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The Only Web Software You Need

The Only Web Software You Need

When library customers ask me to show them how to use their laptops, I can't help but notice all the junk they've got that's slowing their computers way down. Some of this is manufacturer-loaded software, but the lion's share of it is from Web sites they've browsed to which inform them they need a particular program or plug-in to run correctly. This is something I addressed at length in my post on Avoiding Sneakware.

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! by Devo

Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Even the title of Devo's debut album shows that this band has a lot of strangeness to unpack. A New Wave quintet from Akron, Ohio, Devo dresses in industrial jumpsuits with goggles and plastic flowerpot helmets on their heads. Stay with me.

The band's main argument and name is based on the idea that human civilization has reached its peak and is actually devolving. I'll let you be the judge of that claim, but I still highly encourage you to check out this incredibly rocking, highly danceable album.

Adventures Among Ants by Mark W. Moffett

Cover to Adventures Among Ants

Ants are among the most numerous animals on the Earth, but few people pay little attention to them other than to step on them when they become an inconvenience. Have you ever wondered how ants are always able to summon swarms of allies seemingly from nowhere?  Or, how ants can plan massively-coordinated attacks and design gigantic nests?  Mark W. Moffett wondered and wrote a book, Adventures Among Ants, detailing the discoveries he made after years of research.

Jean Fritz: History Made Interesting!

Author Jean Fritz has written many books that kids enjoy. They’re often funny and full of adventure and always have great characters. They’re also pretty much absolutely true. Jean specializes in history books, especially people’s life stories. As a biographer, she tries to get to know the people and the times in which they lived through research including reading their own words. Then she takes all that history and turns it around in her mind until it becomes a story her readers will enjoy.

Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi

Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi

Zombie Baseball Beatdown appears to have been written exclusively to combine the undead with baseball bats—in the most splattery combination possible. This does not make Paolo Bacigalupi's first book for middle grade readers bad. In fact, he manages to inject some pretty great commentary into this wild zombie romp.

Even More Common Computer and Tech Myths

Even More Common Computer and Tech Myths

About a year-and-a-half ago, I wrote a blog post entitled "Common Computer Myths" that sought to debunk some of the misinformation I hear frequently regarding computers. Well, I'm always running into new techno-falsehoods, so for your consideration: "Even More Common Computer and Tech Myths" and their realities!

Be a Giver. Be a Part of World Book Night

World Book Night, April 23, 2014 logo

Start the New Year by joining the CRRL in giving a wonderful book—or two or twenty—to those who may not be familiar with the joys of reading.  Sign up by January 5, 2014, to receive multiple copies of amazing books.  The only catch: they cannot be resold. Neither are they to keep for yourself or your bibliophile friends.  They are to be given away with joyful hearts, as an invitation to the world of reading.  There’s no charge to be a book giver, but you do need to apply.

Mobile MakerLab

CRRL Mobile MakerLab

The CRRL Mobile MakerLab is making its way to you in November!

Come by for an interactive demonstration of new and innovative technology including a 3-D printer. All ages welcome!

Snow, Monday, November 4, 2-4pm
Headquarters, Tuesday, November 5, 4-6pm
Montross, Tuesday, November 12, 2-4pm
Cooper, Wednesday, November 13, 2-4pm
Newton, Monday, November 18, 2-4pm
England Run, Tuesday, November 19, 2-4pm
Porter, Tuesday, November 26, 3-5pm
Salem Church, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 3-5pm

Chris demonstrates our 3D printer

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman; Illustrated by Skottie Young

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

How far would you go to make sure you had milk in your refrigerator? Might you outsmart a spaceship full of aliens looking to remodel your planet? Would you dare face off against bloodthirsty pirates? How about climbing into a time-traveling hot air balloon invented by a genius stegosaurus? Fortunately, the Milk, by Neil Gaiman has these things and so much more. 

Local Author: William Tang

Local author William Tang
Tales of the DragonLocal author William Tang, writing under the pen name of Tang Long, is the author of Pets Only, a novel about a restaurant run by pets, and Tales of the Dragon, and anthology of Chinese legends, fables, and historical anecdotes.
 
Mr.Tang also writes the "Tales of the Dragon" online column for the Washington Times. 
 
He will discuss Chinese history and current events.
 
Signed copies of his books will be available.
 
Monday, November 18 - Porter Branch, 7:00-8:30pm
Tuesday, November 19 - Headquarters Library, 7:00-8:30pm
Monday, November 25 - England Run Branch, 7:00-8:30pm