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Tech Times July 2012
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.
--President Bill Clinton
Summer SunSummer 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.
Mobile Apps
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
Aaron Coutu 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
Johnny One-Eye : a tale of the American Revolution - Jerome Charyn
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/28/2008
ISBN-13: 9780393064971
ISBN-10: 0393064972
A madcap alternate-history account of the American Revolution finds young double agent John Stocking searching for clues about his mysterious birth while outmaneuvering a flamboyantly cunning George Washington and falling in love with Manhattan's most coveted harlot. 15,000 first printing.
Seven days in June : a novel of the American Revolution - Howard Fast
Publisher: Carol Pub.
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/01/1994
ISBN-13: 9781559722568
ISBN-10: 1559722568
The Battle of Bunker Hill is seen through the eyes of an English doctor seeking America's promise of freedom, in a dramatic retelling of the bloody battle between the makeshift American army and the British Grenadiers. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.
To try men's souls : a novel of George Washington and the fight for American freedom - Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen and Albert S. Hanser
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/20/2009
ISBN-13: 9780312591069
ISBN-10: 0312591063
The former House speaker and his coauthor in the best-selling Civil War and World War II series present a tale inspired by the services of George Washington, Thomas Paine and Jonathan Van Dorn during the Revolutionary War. 250,000 first printing.
Dark eagle : a novel of Benedict Arnold and the American Revolution - John Ensor Harr
Publisher: Viking
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/01/1999
ISBN-13: 9780670887040
ISBN-10: 0670887048
A stirring, dark novel of one of the nation's most notorious traitors traces his rise to prominence as Dark Eagle, a military man both feared and revered by his Indian enemies, and his treasonous attempt to sell out three thousand American troops. 17,500 first printing. Tour.
Someone knows my name - Lawrence Hill
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/30/2007
ISBN-13: 9780393065787
ISBN-10: 0393065782
Dreaming daily of escaping her life of slavery in South Carolina and returning to her African home, slave Aminata Diallo is torn from her family when she is sold and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War, during which she helps create a list of black people who have been honored for their service to the king. 25,000 first printing.

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.

Did you know that July 2 is World UFO Day?  If you were interested in learning a bit more about UFOs, check out some of these fun sites:
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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