The holiday season is upon us, and that means decorating, shopping for presents, planning holiday gatherings, and more. It can be a stressful time, but the library has resources that can help make your holiday shopping and planning easier! A few years ago, I talked about Consumer Reports online and all it has to offer to help with holiday shopping. This year, I want to talk about one of our newer eResources, Creativebug.
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We are pleased to announce that we’ve added a new eResource called Creativebug! Creativebug provides over 1,000 online, video-based art and craft classes led by expert instructors. Classes cover a variety of areas, including painting, drawing, ceramics, sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, paper crafts, and more! Free crochet and knitting patterns are available for download as well. Creativebug is free to use and can be used in the library and remotely from home.
We are happy to announce that we have added a new eResource called Miss Humblebee’s Academy! Miss Humblebee's Academy is an award-winning, online and offline curriculum that prepares children ages 2 to 6 for kindergarten proficiency. Interactive, guided lessons and activities are available for several subjects, including language & literacy, Math, Science & Social Studies, Art, and Music. Miss Humblebee’s Academy is free to use and can be used in the library and at home.
Due to unforseen complications on their end, LinkedIn has put a hold on changing Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn has not yet determined how long this pause will last. Lynda.com will continue to function as usual, so you may still access that content while we wait for our new transition date. We apologize for any confusion and inconvenience. We are doing everything we can on our end to work with LinkedIn to make this transition as seamless as possible. As soon as we have more information, we will update this blog.
Last month, we added a new automobile repair database to replace AllData. The new database is called Auto Repair Source (formerly known as AutoMate) and, unlike AllData, it can be used remotely from home! Powered by MOTOR Information Systems, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.
We’ve recently added some new features in our library catalog: new releases and coming soon! These new features can be found right on the main page of the catalog. In the center of the page just below the search bar are four carousels that show newly released books at both Dundee and Randall Oaks. The four carousels are: New Adult Fiction Books, New Adult Nonfiction Books, New Children’s Fiction, Picture Books, and Easy Readers, and New Teen Books.
The Dundee Library has a collection of local history files that contain over 400 items, including: newspaper articles, photographs, documents/reports, correspondence, booklets/pamphlets, blueprints, maps, and more. We have gone through and digitized the entire collection to further preserve these items and make them more accessible to our patrons. The collection covers a variety of different topics pertaining to all/each of the communities in our district.
Do you absolutely love to read books? Are you always looking to talk to people about what you read? If you said yes to either of those questions, then you should consider joining or even starting your own book club! A book club is a group of people that meet regularly to discuss books they have all read. Generally book clubs meet monthly, and each month a new title is selected. Then everyone reads the same title and gets together to discuss it. Book clubs are great because you get to meet all kinds of fun, interesting people and you get to read a wide variety of books.