Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Computer Classes for October


Computer Classes at The Tom Green County Library


The following classes will be offered to the public at the Tom Green County Library’s
Computer Lab at the Main Library starting October 1, 2005


· Introduction to the computer
Friday, October 7
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Friday, October 21
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Monday, October 17
5:30-7:00 p.m.

· Introduction to the Internet
Tuesday, October 11
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 19
2:00-3:30 p.m.


· Introducción a la computadora personal
Wednesday, October 26
5:30-7:00 p.m.


· Genealogy on the Internet
Tuesday, October 27
5:30-7:00 p.m.

· Microsoft Powerpoint
Thursday, October 6
5:30-7:00 p.m.


· Microsoft Excel I
Thursday, October 13
5:30-7:00 p.m.
· Microsoft Excel II
Thursday, October 20
5:30-7:00 p.m.


· Finding Government Information on the Web
Thursday, October 25
2:00-3:30 p.m.



All classes will be filled on a first-come, first served basis.
For information or to register please call the Main Library
655-7321



Thursday, September 22, 2005

Library Of Texas Available From Library Web Site

The Texas State Library unveils the Library of Texas
Users can search 100 Texas library catalogs in one search session from new Web-based state service
Austin - The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is pleased to announce a new service, the Library of Texas. This Web-based service at LibraryofTexas.org allows users to discover and retrieve information from multiple library catalogs, research databases, and other knowledge collections in one simple search session. Texans no longer need to use a separate interface for each individual library or database. At present, the Library of Texas searches through the catalogs of 63 public libraries, 26 academic libraries, and 40 TexShare commercial databases.

According to Network Services Librarian Kevin Marsh, who coordinated the development of the Library of Texas, the service is easy to use, yet very powerful and customizable. Notes Marsh, "Users can customize the service to include specific libraries near their homes or offices, and then create and save groups of 'favorites' for future searching." Many search results from the TexShare research databases will include the original full-text article, satisfying the information needs of the user right away. For materials that are not immediately available online or at the user's home library, customers can submit an interlibrary loan request. Search results also include links to online bookstores where the materials can be purchased.

Notes a University of North Texas student, "It was great to find out which libraries actually had a resource, instead of searching several library catalogs as I have done in the past. Since I live in Houston, I consider several local libraries as possibilities."

Visit the Library of Texas at LibraryofTexas.org. Users do not need a login ID or password to search library catalogs. To make full use of the Library of Texas, including access to the TexShare databases and interlibrary loan services, login to the service with a TexShare login ID and password available from your local Texas library.

Marsh states, "The Library of Texas represents the future of library services in the nation and is being used as a model for other states. We're very excited to bring this service to Texans." For more information about the Library of Texas, please contact Network Services Librarian Kevin Marsh at (512) 463-5534 or

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

New online resources

The TGCPL now subscribes to Britannica Online and Ancestry Plus. Britannica is a wonderful resource for homework help and includes the content of the print encyclopedia, hyperlinks to authoritative resources on the Internet, photographs, video, and audio clips of historic people, places, and events. Access is available in all three library branches or from home with a valid library card.

The library also subscribes to Ancestry Plus, a genealogy database that includes census records; birth, marriage, and death records; immigration records; ship passenger lists; military records; historic directories; land and probate records; and much more! Access available from within all three branches of the TGCPL.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. If you haven't checked out the Spanish-language section of Tom Green County Library in a while, now would be a good time to do so. Browse through the book section (bestsellers in Spanish, self-help books, books on health problems, Hispanic history and culture, biographies of notable Hispanic personalities, etc.) Check out the Hispanic selections in the audio visual section.

There is a computer course (Introducción a la Computadora Personal) offered in Spanish each month. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn how to use a computer.

El 15 de septiembre hasta el 15 de octubre es el Mes del Patrimonio Hispano. Si no ha visitado la sección española de Tom Green County Library recientemente, este mes sería una buena oportunidad para hacerlo. Revise la sección de libros (bestsellers en español, libros sobre autosuperación, problemas de salud, la historia y cultura hispanas, biografías de personajes hispanos, etc.) Mire las selecciones en español en el área audiovisual.

Cada mes Tom Green County Library ofrece un cursillo en español (Introducción a la Computadora Personal). Aproveche de la oportunidad de aprender cómo usar la computadora.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

New E-Reference Books

The TGCPL recently added new electronic reference books to the Database collection. The titles include Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery, Americans at War, and History Behind the Headlines. These books are available from the catalog/database terminals inside the library and are also accessible over the Internet via the library's database page with a valid library card. We are excited to be able to provide reference materials in this format and look forward to adding more titles soon.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Portal To Texas History

The Portal To Texas History is now available from the Tom Green County Libray Database Page. The mission and scope of this resource follow:

Mission

The Portal to Texas History offers students and lifelong learners a digital gateway to the rich collections held in Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and private collections. The Portal team at the University of North Texas provides strong leadership by supporting collaborative efforts with its partners, while pursuing the goals of accessibility, best practices, and preservation of historical material.


Scope

Planned content for the Portal embraces all geographic areas of Texas and covers prehistory through the twentieth century. Designed to appeal to historians, students, and lifelong learners, the Portal emphasizes access to primary sources. It features digital reproductions of photographs, maps, letters, documents, books, artifacts, and more. Portal curriculum Primary Source Adventures that comply with TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) standards will highlight relevant materials for classroom teachers.

Library Computer Classes for September

The Tom Green County Library will offer the following computer classes for the month of September. The classes will be held in the Main Library Computer Lab.

· Introduction to the computer
Friday, September 16
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Friday, September 30
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Monday, September 19
5:30-7:00 p.m.

· Introduction to the Internet
Tuesday, September 13
5:30-7:00
Wednesday, September 21
2:00-3:30 p.m.
· Introducción a la computadora personal
Wednesday, September 24
5:30-7:00 p.m.

· Genealogy on the Internet
Tuesday, September 27
2:00-3:30 p.m.

· Microsoft Powerpoint
Thursday, September 8
5:30-7:00 p.m.

· Microsoft Word I
Thursday, September 15
5:30-7:00 p.m.
· Microsoft Word II
Thursday, September 22
5:30-7:00 p.m.
· Microsoft Word III
Thursday, September 29
5:30-7:00 p.m.

All classes will be filled on a first-come, first served basis.
For information or to register please call the Main Library
655-7321

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Microsoft Publisher Now Available

Microsoft Publisher is now available for public use from machines in the Computer Lab. Those who wish to use the product may make reservations for Lab machines at the Main Library.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Library Cookbook is Here!


It's here!




"A Second Helping of Armadillo Under Glass"


The Tom Green County Library Cookbook Committee has gathered recipes from friends, family and staff to create an all-original 476 recipe cookbook. This cookbook features original artwork by Aurora Nombrano in a hard-cover spiral binding. All sales from the cookbook will go towards the expansion of the Tom Green County Library. The cookbooks will sell for $15.00 and are available at the Main Library (113 W. Beauregard); Angelo West Branch (3013 Vista Del Arroyo); North Angelo Branch (3001 N. Chadbourne); and the Bookmobile.

Reach Out and Read Shares Free Books

Tom Green County Library Story Programs during September will include free books for all participants.
Story Programs are presented weekly at the downtown library at 10 A.M. on Wednesday; The second and fourth Tuesdays at 10 A.M. at Angelo West Branch Library; and the third Thursday of each month at North Angelo Branch at 4 P.M.

Spanish Language Holdings

Tom Green County Library is seeking to improve the Spanish Language holdings. Many of the latest best sellers that have been translated are now available to patrons. Parents can also find materials to help them understand many problems confronting our children and youth today.

Children's September Story Programs

Downtown TGC library Children's public Story Programs for the month of September will focus on "Colorful Critters". A "Plaidypus", a "Crafty Chameleon" and other colorful characters will be presented through picture books each Wednesday at 10:00 AM. Preschoolers and younger are invited for stories, songs, and activities. All programs are free of charge and approximately 30 minutes long. Childcare providers with groups of 10 or more children are welcome to arrange individual times during the week for Story Programs. Please call 655-7321 and ask for the Children's Desk for scheduling.