Managing your checkouts and holds from the Library just got easier! We've integrated many of the functions from our regular Catalog with our OverDrive catalog so you can see your checkouts and holds in one place, regardless of format. You can also checkout, download, and place holds on OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks directly from the Catalog.
The last Bruddah has died. Tom Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, was arguably the brains behind one of the most influential bands in rock n' roll. He played drums on their first three albums, produced several others, and shaped the "stoopid" outcasts from Queens into a cultural force that spawned punk rock and put CBGB's on the map.
It's no secret that tablets, smartphones, and all sorts of mobile devices are exploding in popularity. To maximize that powerful computer in your hand, check out the apps and mobile sites available through the Austin Public Library.
I've been in a comics rut lately, just sticking to authors I already know well, and only reading series that I'm acquainted with. To get some ideas for new titles, I went to Comics Plus and browsed around.
Oh, statistics! Just say the word and folks start to yawn, their eyes glaze over. But there are some fascinating stories hidden inside those numbers. Did you know that ice cream consumption has decreased since 1980? An average American ate 16.4 pounds in that year, but only ate 13.3 lbs. in 2010. The rate of cheese eating, however, has nearly doubled, from 17.2 pounds in 1980 to 33.2 lbs. in 2010. While I adore cheese, it makes me sad that ice cream is falling in popularity.
Kids and teens have a new place to go online! We’re thrilled to launch the Kids and Teens eReading Room, a portal for young people of all ages to access eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming videos. Whether you need a book for school or are waiting for the next installment in your favorite series, the Kids and Teens eReading Room will help you find it and download it quickly.
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.