Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Happy New Year Begins at the Library

The following is the latest library column published in the Dakota County Star newspaper.

Are You Interested in Pinterest?
Pinterest let’s subscribers organize and share the beautiful things they find on the web.  Pinterest Basics teaches attendees how to get started and what to do with their Pinterest account.  Pinterest Basic Classes are held on Wednesday January 2nd at 11:00 a.m. p.m.

Using Reference Sources
Libraries are not just about books any more.  We have heard that before, but how do we use those resources?  Using Reference Resources teaches how to use the online and print resources available at the library.  The class will be held on 1/2 at 2:00 p.m.

We Know E-Books
If you want to learn to use that new e-book reader, join us for one of our E-book Reader classes on Wednesday January 2nd at 3:00 p.m. and Thursday January 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Mango is not Just a Fruit
Mango Languages is not a piece of fruit, it is a language learning database available to all library card members.  The library offers classes on how to use Mango Languages is on January 2nd at 5:00 p.m.

Your Online Library Catalog
Whether at home or at work your online library catalog is available to your.  Learn to use it on January 3rd at 4:00 p.m.

Tech Thursdays
Tech Thursday is an open forum in which you may bring your technology questions and receive answers from library staff.  Tech Thursday is held each Thursday at 5:00 p.m.

More of the Best of 2012:  Last week I covered several bestselling lists.  The following are a few other best of 2012 lists.

Most Popular Digital Books:  The library is part of a consortium of Nebraska libraries that purchase audio and electronic books as a group.  The following are the most popular digital titles among Nebraska Libraries:  The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James, Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovitch, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen, The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, The Litigators by John Grisham, and Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo.
Most Popular Authors of 2012:  The library collects information on the most popular authors by checkout.  The following is our top ten favorite authors.  James Patter is a prolific mystery writer who has also created popular inroads into the young adult and children’s book market.  He is followed by Nora Roberts, Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Debbie Macomber, Mary Pope Osborne, Stan Berenstain, Janet Evanovitch, Jane O’Connor, Danielle Steel and Karen Kingsbury.

Most Popular Movies of 2012:  The following are some of the most popular titles in the library in 2012:  Puss in Boots; Real Steel; Tower Heist; The Twilight Saga. Breaking Dawn Part 1; War Horse; Happy Feet Two; We Bought a Zoo; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; Courageous; and Hugo.

2012 in Music:  The library has a broad ranging collection of music on CD.  The following are the top ten circulated titles of 2012:  Wrecking Ball by Bruce Springsteen, Up All Night by One Direction, Little Broken Hearts by Nora Jones, Changes by Rascal Flatts, Heroes by Willie Nelson, Voice of Ages by the Chieftans, Uncaged by the Zac Brown Band, Thirty Miles West by Alan Jackson, Up All Night by Kip Moore and Living Things by Lincoln Park

2012 Best Books on CD:  While we carry digital audiobooks, we also carry books on CD.  Here are the most highly circulated titles in 2012:  I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson, it Worked for Me by Colin Powell, Gone Girl Gillian Flynn, Wicked Business by Janet Evanovitch, Calico Joe by John Grisham, The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner, Low Pressure by Sandra Brown, Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby, Firepropf by Alex Kava, and The Inn on Harbor Road by Debbie Macomber.

We have what you need for a Happy New Year at the library.

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