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.
You or a loved one may be the recipient of a shiny new tech toy this holiday season. It's common to experience some stress and anxiety while learning how to use a new gadget. It can be even more stressful if a friend or family member tries to pitch in. Atomic Training can help with how-to tutorials for the latest devices.
Thanks to the Texas State Library's TexShare program, you now have access to two online historical archives: American Indian Histories and Cultures, and The American West. These resources are useful for school projects, armchair historians, lesson planners, and serious researchers. They're full of primary sources and rare images to browse or search.
Have you ever wanted to find information on a subject but you didn't know where to start? Are you unsure if the best answers will be in a book, magazine, film, or encyclopedia? If searching the catalog or databases separately isn't getting you the results you need, try our Research Catalog, formerly known as Findit Plus.