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Blakesburg Public Library news briefs

 

Library awarded The Libri Foundation Grant for children's books

The Blakesburg Public Library was among 72 libraries nationwide to receive a Libri Foundation grant, which will provide new children's books for the library. Thank you so much to the Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library, which is providing our portion of the matching funds grant ($350), and The Libri Foundation, which is is doubling our portion with a $700 contribution. This will purchase $1,050.00 worth of new, hardcover books for our children's and young adult book collections. The library joins nine other Iowa libraries in being awarded the Library Foundation grant this cycle, and 13 more Iowa libraries that are 2014 Libri Foundation grant recipients. Grant documents will be arriving at the library during the week of Sept. 22, and the new books will be ordered shortly thereafter. To learn more about the Libri Foundationand its Books for Children Program which provides grants for children's books to small, rural libraries across the United States, check out its web site at http://www.librifoundation.org .

Library Board to meet October 20th

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees for the Blakesburg Public Library will be at 6:00 p.m., Monday, October 20, 2014, at the library.

Friends of the Library group schedules next meeting

The next meeting for the Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library will be at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 29th at the Library. All Friends members and anyone interested in joining the organization are invited to attend.

Computers/wi-fi available at the Library

The library now has seven public access computers for patrons to use following the purchase of three computers with funds from the Wapello County Supervisors, and a donation of two more computers to go along with an existing computer. The donation from the county supervisors was to help provide youth with internet access on the computers for educational and recreational purposes. The library has six computers in the main library space, and one computer in the quiet area of the library. In addition, the library has a new wi-fi printer. The printer software has been installed on each of the new computers so patrons will be able to print from any computer.  Scanning, photocopy, and FAX service is also be available. 

 

 

 

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Use your Blakesburg Public Library card to check out e-books and audio books from WILBOR. With more than 10,000 digital books in the collection,WILBOR has something for everyone across all ages -- from picture books, to novels, to memoirs and non-fiction. Audio books are great for early or beginning readers or older readers who can't see quite as well as they used to and prefer to listen to books.
OverDrive (WILBOR) is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. It delivers secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers, serving millions of end users. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a
company that matters most in the digital content industry.

 

Wilbor Link:   http://wilbor.lib.overdrive.com/8306B443-8B72-419F-8EF4-91879CC0B466/10/50/en/Default.htm

 

 

 LearningExpress 3.0

Learning Express Software available @ the Library


LearningExpress is an interactive online platform, providing career and academic resources.
LearningExpress
will help you with job preparation, career advancement, and college readiness.
LearningExpress
helps build skills in math, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary.

http://www.learningexpresslibrary3.com/?AuthToken=7FFF26B3-5EE3-4F98-99C2-600AA15FEE99                 

 


Interlibrary Loan

If the library doesn't have the book you are looking for, we can order it for you from participating Iowa Libraries through the Inter-library Loan Program. Through this sharing program, Iowa libraries are able to offer patrons a wide variety of materials, and share costs.

Ebsco logo     http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=uid

 EBSCOhost, the most used reference source worldwide, is available 24/7/365 to patrons of the Blakesburg Public Library. A customizable, intuitive search experience, EBSCOhost is designed to cater to various user needs and preferences at every level of research.

 

The EBSCOHost Database features a nearly a dozen focus areas within its resources. These include MasterFile Premier, Health Source--Nursing/Academic Edition; Primary Search; ERIC; Academic Search Elite; Business Source Elite; Vocational and Career Collection; TOPICSearch; Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia; Regional Business News and Health Source--Consumer Edition. Check with the library staff for the user ID/Password to access the database 24/7/365 from your home, laptop or smartphone. Contact library staff to obtain the user ID/Password.

     

   Searchasaurus logo          Searchasaurus Powered by EBSCO 

 

 

Searchasaurus is a special section of the EBSCOhost database, geared for young researchers. Special sections featured include Animals, Art & Music, Health, History, People and Places, Science and Math, Sports, and Stories. The database also features a dictionary, encyclopedia and pictures.  This database is also available 24/7/365 anywhere the patron has an internet connection. Contact the library staff for the user ID/Password.

 

MAgazines

New magazines


The Blakesburg Public Library has received the gift of a dozen magazine subscriptions. Some of the titles have already been arriving in the library's mail. A variety of interests, genders and ages are included in the gift subscriptions. New titles include: Automobile, Boys Life, Country Living, Girls Life, Good Housekeeping, Jack & Jill, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Outdoor Life, Prevention, Redbook, Scholastic Parent and Child, and Woman's Day.

 

Milestone reached: More than 2000 books now listed in library's online catalog !! 

More than 2000 books were added to the library's catalog between April 1st and August 2nd !! The adult fiction and young adult fiction collections are now in the catalog. Next up will be the children's resources. The library's card catalog can be accessed at the following web address: www.librarything.com/catalog/BlakesburgLibrary. Patrons can search by subject, author or title to see what books the library owns. In addition, the results can be listed in a variety of ways, and books can be sorted by the year of publication. The catalog also provides book reviews and recommends read-alike titles/authors. Be sure to check out the catalog, which is available on the web 24/7.

 

 Bored? Check out the many board games available @ the library 


In addition to great books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, online databases, e-books and audio books, the library has jigsaw puzzles, children's puzzles, toys, craft materials, and a collection of board games for patrons to play at the library. Come check out the library -- where there is something for everyone !

Bored (Board) games @ the library !


 

Free Children's E-Books

Use the following link to access free children's e-books to read on your computer screen. Contact the library for the user ID/password. http://my.abdodigital.com/

 

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