Thursday, May 22, 2008

Free Word Processing Software!

I hope I got your attention with that title. I know that the Library computers are split between the old Microsoft Office 2003 package and the new Microsoft Office 2007 package, which can cause some confusion (especially if you're using a different version at home). Although either edition can use the other in the Library (there are converters built into both versions), it can sometimes be difficult when bringing your work back and forth between school and home. I wanted to suggest a few FREE word processing programs that are available on the Internet.

You will have to sign up with a free account and possibly download some software, but the great thing about these programs is that they should be compatible with Word. So save your money and wait on buying that new Word package and try one of these websites to create FREE documents (most can also create slideshows, spreadsheets, and more!):

Zoho

AbiWord

OpenOffice

DVDs

Don't feel like paying $4 for a movie rental at Blockbuster? While we do not have the "no late fees" policy (overdue fines for movies are $1 a day), we do have movies that can be borrowed for free! Our Library purchases both DVDs and videotapes, that can be viewed for both educational and recreational purposes.

A sampling of some feature films (films that were available in movie theaters):



Crash





Good Night and Good Luck







Rain Man





Ray





Sideways





A sampling of some nonfiction, educational films:

Diamonds of War: Africa's Blood Diamonds
Human v.2.0.: How Brain Research Could Change Our Species
The Mind of Noam Chomsky
Out of Balance: ExxonMobil's Impact on Climate Change
Planet Earth: As You've Never Seen It Before (5 volumes)

Books on CD collection

Have you been meaning to get to the classics, but haven't had time to read them? Maybe you have a long commute and are sick of listening to music on your way to work. Or maybe you just don't feel like reading but that book report is due soon?

Whatever you reason might be, rest easy. The Mack Library offers audiobooks, books that are narrated on CDs. Play them in your car, at home, on your Discman, wherever. Perfect for those long car trips on summer vacation! Audiobooks can be checked out for 3 weeks.

Here are some new additions to our audiobooks collection, but check with a librarian if you'd like to find more titles.



Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte





The Black Dahlia

by James Ellroy






The Last King of Scotland
by Giles Foden






Lord of the Flies
by William Golding






Einstein: His Life and Universe
by Walter Isaacson

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Leisure Reading Collection

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, here are a dozen new titles recently added to the McNaughton leisure reading collection at Mack Library! Click on the titles to read previews.



Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles
,
by Don Felder




Love the One You're With
,
by Emily Giffin




The Book of Old Houses
,
by Sarah Graves




The Comfort Table
,
by Katie Lee Joel



Remember Me?

by Sophie Kinsella



Killing Bridezilla
,
by Laura Levine



Twenty Wishes
,
by Debbie Macomber




The Host
,
by Stephenie Meyer



Up Till Now,
by William Shatner




Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman
,
by Mary Tillman




The Third Lynx
,
by Timothy Zahn

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