February is “Discover Languages Month,” and Branigan Library supports this effort by offering a brand-new program to help library patrons learn a foreign language. A Branigan Library card will allow unlimited access to more than 90 online language courses packed with pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary-building lessons.
This fun, engaging and self-paced language-learning program, called “Transparent Language Online,” is available via web browser at no charge to library patrons. Once they register by creating an account with their library card, users will discover top-of-the-line coursework combined with extensive social media resources. The interactive component also gives users the ability to write or speak their answers, practice pronunciation by slowing down the on-screen examples, and converse with native speakers through interactive videos. Transparent Language Online has an app for iPhone and Android devices for on-the-go language learning. English for non-native speakers is included, too.
“We see this program as another great way for us to increase our services in the community to people of all ages. We selected Transparent Language because the company is a leading provider of best-practice language learning software for consumers, educational institutions, government agencies, and businesses. The self-paced feature should make learning quick, easy and effective,” said Renee Frankel, Library Administrator.
Do you need help with that New Year’s Resolution to learn how to use a computer? Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is pleased to announce that free computer literacy classes will be held in the Computer Training Lab, second floor, during the month of February. Registration is not required, however, only the first 5 attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops if space permits.
Introduction to Computers: The Basics – Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
A class for the absolute beginner. It will introduce students to the parts of the computer and mouse skills. Students will learn the components of Windows-based programs.
Introduction to Computers: File Management – Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
This is a basic class where students will learn how to manage files by saving, attaching and storing information.
Introduction to the Internet – Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
A class for those who want to learn how to go online and move around the internet with ease. Students will learn how to access websites, how to navigate, what web addresses are, basic searching skills, and internet safety.
iPad Basics – Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
A class for those have an iPad and would like to learn how to use it. This class will cover the basics such as how to navigate beyond the Home Screen, how to use the touch keypad, setting up and using bookmarks in Safari, and how to use your iPad as an e-reader. Students must have their own iPad to attend. iPads will not be provided.
For more information, contact the Reference Desk at (575) 528-4005 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone who will require accommodation for a disability to attend this event, please notify the library 48 hours in advance at 528-4005.
We're kicking it off by joining with more than 1,000 other libraries worldwide in the 8th annual celebration of International Games Day @ YOUR LIBRARY! From 1-5 pm this Saturday, the second floor Roadrunner Room at Branigan Library will be transformed into a games arena with such family friendly leisure activities as SCRABBLE, Checkers, Monopoly, Red Dragon Inn, Tsuro and more!
The next Family Game Day is planned for Saturday 12 December and more are planned for 2016.
International Games Day @ your library is an international initiative supported by the American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association, and Nordic Game Day. For more information on International Games Day click here.
For more information on this and any other events at Branigan Library, you can call the Reference Desk at 575.528.4005 or e-mail email@example.com
When I sent out this list the first time, the dates for June to December were wrong. Thanks to my colleague Vicki Minnick who caught the error and brought it to my attention. What follows is the corrected edition of the 2016 BBC reading list.
We meet on the 3rdTuesday of each month in the Library's 2nd floor conference room at 6:30 pm. Bibliophiles of all persuasions are invited.
Here are the dates and books that go with them for next year. An asterisk indicates that the book for that month is Non-Fiction.
January 19th* Diane R. Hales. Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered Hales gives a human face to this famous painting and illuminates the age in which she lived.
October 18th* Helen Macdonald. H is For Hawk. An experienced falconer and Cambridge scholar trains a Goshawk as part of how she copes with her father's sudden death.
November 15th Mark Dunn. Ella Minnow Pea. How a society that values letters reacts when they start disappearing from the alphabet.
December 20th Rebecca Makkai. The Borrower. An unforeseen roadtrip results when a children's librarian--in Mark Twain's home town--helps a ten year old smuggle books past his parents and run away from home. Zany yet profound.
In closing, remember: CARPE LIBRVM. Es mejor morir de pie que vivir de rodillas. But above all: Keep on READIN'.
No matter what side of the dispute over White treatment of Native Americans you're on, you may be interested in an event taking place at the Library this coming Sunday, the 18th. At 4:00 pm, Mr. Carlos Melendrez of Las Cruces will speak about and sign copies of his book: America! Don't You Know Me? I'm Your Native Son: Geronimo, the Controversial Campaign to Repatriate the Remains of America's Most Famous Warrior to His Homeland.The program will be in the 2nd floor Roadrunner Room.
I met Mr. Melendrez about five months or so ago when he came into the Library to see if we'd be interested in hosting this event. Though he's a soft-spoken, gentle mannered caballero, it's immediately apparent that he's passionate about his subject. We chatted for about fifteen minutes and after some e-mailing back and forth, settled on the first mutually convenient date. You are the beneficiaries of that.
I know that I'm looking forward to hearing more about this iconic figure in U.S. History and hope many of you are as well.
If you're interested in American History and in particular the relations between White settlers and the Native Peoples here before them, Branigan Library has some other books that you may want to read. Here's a short list of just a few of them in the order that they popped into my head.
As I mentioned, that's just a few of the books we own on the history of White/Native American relations in American History. If you want to look for more, here are some suggestions:
a) Do an author search (Last Name, First Name) for an author who writes in that area. Some examples would be Dee Brown, Leslie Marmon Silko, N. Scott Momaday, and others. b) Do a subject search on a specific Native American leader/important figure such as Sitting Bull, Cochise, Sacajawea, Narbonna or others. c) Do a subject search on a particular battle or event such as Little Big Horn, the Long March, the Oklahoma land rush or a similar topic. d) A subject search for a specific tribe/nation, for example: Hopi, Navajo, Apache, Comanche, etc. e) Since terminology changes over time, you may also want to use a subject search for Native Americans and Indians both. f) Also, don't forget that you can ask for help at the Reference Desk where our knowledgeable and friendly Reference Librarians will be more than happy to assist you.
Well, that's it for now from this end of the 2nd floor hallway. Remember: CARPE LIBRVM. "Es mejor morir de pie que vivir de rodillas." And above all--KEEP ON READIN'.
Jack Finney was born John Finney in MilwaukeeWisconsin on October 2nd 1911, 104 years ago this Friday. He was called “Jack” almost immediately, and when his father died when he was three, he was re-named Walter Braden Finney in the elder Finney’s memory. The “Jack” moniker stuck for the rest of his life, though.
Finney is definitely not what you'd call a "classical" or probably not even a "classic" author, but his 1955 novel The Body Snatchers was made into a movie--that has come to be recognized as a sci-fi classic--the next year. "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers" was ignored by most critics (shows you what they know, eh?) upon release but gradually gained almost cult status. The book fared less well. Critics have disparaged it as outstandingly unoriginal and lacking basic scientific accuracy, but as Mark Twain once observed, it never pays to let truth stand in the way of a good story.
Finney's greatest literary success was his 1970 science fiction novelTime and Again. In it, an advertising man in NYC works in a secret government time-travel-to-the-past project. Time and Again is notable on at least two counts. The descriptions of 1880s New York are exceptionally vivid. And time travel via intensive reading about, research upon, and collection of artifacts from the era to visit combined with hypnosis and self hypnosis is intriguing.
Shortly before his death in 1995, Finney published a sequel to Time and Againtitled From Time to Time. In this iteration, his hero, Simon Morley visits the Big Apple in 1912 in an attempt to avert WWI. It was well regarded by critics and public alike.
So, a classic? Depends on what you mean, I guess. I'm confessing to pop cultural ignorance here, but I've never seen any of the movies inspired by Body Snatchers. Of Finney's books and short stories, I've only read Time and Again and thoroughly enjoyed it. So, yes, I call it a classic, but you needn't take my word for it. Check it out from YOUR FAVORITE PUBLIC LIBRARY and decide for yourself!
Until next time: Remember--NON ILLEGITIMATI CARBVRVNDVM, Es mejor morir de pie que vivir de rodillas and Keep on Readin'!