WGBH-Boston is hosting a free webinar for high school teachers and librarians on December 17, 4–5 p.m. Eastern Time. The event will focus on the library event kit developed for the We Shall Remain PBS television series. The presenters include former ALA President Loriene Roy and AASL President Cassandra Barnett. To participate, visit the WGBH website; to listen by phone, call toll free (888) 394-8197, participant passcode 757416....WBGH-TV
December is a time to remember significant world events. People in France recall Napoleon's coronation (December 2, 1804), Americans commemorate the Pearl Harbor attack (December 7, 1941), and Poles reflect on the landslide election of Lech Walesa (December 9, 1990).
Around the world, people also celebrate Christmas in various ways. In addition to religious services, children hang stockings by fireplaces (a custom originating with St. Nicholas of Myra), adults hang mistletoe (once sacred to ancient Druids), people decorate indoor trees (following a tradition reportedly started in Germany) and families use holly with Yule logs (like long-ago Norsemen who depended on those items to ward-off evil spirits).
On the 24th of December, 1818, "Silent Night" (by Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr) was first performed in Oberndorf, Austria (in front of the altar at the Church of St. Nikolaus). Twenty-five years later (on the 19th of December, 1843), Charles Dickens published "A Christmas Carol," the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the warnings he received from his partner "Old Marley" (who "was as dead as a door-nail") and "Three Spirits" (the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future).
Although Dickens quickly penned the tale, to provide much-needed income for his growing family, people loved the story. They still do.
To provide for his growing family, Charles Dickens wrote his novella - A Christmas Carol - over a three-week period in 1843. It was published, to great acclaim, just before Christmas that year.
Often produced for film, the story remains very popular during the holidays. This clip - from a 1984 version starring George C. Scott (as Ebenezer Scrooge) and Frank Finlay (as Jacob Marley) - depicts a visit from Marley (now a ghost) who warns Scrooge (still a miser) that he must change the way he is living his life. Awesome Stories~December 2009
The Reference and Loan Library has just released Found in Wisconsin, the updated Wisconsin Online Collection. Found in Wisconsin makes it easy for patrons of all ages to search for and link into digitized books, photographs, videos, and other resources available on the websites of libraries, historical societies and museums statewide. The database contains entries for materials that are either about Wisconsin or which were created by Wisconsin residents, authors and scholars.Found in Wisconsin allows you to search for individual items, or entire collections of digitized objects, such as “Let’s Go to the Circus,” a compilation of nearly 100 historic photographs of circus activities. The site offers “one-stop shopping” for digital content and collections hosted by libraries, museums and historical societies statewide, and it offers links directly into content, regardless of which organization hosts the collection itself.Found in Wisconsin, available on the BadgerLink homepage at http://www.badgerlink.net, offers more tools for user interaction and a more robust technical platform than its predecessor, the Wisconsin Digital Collection. The database was created and is maintained by the staff of the Wisconsin Reference and Loan Library, and we welcome your feedback.Users of Found in Wisconsin can subscribe to an RSS feed that provides updates on sites newly added to the database. You can also send a note recommending specific content that you’d like to see added, or a general recommendation for types of materials you’d like to have included in this growing collection. Users of Found in Wisconsin can even rate individual entries and send comments on their favorite sources!We invite you to explore Found in Wisconsin and enjoy this growing assortment of books, videos, photos and available online collections. - Channel Weekly, Vol. 12, No. 11 -- December 3, 2009
Get Informed Your first step is to learn where the potential hazards lie in your parent’s house and what you can do to reduce them. A good place to do this is at the Home Safety Council’s Web site (www.mysafehome.net) where you can take a house tour that points out the possible dangers room-by-room. Many of the changes the site suggests are simple and inexpensive, like removing clutter and throw rugs to avoid tripping, installing brighter bulbs in existing light fixtures to improve vision and adding grab bars to the bathroom for support.
Get an Assessment If your parents have medical issues like chronic arthritis or poor vision, ask their doctor to prescribe a home evaluation by an occupational therapist who specializes in home modifications. They can analyze the potential challenges and shortcomings of your parent’s home to come up with a plan that you, a handyman or a contractor can easily follow. Many health insurance providers, including Medicare, will pay for a home assessment. However, they will not cover the physical upgrades to the home.
Another option is to contact your nearby independent living center (see www.ilru.org). These are nonprofit centers that provide information on home modifications and assistive living equipment, and many even offer free or low-cost home assessments.
Ways to Pay If your parents need or want to make substantial changes to their home, but don’t have the cash to pay for them, they should consider taking out a home equity loan. Another possibility is a reverse mortgage. Available to people over 62, a reverse mortgage will let your parent’s convert the equity in their home into cash that doesn’t have to be paid back as long as either one of them are living there. But the fees can be substantial, so be sure to speak with a financial planner before taking out this type of mortgage. For information on ways you can tap into your home equity, go to www.longtermcare.gov, a site run by the Department of Health and Human Services.
If your parent’s happen to have long-term care insurance, they should call their insurance agent and ask whether home modifications are covered under their plan and what documentation they need to be reimbursed. A policy will not pay for upgrades if they are still healthy.
If funds are scarce, contact the Area Agency on Aging (call 800-677-1116 or visit www.eldercare.gov to find your local office) near your parents, and inquire about home modification loans and services available to seniors. Many state and local communities have low or no-interest loans, tax credits or other programs to those with low or moderate incomes.
In addition, get in touch with Rebuilding Together (www.rebuildingtogether.org, 800-473-4229), a national nonprofit organization that repairs and modifies homes of older, low-income homeowners to help them age in place.
Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.
Waterford Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday, December 5, 2009 – 6:00 P.M.
Jingle Bell Rock The Chipmunk Christmas Song Fox River Women’s Chorale - Director: Deanna Kulow
Silent Night at the Library An original Christmas Poem by Children’s Librarian – Tricia Cox
Once Upon a Silent Night - Fox River Women’s Chorale
Library Contest Winners Gift cards provided by The Friends of Waterford Public Library Grand Prize-$50 Nathan Rehberg
1st place - $30 2nd place - $25 3rd place - $15 Trysten Robertsen Simone Felber Eva Carrara
Tree Lighting Grand Prize winner – Nathan Rehberg
Sing-a-long – Deck the Halls
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.'Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la la la la la la la.Troll the ancient Yuletide carol. Fa la la la la, la la la la.
See the blazing yule before us, Fa la la la la, la la la la.Strike the harp and join the chorus. Fa la la la la, la la la la.Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la la la la la.While I tell of Yuletide treasure. Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la, la la la la.Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la, la la la la.Sing we joyous, all together, Fa la la la la la la la la.Heedless of the wind and weather. Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Visits with Santa
Please pick up treat bags as you leave! Compliments of Gooseberries & the Friends of Waterford Public Library
Merry Christmas to one & all! Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce
Bestselling author John Grisham just released his first ever collection of short stories, Ford County—and we've selected one as this month's Big Read. "Fetching Raymond" is a simple, powerful story about a day one family knew was coming but still can't face. Read it—FREE.
Halloween is arriving on our doorstep in just under three weeks, and it is always exciting to see the new Costumes which thrill us, the new Pumpkin Carvings that inspire us, and all the Haunted Houses that horrify us. Here we gathered the Ultimate Pumpkin collection that consists of 130 Halloween Pumpkin Carvings for Your Inspiration which hopefully give you some cool and creative ideas for Halloween 2009. It including Star Wars characters, Video Game themes, Geeky Pumpkin Faces, Horror Movie tribute pumpkin collection and also a Mixture that is perfect for everyone. You can find a short gallery of images within this post linking to the original post and also a direct link to each of the collections, whichever is most up your alley. The thing is, it doesn’t matter if you are a Star Wars geek, a regular geek or no geek at all…each of the Pumpkin lists is filled with some of the most beautiful and creative Pumpkin Carvings artwork and creations and will not disappoint. In order to know exactly what to look forward to, we broke each collection down for you. Also important to note is that there aren’t any repeats of any Pumpkins within each of the following posts and credit is provided to each artist for the respective Pumpkins. By the way, if you are a Pumpkin artist yourself, we would love to hear from you and see the amazing Pumpkin carvings and art you have made.
The New York Times, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the American Library Association are now accepting nominations of public, school, sollege, and academic librarians for the I Love My Librarian! Award. Anyone can nominate a librarian online until October 9. Librarians will be judged on their quality of service to library users, demonstrated knowledge of the library and its resources, and a commitment to helping library users. The awards will be presented on December 3 at the New York Times headquarters in New York City. Winners will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony. Let's have a winner from Wisconsin this year!
Monday, October 5, 5:30 - 7:30 If you have never done chainmaille or simply want to make a beautiful sterling silver bracelet, this is the class for you! Students will learn the basics of weaving with jump rings. The skills learned in this class are foundational, and can be useful when moving forward into other chainmaille classes. Skill Level: All levels welcome Limit of 8 students per class.
Class fee of $43 includes enough argentium sterling silver jump rings to create an 8 1/2" bracelet. Students must bring a single strand clasp. STUDENTS MUST BRING THE FOLLOWING TOOLS: 2 smooth jawed jewelry pliers; two flat nose OR one flat nose and one chain nose pliers. Class sample can be viewed at Waterford Public Library.Class fees are non refundable and nontransferable.Call Waterford Library (262) 534-3988 to register today.
If you have a child who has just turned 5 and would like their very own library card, stop by the library with your child to fill out an application.
We will need a parent or guardian to show us their driver license with a current address for verification of identity. If your driver licese does not contain your current address, a photo ID and a piece of mail received at your current address will suffice.
Children of at least 8 years of age may also use the Internet with your permission. If you wish to grant them Internet permission, you will need to sign additional paperwork at the library information desk.
We hope to see you at the Waterford Public Library so your child can soon become a regular library user!
If you have any questions about our policy, feel free to call the information
The letters comprising this small charming novel begin in 1946, when single, 30-something author Juliet Ashton (nom de plume Izzy Bickerstaff) writes to her publisher to say she is tired of covering the sunny side of war and its aftermath. When Guernsey farmer Dawsey Adams finds Juliet's name in a used book and invites articulate and not-so-articulate neighbors to write Juliet with their stories, the book's epistolary circle widens, putting Juliet back in the path of war stories. The occasionally contrived letters jump from incident to incident including the formation of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society while Guernsey was under German occupation and person to person in a manner that feels disjointed. But Juliet's quips are so clever, the Guernsey inhabitants so enchanting and the small acts of heroism so vivid and moving that one forgives the authors (Shaffer died earlier this year) for not being able to settle on a single person or plot. Juliet finds in the letters not just inspiration for her next work, but also for her life as will readers.
Gabby won the Waterford Library Summer Rading Progam's Ultimate Grand Prize!
She designed, named, and made a brand new flavor at Uncle Harry's: The Brewer's Special!
The Brewer's Special is available now at Uncle Harry's.
Thanks to Uncle Harry's for the Wonderful chance to Be Creative in cooperation with the Waterford Library's Summer Reading Program and congratualtions to all of the students who read and participated this summer! Don't forget to sign up for next summer's Reading Program Make a Splash @ Your Library.
OverDrive just launched the Digital Library Blog to help you better serve your patrons. Our blog team (those friendly faces on the right) will share tips and ideas on developing and maintaining a high-circulating digital collection. On the blog, you'll discover: · Collection development tips · Promotional ideas · Success stories · Special announcements · Other Digital Library news
Sony's e-book readers are hanging in there, continuing to give Amazon's Kindle some competition. Sony has announced that it will market two new e-book readers at the end of this month, PC World reports. One is a direct competitor, a touch-screen Sony reader with a 6-inch screen to sell for $299, the same price as the Kindle. Sony is calling the other one a pocket e-book reader. It's got a 5-inch screen and is bargain-priced at $199. See also the recent New Yorker piece by Nicholson Baker about his Kindle experiences. Warts and all.
The Oak Park Public Library Warrior Librarians, Oak Park Library, Ill., perform for the crowd on the way to winning first place and the gold cart in the Fifth Annual Book Cart Drill Team World Championship at ALA July 12, sponsored by Demco. ALA Cognotes
These days it’s becoming more and more easy to keep track of your favourite artist, whether it be a singer, band or author. We’ll come back to tracking music artists another time but for today, I want to take a look at how you can keep track of a book author’s new releases so you don’t miss a single thing. I am a big fan of Fantastic Fiction – my reading list is so huge that FF helps me to keep on top of new releases by the best in the business. But up until now, the only way to check up on each author was to individually go to their FF page. This as you can imagine was very time-consuming and I silently hoped that one day they would introduce RSS feeds. That hoping seems to have worked as each FF page now has its own unique RSS feed which will alert you to that author’s new book releases. Using the site is simple. First, just use the search engine to find the author’s page. I will search for Jasper Fforde, one of my favourites. You’ll then be taken to his page and part of the way down, on the right hand side, is a small RSS icon. Click on the icon and you will be taken to your default RSS reader (mine is Google Reader) and you will then see his new book scheduled for release in a couple of months. In this way, you can input all your favourite authors into FF and get all their RSS feeds running through your Reader. Then when a new book is announced, you’ll hear about it pretty much straight away. The only downside to Fantastic Fiction is, of course, that it is limited to fiction. So any non-fiction fans are not going to get any use out of this new feature. If RSS isn’t your thing or if you’re more into non-fiction, and/or if you prefer email, then most authors nowadays have a web presence (it’s pretty much essential) and some even embrace social networking with fan pages on places like Facebook (Daniel Silva, for example, has a busy and popular Facebook page and so does John Grisham). So check to see if your author has a personal website and if so, if they offer a mailing list. Big thriller authors like Ken Follett and Jeffery Deaver have websites and mailing lists for example (Deaver even offers an exclusive short story to his mailing list subscribers). Author sites like these will also feature other news such as upcoming TV / movie adaptations and perhaps even podcasts. When the author brings out a new book, they will immediately notify everyone on their mailing list. Here are some more big fiction writers with websites and mailing lists. Stephen King’s site is particulary impressive with its artwork. John Connolly Michael Connelly Stephen King Dean Koontz Dan Brown Some authors though prefer to defer to their publishers to do things like newsletters. So if you went to John Grisham’s website, you’ll see that he promotes his publisher Doubleday’s newsletter. Virtually all major publishers have their own newsletters and if you subscribe, you’ll be kept up to date with their authors new books. For example, here’s Random House’s fiction email newsletter with an option to subscribe at the end. If you go here, you’ll get a complete list of all of Random House’s email offerings. If you like to keep track of where your favourite author will be appearing in person to sign books, a good site is AuthorsTrack. It only shows US events though which is not so great for non-US fans.
The final summer program for all ages will be filled with carnival games, crafts, and Jason Kollum the stilt-walker/ entertainer. Fun, fun, fun! All Grand Prizes will be announced at this program. Snacks will be provided.
Microsoft and Google have something in common. Both companies think the current state of the browser is broken. In a paper describing the admittedly dense browser concept that is Gazelle, Redmond justified its involvement in the project, stating, "The time has come to apply decades-old operating-system experience to the browser-design space." And in yesterday's announcement of its forthcoming operating system, Google echoed the sentiment, with a touch less subtlety: "The operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no Web. So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome--the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be." The premise here is essentially the same: Browsers and operating systems don't play nicely together. The companies' proposed solutions, on the other hand, are decidedly different. Microsoft wants to fix the browser, Google the OS. Most analysts are regarding Google's announcement as a direct shot at Microsoft. And why not? Google has largely built itself on a strategy of taking down Microsoft product by product--and MS, in return, has spent much of the last decade responding to the shots. And if anyone is going to lead a successful grassroots (well, more like astroturfing) movement against the software giant, it's going to be Google. To fix the communication--or miscommunication--between our PCs and the Web, Google is suggesting something of a complete teardown of the OS. Redefine the concept by tailoring the basis of the operating system to the Web. In a sense, it's an OS that behaves like a browser. Microsoft is suggesting that, given its many years designing operating systems, why not apply those fundamentals to a new browser tailored to our current Internet needs--a browser that behaves like an OS?The dissonance between these two projects highlights a rift between the two companies that exists across a lot more than just this space. Microsoft insists on leveraging and building upon its experience, and Google suggests a rebuild from scratch. The solution almost certainly exists somewhere between these two schools of thoughts. And whoever can design a more compelling argument (and, naturally a real-world product to back it up) will have a jump-start on the next generation of browsers and operating systems.
Wine Tasting Party Thursday, July 16th 5:30 - 7:30 pm Preceding River Rhythms @ Village Park Mark your calendar & Save the date! Buy your ticket at the library! Tickets $20 in advance/ $25 night of the event.
OverDrive Media Console v3.2 Expands iPod® Compatibility with WMA AudiobooksOn Tuesday, June 16, OverDrive released the new version of OverDrive® Media Console. To download the updated software, click here. All new users will automatically download the latest version, and existing users will be prompted to upgrade to the latest and greatest version of OMC (scheduled for late June).Nearly all OverDrive WMA Audiobooks in your download collection are now compatible with the iPod®, iPhoneT, iPod touch®, and iPod nano®, as well as Zune® and thousands of other portable devices, with a simple upgrade of OverDrive Media Console to version 3.2 on Windows® PCs.Premier publishers, including Random House Audio, Hachette Audio, Penguin Audio, BBC Audiobooks America, Brilliance Audio, Tantor Media, and many more, allow this for all of the WMA Audiobooks OverDrive offers. Best sellers such as Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight," Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers," John Grisham's "The Appeal," and Chuck Palahniuk's "Pygmy" will become iPod-compatible downloads, along with highly-anticipated releases like Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" and Tami Hoag's "The Trouble with J.J."In addition to enhanced transfer functionality, the new version of OverDrive Media Console also offers several highly requested features, which allow users to:-Send MP3 Audiobooks to the iTunes® Library with Transfer Wizard. -Burn audiobook parts to CD in just a few clicks using Burn Wizard--on all supported Windows operating systems. -Perform a test burn. -Enjoy a new playback option wherein OverDrive Media Console automatically resumes playback from the most recently played point. -Let OverDrive Media Console alert them of software releases and news about the software--automatically. -With iTunes v18.104.22.168 (or newer) in place, use Transfer Wizard to send titles to the iPod shuffle®.-The growing collection of Mac®-friendly, iPod-compatible OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks will still be available to help libraries better serve patrons with Apple computers
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will serve as Honorary Chairs of the 2009 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress. Now in its ninth year, this popular event celebrating the joys of reading and lifelong literacy will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th Streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The event is free and open to the public. "We are delighted that the President and Mrs. Obama are committed to bringing this inspirational event to people of all ages nationwide," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "The National Book Festival has become a true American institution. It is a joyous and very popular celebration of books and reading in the Washington, D.C. area." The 2009 National Book Festival will feature about 70 award-winning authors, poets and illustrators in pavilions dedicated to book subjects ranging from history and biography to mysteries, thrillers, poetry and prose, and books for families and young people. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with PBS storybook characters and participate in a variety of learning activities. The Pavilion of the States will represent reading- and library-promotion programs and literary events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. trusts and territories. The popular Let’s Read America pavilion will offer reading activities that are fun for the whole family. The Library of Congress Pavilion will showcase the cultural treasures to be found in the Library’s vast online collections and offer information about popular Library programs. The 2009 National Book Festival will be made possible through the support of Distinguished Benefactor Target and many other generous supporters. The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may be accessed through the Library’s website, http://www.loc.gov/, and via interactive exhibitions on myLOC.gov.
Social Security Administration is asking public libraries for help in promoting their new campaign, "Retire Online." This campaign features a new online retirement application that can be completed in as little as 15 minutes. The application is available online at http://www.socialsecurity.gov and can easily be completed at any library computer. A brochure on the subject can be viewed at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10522.pdf. In May 2009, as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Social Security will distribute a one-time payment of $250 to over 55 million Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries. A leaflet which discusses this in greater detail is available online at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10519.pdf.
Social Security will be launching their third annual Mother’s Day and Father’s Day campaigns promoting the “Extra Help with Medicare” prescription drug plan costs. The SSA will keep libraries updated as to when these new outreach materials are available.
Wednesday, May 20 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM Meet Joe Jardas, a volunteer trained to "coach" elders who are "new" to using a computer. No need to register & there's NO charge. Come learn what Generations Online can do for you.
(Generations Online is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing communication among generations by promoting Internet access and computer literacy in elders of the Paper Generation).
National Library Week Winners "My public library is important to me because"
Grand Prize: "When I get the urge to learn something new, I know I will find it here!" - Nancy Awve
1st Prize: "It's been here through the good times and bad on this roller coaster I call life. It's been a constant ever since I can remember." 2nd Prize: "In these troublesome times where else can I lose myself in the different worlds that books provide?" 3rd Prize: "It lets my mind relax."
Other GREAT Answers- "It has allowed me to watch my daughter's love of reading blossom." "I can get fire truck books." "Since I can't sleep I need lots of reading material." "It is so useful in teaching my children a variety of topics. We Homeschool and use the library system a lot." Thanks to all who participated!!!!
Culver's sponsored its annual coloring contest during the month of April at the Waterford Public Library. This is the twlfth year Culver's Restaurants have sponsored this statewide program an the Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association is also a sponsor this year. Kids ten and under were eligible to participate. Each child who turns in a drawing of their favorite book character orscene from a favorite book will receive a coupon for a free ice cream. At the end of the month all participants will be entered in a drawing to win a Culver's toy. Below is the Waterford Public Library Winner of this year's contest.
In celebration of National Library Week, State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster issued an editorial and proclamation commemorating Wisconsin libraries, saying in part:
“No matter your interest or need, libraries remain a great well of resources for users. In honor of National Library Week, April 12 to 18, I encourage all citizens to visit their local library and find out how “Worlds connect @ your library.”
Skype launched its iPhone application bringing its much-anticipated Net-based phone service to Apple's mobile platform. With the Skype iPhone app, users will be able to make free calls using Wi-Fi to other Skype users as well as use their Skype accounts to make reduced price calls to traditional landline phones. Skype announced its iPhone application will be available on Tuesday for free, with a version for the BlackBerry available in May. Mobile versions of Skype are already available for Nokia, Windows Mobile, and Google Android phones. From what we can tell, the Skype for iPhone looks great; but it has some drawbacks. One disappointment is that users won't be able to place calls over cellular networks, but only via Wi-Fi. Still, for international callers especially, Skype's iPhone app will save callers money by allowing them to avoid AT&T's traditional wireless phone network and adds the convenience of allowing Skype users to use their iPhone handset for Skype calls. Looking more like a traditional iPhone app rather than the desktop Windows counterpart most of its 400 million users are used to, Skype for iPhone features five tabs at the bottom of the screen, displaying contacts, chats, a calling panel, call history, and your profile (with Facebook-style status).
Skype for iPhone will use phone numbers directly from your phone's address book, so no more nasty duplicated contact lists. It even displays your contacts' photos (if they have one set up on Skype). Conference calling is available, but for the moment you can only take part in one if someone iYou can also chat with your Skype friends, but unfortunately this is the only thing (besides seeing who's online) you can do over a cellular network. Skype for iPhone places calls only via Wi-Fi, not differentiating itself much from the other voice apps in the App Store (Skype for T-Mobile G1 can place calls over 3G.
Skype for iPhone is still a young app and is short on some of the features its desktop counterpart has. SMS, video and proper conference calling, file transfer, and voicemail are missing from this first version, but let's hope they will make their way in future versions. iPod Touch users will also be able to enjoy Skype, but this would require them to purchase a microphone, or headphones with built-in microphones (like the iPhone's).
This April, visit here to play Step Up to the Plate @ your library – the baseball trivia contest that could win you a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame! Season Four centers around multiculturalism in baseball. People of all ages are encouraged to use the print and electronic resources available at their library to answer a series of trivia questions designed for their age group and inspired by the history and diversity of our national pastime.
One grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two in October to the Hall of Fame’s World Series Gala event in Cooperstown, N.Y.!
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the United States of America each April, typically the second full week. The current theme is "Worlds connect @ your library®".
TWILIGHT talent and filmmakers will be making surprise appearances at the TWILIGHT at MIDNIGHT release parties in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago Borders Stores, Dallas and Salt Lake City. In each city, their appearance will be at one of the following retail locations:
Chicago locations are:
Borders 755 W. North Avenue Chicago Borders 830 N Michigan Chicago Borders 1539 E 53rd Street Chicago Borders 2210 W. 95th Street Chicago Hot Topic 551 Chicago Ridge Mall Chicago Ridge FYE 551 Chicago Ridge Mall Chicago Ridge
Forgoing the manner of fanfare it traditionally employs for product announcements, Apple today announced the latest version of its entry level music player, the iPod Shuffle. The latest version of the Shuffle is almost half the size of its predecessor, "significantly smaller than a AA battery," according to the company. The third generation player is also Apple's first with VoiceOver technology, which speaks the names of track titles, artists, and playlist. The diminutive player has 4GB of storage, holding up to 1,000 songs, according to the company.
The Shuffle's body is constructed out of aluminum and the player features a built-in stainless steel clip. The player begins shipping today in silver or black for $79 via the Apple store. Like other models, it ships with Apple Earphones and a USB cable. Given to hyperbole as always, the company is calling the third-gen Shuffle, "the smallest music player in the world." After introducing the new player, Apple dropped the price of its predecessor down to $49.
Official U.S. Time -- http://www.time.gov/ -- This website is public service cooperatively provided by the two time agencies of the United States: the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the United States Naval Observatory. Readings from the clocks of these two agencies contribute to world time, called Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The time maintained by both agencies should never differ by more than 0.0000001 seconds from UTC. The web site is intended as a time-of-day service only and should not be used to measure frequency or time interval, nor should it be used to establish traceability to NIST or the USNO. The site also features links to other interesting time-related websites, including a link to an exhibit about Daylight Savings Time, which begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday, March 8.