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Roaming librarians file dispatches from the world of information.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Random Thoughts

The dog days of summer are upon us and change is in the air so I'm finding it hard to focus.  Here are just a few of the things I've been thinking about this week.....

- I'm older than I thought.  Last weekend, I went to a Bowie Baysox baseball game and the Naval Academy freshman class was in attendance.  None of them sang along with Tom Cruise and Co. when the "You've Got That Lovin' Feeling" scene from Top Gun was shown on the centerfield scoreboard.  We soon realized that these kids weren't born until 1995 -- 9 years after that movie was released.  That also means no one in college these days was born pre-World Wide Web

- It's not too late to sign up for our Summer Reading Club.  The deadline for sign-ups is August 11.  Kids and teens welcome!  So far, our summer readers have read over 45,000 books!

- Have you seen our new look?  MCPL's new website has been launched!  Enjoy our sleeker layout, easy-to-find answers to our most asked questions, new branch homepages, and a complete listing off all the ways you can can keep up with your favorite library system (Facebook, Twitter, Ask-a-Librarian, Apps, and more)!

- All summer long, royalty from the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair have been visiting our branches, educating us about farm animals and the various art and craft exhibits.  Now it's time for the big payoff.  The 65th Annual Mongomery County Agricultural Fair kicks off this wFriday and lasts until August 17.  As their tagline goes, "There's plenty to see from A to Z!"

- Also next week, is the 17th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival for NIH Charities.  This is year, the festival is housed at the MCPS Board of Education Building on Hungerford Drive in Rockville.  With the new location comes a new (or perhaps old?) way of enjoying the festival: Drive-In style!

CATEGORIES: Chris B. , Baseball , Events , Websites , Libraries , Summer Reading , Movies
POSTED: 5:44:00 PM |

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What's going on...?

at the library?

You can find out easily with our online calendar of events.

From our library home page (you do have it bookmarked...don't you?) the pale green rectangle on the right side is your entree. Just click on 'Calendar of events' to access its power.

library page

The first line of blue text 'see today's events' will show ALL of today's happenings at ALL branches.

calendar of events

If you are in a somewhat more selective mood you may choose the next alternative 'choose library branch'. By selecting your nearby branch you will see the entire month's calendar. Clicking on a specific heading will give you the details for each club, storytime or special event.

The left column shows a tiny calendar of the month and you can click on any highlighted day to zero in on its schedule, or choose the little caret  >  beside the name of the month to scroll forward to the next month's schedule.

BUT! you say. WAIT JUST A MINUTE! I'm too busy to review an entire month's goodies!

 I just want a storytime for my two-year-old. Or tax help. Or a book discussion! How can I find what I want without reading the entire month's calendar - possibly for many branches?

Of course! The bottommost choice "Search the Calendar of Events" is just for that purpose.

 You can slice or dice our event information five different ways!

If you just want to know where that Mike ROse Magic show is going to be, or which branches have a chess club, you can type 'Mike Rose' or 'Chess Club' into the Keyword box and click 'Find' at the bottom of the page. You will see just this month's calendar with the entries that match yours displayed. Hover your cursor over the text to see the details.

As you look at the four large boxes stacked vertically, you'll see that you can browse by date OR location OR type of event OR age group - and you can combine all these searches.

Hint: For the bottom three boxes, the default is ALL of the choices. Just click on the first box (ALL LOCATIONS or ALL EVENT TYPES or ALL AGE GROUPS) and all the checkboxes will empty. Then you can select two or three nearby branches, one or two age groups that you are focusing on; like 'preschool AND kindergarten' and just one or a few types of events you are seeking and get this month's calendar with the events you really want to see.

 Next month? Just click that little 'next' to the right of the month's name. No need to run another search.

We hope you will find our searchable calendar helpful and turn to it often.


Jan D.

CATEGORIES: Jan D. , Events
POSTED: 11:59:00 AM |
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