Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Catalog Maintenance

We will be doing catalog maintenance on Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 1:00 p.m. to approx. 2:30 p.m.

Metra Schedules Changed

Several Metra schedules have changed as of the end of this month.


Rail Line and Effective Date

Metra Union Pacific North Line
Chicago to Kenosha Suburban Service

January 23, 2006

Metra North Central Service http://metrarail.com/Sched/ncs/ncs.shtml
Chicago to Antioch Suburban Service

January 30, 2006

Metra Union Pacific Northwest Line
Chicago to Harvard/McHenry Suburban Service

January 23, 2006

Metra Milwaukee District West Line
Chicago to Big Timber Road Suburban Service

January 30, 2006

Metra Union Pacific West Line
Chicago to Elburn Suburban Service

January 23, 2006

Metra SouthWest Service http://metrarail.com/Sched/sws/sws.shtml
Chicago to Manhattan Suburban Service

January 30, 2006

Friday, January 27, 2006

Upcoming OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) Events

Join us for a variety of great programs in OPAL this
month. A wonderful series on Illinois authors will
begin with mystery author Julia Spencer-Fleming;
February 16 is the Day of the Digital Audio Book; the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Curator Kim Bauer
will talk about some of the curiousities of Abraham
Lincoln; and you can discuss the love lives of the
British royals.

OPAL programs are web-based programs where people can
get together to view a power point, website, and more,
and interact via text chat and audio.

All programs are free and open to everyone. To attend
a program, to to the OPAL auditorium at
type your name and click enter.

OPAL programs are web-based programs where people can
get together to view a power point, website, and more,
and interact via text chat and audio.

Wednesday, February 8, 2006 beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time, 1:00 Central, noon Mountain,
11:00 a.m. Pacific, and 7:00 p.m. GMT:
Topic to Be Announced
Join us for a fascinating tour of some of the digital
riches at the Library of Congress. Presented by the
librarians at the Library of Congress.
This OPAL event will be held in the Auditorium.

Wednesday, February 8, 2006 beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time, 2:30 Central, 1:30 Mountain,
12:30 p.m. Pacific, and 9:30 p.m. GMT:
Illinois Authors: Julia Spencer-Fleming
Award-winning mystery author Julia Spencer-Fleming
grew up in places as diverse as Mobile, Rome,
Stuttgart and Syracuse. Her debut novel, In the Bleak
Midwinter, won the St. Martin's/Malice Domestic, the
Dilys, the Agatha, the Anthony, the Macavity and the
Barry Awards. A Fountain Filled With Blood received a
Barry Award nomination, and Julia's latest Clare
Fergusson novel, Out of the Deep I Cry, was a 2005
Edgar Award finalist. Julia lives in the Maine
countryside with three kids, two dogs and one husband.
Organized by the New Lenox Public Library District and
the Geneva Public Library. Both libraries will be
offering live, on-site showings of this online
This OPAL event will be held in the Auditorium.

Thursday, February 9, 2006 beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time, 2:00 Central, 1:00 Mountain,
noon Pacific, and 8:00 p.m. GMT:
Great British Love Stories: How They Changed the
Course of History, and Where You can Read More About

British history is full of romantic fables, tales, and
true stories about royal love affairs and how they
affected history: from the love triangle of Arthur,
Guinevere, and Lancelot; to Henry VIII and Anne
Boleyn; to Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville; to our
own century with Prince Charles and Camilla Parker
Bowles. This interactive program will introduce or
reintroduce you to these fascinating romances, how
they affected history, and some fiction and
non-fiction books where you can read more about it.
Come and share your favorite British love story.
Presented by Lori Bell from the Alliance Library
System of central Illinois.
This OPAL event will be held in the Auditorium.

Thursday, February 16, 2006 :
Day of the Digital Audio Book
This inaugural event for LibraryU Live! will include
online self-paced LibraryU modules combined with a day
of live events in the OPAL online auditorium and will
feature three separate sessions on the exciting and
innovative activities going on in libraries in the
area of digital audio books. A bonus "brown bag lunch"
will provide participants with the opportunity to
listen to experts talk about their experiences with a
range of creative digital audio book programs.
This special day of online events and discussions if
free of charge, but we do ask that you Register.
Presented by OPAL and LibraryU.
This OPAL event will be held in the online Auditorium.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time, 10:00 a.m. Central, 9:00 a.m.
Mountain, 8:00 a.m. Pacific, and 4:00 p.m. GMT:
Lincoln: Ironies, Curiosities & Weird Stuff
Kim Bauer, Curator for Lincoln Collection at the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library for the past ten
years, will present this OPAL session on "Lincoln:
Ironies, Curiosities & Weird Stuff". Mr. Bauer will
discuss some of the interesting facts that he has
discovered as Lincoln Curator for the Lincoln
Collection. Join us for this informative session on
Abraham Lincoln. Sponsored by the Rolling Prairie
Library System
This OPAL event will be held in the Auditorium.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time, 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain,
5:00 Pacific, and Midnight GMT:
Book Discussion of the classic Russian novel, The
Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The melodramatic tale of Fyodor Karamazov and his
sons: Alyosha, Dmitri, Ivan, and the illegitimate
Smerdyakov. The death of the father and conflicts of
faith are key themes in this panorama of
nineteenth-century Russia. This novel has it all:
love, lust, murder, money-grubbing, religious doubt,
social problems....
NLS audiobook version: RC 50370 (8 cassettes; read by
Ken Kliban)
This OPAL public event will be held in the Atrium.

OPAL is administered by the Alliance Library System,
the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille
Service, and the Mid-Illinois Talking book Center.

CLick here for the complete schedule of upcoming OPAL events.

Catalog Maintenance

Our catalog will be unavailable Friday, January 27th from 9:45 a.m. until approximately 11:15 a.m.

Update: Catalog maintenance completed.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

just a test

just a test, hopefully correcting an iTunes problem

Listen to my first podcast here!

Monday, January 23, 2006

NewsBank features Winter Olympics, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History

With the 2006 Winter Olympics scheduled to open February 10th in Torino (Turin), Italy,
*trials and qualifying events are taking place
*final preparations on the official Olympic stadium and the game sites are being completed

Follow the events leading up to the opening ceremony, in NewsBank's new Special Report Site devoted to these Olympic games.

This Special Report contains information on
*daily events leading up to the opening ceremony
*trials and qualifying events
*site and security issues
*the Olympic committee
*top athletes
*past games

Then after the Olympic torch is lit, visit NewsBank's Special Report on the Olympics each day to keep up with the latest news from Torino on
*Olympic events and competition
*award ceremonies
*other news from and about the Olympics

Related images, links to related web sites, and suggested search terms to use in your NewsBank products to find out even more about the 2006 Winter Olympics are also included.

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:
*Martin Luther King and Black History
*Year in Review - 2005
*Science and Health in the News

Click here for more information about NewsBank or to log in.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Computer Classes in February--Registration Open

Classes fill up FAST! Sign-up now!
There are some new topics
Remember, all topics are not offered each month.
Visit the Computer Classes page for descriptions of each class.

Intro to Mouse

February 2 @ 9:30 a.m.

February 16 @ 1:00 p.m.

Catalog II: SWAN, Illinet, WorldCat & ordering items through InterLibrary Loan

February 4 @ 10:00 a.m.

E-Mail I: Yahoo Email for Beginners

February 4 @ 1:30 p.m.

February 9 @ 1:00 p.m.

Internet I: Search Engines

February 9 @ 9:30 a.m.

Internet II: Trusted Websites

February 16 @ 9:30 a.m.

Internet III: Finding Articles with Ebsco, NewsBank & FirstSearch

February 23 @ 9:30 a.m.

Potpourri: Questions & Answers on prior topics
Did you take a class, and now you're stuck?
Bring your questions! This class is what you make it!
(Sorry, we cannot troubleshoot your home computer problems.)

February 23 @ 1:00 p.m.

Monday, January 16, 2006

57% of Teens Online are Content Creators!

57% of all teens online are content creators via websites or blogs. Are you one of them?

Blog Safety is a great site that offers some great blogging tips for teens.

The overall message of the site is that teens will blog. The goal is to get them to think a bit about what they blog. The nature of blogging often leads us to reveal more personal information than we would usually share with the entire world! Remember, it's not just your friends reading your blog! Would you be embarrassed if your grandparents or parents read your blog? What about a college admissions committee?

Information posted to the Internet lasts a very long time due to archiving and cached pages!

The site also offers some great resources for parents, including talking points.

Found via BloggerBuzz

Wi-Fi Security...Are You Putting Yourself at Risk?

Recent news articles caution about the security of wi-fi connections.

Dubbed the "evil twin" threat, information such as bank or credit card numbers could be intercepted when you think you're connecting to an actual wi-fi hotspot, but are connecting to it's "evil twin," set up to gather your information.

Here's an article from CNN which mentions this in the UK, but it's happening in the US too. Here's another article from CNET

ABC7 is doing a story tonight on the 10 o'clock news.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - The Man Behind the Holiday

We've collected links to websites about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

You'll find information about Dr. King, the text to his "I Have a Dream" speech, and a lot more!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Internet Repaired

SBC has repaired the problem with our internet connection.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Internet and Website Unavailable

We lost our internet connection today approx. 11:45 a.m. (We also experienced an outage Friday.)

We have been informed that technicians from SBC will work on the problem Monday morning.

Since our internet connection to the building is down, our website is unavailable, and internet access is unavailable within the building.

If you're planning on coming to use the internet on Monday morning, please phone first to find out the status.