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Happy Stay Out of the Sun Day!

For those of you reading this post on July 3, have a wonderful Stay Out of the Sun Day! We at the Evelyn Meador Branch Library hope you are celebrating this important national holiday appropriately by staying inside and reading a book, the way that every holiday should be celebrated. If not, make sure that you are wearing lots of sunscreen, and keeping cool while you are outside reading your book. It would be a shame if you got sunburned while you were outside reading, and we would really rather you not get hurt when you are reading your book ever. Physically at least. We can’t help you if you get emotionally hurt.

Take a Staycation with our Online Resources

During the summer it can be hard to get to your local library. You might be on vacation in a different state, it might be too hard to get the kids in the car, or it might just be too hot (or rainy) to leave the house.  If that’s the case for you, but you’re still hankering for some entertainment, the library is still the place to help you. We have access to tons of databases and online catalogs on our website that can still help you! Here are just a few of them:

What is streaming TV?

Hulu. Sling. Netflix, A la carte TV. These names are popping up more and more when it comes to in-home TV viewing. Want to get the lowdown on the current trend sweeping American homes? Want to know how easy can be to ditch the cable and take control of what channels and content you get? Want to learn how to CUT THE CORD?

The Maud Smith Marks Branch Library will be offering a new class geared towards getting patrons up to date on the latest streaming TV services and technology. Our CUT THE CORD class will cover what services off and what you need to get started. Come join us and learn the basics of A la Carte TV and streaming.

Microsoft Office Training and Tutorials

microsoft office logoIf you need to brush up on your Microsoft Office skills, try these free training tips and tutorials from Microsoft and GCFLearnFree. Learn at your own pace and skip to the skills you need now.

Rainy Cafe Sounds for Studying

Rainy Cafe sceneIf you are anything like me then you love the thought of spending a rainy fall evening studying in a lively cafe! If you feel more productive amid the ambient sound of rain or a bustling cafe then try this website out the next time you need to get some work done. Rainycafe.com lets you personalize the level of noise to suit your study or relaxation needs...

Learn Computer Science at Home!

CPU InteriorAre you familiar with how to use computers but don't have any idea about how they actually work? If you think it's time for you to explore the "technical" side of computers then try your hand at these free helpful Basics of Computer Science learning modules from the University of Tennessee. Who knows, you may just learn a thing or two!

Early Voting: October 20-31, 2014

voting imageEarly voting for the November 4, 2014 General and Special Elections is open from October 20-31, 2014.

Where can you early vote?
"Any qualified voter may vote in person at the main early voting polling place or at any other designated early voting branch location during designated times." -- Harris Votes

Cool Sites for Kids and Parents too

 Navigating through the World Wide Web can be difficult; you can't always trust that the information provided is true or correct.  When working with children, you also want to ensure their safety.  I would like to encourage you to take a look Great Websites for Kids. [It provides] a compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. Suggested sites are evaluated by the Great Websites for Kids Committee using established selection criteria. The committee is made up of members of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

 

TED Talks

ted logoStarted with a focus on technology, entertainment and design (TED), TED Talks (or presentations) now encompass a variety of subjects and topics by innovative, forward-thinking speakers who share their ideas with the world.

View more than 1500 talks that can spark ideas and start a dialog at work, school or home.

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