Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wedding Planning

Planning your own wedding can save you money — but also can take a huge amount of time and organization.

Tip #1 - Instead of spending a lot of money (which you are going to need to pay the caterer, florist, photographer, etc.) on those gorgeous (but expensive!) wedding planning books, check some out from your local library.

Tip #2 - Fire up your tablet or computer and look into the following websites (many with mobile apps for you smartphone) to help ease the stress of planning for the big day:

theKnot - One of the oldest wedding planning sites out there (I used it back in 1997 to plan my own wedding), you'll find lots of tools for budgeting, creating checklists, managing guests, etc.
Evernote - This popular note-taking program (available on the Web and for most mobile devices) has a series of blog posts on effective wedding planning with its software. 
Google Weddings - Use Google Sites to create a website for your event, share photos with Picassa and use Google Drive (Google Docs) to create checklists, seating charts and more.
Real Simple Weddings - Check out their comprehensive wedding checklist, with a timeline based on the 16-month length of the average U.S. engagement.
Martha Stewart Weddings - The domestic goddess provides numerous tips (including "working with vendors") to help you plan/carry off the perfect wedding.

Weddings on Pinterest - Set up a free account and settle down into hours of browsing incredible decorations, dresses, flower arrangements, food and more. 
Microsoft Office - Microsoft has a free wedding budget planner template for recent versions of its Excel spreadsheet program available to download and tips for using its OneNote program to organize the event. 

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~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Free Graphics Software and Images

Thought I'd pass along a great article I came across today...

Free Graphics Software and Images - Craft dazzling visuals with TechSoup.org's list of free graphics tools ranging from basic to professional quality image editors.

Can't wait to check out some of the drawing programs, as Adobe Illustrator is way beyond our budget here at the library.

Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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Play LEGOs online

Love playing LEGOs? Now LEGO and Google have partnered to allow you to play LEGOs on your computer/mobile device. You just need the Chrome web browser (chrome.google.com if you haven't already downloaded it) and a Google account (to publish your creation). To get started, go to http://www.buildwithchrome.com/.

For even more LEGO fun, be sure to check out our popular LEGO club, which meets twice a month at each library location. Geared at children in grades K-5, the program includes a story, time to create something from LEGO’s based on the theme of the month and  LEGO free time. For dates/times, check out our online event calendar, the library's website or download our print version of Library News and Events.

~Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

It's Science Fair Time!


Do you/does your child have a science fair project due or looking for some practice guides for hands-on science learning?  Or maybe s/he wants to submit her/his brilliant idea for the fourth annual Google Science Fair? Online sources for project ideas, tips and guides include:
  • Access Science - All you need is your library card number and you can access supporting articles and research for your science fair projects and research papers.Award-winning materials include encyclopedia articles, videos, news and more.
  • Discovery Education's Science Fair Central - Includes hundreds of project ideas, advice from judges and previous winners and display tips.
  • Scholastic.com's Science Explorations - With the help of audio, text, photos, and video, students thoroughly explore six science topics, from the Galapagos Islands to giant squid.
  • Kids.gov - Here you'll find science fair projects, ideas and experiments from various government agencies; broken down by age and includes a special section for teachers/parents.
  • ScienceBob.com - Hosted by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder, this site is aimed at elementary and middle school students and includes videos and printable directions.
  • ScienceBuddies.org - K-12 students, parents, and teachers can quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology
For offline resources, search the library's online catalog (or browse in the 507.8/J.507.8 nonfiction section -- sort by "reverse year" to see the most recent titles) to place holds/check out books for science project ideas, including:
Best of luck!

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

e-Resource of the Month: TumbleBook Library

The TumbleBook Library is a collection of TumbleBooks -- animated, talking picture books -- suited for elementary school children. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books, adding sound, animation, music and narration to create an electronic picture book. The TumbleBook Library includes a wide selection of stories that come to life for children through engaging animation, including chapter books, graphic novels and math stories. The website is easy to navigate and allows children to hear stories read fluently, and the TumbleReadable format allows the reader to adjust to the text size which is right for them, making reading online fun and accessible.There are even options to hear the stories in French or Spanish! Each story comes with puzzles and games geared to ensure reading comprehension.

The TumbleBook Library collection can be accessed online from every computer in the library, or from home through the links on the library web site (for example, Search for Articles & More | Literature and e-books; Youth Services | Featured Resources; Parents | Featured Resources).

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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