Join us at the Main Library at Goodwood this Thursday, October 2, for a training session on an exciting new resource, Kurzweil 3000 Firefly. This assistive technology software converts text to speech for webpages and documents on your computer.
Visit the Kurzweil InfoGuide for more information on this resource that is available for home use with a web license you can get by calling your local library’s Reference Department. The software will be available on library computers in the near future.
The class is from 2-4 p.m. in the Technology Lab on the 2nd floor. See you Thursday!
We’re pleased to highlight a new addition to our Digital Library: Press Display, an online newspaper database that offers instant access to 2,000 newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages! There’s no special software required or downloading involved. Simply search for a newspaper by title, country, or language, and you can skip right to your favorite section (Front Page, Entertainment, Sports, you name it). You can then read the articles in full color on your computer or even download, print, or email them as desired. PressDisplay is available from any computer with your library card, so click here and start exploring news stories from around the world today.
Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry is an exciting new addition to our Digital Library. A one-stop shop for everything poetry-related, World of Poetry lets you search for a specific poem, poet, subject, region, and time period. You can find author biographies and literary criticism too. Looking for a little Keats or Whitman with your morning coffee? World of Poetry has a Listening Room where you can hear your favorite poems read out loud! Check out this database today – simply go to our Digital Library, find it in the A-Z list, and log in with your library card.
We’re excited to announce the arrival of FastPencil, a great digital resource for do-it-yourself publishing! Log in to FastPencil today on our Digital Library site and start writing today. You can write, edit, and publish your own book or ebook. Check out our FastPencil InfoGuide and this video from our YouTube channel for more details.
The Library has a wonderful new resource available called PolicyMap, a powerful mapping platform that displays a wide variety of data brought together from a number of agencies. You can choose statistics for a given area that will be displayed on a map. Multiple data points can be layered over each other to identify patterns as well. There are pre-created reports that can be quickly accessed and printed for patrons. This is a bit different from our usual resources as it can only accessed by staff, but patrons can request information from PolicyMap from the Reference Department of their local branch. Staff can research a request and print information from PolicyMap for any patron for free. Some of the data you’ll find in PolicyMap includes: • Demographics • Incomes & Spending • Housing • Lending • Quality of Life • Jobs • Education • Health • Federal Guidelines