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 on cd, and movies on DVD and Blu-ray. There may even be an occasional post on genealogy. The library is changing as rapidly as your access to media and the Internet. We want to keep on top of the trends and bring you information and entertainment in a way that fits your life today. -Diana
Sat, May 11, 2013
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?
We have films from many countries at the Appleton Public Library. This month the film display highlights foreign films so it’s extra easy to find one. The display is behind the Information Desk.
We also have an updatedForeign Films list which lists many of our newer foreign films plus some “classic” foreign films. Films are arranged by language and/or country.
If you wish to search for a certain film, or category of film, there are various ways to search in InfoSoup:
1. Exact title. If you don’t see it in English, try looking for the name in the original language.
2. Director. Use the author field and type in the director’s name. If they have also written books, you can narrow the search by choosing DVD & VHS & Blu-ray as the format.
3. Actor. Use the author category. Narrow by format.
4. Choose the subject search; then enter one of these subject headings:
5. Once you find a film in a language you like, you can link to others by clicking the subject headings at the bottom of the entry.
Enjoy watching films from all over the world!
Fri, Apr 26, 2013
Saturday, May 4, is Free Comic Book Day! Every year on the first Saturday of May participating comic book shops give away comic books free to people who visit their stores. Learn more at http://www.freecomicbookday.com .
This year, the Appleton Public Library will be partnering with Chimera Hobby to be a give-away site.*
Appleton Public Library lends graphic novels—stories told in words and pictures, like a traditional comic book—for children, teens and adults. A display of teen and adult graphic novels from our collection will be available for check out, along with a guide to some interesting and important adult graphic novels. The library also has a large collection of manga.
We will also be promoting a program this summer for teens (grades 7-12) called Secret Identity Workshop. Teens will create their own superhero identity cards!
*One comic per person while supplies last. Titles will vary.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013
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.
The Grid view shows more information about each title, including full title and author name as well as the name of the series, if appropriate.
The List view shows fewer books but also more information about the book. You can see the full description by clicking on the book cover.
Another way to narrow your search is to choose a collection.
“My library’s collection” means everything currently in the Wisconsin Digital Library collection for use, whether you need to put a hold on it or it is available for checkout right now.
“Only titles with copies available” will take away the titles which are all checked out, and you will see just items which can currently be checked out.
“Additional titles to recommend” searches through all titles which OverDrive currently has access to, whether already added or not. This is similar to a request for purchase, where you suggest that the library buy a title to be added to the collection.
Your search may also be narrowed by
Enjoy these new features which make it easier to find titles to your taste.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013
Answers: *Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd American President. Found at the White House site.
**The Building for Kids, is located at 100 W. College Avenue, Appleton.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013
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.
Many people enjoy listening to audio books in CD and Playaway formats no matter how good their vision. They are available for all age levels. We also have some Described Videos, shelved near the Talking Books, which narrate the action on screen for those who can’t see it.
The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library delivers digital books and readers at no cost to qualified individuals. Since the Appleton Public Library is a cooperating library, you can pick up or drop off Talking Books on tape at this location. You can also get the forms here to apply for a new digital reader if you have difficulty reading.
Appleton Public Library will be partnering with Outagamie Waupaca Library System and the Wisconsin Council for the Blind & Visually Impaired to present the program Accessible Literature—Audio and Visual, for individuals or family and friends of people with reading difficulties. The program will be at the Ogilvie Room in the Thompson Community Center on April 30, 2013 from 10:30 to noon. Call 1-800-783-5213 or go to www.wcblind.org/ to register. Jean Kalscheur will discuss accessibility options, and librarians will demonstrate the use of e-readers, Playaways, downloadable e-books and audio books. There will also be a program for professionals such as librarians and senior center workers at 8:30 am. Registration is also through www.wcblind.org.
Walking Books is an Appleton Public Library service provided by volunteers. If you are homebound but love to read you can request that a volunteer be assigned. They will learn your preferences, pick up books you choose and deliver them once a month, returning the previous month’s books. Contact us at 832-6346 to arrange for this service or if you would like to volunteer for the program.
If you or someone you know wishes to improve reading, writing or English language skills, the Fox Valley Literacy Council may be able to help you. Volunteers provide tutoring tailored to your needs. Contact them at 920-991-9840 or email them at email@example.com.
The Appleton Public Library provides knowledge and entertainment to our patrons in many different forms, including formats that fit the needs of those who have a hard time reading. Let us help you find a method that works for you or a loved one.
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