Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lions, Lambs and Other Animals at the Library

The following is the library's weekly column published in the Dakota County Star newspaper.

The old saying goes March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, or vice versa.  Whether it is lion or lamb this weekend, we have all sorts of good books on animals in the library.

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals by Gail Danerow offers instruction on how to raise chickens, ducks, sheep etc in an urban homestead environment.

If you ever thought your pet was psychic the book Dogs That Know their Owners are Coming Home:  and other Unexplained Powers of Animals by Rupert Sheldrake will be of interest to you.

Life:  Extraordinary Animals Extreme Behaviour by Martha Holmes is an entertaining look at the world of animals.

Technology Classes
This week’s technology classes are: Know Your Computer (Monday Mar 4th at 1:00 p.m.), Microsoft Excel 3 (Mar 4th at 5:00 p.m.), Microsoft Windows 2 (March 4th 6:30 p.m.), Microsoft Excel 1(Tuesday March 5th at 10:00 a.m.), Know Your Computer (March 5th at 11:00 a.m.), E-book Reader (March 5th at 12:00 p.m.), Mango Languages (March 5th at 4:00 p.m.), Microsoft Excel 2 (March 5th at 5:30 p.m.), What to Read Next (Wednesday March 6th at 2:00 p.m.), E-book Reader (march 6th at 3:00 p.m.), Microsoft Windows 3 (March 6th at 5:00 p.m.) Twitter Basics (Thursday March 7th at 4:00 p.m.), Tech Thursday (March 7th at 5:00 p.m.) and E-book Reader (March 7th at 6:00 p.m.).  If you would like to have program descriptions, stop by the circulation desk to pick up a copy of the March Technology Brochure, or visit our website

Youth Activities
As always the youth department is offering a full slate of activities:  Monday Movie (3:30 p.m.), Preschool Story Time (Tuesday 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.), Alphabet Party (Tuesday 6:30 p.m.). Pat-a-Cake Pals (Thursday 10:00 a.m.), Night of FUN @ the Library (Thursday 6:30 p.m.), Toddler Time (Friday 10:00 a.m.), Let's Create (Friday 4:00 p.m.), Saturday Movie (1:00 p.m.).

Database Trials
The library would like to invite you to try some databases that have been made available to our library members via the Nebraska Library Commission.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851-2009) with Index (1851-1993) - This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. The Historical New York Times with Index (1851-1993) provides search capability using subject terms and topics for focused and targeted results in combination with searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from the Historical New York Times (1851-2007)

SIRS Discoverer - SIRS Discoverer with WebFind is an award-winning database designed with the young researcher (grades 1-9) in mind. This interactive tool strengthens research, reading, writing and computer skills. Articles and graphics from more than 1,600 U.S. and international magazines, newspapers, U.S. government documents, and websites are carefully selected for their educational content, interest and level of readability. Inclusion of SIRS Discoverer WebFind delivers the safest collection of websites for kids, with 9,000+ editor-reviewed websites that deliver high-interest, educational Web content, with guaranteed educational purpose and online safety.

 SIRS Issues Researcher - SIRS Issues Researcher is a highly-acclaimed student reference database containing thousands of full-text articles exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues. Articles and graphics are carefully selected from 1,500 domestic and international publications according to strict criteria with regard to content and age appropriateness.

SIRS Knowledge Source - SIRS Knowledge Source is a comprehensive database portal that is comprised of several distinct reference databases including SIRS Researcher, SIRS Government Reporter, SIRS Renaissance, and SIRS WebSelect, with available links to SIRS Interactive Citizenship, SIRS Discoverer, and Discoverer WebFind.

There are even more to explore.  Visit the Database page on the website, Feel free to contact the library for more information on these tools 402-494-7545.

Have a great week and read good books.

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