of the highlights of the entire World Cup?
SEARCH TERMS: World Cup soccer AND championships AND playoffs

CRIME AND LAW – NYC Terror Plot Foiled
TOPIC: A plot by Al-Qaida-linked terrorists in Lebanon to bomb New York City tunnels was discovered by Lebanese authorities when they searched the files of Assem Hammoud, a professor at Lebanese International University. How were they planning to bomb these tunnels? What other information on Hammoud is known?
SEARCH TERMS: Assem Hammoud

HEALTH – Florida Court Tosses Out Tobacco Damages
TOPIC: The Florida Supreme Court has thrown out a punitive damage charge against the U.S. tobacco companies. What power did the court give to individual smokers? What was the decision about the accuracy of the tobacco companies’ position on the dangers of smoking?
SEARCH TERMS: court rulings AND tobacco industry AND Florida

SOCIAL STUDIES RESEARCH TOPICS
ECONOMICS – Budget Closes Parts of New Jersey
TOPIC: Because of a state budget impasse, some parts of New Jersey were shut down for several days. What were the budgetary problems? Have other states experienced similar shut downs?
SEARCH TERMS: New Jersey AND shutdowns

EDUCATION – Columbine Diaries Released
TOPIC: The papers of the Columbine High School massacre have been released to the public. What are some of the papers of highest interest? Why have these documents been held for so long?
SEARCH TERMS: Columbine school shootings

INTERNATIONAL – North Korea Missile Tests
TOPIC: On July 4th, North Korea started testing long-range missiles and continued the testing after protests by the U.S. and Japan. What has been the response to these tests from the United Nations? What has been the reaction from Japan?
SEARCH TERMS: North Korea AND missiles

INTERNATIONAL – Mexican Election
TOPIC: Conservative National Action Party candidate Felipe Calderon has beaten Democratic Revolution Party candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to win the presidency of Mexico in a highly contested election. What have been some of the policy differences between the candidates? What is Lopez Obrador questioning about the election?
SEARCH TERMS: Mexico AND elections AND presidents

SCIENCE AND HEALTH RESEARCH TOPICS
ENVIRONMENT – Climate Scientists Support Gore’s Film
TOPIC: The science in Al Gore’s film about global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, has been supported by climate scientists who say his understanding of the science is correct. What groups have questioned the information in Gore’s film?
SEARCH TERMS: An Inconvenient Truth

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – Discovery Docks at Space Station
TOPIC: The space shuttle Discovery has successfully docked with the international space station. What happened 3 years ago that makes the success of this mission so significant? What state was the space station in when the Discover crew inspected it? What is next for this mission?
SEARCH TERMS: Discovery AND space shuttle

SPORTS – Roger Federer Wins 4th Wimbledon
TOPIC: Tennis champion Roger Federer has won his 4th straight Wimbledon title. What other top titles has this tennis champion won? What tennis player has had more successive wins at Wimbledon?
SEARCH TERMS: Roger Federer AND Wimbledon

ARTS AND LITERATURE RESEARCH TOPICS
FILM AND TELEVISION – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
TOPIC: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest has enjoyed the largest opening in film history. What made it such a huge success? What film previously held the record of largest opening?
SEARCH TERMS: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

FINE ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE – Getty Museum and Italy Resolve Dispute
TOPIC: The J. Paul Getty Trust has reached a deal with Italy to return a number of items belonging to the Getty Museum that Italy claims were looted. What other museums has Italy dealt with over the issue of looted property?
SEARCH TERMS: Getty Museum AND Italy

LITERATURE – Janet Evanovich’s Latest Book
TOPIC: Best-selling author Janet Evanovich has pleased fans again with her latest book Twelve Sharp. What popular Evanovich character reappears in this new book? What has made this series so popular?
SEARCH TERMS: Janet Evanovich

PERFORMING ARTS – Johnny Cash’s Last Album
TOPIC: Johnny Cash’s music reached a whole new audience in the few years before his passing with his American series. Now, American V: A Hundred Highways, the last in this series, has been posthumously released.. For which song from this series of recordings did Johnny win a Country Music Award?
SEARCH TERMS: Johnny Cash

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Channel 4 All the Time!


Channel 4 All the Time!
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.
Dave from Channel 4 donated this TV to display all the programming and announcements! It's by the Adult Circulation Desk, so you can see what's happening in town while you wait to check out! Thanks Dave!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Internet Time Extended!

Several people had mentioned to us that it is difficult to complete online job applications in our 60 minute internet time limit.

Effective today, when you initially log on to the Internet at the library, you'll get 90 minutes!

You may still renew your time if you need to, and renewals are in 30 minute increments if machines are not in high demand.

Category: Announcement

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Summer Computer Classes

We're accepting registrations now at the Adult Services Desk for summer computer classes. Senior citizens are welcome, and the classes are open to anyone entering high school, or adults of any age!

Beginners encouraged to attend!

Friday, June 09, 2006

Lansing Public Library Named as a Finalist in the SirsiDynix Building Better Communities Awards

Approximately 130 libraries from the United States and Canada applied, and the selection committee has narrowed this list to 15 finalists.

Of the finalists, 5 libraries will be awarded $10,000 in recognition for innovative uses of new technology to improve their user communities.

The award recipients will be announced June 24, 2006 at the American Library Association Conference.

Read the entire press release from SirsiDynix, and learn more about the finalists.

Category: Announcement

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Wi-Fi is Here!


wifi 001
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.
The Library now has wireless internet access.
Bring in your laptop, and you can connect! No library card required.

Read our wi-fi frequently asked questions for all the details.

Read our wi-fi setup directions too!

Category: Announcement

Thursday, June 01, 2006

CD Players Available to Borrow!

We have 3 portable CD players available for checkout at the lower level circulation desk.

Use one in the library or take it home to listen to an audiobook on CD, music from our CD collection, or your own tunes.

They'll be perfect for a family road trip this summer, or to listen to that hot audiobook title!

You can check to see if one is available, or place a request.


Are there other equipment suggestions you would like us to consider lending?
Post a comment here!

Category: Announcement

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Computer Class: NoveList

Spaces are still available for the computer class May 25th. Learn how to use NoveList to find other books in your favorite series, find new authors you might like, and find books by topic such as mysteries set in South Carolina. What a great way to find books to read this summer!

Class begins at 9:30 a.m.

Register at the Adult Services Desk.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Two New NewsBank Special Reports: National Service Programs and Mental Health

Two new Special Reports are now available.
*National Service Programs provides information on many volunteer programs available to everyone. The site also supports the 2006-2007 High School Debate Topic.

*Mental Health with coverage to raise awareness of issues and research being done on this topic. The site supports Mental Health month.

National Service Programs covers:
*Americorps
*Peace Corps
*Citizen and Senior Corps
*Habitat for Humanity
*Military Service
*and other service and volunteer programs

Mental Health covers:
*studies and research
*current trends and care programs
*disorders
*global issues
*government involvement

Both Sites include current and background articles, related images, links to related web sites, maps and suggested search terms to use in your NewsBank products to find out even more about these topics.

NewsBank offers a variety of Special Reports as part of your subscription. Updated daily, they offer a way to quickly find the latest information on important topics. Currently Featured Reports include:
*Natural Disasters Around the World
*World Health
*Science and Health in the News

Many other Reports are also available. All NewsBank Special Report Sites are located on your product menu page at infoweb.newsbank.com

Lansing users can connect to NewsBank here.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Scheduled Maintenance Completed

Scheduled maintenance on the library catalog has been completed.

The catalog was unavailable from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Friday morning, April 28, 2006.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Tornados, Junk Food, Immigration Reform and the Rolling Stones

Here's the NewsBank hot topics for April!
For more information on any of these topics, connect to NewsBank at home or in the library and use the suggested search terms.
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NewsBank HOT TOPICS - April 2006
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CURRENT EVENTS
See more information on Natural Disasters and Terrorism in NewsBank Special Reports

ENVIRONMENT – Tornado Season
TOPIC: Heavy thunderstorms and tornadoes moving across 6 midwestern states have killed 23 people. What can people do to prepare for a tornado? What should be done when an unexpected tornado hits? Has there been an increase in tornadoes in recent years? Why?
SEARCH TERMS: tornadoes AND damage reports

CRIME AND LAW – Moussaoui Trial
TOPIC: The judge at the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person in custody directly linked to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, has allowed family testimony and telephone recordings of 9/11 victims. What function does testimony and evidence play in a trial?
SEARCH TERMS: Moussaoui, Zacarias

SOCIAL STUDIES RESEARCH TOPICS
CIVICS, GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS – Papers in Libby Trial Show that President Bush Authorized the Leak
TOPIC: Court papers in Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s trial for leaking classified information to reporters show the leaks as being authorized by President Bush. What are the rights and responsibilities of the president regarding classified information? What do you think will happen as a result?
SEARCH TERMS: Libby, I. Lewis (Scooter) AND classified information

ECONOMICS – Chirac Abandons Youth Jobs Plan
TOPIC: After weeks of heavy protest, French President Jacques Chirac has abandoned his proposed legislation to loosen the requirements for employers to retain young workers. The legislation was allegedly an incentive for employers to hire more young workers. How could the proposed legislation have hurt young job seekers? How could it have helped?
SEARCH TERMS: France AND unemployment and employment

EDUCATION – Junk Food in Schools
TOPIC: At both the state and federal level, lawmakers are looking for a way to regulate the nutritional value of food that is in schools. The real challenge is controlling the offerings of private vending machines and a la carte lines. What are the differences between food provided directly by a school and food provided by private vendors in a school? What foods are available in schools in your area? What ways would you suggest these foods be regulated?
SEARCH TERMS: snack foods AND schools

HISTORY – Voting Rights Act Set to Expire
TOPIC: Three major provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are set to expire. All regard some kind of federal oversight to insure that minorities are not discriminated against or intimidated in the voting process. What did the Voting Rights Act of 1965 change? What might change with its expiration?
SEARCH TERMS: Voting Rights Act

INTERNATIONAL – Iran’s Effort to Enrich Uranium
TOPIC: Iran’s effort to enrich uranium to allegedly develop nuclear fuel will also allow them to develop nuclear weapons. What Is the response of the U. S. and other nations to this effort?
SEARCH TERMS: Iran AND nuclear technology

SOCIAL ISSUES – Immigration Reform Protests
TOPIC: As Congress works on a bill to overhaul immigration law, thousands of immigrants and fellow sympathizers protested for the right to seek legal residency. What can illegal immigrants do to get legal status? What important role have illegal immigrants played in the U.S. economy?
SEARCH TERMS: illegal aliens AND laws and legislation

SCIENCE AND HEALTH RESEARCH TOPICS
HEALTH – Massachusetts Mandatory Health Insurance
TOPIC: The Massachusetts legislature has passed the most comprehensive mandatory health-care bill in the nation by using the auto insurance model. What kind of health coverage do most people have now? What are the most common situations that cause someone to lose health insurance? Do you think other states will do the same thing?
SEARCH TERMS: Massachusetts AND health insurance

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – Laboratory Grows Bladders
TOPIC: The first time a complex organ like the bladder has been replaced with tissue from the patient’s cells was done in surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Boston. What kind of simpler tissues have been lab-grown and transplanted in the past? What is the significance of this work?
SEARCH TERMS: bladder AND research

SPORTS – Masters Golf Tournament
TOPIC: Golfer Phil Mickelson has won the Masters Tournament for the second time in three years. What is the significance of the Masters Tournament to the game of golf? What other players have won more than once?
SEARCH TERMS: Mickelson, Phil AND Masters Tournament

ARTS AND LITERATURE RESEARCH TOPICS
FILM AND TELEVISION – Katie Couric Becomes a Prime Time Newscaster
TOPIC: The popular host of NBC’s Today Show, Katie Couric, will be moving to CBS as anchor for the evening news. Who have been some of the historic news anchors on CBS? Why is her move so newsworthy? Who will replace her?
SEARCH TERMS: Couric, Katie AND newscasters

FINE ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE – Mendes da Rocha wins Pritzker Prize
TOPIC: Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha has won the top honor in architecture – the Pritzker Prize, becoming the second Brazilian to win it in its 27-year history. What is the style of architecture commonly used to describe Mendes da Rocha’s work? Who else has won this prize?
SEARCH TERMS: Mendes da Rocha, Paulo

LITERATURE – Doris Kearns Goodwin wins Lincoln Prize
TOPIC: For her political biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has been awarded the Lincoln Prize, given to authors for impressive work on the President Lincoln or the Civil War. What other biographies has Doris Kearns Goodwin written? What other works have been written about presidents?
SEARCH TERMS: Goodwin, Doris Kearns AND award and honors

PERFORMING ARTS – Rolling Stones play China
TOPIC: The most established rock and roll band will be playing to the world’s largest nation for the first time in history when the Rolling Stones play in China this April. When had the Stones earlier planned to tour China, and why was the show cancelled? Will this pave the way for others to perform in China?
SEARCH TERMS: Rolling Stones (musical group) AND China

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Beware of Phishing

A warning about unsolicited email that appears to be from the IRS, discussing your refund:

The bogus e-mail, which claims to come from "tax-refunds@irs.gov" tells the recipient that he or she is eligible to receive a tax refund for a given amount. It then says that, to access a form for the tax refund, the recipient must use a link contained in the e-mail. The link then asks for the personal and financial information.

The IRS does not ask for personal identifying or financial information via unsolicited e-mail. Additionally, taxpayers do not have to complete a special form to obtain a refund.

Read the entire warning from the IRS

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Sign up for e-mail notices! Get a free DVD rental!

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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Today's Library

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from actor/comedian George Lopez! Today's Library


How to listen:

You can listen to the podcast right on your computer using Windows Media Player (Windows) or RealPlayer (Mac). You probably already have one of these installed on your computer if you've listened to audio before, if not, download for free using the links above.

You can also download it to any brand of MP3 player and listen on the go, in the car, while you work out, on the bus, wherever! (Some people have even been known to download the podcasts, burn them to CD and play them in their car stereo, home stereo or portable CD player.)


The easiest way to subscribe (and make sure you don't miss our next podcast) is to download "JUICE" a podcast aggregator, or podcatcher.

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Friday, April 07, 2006

National Library Week: Friday

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! National Library Week: Friday


How to listen:

You can listen to the podcast right on your computer using Windows Media Player (Windows) or RealPlayer (Mac). You probably already have one of these installed on your computer if you've listened to audio before, if not, download for free using the links above.

You can also download it to any brand of MP3 player and listen on the go, in the car, while you work out, on the bus, wherever! (Some people have even been known to download the podcasts, burn them to CD and play them in their car stereo, home stereo or portable CD player.)


The easiest way to subscribe (and make sure you don't miss our next podcast) is to download "JUICE" a podcast aggregator, or podcatcher.

A podcatcher is software that allows you to subscribe to your favorite podcasts using their RSS feed. When new content or episodes are available, your podcatcher will automatically download them for you, and then you’re ready to listen to them on your computer or transfer them to your MP3 player!



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Thursday, April 06, 2006

National Library Week: Thursday

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! National Library Week: Thursday


How to listen:

You can listen to the podcast right on your computer using Windows Media Player (Windows) or RealPlayer (Mac). You probably already have one of these installed on your computer if you've listened to audio before, if not, download for free using the links above.

You can also download it to any brand of MP3 player and listen on the go, in the car, while you work out, on the bus, wherever! (Some people have even been known to download the podcasts, burn them to CD and play them in their car stereo, home stereo or portable CD player.)


The easiest way to subscribe (and make sure you don't miss our next podcast) is to download "JUICE" a podcast aggregator, or podcatcher.

A podcatcher is software that allows you to subscribe to your favorite podcasts using their RSS feed. When new content or episodes are available, your podcatcher will automatically download them for you, and then you’re ready to listen to them on your computer or transfer them to your MP3 player!



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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Spaces Still Available for April 6 Computer Classes

Walk-ins will be accepted to fill the class.

Visit our website for class descriptions.

Catalog I: Lansing Library Catalog

April 6 @ 9:30 a.m.


Internet I: Search Engines

April 6 @ 1:00 p.m.

Visiting a website with audio?

We now have a limited number of headphones available for you to use while in the library. Ask at Adult Services, Circulation, Reference or Youth Services for a pair!

Category: Announcement

National Library Week: Wednesday

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! National Library Week: Wednesday


How to listen:

You can listen to the podcast right on your computer using Windows Media Player (Windows) or RealPlayer (Mac). You probably already have one of these installed on your computer if you've listened to audio before, if not, download for free using the links above.

You can also download it to any brand of MP3 player and listen on the go, in the car, while you work out, on the bus, wherever! (Some people have even been known to download the podcasts, burn them to CD and play them in their car stereo, home stereo or portable CD player.)


The easiest way to subscribe (and make sure you don't miss our next podcast) is to download "JUICE" a podcast aggregator, or podcatcher.

A podcatcher is software that allows you to subscribe to your favorite podcasts using their RSS feed. When new content or episodes are available, your podcatcher will automatically download them for you, and then you’re ready to listen to them on your computer or transfer them to your MP3 player!



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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

National Library Week: Tuesday

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! National Library Week: Tuesday


How to listen:

You can listen to the podcast right on your computer using Windows Media Player (Windows) or RealPlayer (Mac). You probably already have one of these installed on your computer if you've listened to audio before, if not, download for free using the links above.

You can also download it to any brand of MP3 player and listen on the go, in the car, while you work out, on the bus, wherever! (Some people have even been known to download the podcasts, burn them to CD and play them in their car stereo, home stereo or portable CD player.)


The easiest way to subscribe (and make sure you don't miss our next podcast) is to download "JUICE" a podcast aggregator, or podcatcher.

A podcatcher is software that allows you to subscribe to your favorite podcasts using their RSS feed. When new content or episodes are available, your podcatcher will automatically download them for you, and then you’re ready to listen to them on your computer or transfer them to your MP3 player!



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Monday, April 03, 2006

Sign-up for email notices! Get a free DVD rental!

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National Library Week: Monday

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! National Library Week: Monday


How to listen:

You can listen to the podcast right on your computer using Windows Media Player (Windows) or RealPlayer (Mac). You probably already have one of these installed on your computer if you've listened to audio before, if not, download for free using the links above.

You can also download it to any brand of MP3 player and listen on the go, in the car, while you work out, on the bus, wherever! (Some people have even been known to download the podcasts, burn them to CD and play them in their car stereo, home stereo or portable CD player.)


The easiest way to subscribe (and make sure you don't miss our next podcast) is to download "JUICE" a podcast aggregator, or podcatcher.

A podcatcher is software that allows you to subscribe to your favorite podcasts using their RSS feed. When new content or episodes are available, your podcatcher will automatically download them for you, and then you’re ready to listen to them on your computer or transfer them to your MP3 player!



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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Ultimate Search Engine

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from actor/comedian George Lopez! Ultimate Search Engine

How to listen:

You can listen to the podcast right on your computer using Windows Media Player (Windows) or RealPlayer (Mac). You probably already have one of these installed on your computer if you've listened to audio before, if not, download for free using the links above.

You can also download it to any brand of MP3 player and listen on the go, in the car, while you work out, on the bus, wherever! (Some people have even been known to download the podcasts, burn them to CD and play them in their car stereo, home stereo or portable CD player.)


The easiest way to subscribe (and make sure you don't miss our next podcast) is to download "JUICE" a podcast aggregator, or podcatcher.

A podcatcher is software that allows you to subscribe to your favorite podcasts using their RSS feed. When new content or episodes are available, your podcatcher will automatically download them for you, and then you’re ready to listen to them on your computer or transfer them to your MP3 player!



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