Can’t find that title? You’ve searched the library catalog and it’s just not there. Did you know that there still might be a way to find that hard-to-get item? Try the WorldCat online database! It is among one of our many resource databases that widens the search and expands your chances for locating your item.
October is the time for one of America's 'ultimate' classics. You sports fans know what I mean. It's the fall classic, or better known as the "World Series"! In case you somehow missed it, Ken Burns added a new segment to his outstanding documentary on Baseball. It's called the 10th Inning, and ran on channel 19 recently.
School is back in session, and that means another round of research papers to get started on, whether it’s high school or college. Luckily, the Mid-Continent Public Library has a vast amount of online resources to help you get started on these papers. One in particular is the Academic Search Premier database located under the heading Magazines and Periodicals in our research databases.
When the transmission went out on my husband’s Ford Ranger, we didn’t know what to do. The shop wanted nearly $2000 and we just could not afford it at the time, besides the fact that the truck was only worth about $1400. My husband was able to find a place that would fix the transmission for $300 if he could bring them just the transmission. When he told me about this situation, I told him he should check the databases through mymcpl.org.
Today while I was helping a teen looking for a book, I overheard her brother telling her that she could get the book's audio version by purchasing it with "Mom’s account and she’ll pay for it". He had recently purchased one and paid $10. Wow, I thought to myself, they could benefit by using Overdrive. I apologized for over hearing their conversation, and told them about our Overdrive database.
Since I work at the library, and I'm here the majority of the time, I had to step back and put myself in the shoes of our customers. I wondered if I would continue to use the library as a primary resource, or if I would rely solely on the power of the internet to solve all my information quests? I love the ability to dream from my living room, and pop into any area that the internet can take me. But, I think I love the library more for giving me solid resources that are accessible for free with my library card.
It’s a beautiful fall Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs just won yet again, and you are on top of the world, feeling like you can do anything. You look outside the window, and you get a brilliant idea! You decide you are going to do some repairs on your car, and save the cost of having a maintenance garage do it.
Living within a super tight budget has definitely been eased by MCPL’s continually expanding collections and access to WorldCat. I can acquire the newest books, audio selections, and DVDs. There are formats for any situation, and I always keep a wide variety in my personal MCPL collection. Would I like to listen to a CD while I’m driving around, doing my errands? Perhaps, I might take a book or the magazine I wanted to browse through to my dentist’s visit. So many choices!