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  1. Steampunk Saturday

    Looking for something unique to do?  Drop by Steampunk Saturday--October 18, 2014 from 12:00 to 4:30 in the Lower Level of the Appleton Public Library.  There will be two different sessions starting at noon and again at 2:30.  Each will feature a presentation in Room A/B/C about Steampunk culture or dress, as well as Steampunk Adventure RPG demos in room D (gaming spaces limited)

  2. A Stone of Hope

    A Stone of Hope display

    A Stone of Hopeis now at the Appleton Public Library.

  3. Fireworks, picnics and cookbooks

    Flag and fireworks

    Independence Day always makes me think of picnics, fireworks and family as we celebrate the beginning of our nation.  One way to combine those is to make a delicious dish to share during these events.

  4. Mango Languages

    Mango Languages logo

    Going to another country?  Like to watch foreign films, but don’t like subtitles?

    You can learn many languages for free by using Mango Languages.  It is available through the Appleton Public Library with a valid library card.

  5. New OverDrive eReading Room for Kids and Teens

    Kids & Teens eReading Room

    New--Monday, February 17! 

    OverDrive has provided a new interface to make it easier for kids and teens to look for books at their interest level.  You may bookmark the new interface on your child's device.  The new screen will only show ebooks and audio books for kids and teens. 
     

  6. New Zinio titles now available!

    Zinio

    New magazine titles are:

     

    4 Wheel & Off Road

    American Patchwork & Quilting

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

    AppleMagazine

    Aviation Week & Space Technology

    Backpacker

    Baseball America

    Beer Connoisseur

    Billboard

    Bloomberg Businessweek

    Cabin Life

    Diabetic Living

    Earth

  7. Changes to Learning Express (Learn-a-test) start January 3

    Learning Express Library

    Have a test coming up--the GED, SAT, or TOEIC?  Or you'd like to polish your math skills or learn about Adobe Photoshop?  LearningExpress Library provides these options and many more.  If you have not yet signed up, please wait until January 3 to create an account and take advantage of the improved format.

     

  8. Great news for Zinio users!

    Zinio logo

    New titles are being added early to the Zinio downloadable magazine collection.  Additional titles were chosen for 2014, and many of them are already available.  By the beginning of January there will be about 140 titles, up from 2013’s 100 titles.

  9. Renewals now available for OverDrive titles!

    OverDrive Wisconsin's Digital Library

    Don’t have time to finish your downloaded title before it’s due?  Now you can renew a title as long as no one is waiting for it.

  10. Interested in family history?

    Genealogy family record

    Thanks to everyone who came to Genealogy 101:  Where to Start last Saturday.  For those who weren’t able to attend, here are links to Appleton Public Library publications and websites related to genealogy.

  11. Interested in learning about your family?

    Genealogy 101

     

    Did you grow up with stories about a grandfather who worked on the railroad, or a family who sailed to America?  Are you related to an important person?  Do those unlabeled photos taken a hundred years ago make you wonder who they are and how they fit with your family? 

  12. New features for Zinio and IndieFlix

    IndieFlix and Zinio logos

    Recently Zinio changed the method of delivering downloadable magazines to library patrons.  Previously you could choose a magazine subscription, which automatically added new issues to your account.  With the new method you log in through the APL Gateway and choose each issue of each magazine separately.  

  13. Free magazines through Zinio with your Appleton Public Library Card

    Zinio logo

    Zinio provides access to downloadable magazines which can be read on your favorite devices.  You can choose from 100 popular magazines and subscribe for free using your Appleton Public Library card. 

  14. Steampunk Saturday is September 21

    Steampunk Saturday

    Steampunk is a type of science fiction that usually features steam-powered machinery in a 19th century setting.  It has been described as “the past that never was”:  an alternative history rooted in the Victorian era’s perspective of the world, culture, fashion and manners.  In this world the internal combustion engine or electricity were never used, and fantastic mach

  15. OverDrive Media Console version 3 provides new options!

    OverDrive Media Console v3

    The OverDrive Media Console app, version 3.0, is now available to iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch using  iOS6*; and Android devices with OS v4.0.  Older models should be able to use the previous version of OverDrive Media Console.

     

    New features include:

  16. Animated films--A Cat in Paris

    A Cat in Paris

    While the trend for animated films is toward full CGI and 3D creation, there are still 2D films being created digitally or by hand.  In the last year or so I have begun to view and enjoy some of these “old-style” films, and would like to share some of them with you.

  17. Live demo of downloadable ebooks & audio books--today

    Tablet computers

    Would you like to know more about downloadable services at the Appleton Public Library? There is a live demo today (Tuesday August 6) from 5:00-7:00 on the main floor of the library, as part of the Summer Celebration.

  18. Love indie films? IndieFlix has films for you

    IndieFlix logo

    IndieFlix allows you to view thousands of independent films online in your browser.  They vary in length from a few minutes to full length (2+ hours).  Films are unlimited access, so there is no waiting and no holds.

    IndieFlix choice

  19. Traveling? Enjoy an audiobook

    Great audio listening just ahead

    Seems like everyone is driving or traveling in the summer—check out a book on cd or Playaway or download a digital audio book to make those endless miles more enjoyable! 

     

  20. Finding Foreign Films

    Globe

    Do you speak a language other than English or want to practice the language you are learning in school?  Are you visiting the US and are homesick for entertainment in your native language?  Perhaps you are a film buff who loves foreign films?

  21. Attention fans of comics & graphic novels!

    Comic cover

    Free Comic Book Day logo

  22. New features on OverDrive!

    OverDrive Wisconsin's Digital Library

    Cover, Grid or List—these are new ways to browse for titles. 

     

    For a quick look at the collection, try the cover view.  You will see more books at once.

    Cover view of Overdrive

     

  23. Did you know that the Appleton Public Library provides these free services?

    APL logo

     

  24. Does someone you know have difficulty reading?

    Vision chart

    Resources are available through the Appleton Public Library to assist people with vision loss or physical limitations which make reading difficult.   For those experiencing vision loss we have materials in our collection which may be checked out.  Large print format books, both fiction and nonfiction, are available at the library for children, teens and adults.&nb

  25. New features for Wisconsin’s Digital Library!

    Wisconsin's Digital Library

    The upgrade to the OverDrive site makes access to downloadable ebooks and audiobooks even easier to use on computer, phone, tablet or iPod.

  26. The Academy Awards are arriving in less than two weeks; what are your predictions?

    checklist

    The list of nominees can be found at the Oscar site.  They even provide a virtual My Picks ballot, if you choose.  

    The ceremony on February 24, 2013, will showcase films which arrived in theaters in 2012.

     

  27. Music awards are just beginning!

    Musical notes

    While we are in the midst of the film award season, the music award season is just beginning.

    Grammy Awards

  28. Glitter and glamour brighten dark winter days

    Award statuette

    The award season for film and television is well launched, with the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes behind us.  Having watched several, I began to wonder how many film and tv awards there really are.  The following is a list of major American awards.

  29. New OverDrive feature

    OverDrive:  Wisconsin's Digital Library

    Wisconsin’s Digital Library has a new feature—its users can now recommend titles for inclusion in the collection.  This appears as a choice when you do a search, if you are logged in.  There will be a bar where you may click to search for Library Collection (all titles currently owned), Available Now (currently available for checkout), or use the new

  30. DVD formats

    DVD disc

    When looking for the older movie In Harm’s Way in DVD format for someone there were two entries for the movie at an online site where they sell DVDs that are out of print (no longer being produced).  The person asked why there was a huge difference in price between the two items which looked identical. One cost $46.97 while the other cost $5.67.   

  31. Make a better home video

    Video camera

    You have plenty of footage from holiday parties and family get-togethers; maybe even a family wedding.  As you begin to splice scenes together on your home computer to form a video, you realize that you could use background music to bind together different events or as a background for credits. 

  32. Tired of holiday shopping? Long day at work? Find entertainment or knowledge fast!

    Tired puppies

    We have special displays to help you find something to view or read.

    Staff picks logo

  33. Free language lessons!

    Mango Languages

    If you have ever wanted to learn a language, or wish to refresh your knowledge of one you already studied, then Mango Languages is for you!

  34. Hmong Culture at the Appleton Public Library

    Hmong dancers

    This past week the Appleton Public Library held its fourth Celebration of Hmong Culture.  The event featured a local dance group and musician who played the qeej, a bamboo flute.   Two Hmong women read stories page by page, by turns in English and Hmong.

  35. Are you a parent or teacher who would like to find resources by Lexile Reading Level?

    Lexile Reading Level

    Use your InfoSoup library card and PIN/password to access Badgerlink databases.  You can use the Advanced or Detailed Search page to find articles or books appropriate for a certain Lexile Reading Level.

     

     

    These databases may be searched by Lexile level:

  36. Good news for Android, iOS, Nook & Kindle users who use OverDrive!

    OverDrive Media Console

    The new OverDrive app for Nook enables direct downloading on Nook HD, Nook HD+, Nook Tablet and Nook Color.  The free app, OverDrive Media Console, is available from the Nook Store using your Barnes & Noble account.

  37. 100 free digital magazines to choose from

    Good news—all 100 of our digital magazine titles are now available on Zinio! 

     

  38. It's time to join the fun on Steampunk Saturday

    To see information on the 2013 Steampunk Saturday, click here.

     

  39. An astonishing milestone has been reached by Wisconsin’s Digital Library!

    Wisconsin library patrons have downloaded over 2 million checkouts as of the end of September, placing the state system at one of the highest levels of usage in the U.S.  The Wisconsin collection has even surpassed the New York Public Library in number of checkouts.

     

  40. Steampunk Saturday details

    • What is Steampunk?
  41. Talking Books

    Talking Books is a free library service from the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library.  It is available to Wisconsin residents whose low vision, blindness, or physical handicap makes it difficult to read a standard printed page.  There is no cost for machines, books, magazines, catalogs or accessories.  They are delivered to your mailbox, doorstep or Post O

  42. Listen on the go

    Would you like to listen to an audio book while running or walking the dog?

    Playaway device 

  43. New look for Appleton electronic resources

    The new website for the Appleton Public Library has provided a new way to access databases, downloadable books and magazines, and other information.  They are now available under the “elibrary” tab on the home page. 

     

  44. Zinio update and access to more titles

    Zinio, the downloadable magazine service from Recorded Books, has been updating their system.  Due to the update, patrons who already have an account will need to register again.  You are allowed to use the same password and information as before.  The upgrade should not affect your previous magazine subscriptions.  If

  45. Excited about the 1940 census release? Search it for free at the Appleton Public Library

    For those of you who are interested in family history, you may not know that the Appleton Public Library gives you access to the 1940 census.  If you come to the library  you can use Ancestry Library Edition for free.  It  is very similar to the version you can purchase for home use, but has fewer of the tree-creation tools.  Search using the catalog co

  46. Where to find your next great book

    Staff PicksYou just finished a great book, and now you are looking for something new.  Your list of "to-read" books is empty and the latest magazine didn't have any reviews that sounded g

  47. Free ebooks for fantasy and science fiction fans

    Of course you can access books from Wisconsin's Digital Library for free using your InfoSoup library card, but there are other places on the web where you can get free ebooks, and today I'd like to talk about a site with free ebooks in the science fiction and fantasy fields.

  48. OneClickdigital audio books from Recorded Books are always available

    For those with an interest in digital audio books, the Appleton Public Library has added a second way for you to download digital audio books to your computer or laptop, as well as many ereaders, smart phones and tablets. 

  49. Zinio downloadable magazines now available!

    Zinio provides subscription access to popular magazines, creating them page-for page with full-color photos, navigation by page, interactive media elements such as audio and video, and key word article searches.  They may be read on your computer, your tablet or phone, through the appropriate Zinio app.*  Appleton Public Library's subscription provides 100 magazine titles, with most o

  50. Welcome to Pulp-less Fiction!

    This blog is about new paperless reading materials like downloadable audio books, ebooks, and online magazines, made available to you through the Appleton Public Library.  I plan to provide helpful tips on using these new products, along with reviews of audio books, music

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