Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Are you a backyard vinter or wine enthusiast?

I recently ran across the International Wine Research Database, "a resource for wine professionals and wine lovers," which covers all types of publications on wine in all media formats. Its primary purpose is to serve as an index to periodicals. Some of the journals are available full-text (for purchase), but otherwise, it is a good starting point for budding and experienced viticulturists looking for a comprehensive index for wine literature.

That got me daydreaming about owning/living on a vineyard (but I don't think I'd want to do the work...just drink the wine) and figured I should point out some of the wine-related resources available from the library.

For books and DVDs on wine and wine making, such as The Backyard Vinter, check out the library's online catalog. You can search by keywords such as "wine making," "viticulture" and "viniculture." You can also access magazine and newspaper articles, as well as industry publications related to wine-making, when you search our library databases, including the Culinary Arts Collection.

If you plan on selling your wine, use the ReferenceUSA database's U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles module to elevate your understanding of local, regional or national consumer markets (see the category, Gourmet Food & Wine).

For those interested in "Old World"-style wines, the Warrenton Library's Virginiana Room also houses back issues of the Vinifera Wine Growers Association's (now known as the Atlantic Seaboard Wine AssociationVinifera Wine Growers Journal.

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, April 23, 2014

Ready, Set, Test

When students need to prepare for the GED, SAT, ACT, GRE, AP, TOEFL and other standardized tests, look to the library's website for quick and easy access to online test prep via the Testing & Education Reference Center, listed under College, Careers & Test Prep.

In addition to high school and college/graduate school exam prep, the Testing & Education Reference Center also includes online prep for nursing studies (RN and LPN), ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), materials for the PRAXIS I and II exams, ASE Automotive Technician test prep and numerous resources for civil service careers (firefighter, postal worker, etc.).

The Testing & Education Reference Center is a great supplement (or alternative) to the traditional test prep materials available in the library, and it's always available!

~ 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.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

National Environmental Education Week

With Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 25) approaching, National Environmental Education Week (April 13-19, 2014) is a good time to increase your environmental awareness.

Online resources include:

Offline, check out our collection of items related to Earth Day and the environment.


Go Green @ the Library - Be sure to set up your online account and include your e-mail address/mobile phone number so that we can e-mail/text your notices instead of printing/mailing.

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

National Poetry Month e-Resources

April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate the written and spoken word with the following resources...

Online Library Resources Available 24X7 With Your Library Card

Recommended Websites
  • Poets.org - The host of this site, the Academy of American Poets, administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; online educational resources providing free poetry lesson plans for high school teachers; and the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of over 700 recordings dating back to the 1960s. The Poets.org website provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry.
  • Library of Congress Poetry Resources - Covers resources at the Library of Congress, including webcasts, digital collections, exhibitions, learning materials, and other features. Also provides links to guides to finding a poem, locating poetry criticism, official state poems, poets laureate, and more. History buffs will want to look at the section on Civil War poetry, which features poets like Walt Whitman, Henry Timrod (a/k/a the "Laureate of the Confederacy") and Herman Melville.
  • Writing About Poetry - Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) covers the basics on how to write a clear, confident, well-supported essay about poetry.
  • Celebrate World Poetry - EDSITEment, a website of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), focuses on the different poetic forms developed across time and around the world.
  • Scholastic.com's Teacher Site - Features an interactive poetry-making machine and inspirational activities for the budding poets in your classroom.
  • The Poetry Foundation - Publisher of Poetry magazine, the Poetry Foundation "works to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in American culture." Listen to the poem of the day or check out the poetry programs for children (recommended reads, activities and tips on introducing poetry to children).
@ Your Library
If you're looking for resources at the library, check out our resources under the subject headings poetry and poets or simply browse through the 808.1 area in the non-fiction section. For children, there are hundreds of titles that will help introduce the younger set to the joys of poetry, including specific recommendations from the children's staff.

Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collectionevents or programs, visit us on FacebookTwitter or online.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April e-Resource: Get Tech Skills with Atomic Training

A video-based how-to training resource, Atomic Training opens up unlimited access to thousands of short videos covering more than 300 of today's most popular software applications on both PCs and Macs.

-- All the latest offerings — Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google, and more

-- Valuable job training — Improve job skills with in-depth training on Excel and Photoshop, or learn valuable social media techniques with tutorials on Twitter, blogging, and podcasting

-- Access anywhere — Watch videos at the library or remotely from home

Here are just a selection of training videos available to you...

Adobe 
  • Dreamweaver
  • Flash 
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Photoshop 
Microsoft
  • OneNote 2013
  • Project 2013
  • Publisher 2013
  • Word 2013 
  • Windows 8.1 
  •  Office 365 - Administrator Training
Other
  • FAFSA--Completing a Financial Aid Form
  • PC Security and Maintenance
  • Aperture 3 - Importing and Editing Photos
  • Comic Life 2--Creating Digital Comics
  • PHP-- Programming Language Training

Atomic Training is FREE with your Fauquier County Public Library card -- check it out today at https://www.rbdigital.com/fauquierva/atomic

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collectionevents or programs, visit us on FacebookTwitter or online.