As people everywhere are working away on writing a 50,000 word novel this month, we would like to draw your attention to all of the wonderful writing websites available in Web Resources. Aspiring writers will find several websites geared just for them.
You can use it as a dictionary, of course, but it also has many other interesting features. There is a style guide that shows how to use punctuation marks, a medical dictionary, Spanish/English and French/English dictionaries, a thesaurus, an encyclopedia, and an atlas.
I am the first to admit, I am thinking about entering a twelve-step program for my Pinterest addiction. In case you don’t know, Pinterest is an online pinboard where anyone can find out how to do anything. While I may not be the most prolific crafter at the Riverside Branch, I sure do like to read about crafting. Same goes for cooking.
There are few things better than discussing great books with like-minded friends, but once in a while, half-way through a conversation, I realize that one of my good friends actually hates a book that I like. It’s always quite shocking, since I only read the best books. But apparently, we all have different definitions of good. For example, I like to read books with interesting characters that change and develop over time. Apparently, other people read thought-provoking books or books with a fast-paced plot, or even books with a unique setting.
Do you often find yourself wishing there was more literature in your day-to-day social networking? Do you want to interact with other bibliophiles or participate in fun and interesting quizzes about your favorite themes and characters? Maybe, you just want to convert your mosaic of post-it notes of books-to-read into an attractive digital format? If any of these apply, then you definitely need Goodreads!
When we think of looking for a new job, often times what comes to mind first is heading to the nearest convenience store to grab a newspaper for the classifieds. Did you know, however, that the library has a huge selection of online databases and websites designed specifically to help you look for your new job, all of which are free to you as an MCPL cardholder? And here's the best part: You don't even have to leave your house to use them!
So, usually when I get on the Library’s website, I head straight for the catalog. Occasionally, though, I do visit the Online Resources page. The Online Resources page gives me access to downloadable eBooks and Research Databases, but I don’t really venture any further than that. That is until I discovered Web Resources.
Reading levels vary from student to student, as well as school district to school district. So, how can you find the correct books to engage a young reader but make sure it is not too difficult for them? This is a common issue that I come across both as a parent and while working for the Library. Parents are excited to hear their child is reading above grade level, but somewhat clueless about finding the correct books.
I’ll be the first to admit that drawing isn’t my forte. Generally speaking, when I draw, it tends to be stick people who need some serious help. However, when I saw Draw Something, a free app for iPhone and Android, I knew it would be fun. All of my non-drawing friends were instantly hooked, and I’ve never laughed so hard in my life.
I’ve always believed that if you don’t know the past, you are doomed to repeat it. And, you should especially know your own roots. As such, I have been researching my ancestry for years, and I am still amazed at the things I find.