Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Look Whooooo's Coming

Hoo Who Cools For You?
Thursday April 15, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

Join Beaver Creek Reserve Naturalist Ruth Forsgren as she explores the world of owls. Learn what adaptations these birds have that make them successful nocturnal hunters. Determine which owl may be living in your back yard and find out which "facts" you have learned about owls that are actually myths.

Come and meet Ebeneezer, Beaver Creek's resident educational owl. This program is free to the public. For more information, call the library at 715-962-4334.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Have you ever wondered how to crochet, knit, decorate cakes, brew beer, make wine, how to raise tropical fish? Well now you have access to a handy dandy resource database through the Colfax Public Library. This database can be accessed at the library or at home using your library card.

The Hobbies & Craft Resource Center, an EBSCO database funded through Indianhead Federated Library System for all their member libraries, can now provide you with electronic access to over 250,000 documents supporting full-text articles, patterns for projects, and how-to videos.

In our economic time of many financial cuts everywhere, the public libraries keep offering more and more resources to help you enjoy your daily life. Aren't public libraries wonderful?

Call the library (715-962-4334) if you need help accessing Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

We Have a New Library Database

LearningExpress - Job & Career Accelerator
Wow, I just checked out the new library database that our library system purchase for all the IFLS libraries. I absolutely love, love, love this new database. There's like over 700 practice exams that you can take such as, the GED, SAT, ACT, Civil Service etc. There's also useful information for job skills like mastering job interviews, writing cover letters and resumes.
My favorite part of this database is the section on computer skills. Oh my......you can view tutorials for Adobe programs and Microsoft program. I was sooooo excited when I saw all the computer programs. I've been telling myself for years that I need to learn Photoshop, and guess what program is listed on this database? Yup, Photoshop!!!!!! There's also Adobe Illustrator, which is another program I want to learn for my library & personal blog.
Thank you Indianhead Federated Library System........I approve and my library customers will benefit as well.

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Barnyard Banshees....the Langby Family

(Leah plays both the flute & tin whistle, while Oliva play fiddle)
What a great foot stomping, fingers tapping kind of night it was at the Colfax Public Library. The Barnyard Banshees performed last night for one hour! Their specialty is Celtic music....ballads, waltzes, jigs, reels and a slip jig!!! A slip jig is a style of Irish dance and music.

Alice is playing the Irish Bodhran.....she did an excellent job, plus Alice did quite a bit of solo singing for the group. What young talent.

Dean (on the right) plays the Cello & the fiddle, while Ralph (on the left) plays guitar.

Our space was limited at the library, but the acoustics sounded wonderful. It was such a treat to have this talented family (and one friend) come and perform for the library. Our audience was small last night, but that's usually how it is for us here in rural Wisconsin.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What Makes Your Library Special?

What do you like about your local library, or what makes your library special? If you feel compassionate about your local library, consider entering the Woman's Day essay contest. In 700 words or less, tell your story about your favorite library in your community and what makes it special. Hurry, deadline is May 9, 2010.

To see full details and official rules go to Woman's Day