Monday, May 21, 2007

Yummy tastes of summer - Lemon Stix

If you're familiar with the Glen Rock Street Fair, you'll know that there are many things to see and do - and in PA Dutch fashion, plenty of wonderful things to eat as well.

If you're unfamiliar with this delicious treat, you really MUST check it out. Not only will you be able to savor the sweet/tangy blend that's oh-so-refreshing, but you'll also be supporting your local library.
Don't fail to check out the enormous booksale; incredible deals on books of all sorts.
So refresh yourself, put a bounce back in your step, and load up on Vitamin C in this nutritious and yummy treat.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

terrific and free Bibliography tool -

This is pretty fantastic; is a new automatic bibliography generator.

It uses a multitude of web services to auto-fill bibliography info for a works cited then lets you download the bibliography in MLA, APA, or Chicago formats.

Even better, it's available for sharing on facebook.

Show off the books that you love, make your research easier, or just make a great long list of books.

It's all good!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

MURDER at Martin Library!!

At 5:30 on August 3rd, a book signing with famed botanist Professor Paige E. Reizer will go horribly awry.

At some point in the evening a scream will be heard, a body shall be found and the game will be afoot.

It will be up to you to find the clues, interrogate the suspects and identify the killer.

Take a stab (hyuk hyuk) at solving this interactive murder mystery. Free your inner Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple and walk home with a prize for correctly deducing whodunit.

And no - the Butler didn't do it.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Spring is here, but it's still kind of chilly - try wool for warmth and beauty

The weather we're having , to put it mildly, has been rather bizarre.
On cold/chilly days, I'm rather fond of warm snuggly items - and it only gets better when you were the one to knit it yourself.

If you're interested in knitting or crocheting, here are some upcoming events you'll want to explore

Ongoing Knitting @ Your Library-

Every Fourth Wednesday at 10:00 at Mason Dixon Library - If you love to knit come to the library and join our new knitting group. Knit, chat and improve your skills. Feel free to bring your current and enjoy knitting and time at their lovely Fireplace Area.

Every third Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Glen Rock Library - Bring a knitting project or start a new one! All levels welcome at this friendly and informal knitting circle.

Two Tuesdays a month! At 6:00 p.m. Kreutz Creek Library in Hellam - The 2nd Tuesday of the month will continue to be our crafting night, the 4th Tuesday will be for a skills class. Learn something new at this fun library knitting/crocheting circle.

Check out this class!

Held over two Saturdays, May 19 and June 16, 10 AM- 1 PM at Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center, Hellam -

You can Learn to Make a Top Down Raglan Sweater - Join pattern designer and local knitting expert Joan Hamer as she shows us how to knit a sweater form the collar down to the hem! Upon registration and payment of $10 you will receive a materials list and a homework assignment that should be completed before the first class. Bring your lunch! Beverages will be provided! Space is limited and registration is required.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Gardening season is in full swing!

The Old Farmer's Almanac says that the last date of Frost should have been Apr. 20 - even given the odd weather we've been having, at this point in the year we should be pretty safe. Perfect time, and perfect weather for plants, gardens, and Library sales.

May 19th The Friends of the Collinsville Library and Southern York County Garden Club will be selling plants, as well as books, baked goods, and other items at the Collinsville Community Library.

June 2nd the Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center will have their annual used book sale, plant, craft and yard sales and food! You can also sign up early for Summer Reading Club, as well as get a peek at Bob the Critter Man's critters.

Want to learn how to enjoy your garden without killing your back or weeding for endless tedious hours? On May 23, Southern York Library will be offering a class on "Lasagna Gardening" - stop by at 1:00 and learn more about how this is easy, why it is better, and how it got such a wacky name.

So - stay tuned for classes, events and sales around York County. Libraries can help you populate your yard and garden, for a fraction of the cost you might otherwise spend. Not only do you save money, but you're also helping your local library.

Of course, you can always check out the newest books on gardening at your library!

Friday, May 4, 2007

Summer Reading - just around the corner!!

The County-wide Summer Reading Club is just around the corner - beginning June 11th, folks of all ages can read, attend wonderful programs, and enter to win fabulous prizes at any of the Libraries in York County.

Click here for the teaser page; the closer we get to June 11th, the more information there will be.

Kids and Teens will have similar programs to last year, but this is the first year we'll have a County-Wide Adult Summer Reading Club.

Stay tuned - more information will be coming soon!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

RSS in plain English

RSS means “really simple syndication” but that doesn’t matter; the acronym is becoming just as recognizable as SCUBA , IQ , TGIF, or ATM.

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There are two types of Internet users, those that use RSS and those that don't. This video is for the people who could save time using RSS, but don't know where to start.
If this player doesn't work, click here for another (web based) player.

news of web 2.0

The Technology Taskforce attended the "Computers in Libraries" conference, and came back with new skills, saw some great opportunities, and some facinating information as it relates to Libraries and technology.

From Becky Shives, the Director of Village Library, we get the following:

The title of the opening day keynote address at the Computers in Libraries conference was "Web 2.0 and What It Means to Libraries". The speaker, Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, focused on six aspects of the Web 2.0 world that should matter to libraries.

Number 1: "The Internet has become the computer." Translation: More people use the Internet, more often, and from more places. More people have faster connections, which makes video more prevalent and makes people's use of the Internet more social. Here are some stats:

  • In 2000, 62% of American adults had a computer--but only 46% had Internet access. Today, 75% have a computer and 73% have Internet access.
  • At the same time home broadband access (cable, DSL, etc. as opposed to dial up) has increased from 3% to 46%.

  • Because of broadband, video has become a large part of the online experience. 85% of young broadband users have watched video online. 19% have posted videos.

  • On a typical day, 49% of the public go online; up from 24% in 2000.

  • People go online from more places: 89% of teens go online from home; 75% from school; 70% from a friend or relative's computer; and 50% from a library.

  • Other things teens do online:
    67% play games online with others;
    67% share photos; and
    39% share computer files.