Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Week Hours

Hello all! Here are our Thanksgiving Week Hours. Have a great holiday!


Regular hours resume next week, December 1st!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Becoming a blog reader

If you're new to blogs, you might not know a lot about how to navigate them, find them, and have them delivered to your mailbox. Here's a few tips I've picked up over the years:

The easiest ways to keep track of the blogs you read are to bookmark them, or to use a feed reader. If you bookmark them on your computer, then you have the blog and website addresses stored when you are at home. However, if you want to be able to access your links anywhere, a great tool to use is called Delicious. (It used to be called but that was apparently too complicated for most people). You create a user account, add your websites and blogs, and tag them with subjects to organize them. You can do a lot of cool things with Delicious, so I recommend checking it out!

For feed readers, the easiest and most popular are the Google reader and FeedReader . You create an account, add the blogs you like, and any time there's a new post, it's delivered right to your reader page or your email. Very easy!

If you're searching for a blog, the Google blog search is usually a good place to start. Another great website is called Technorati- it lets you search or browse through blogs, and also sorts them by popularity and by subject.

There are plenty of other sites that do similar things, but these are just the few that I use regularly. It's amazing how much cool stuff is out there, waiting to be discovered. Case in point- check out this blog, called Waterbury Thoughts. It's really, really great!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Online renewals

Did you know that you can renew your books/cds/movies online now? It's true! This is how you do it:
  1. Go to the library homepage
  2. Click Library Online Catalog (under Research Tools)
  3. Click Patron

  4. Enter your Banner ID and your last name and click Login
  5. Renew! You can renew anything that is not overdue or on hold for another person. You're allowed to renew items one time.

Please contact the circulation desk at 203.575.8024 if you have any questions!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Today is the day to make your voice heard

Today may be the first time you have ever voted for a president, and this is an amazing, historic race. Those people on tv, the pundits, say that you (the youth) won't vote- that you won't show up, you'll be busy or distracted.

Don't prove them right.

Here are some facts:

You need to be in line by 8:00 pm. Even if it's past 8, if you're already in line, you can vote, per the Attorney General.

If you didn't register, you can still vote. Go to your town clerk's office and ask for a presidential ballot. Connecticut and Rhode Island are the only states that allow this.

If you know you registered and you go to vote, and someone tells you that you can't because you're not registered or you don't have the proper id, ask for a "provisional ballot." You can vote and they will check and count your vote once they have verified your status.

If you're blind, you can vote by phone. Get to a polling place and ask to use the special phone.

Bring ID. Bring your driver's license, a paycheck, a utility bill, or your social security card.

Visit for more information.

If you have any problems, if someone tells you something you know isn't true, like one party votes today and another votes tomorrow, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).