Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New words in the Oxford Dictionary

New words include: lolz, tweeps and wikipedian. For the complete list, see Hella ridic new words to make you lolz: ODO August 2012 update | OxfordWords blog.

Remember, your Fauquier County Public Library card allows you complete access to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online. From the library's website (, select Find Information ... Search for Articles & More from our left-hand menu; you'll see the Oxford English Dictionary listed under Encyclopedias & Reference.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Friday, August 24, 2012

Roundup of Genealogy Webinar Providers from Marian's Roots and Rambles

Researching your family tree? Check out this blog post that lists a number of free and low-cost genealogy webinars:

Marian's Roots and Rambles: Roundup of Genealogy Webinar Providers: There are so many great webinar offerings these days that I thought I would provide a roundup of all the individuals and groups providing ...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Find Fresh and Local Foods

Apparently Aug. 5 - Aug. 11 was National Farmers Market Week. If, like me, you missed it, you can instead check out the USDA National Farmers Market Directory, available at You can search for markets based on location, available products, and types of payment accepted, including participation in federal nutrition programs like SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps). Directory features allow users to locate markets based on proximity to zip code, mapping directions and links to active farmers market websites.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Monday, August 13, 2012

Teacher, Homeschooler Resources - 2 Sites to Explore

If you're an educator/teacher (or home schooling parent), hopefully you've visited the library's Educators page on the library's website, where we outline library services, books and recommended online materials.

We've recently added 2 recommended websites that are general/cover a number of subject areas:

Share My Lesson - Members can download and share user-generated, high quality teaching resources and lesson plans free of charge.

Sophia - Access more than 25,000 free tutorials on math, science, English and more - and no annoying advertising! Teachers interested in a "flipped" classroom -- students are assigned multimedia tutorials as homework and then class time is used to complete assignments, projects or discussions -- will find Sophia a valuable resource.

Please note that both of these sites require that you create a free account.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Friday, August 10, 2012

Share What You're e-Reading

Do you use the library's OverDrive e-book/e-audio book service? OverDrive recently upgraded the OverDrive Media Conole app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7 devices, and now you can "share" what you're reading on Facebook and other services (Twitter, e-mail, etc.).

If you're not familiar with the library's e-books/e-audio book offerings, stop by your local library branch or call the Warrenton Library's reference desk (540-422-8500, ext. 6862) for details on OverDrive and our other e-services.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Monday, August 6, 2012

Computer Skills & Training - Best Bets

The following are sites/sources that will help you learn or enhance your computer skills. Some are actual online courses, others short tutorials/informative in nature. Be sure to bookmark this post (and share with computer-challenged friends and family), as I will update it regularly with new sites.

General Computers/Internet Basics
Typing/Mouse Skills
  • - While this is a site aimed at children, there are plenty of keyboarding and mouse exercises for all ages;
  • Dance Mat Typing - While the website is aimed at children/students aged 7-11, it's an easy-to-use tool for anyone needing to get beyond the "hunt and peck" typing style;
  • Mouse Exercise - Learn to click, drag and drop using the computer mouse;
  • Mousercise - If your typing skills and/or use of the computer mouse leave much to be desired, this is the site for you;
  • Type Online - Develop your keyboarding schools with this UK site;
  • 10 Free Typing Practice Activities for Students - Compilation of sites, including some listed above, from Free Technology for Teachers;
Office Applications and Beyond
  • CBT Cafe - Free web based software video training, software video tutorials and e-learning for multimedia and graphic design in HTML, QuickTime Video, and Flash video tutorial formats;
  • In Pictures - Online tutorials on popular software and programming tools, including Microsoft Office applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher;
  • Microsoft Training - Microsoft offers many free tutorials and exercises to assist you with their products;
Once you have your feet wet/know a little about your computer and/or using the Internet, sign up for the Computer Skills Workshop at the Warrenton Library. Library staff will assist you with computer basics such as cutting and pasting text, optimizing your web-based e-mail account, computer tips and tricks and more. The workshop is on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, at 9 AM. Space is limited and registration is required. To sign up, call the Warrenton Library reference desk at (540)422-8500, ext. 6862.

Alison @ Warrenton

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

e-Resource of the Month: Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

Are you a new graduate or just seeking a career change? Check out the library’s Ferguson's Career Guidance Center for help in hunting for a job, researching companies, building a resume, preparing for interviews and much more. Start off with the Career Interest Assessment tool to discover the occupations and industries that best match your personal interests. If additional education/training is required to pursue your career, be sure to consult Ferguson's college planning and financial aid tools.
~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian