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Say It Out Loud - Talking Dictionaries

megaphone picHave you ever come across a word while reading a book, newspaper, etc., that you simply were not sure how to pronounce?  Did you look it up in the dictionary only to find the pronunciation designated by a bunch of strange lines, squiggles and other symbols?  Sure, we all learned how to decipher the symbols back in junior high, but does anyone really remember it all?  I think not!  Ok, now all you English teachers out there take a deep breath and calm down, but sometimes we just need some extra help.  Well, just in time, I give you "Talking Dictionaries".  These great online dictionaries provide an actual audio playback of the word.  There are several websites that offer this service, but the two I like the best are and

Guatemala Sinkhole

photo of sinkholeI know what you're thinking, "this can't be real".  The first time I saw the images I thought they were photoshopped, but I was wrong.  The Guatamala Sinkhole in downtown Guatemala City is about 60 feet wide and about 300 feet deep.  Scientist believe that Tropical Storm Agatha played a part in the sinkhole formation.  Guatemala City is built on a "pumice fill", ash and rock debris from ancient volcanic eruptions. Water saturated the ash filled soil and when it bacame too heavy it collapsed.  A three-story building is said to have fallen into the hole.

Online WishList

gift boxGrandma still buying you cute, puppy sweaters even though you stopped wearing them a few lifetimes ago?  Well never fear, WishList is here.  Shop the web and save all the items you've been hoping or dreaming about in a convenient online wishlist.  Make multiple wishlists: Birthday, Holidays, Want, Need, If I Win the Lotters (hey, we can all dream).  Make each list private (only you can see it) or public (send friends and family a link to your list).

Internet Search Mashup with

keyboard picture is a hidden gem.  It looks quite plain with the date and a rather large clock in the middle of the page and not much else.  It's the type of website page you would normally skip right over because not much seems to be goiing on, but you would be wrong to dismiss it.  Behind it's simple exterior beats the heart of a mega-mashup internet search engine.  Start typing your search terms and as each letter is typed the search engine automatically starts giving you detailed results divided into sections, including Google, Google Blogs, Google images, Wikipedia, and YouTube. 

StumbleUpon Fantastic New Websites

Searching the web has gotten a lot more creative with StumbleUpon.  Create a free account and as you search the web rating different sites, StumbleUpon delivers back you to you the websites it thinks are mostly closely related to your needs and wants.  The more you rate websites that you visit, the better results StubleUpon can devliver back to you.  Go ahead, try it! 

Kids Eat Free

Check out these websites for potential free Kids meals.  Remember, buyer beware!  Or, more specifically, call before you visit to verify that the restaurant in question is still honoring the advertised deals or verify the rules for getting the free meals.

GIMP Your Photos

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program.  Now, I now what you're thinking..."huh?".  I had the same reponse, and I'll admit I had to look up the meaning of GNU (a computer operating system comprised entirely of free software).  Basically, this means that GIMP, despite it's rather unfortunate name, is a super-duper, Photoshop like, photo editing software that is completely free.  That's right, free!

Survey Says . . . What Do Students Think about the Library?


Survey Says . . . What Do Students Think about the Library? Take the LSCS Libraries Student Survey at so we can get your input on how to enhance services for you! Thanks for your support of the library!

View the Panoramic World

panorama picture of carnival in rioNo time to visit the Taj Mahal or the mountains of Machu Picchu?  How about a virtual visit with  View the world in full panorama glory.  Sit back and enjoy the view, and be sure and check out the New 7 Wonders tab.

Convert Your Files Online with Zamzar

caterpillar butterfly imageOne question I often get asked working in the library, is how to convert files from one file type to another.  For example, many companies will request that you send documents (a resume, perhaps) in a PDF format, but most likely your document is currently in a Microsoft Word format.  With Zamzar, you can easily convert from Word to PDF in less than a minute (no scanner hardware needed!). 

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