Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween e-Treats

Are you prepared for Halloween? Check out these "spooktacular" online resources for busy families:

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Unique Online Reference Source: Encyclopedia of Surfing

Surf historian Matt Warshaw's Encyclopedia of Surfing, an online companion to the print edition of the same name, helps you understand and discover surfing's who's who, the history of surving and the science and events that mark the sport of riding waves. Along with profiles of surfers like Bill and Laird Hamilton, entries cover such topics as the aloha shirt and the movie Endless Summer.

The online encyclopedia has some usability issues. For example, to access the search, you have to move your cursor/tap over on the left side of the site.

Also, as an authoritative source, you should note that the majority of contributors are made up of various photographers and filmmakers, but there is nothing on the site itself about Matt Warshaw. There are references to him online via his publisher, etc. (Interview with Matt Warshaw/Harcourt Books), etc., but for a user like myself, who is not that familiar with surfing (and thus may not be aware of Matt Warshaw), this raises a red flag, at least if I planned to cite this source in an assignment for school.

The library has a few titles to supplement your research into surfing, including Surfing USA! An Illustrated History of the Collest Sport of All Time by Ben Marcus, Surfing: A History of the Ancient Hawaiian Sport by Ben Finney and James Houston and Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton (there's also the movie version). While you're reading, you can listen to the Beach Boys' Greatest Surfing Songs.

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week (October 13-19), an annual, international event which takes place during the second full week of October,  is designed to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences.

Mapping Our World,” this year's theme, looks to engage young people and the public in learning how geoscientists, geographers, and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, volcanic activity, weather patterns, travel routes, parks, businesses, population distribution, our shared geologic heritage, and more. Maps help show how the Earth systems – geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere – interact. The week is broken down by specific topics, such as National Fossil Day, which takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 16

The ESW website offers over 150 earth science activities for students, teachers and parents, many of which students can do on their own. They are broken down by grade level and also include standards alignment.

Teachers and home schooling families can find additional math and science online activities/resources on the Educators portion of our website.

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Planning for long term care

With October being Long Term Care Planning Month, the Administration on Aging's (part of the U. S. Dept. of Health & Human Services) LongTermCare.gov website is a great starting point to get answers to questions such as:

  • What is long-term care?
  • Who needs care?
  • How much care will I need?
  • Who will provide my care?
  • Where can I receive care?
  • Who pays for long-term care?

Find out what is covered by Medicaid/Medicare, where you should consider living, what to consider when planning for you and your family as well as costs (and how to pay).

The site even includes a handy map that shows the cost of care state-by-state, with costs broken down by type of care (click here for Virginia).

If you prefer something to check out from the library, simply do a keyword search in our online catalog for "long term care."

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Celebrate Oktoberfest ~ Learn German! (October e-Resource)

Plans to celebrate Oktoberfest (Sept. 21 - Oct. 6)? Brush up on your German language skills with this month's e-Resource of the MonthTransparent Language Onlinea rapid learning system employing spaced interval repetition. This innovative learning method takes users through a series of simple steps to memorize words and phrases in a new language, including their meanings and proper pronunciation, in the shortest possible time.

Online/Mobile Access
Transparent Language Online is packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing, and vocabulary building lessons for over 80 languages. Featuring top-of-the-line coursework combined with a free mobile app and extensive social media resources, Transparent Language Online is the most complete language-learning system available to library patrons.


Offline Access
Don't have internet access at home or prefer not being "online?" Try our Transparent Language interactive language instruction series via USB flash driveSimply plug the flash drive into your computer, download the Transparent Language software and you're ready to go. No data plan necessary!
 
The courses, which are contained on a USB storage device (i.e, a "flash drive"), focus on two (2) proven learning methods to help you  expand your language abilities: (1) vocabulary building and (2) using words and phrases in an immersive, whole-language learning experience.

Simply insert the USB key into one of your computer's USB slots/ports, install the software and you're ready to begin. For more details, watch an online demo of this process on the Recorded Books library site.

You'll first start out with 15 Beginner Lessons, equivalent to one year of a high school course or 1 semester of a college course. Every lesson builds on the ones before it, to gradually take you from no knowledge of the language to an intermediate level of proficiency.

Then, when you are ready, you can proceed on to the Advanced-Beginner level and Intermediate level video lessons, which include Reading Lessons, Travel Tours, and Video Conversations featuring real native speaker dialogues.

Over a dozen different languages (including German) are available at the library. These USB drives can be checked out, and borrowed for three weeks, just like other library items.

Free online resources
Check out some of these free online resources to supplement the library's premium Transparent Language offerings:
Bis bald!

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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