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.
If you think that 2 weeks isn't enough time to finish that book you've downloaded, you'll be happy to hear that OverDrive now offers a Renew feature for eBooks and eAudiobooks. The Renew option becomes available on your Bookshelf three days before the title is scheduled to expire.
The world of music was rocked this weekend, but not in a good way. "Godfather of Punk" Lou Reed died at the age of 71. His 50 year career started with founding the Velvet Underground, one of the most influential bands in rock n' roll. As Brian Eno sort of said, the first Velvet Underground record only sold 30,000 copies, but everyone who bought one started a band.
Are you stressed about taking the SAT or ACT? Don't freak out, find help at the Austin Public Library. We have online tutoring, practice tests, downloadable eBooks, and more!
We all want to know about other people, whether it's a favorite writer, an entertainer on TV, or someone from the depths of history. We might want the full scoop for gossip, or we're doing a school report on a famous person, or we just need an old-fashioned address to mail an old-fashioned letter. While Google or Wikipedia will sometimes do the trick, there are plenty of times when you need more detailed and definitive information about people.