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No Rocking Chair for Me

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 5:30pm
Today’s seniors are vibrant, energetic, and enthusiastic about life. They embrace their age with grace and beauty. They are empowered with wisdom, approaches change without reservation—they are forward thinkers. Here are some books on technology, health, fitness, and lifestyle that may appeal to some seniors.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Using Your Computer—for Seniors
by Paul McFedries
"Over 38 percent of all seniors in the U.S. now use the Internet. This book covers the most popular activities seniors enjoy: Facebook, Google Search, and more."

iPad for the Older and Wiser: Get Up and Running with Apple iPad2 and the New iPad 
by Sean McManus
"The over-50 crowd is keeping up with technology like never before and they're eager to learn what the new iPad has to offer them. If you fall into that category, then this book is for you! Featuring an accessible, full-color interior, this new edition gets you up and running on the latest software release and features of the iPad and iPad Mini, in addition to iOS 6."

Computing for Seniors: In Easy Steps: Covers Windows 8 and Office 2013
by Sue Price
"Walks users through the ABCs of playing and storing music on their PCs; writing letters; surfing the web; buying and selling on eBay; sending and receiving email; playing games; installing anti-virus software; shopping safely on the internet; ordering groceries online; money management; transferring images from digital cameras and much more."

Advanced Style
by Ari Seth Cohen
“Advanced Style is Ari Seth Cohen's blog-based ode to the confidence, beauty, and fashion that can only be achieved through the experience of a life lived glamorously. It is a collection of street fashion unlike any seen before— focused on the over-60 set in the world's most stylish locales. The (mostly) ladies of Advanced Style are enjoying their later years with grace and panache, marching to the beat of their own drummer."

Job Hunting after 50 
by Carol A. Silvis
"Job Hunting After 50 will prepare you with a plan of action to carry out an effective job search to get the job you want. It covers self-assessment of skills and qualifications, preparing a resume for today's market, dressing with style, using technology to find a job, identifying common mistakes made by job seekers over 50 and how to avoid them, and interviewing skills."

Bombshell: Explosive Medical Secrets That Will Redefine Aging
by Suzanne Somers
“ Suzanne Somers. Dubbed a health pioneer by the Wall Street Journal and called "crazy smart" by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Suzanne Somers has repeatedly opened up new terrain to health seekers worldwide. And now, with Bombshell, she does it again. Acting like your personal medical detective, she has found the most advanced scientists, doctors, and health professionals and gotten them to share jaw-dropping advances that will stop deterioration and set you on the path to restoration and healthy longevity”.

Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life: Smart Choices about Money, Health, Work, Lifestyle—and Pursuing Your Dreams
by Bart Astor
“Where are you on the level of activity scale?—What are your goals for this stage in life?—Staying healthy for the rest of your life—All about health insurance—Making it last for the rest of your life—Transitioning from full-time work—What do you want to do with the rest of your life?—Transitioning what you own—Have "the talk" with your heirs—Home sweet home—Relationships with family and friends.”

Yolanda Hardy
Smithfield Library

New Teen and Kids Free eReading Sites

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 10:39am
Introduce your kids and teens to the friendly digital library experience provided by the Public Libraries In Jefferson County. The Public Libraries In Jefferson County has expanded its digital reading and listening services with two new digital collection websites, one just for kids and one just for teens. The main digital collection,, now has separate sites to provide safe and easy browsing experiences for kids and teens. These pages can be found at or

The Public Libraries in Jefferson County recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids and teens to browse library materials. Just as the children’s and teens sections of a physical library are sectioned off, the same experience is now available on the county’s digital collection. These appealing and user-friendly pages contain eBooks and eAudiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level.

The Kids and Teen collection sites filter the overall digital collection to just show children or teen content, which gets kids and teens to the titles they want faster! These new services, powered by OverDrive, are free for users with a library card. Digital titles are available anytime, anywhere, and expire automatically, so no need to worry about late fees.

About OverDrive
OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. We supply a secure lending platform for 22,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® (U.S. only). OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry and is a member of the 2012 Technology Fast 500. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland.

May is National Inventor's Month

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 10:14am

“To invent, you have to have a good imagination and a pile of junk.” - Thomas EdisonThe first patent was issued July 31, 1790, by the newly-created Patent Board of the United States.  The Board referred to itself as the “Commissioners for the Promotion of Useful Arts.”  Its members were Henry Knox (Secretary of War), Thomas Jefferson (Secretary of State), and Edmund Randolph (Attorney General).*
 The number of patents issued currently by the United States Patent and Trademark Office has exceeded 8,700,000. 
 Some inventors of fairly recent electronic devices probably had a software program for assistance rather than a pile of parts on a table, but inventing is still inventing.
To look at the patents for some familiar electronic devices, use the links below, and click on "Images."
*From The Patent Office Pony:  A History of the Early Patent Office, 3rd Printing, Kenneth W. Dobyns, p. 23

Michelle Andrews and Liz Winn
Government Documents/Microforms

Smart Art Festival, May 17

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 10:14am
BPL will participate in the city's Smart Art Youth Arts Festival at Boutwell Auditorium on Saturday, May 17, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The free event was created to highlight the types of cultural arts events nonprofit organizations offer during the summer. BPL will promote summer reading, which will launch on May 12. Officials expect 300 to 500 children to attend Smart Art, which will feature a food truck food court, games, entertainment, and about 30 vendors, including BPL.