Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Watch the U.S. Open Online

The U.S. Open website is streaming all U.S. Open matches for free -- without the need to verify that you’re a cable subscriber.

You can find a schedule of all the matches on the U.S. Open website.

iPad and iPhone users can access selected matches through the official U.S. Open iPhone app as well as the U.S. Open iPad app. The mobile app will carry live streams of all of the matches during Labor Day weekend (8-30 – 9/1) and the Finals weekend (9/5 – 9/8).

Android users can access live streams during Labor Day weekend (8-30 – 9/1) and the Finals weekend (9/5 – 9/8) through the U.S. Open Android app.

More tennis enjoyment can be found in the library's subscription to Tennis Magazine (current issue in-library use only, but back issues can be checked out) as well as instructional books, DVDs and biographies of previous U.S. Open winners such as Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Chris EvertJohn McEnroeRafael Nadal, Martina NavratilovaPete Sampras, Monica SelesSerena Williams and Venus Williams.

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian (and avid tennis player/fan)

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Smart Consuming - Electricity Rate Information

Wondering how your electric bill compares with someone who lives in a different part of the country or uses a different utility than you? The Utility Rate Database (URDB) allows you to search the rates of nearly 3,500 utilities by zip code or utility name. According to the Utilities Gateway, you can now "find out exactly how you are charged for your electric energy usage. Understanding this information can help reduce your bill, for example, by running your appliances during off-peak hours (times during the day when electricity prices are less expensive) and help you make more informed decisions regarding your energy usage."

For more ways to evaluate and reduce your energy consumption, check out the library's Green Building Resource Center series, made possible by a generous donation from the Green Building Resource Center (GBRC).

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Learn Technology Skills

Interested in mastering a technology or making the most of your new device?

Look no further than your library card. Here's a roundup of our online offerings for technology help, as well as librarian-recommended websites.

Library Resources

  • Atomic Training is a collection of video courses that cover computers, tablets, Microsoft Office, the Web, online research, and even web development.
  • You can download magazines with Zinio to your computer or device. We subscribe to Apple, iPhone / iPad Life, Mac World, PC Magazine, and PC World.
  • For more technology articles, our online Computer Collection has articles from hundreds of magazines for technology hobbyists and professionals.

New to Computers

  • Mousercise - Learn how to use a mouse. (A similar tutorial is available in Spanish.)
  • Typing Club - Learn how to type. You can register to save your progress, but registration is optional.

Learn Technology Skills

  • Common Craft - Friendly videos that explain how different technologies work.
  • DigitalLearn.org - Video courses on computer skills such as email and job searching.
  • GCF LearnFree.org - Online courses including iPad, social media, and Microsoft Office.
  • In Pictures - Illustrated tutorials for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.
Remember: in addition to public computers, our branches have free WiFi and friendly staff members who can help with many basic computer questions.

Becky @ Warrenton

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

e-Resource of the Month: America's Newspapers from Newsbank

While many newspapers, including the Washington Post and the New York Times, have online editions of their newspapers, access often requires registration and the acceptance of targeted online advertising, or is limited to a few articles per month without a paid subscription. In addition, in some cases the archives (articles older than say, two weeks) are only available for an additional fee. With your Fauquier County Public Library card, you can access more than 1000 regional and national newspapers, ad-free, including their archives, through America's Newspapers from Newsbank.

Coverage includes:

  • Baltimore Sun — from 1990 - current
  • Culpeper Star-Exponent -  from 2007 - current
  • Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star - from 2004 - current
  • New York Post - 1999 - current
  • Philadelphia Inquirer — from 1981 - current
  • Richmond Times Dispatch — from 1985 - current
  • Washington Times — from 1990 - current
  • Winchester Star -  from 2001 - current

As a transplant to Virginia, I love having access to the complete edition of my hometown newspaper back in Michigan. Be sure to check out if your hometown paper is covered!

Teachers/educators will appreciate the Current Events and Special Reports sections, which  focus on topics such as the global economy, conflict and terrorism, and natural disasters.

You will also want to check out America's News Magazines, which includes full-text magazines like the Atlantic, Newsweek and The New Republic.

If you're looking for local reporting (vs. national) or articles that cover a variety of viewpoints, be sure to start your research with America's News from Newsbank.

~Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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