Did you know that it's Jazz Appreciation Month? Whether you're an aficionado or getting started with jazz, the Austin Public Library has over 3,000 CDs and hundreds of books that you can absorb and pore over. You can also stream jazz tracks and albums from our Virtual Library with Freegal Music and American Song.
Have you tried out Brainfuse yet? If you have an Austin Public Library card, your access to online tutoring, homework help, and test prep is just a click away! Brainfuse has tutors available for learners of all ages from Monday - Sunday, 2 pm - 11 pm. It also has SkillSurfer with practice tests for exams such as the GED, SAT, ACT, and GRE.
Do you love listening to music? Now you can stream up to 3 hours of music per day and download 3 tracks per week with Freegal Music! Freegal has over 7 million songs and 5,000 music videos from thousands of popular artists in hundreds of musical genres. Apps are available for iOS and Android. The downloads are yours to keep!
Big things are afoot this month in our sleepy little burg. It seems as if the whole world is flocking to Austin to join the vanguard of music, film, education, and technology. But if the crowds, weather, or price of admission keeps you close to home for the next few weeks, check out the Virtual Library for streaming music, films and TV shows, online learning, and a good book to take refuge in.
Since adding the Travel Collection to the Virtual Library last March, I've been keeping an eye on which destinations are the most popular each month. It's both an exercise in vicarious living and a way to see that we're offering information on where you most want to go. The list is often the same, but occasionally there is a shake-up at the top.
After a cold, gray winter, it's invigorating to see signs of new, fresh things. While flowers aren't blooming and trees aren't budding yet, several of our favorite online resources have gotten a facelift. If you're a student preparing for a specific exam, a dedicated lifelong learner, or just want to explore something different, check out the following to feed your eyes and mind.
Comics Plus: Library Edition allows you to read thousands of digital graphic novels and comic books on your computer, tablet, smartphone, gaming systems, or any web-connected device! With an Austin Public Library card and an internet connection, you can check out up to 10 titles at a time for a 7-day period.
The Austin Public Library now has a subscription to NewsBank's America's News, where you can search and view articles from over 2,000 newspapers, including the Austin American-Statesman, the Dallas Morning News, and the Houston Chronicle. You can also access Acceda Noticias, which offers nearly 100 Spanish-language news sources in Spanish from the United States and around the world.
The Austin Public Library is thrilled to announce that we're launching Mango Languages, an online language learning program that offers courses for over 50 languages and 17 ESL options, including Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, and Pirate.
Yes, Pirate. You'll be swashbuckling in no time!
The Austin Public Library now provides access to Guide to Reference, reviews to the best reference sources in print and online. You'll be able to create and save lists and notes about the reviewed books and websites.