Summer is now in full bloom, and we are settling into the festivities of Independence Day and enjoying vacation time with our loved ones. The warm weather is encouraging us to make the most of outside activities. Whether it is hiking the trails on the monastery grounds or heading to the beach, we can make the most of fun in the sun. If you need a place to keep cool, remember that the library is air conditioned and filled with all sorts of activities to celebrate summer reading, whether you are a child, a teen, or an adult. Stop in at any of our public service desks for more information as to how you can participate.
Who doesn't like to bring a book to the beach or read in a hammock in the
back yard? One of the challenges is worrying about getting that pesky sand into the pages or book cover. One way around that would be to read an e-book with your mobile device. And you can do just that ... and even access books for free with the following mobile apps:
Overdrive Media Console provides access to the library's collection of e-books and audiobooks. You can search for titles in the catalog, check them out, and download them directly through your mobile device.
Bookster is a read-along storytelling app that reads to your kids, records and plays their voices, and teaches vocabulary along the way.
Classicly gives you 23,469 classic books and 2,947 audiobooks. An entire library at your fingertips, instantly.
iBooks is a free app that works only with Apple devices. While some of the titles do come with a fee. There are almost 20,000 free titles available for access.
Project Gutenberg, a repository of hundreds of classics in digital format, has a mobile interface. This page provides information about the various ways you can access the books from e-readers and mobile devices.
Tech Tales from the Cumberland Public Library
The Cumberland Public Library is offering three series of weekly computer workshops for adults. Each series will offer opportunities to learn basic computer skills relating to Microsoft Office software or the use of various free tools available online. The schedule of sessions is as follows:
Tech Tuesdays at 10:00 am
- July 10 – Internet
- July 17 – Learn to Tweet with Twitter
- July 24 – LinkedIn
- July 31 – Microsoft Word
- August 7 – Microsoft Excel
- August 14 – Microsoft Excel 2
- August 21 – Microsoft Publisher
- August 28 – Microsoft PowerPoint
- September 4 – Microsoft Access
- September 11 – Facebook
- September 18 - Email with Gmail
Tech Thursdays at 6:00 pm
- July 12 – Internet
- July 26 - Email with Gmail
- August 2 – Microsoft Word
- August 9 – Microsoft Excel
- August 16 – Microsoft Excel 2
- August 23 – Microsoft Publisher
- August 30 – Microsoft PowerPoint
- September 6 – Microsoft Access
- September 13 - Facebook
Sessions will include an interactive presentation as well as hands-on experience with the highlighted application. Participants are welcome to use the library’s computers or they can bring their own laptop from home as long as their machine has the highlighted Microsoft Office programs and are WiFi capable. Those interested in registering for the workshops or to ask questions about the series can call the library at 333-2552 x128 or can email Aaron at
Stories of the Birth of a Nation
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If you are searching for a position because you are unemployed, one of the best online tools you can get involved with is LinkedIn, which is a social media site that is dedicated to the professional arena. You can share all sorts of information about your work experience, training, and education. If you would like to learn more about the tool, register for our LinkedIn Workshop, which is scheduled for Tuesday, July 24 at 10:00 am.
If you didn't already know it, the library has a great collection of video games for you to check out. Playstation 2 & 3, Xbox, and Wii platforms are all represented. Each family can take up to two games per week. For more information about video games, you can get a lot at these sites:
We recently celebrate Mothers Day and Fathers Day. Did you know that there is also Aunt/Uncle Day? It is celebrated on July 26. Here are some great sites to highlight how wonderful aunts and uncles are:
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