Monday, 18 August 2014

Library Recommended Apps



Are you wondering what kinds of apps would be beneficial to download onto your tablet, with either Android or Apple operating systems?  We have some suggestions for you of FREE apps.  Remember, FREE apps may have some advertising included.  Some of these may already be on your device.  They can all be found either at the Google Play Store or through iTunes.

OverDrive Media Console
Read eBooks or listen to audiobooks from us for up to three weeks, FREE with this app. No late fees, titles will automatically be returned.  Place holds and create a wish list.  We have over 7,500 titles to choose from.

Tutor.com To Go
Tutor.com To Go™ is the mobile companion for Tutor.com, and the only education app that connects you to an expert tutor for real-time help. Sign up for a free account with your library card.

TuneIn Radio
TuneIn is real radio. Discover, follow and listen to what’s most important to you from the world’s largest collection of sports, news, music and talk stations. TuneIn has over 100,000 real radio stations and more than four million podcasts from all over the world, all for free.  There is a feature that searches for local stations where ever you are.

Facebook
The app is really easy to use.  It allows you to quickly post pictures and share with others.  It also gives you alerts when there is a message for you.  It does take up a lot of space though, so consider that before loading.

Flipboard
This is your personal magazine.  Catch up on the news, read stories from around the world and browse videos, photos and articles that friends are sharing.  Add blogs and publications like The New York Times, PEOPLE magazine and many more.


Google Docs
Create, edit and collaborate with others on documents from your phone or tablet.  You can open, edit and save Microsoft Word documents.  Never worry about losing your work, everything is automatically saved as you type.

Microsoft Office Mobile 
This is the official Office companion optimized for your mobile device. You can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents.

Pinterest
If you use this amazing tool of visual bookmarks, you will love the app.  It makes pinning and sharing so much easier.  By creating an account with Pinterest, you will discover ideas for all of your DYI projects and interests.  Find amazing recipes, exercise workouts, knitting patterns, DYI projects of all kinds and much more.  

                                                            Songza

If you like music, you’ll love this.  You can browse thousands of playlists by activity, genre, decade and mood.  Free, with no listening limits.  Some examples under playlists for activities are Breaking Up, Sitting on the Back Porch, Skateboarding, Pool Party and many more.

Weather Network
Have all of your weather information and forecast details at your fingertips whenever you want it.  There is a setting that automatically detects the forecast for your location wherever in North America you might be.  This app includes weather alert banners that can be clicked on for detailed information.

YouTube
Quick and easy access to YouTube videos that are personalized “what to watch” recommendations based on your preferences.  Play a never-ending mix of your favourite music videos.

Chrome
Browse the Internet fast on your phone or tablet with the Google Chrome browser you love on your desktop. Pick up where you left off on your other devices with tab sync, and search by voice.

Charlotte Janes
Heads of Systems and Administration

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Straw bale update!

We've been waiting for  some updates from Patricia's Straw Bale Garden experiment (remember this post from April?) Here's what she has to say:

"I have had to improvise a sort of trellis ( I used wild sunflower stalks ) crisscrossing the tops of the bales to hold up branches.  Plants got much bigger than I expected."  Take a look at these tomato plants! You can barely even see the bale.




Monday, 11 August 2014

One Book Nova Scotia



It’s time for the third annual One Book Nova Scotia unity reading event!  This is when adults in Nova Scotia are encouraged to read the same book, kind of like a giant book club.

This year’s book is Roost by Ali Bryan and it is a funny, lighter read than the two previous selections.  Set in Halifax and written by a Nova Scotian, Roost offers a comical and poignant look at single parenting, aging parents, and sibling rivalry.

We’ve listened to participant feedback and this year we are revealing the title a little earlier than usual, so people can read it in the summer or fall, whichever is more convenient for them.   The library has plenty of copies of Roost as well as a Book Club in a Bag kit with eight copies and discussion questions.  

Ali Bryan will be featured on the Main Stage at The Word on the Street Book Festival in Halifax on Sunday, September 21, and then embark on a reading tour with six stops across the province thanks to funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.   


The Valley reading will be on Monday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the NSCC Kingstec Campus Library in Kentville.  Admission is free.   


For more information on One Book Nova Scotia check out http://1bns.ca  or follow us on Facebook  or Twitter @1BookNS. 

--Frances Newman, CEO 

Monday, 4 August 2014

The Heat is On!



Summer brings with it the inevitable warnings with regards to heat, humidity,  and smog.  We have waited so long for some warm weather that it is easy to ignore an advisory or a warning about this, but we need to pay attention or the consequences can be serious.  


 Air quality decreases during times of hot temperatures because the heat and sunlight essentially cook the air along with all the chemical compounds lingering within it. This chemical soup combines with the naturally occurring nitrogen oxide in the air, creating a “smog” of ground-level ozone gas. This makes breathing difficult for those who already have respiratory ailments or heart problems and can also make healthy people more susceptible to respiratory infections.

 One of the main things we hear about is the humidex. This site explains what the humidex is and how humidity affects us.  People with chronic medical conditions can be the first to suffer from high heat or humidity.  If you are on a salt-reduced diet, profuse sweating from extreme heat can put you at risk.  If you are working outside, heat stroke and heat exhaustion are common problems.   

Visiting the beach is often a time when we lose track of how long we have been out in the sun.  Having access to the water and a cool breeze you can feel like you aren’t at risk,  but the effects of sunstroke can show up unexpectedly.  I am sure a lot of you have experienced that slightly nauseous feeling when you have spent a day in the sun.  This is one of the symptoms of sunstroke. Make sure you keep hydrated!  

 
This goes for your pets as well.  Watch for excessive panting, listlessness, or staggering.  Make sure they have ample cold water and try and keep their temperature down with cool cloths. If it’s hot for you it’s hotter for them.   So let’s all keep our cool and enjoy the summer.   

--Patricia Milner, Head of Reference Services

Monday, 28 July 2014

The Pollinator Project



With the generous support of the TD Environment Fund, this summer the
Wolfville Library was able to successfully create and present The Pollinator Project, a three-month program of art and science based
activities for children aged 3-12 focusing on the importance of pollinators and their habitats, ultimately resulting in a new pollinator-friendly garden adjacent to the library.

Beginning with a garden design workshop and planting session in May, the community created a pollinator-friendly garden featuring Meadowsweet, Climbing Honeysuckle, and Hyssop.


Though our room for displays is small, we made use of the counter space and butterflies were raised from caterpillars to Painted Ladies at the check-out desk and released outside.
The weekly art drop-in sessions for children aged 7-12 have focused on bees and butterflies. We had an overwhelming response to the program and local kids happily created “stained glass” butterfly art, drew close-ups of flowers and created a honeycomb art mural.

We hosted Perry Brandt, a local bee-keeper, for a presentation about the necessity of bee pollination and protection of our bees. He also  brought along a demonstration beehive to display. Held outside, on the covered back patio of the library, this event was open to all ages and we had 63 in attendance, even with rain showers!
The grant also funded  purchases of new
books and videos about pollination, bees, butterflies and pollinators to add to the library collection. Still to come on Tuesday, July 29 at 10am is the Beetime Story time for children aged 3 to 5 accompanied by a caregiver,
one more Drop-In Art Session on Thursday, July 31 and in August the Library Art Gallery will feature Bee related art.


More about the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation: Founded by TD Bank Group in 1990, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
(TD FEF) is a national charity that funds environmental projects across Canada. With the support of more than 140,000 donors, TD FEF has provided more than $66 million to over 22,000 environmental projects and programs.


-Emily Leeson, Wolfville Library