Thursday, March 28, 2013

April 2013 Calendar

Dorling Kindersley/ Dorlng Kindersley / Universal Images Group

Here is a list of special days for the month of April that you might want to highlight or develop a program for in your library:

Mathematics Awareness Month

Keep America Beautiful Month

National Poetry Month

School Library Month

April 8-14 Healthy Texas Week

April 12 National DEAR Day (Drop Everything And Read)

April 14-20 National Library Week

April 16 School Librarian Day (YAY!)

April 14-19 National Student Leadership Week

April 21-27 Public School Volunteer Week

April 22 Earth Day




Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Time to update those laptops!

It's time to pull out those laptop carts and update!

Under the Apple Menu:
  • Click Software Update
  • A message will appear, Checking for Updates 
  • A message will appear, Software updates are available for your computer. Do you want to install them now?
  •   Click install
Check at least 2 browsers of your preference to make sure you have the latest version installed. This will give you a backup browser in case 1 browser isn't compatible with programs or sites. Safari updates should be pushed out from Tech Services.
Each browser is different but for Firefox and Chrome:
  • Go to the Firefox/Chrome menu
  • Click About Firefox/Chrome
  • You will see a message that the browser is up-to-date or a link to click to update to the latest version.
It will probably take some time the first time you do this, but should get better each six weeks! I know it's a time consuming task but you will be glad you did it!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Disney Digital Books

We have expanded our collection to include nearly 700 Disney Online Books and downloadable ebooks.  The Disney Online Books are browser based and can be enjoyed on a Windows or Mac computer. The EPUB books can be downloaded to a computer and then transferred to a compatible device.   Many titles offer interactive features to enhance the user experience such as a "magic pen" that pronounces words with just one click, and the ability to look up word definitions. Take a look today in the Digital Library!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Blast from the Past

Just a reminder we are still working on your magazines.  The link below is to a previous blog entry about that process.  I also wanted to remind you to let us add any new magazines for you. Just email me with the magazine title and barcode and we will get it into your system!  Thanks for your patience during this process!