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The Resolution Enforcer

UPDATE: THE PRIZE IS CLAIMED! Watch for next month's fun pack which will likely have to do with Valentine's Day. 

The first fun pack of the New Year is on offer! Be the first to call 512.974.7400, option 1, and ask for The Resolution Enforcer, and you will win the pedometer (yellow!) and the drink/snack holder pictured at left. But that’s not all! Included in the prize package are books (to check out—you’ll need your library card) aimed at helping you to eat less sugar. 

Why sugar? Well, while the library cannot endorse, recommend, advise, direct, or nag our customers to take up any eating regime--we’re librarians, not nutritionists--we can tell you about publishing trends, and the latest diet books seem in large part to be fingering SUGAR as the layer-on of the fat.

Astronomy on Tap

If you’re in the neighborhood tonight, come out to Easy Tiger (709 E 6th St.) to Astronomy on Tap at 7:30 PM. Your Austin Public Library will be there with enticing astronomy-related library materials to check out, library-card applications to fill out, and you’ll hear astronomers speak who have interesting facts about the universe to give out. They’ll be talking about distant galaxies, and alien worlds, measuring the positions of stars with the Hubble, and beer. 

Isaac Asimov

I recently inherited the third-floor (downtown) science collection, the 500s, and I’m conflicted about Isaac Asimov’s books. I’ll give you an example: Here’s a picture of Realm of Numbers, copyright 1959, a skinny paperback edition published in 1981.

Fall Foliage

Are you too busy with school and holidays to take a drive in the country to see our Texas trees turning color? Sure, it isn’t New England, but we have some maples and oaks and golden sweetgum that put on a show.

Spare Heir

Who can resist clicking on a picture of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, especially now that another baby’s on the way? Isn’t it lovely that we get to enjoy such a well-behaved, well-groomed, fashionable family without having to pay their upkeep? And didn’t Prince George hold up his end of the toddler-down-under tour to Australia and New Zealand last spring?

If you’re fascinated by royals, you can keep abreast of their doings and trace their lineages through books we have in the history section of the library. Here are but a few:

The Game is On


I’ve posted three blogs now on how to find things in our databases, but those were simple searches. The other day I wanted something a bit harder to find. You want to give it a try? It involves the Google.

So I’m surfing the Sherlock/Cumberbatch portion of the internet (which gets larger by the hour), and I come across a copy of the saturday review for sale on ebay for $16, and because Amanda Abbington and Martin Freeman are on the cover, somebody might actually pay for this well-thumbed yellowing newsprint.

My "For Later" Shelf Can Beat Up Your "For Later" Shelf

Are you using the For Later shelf? Do you know how it works? Need some instruction? Here’s a link to a page we call How to Use the Catalog; you’ll find the following link there: Learn more about shelves. (Some library lingo is ambiguous, but these are a couple of aptly named pages.)   

Let me tell you about the For Later shelf because it’s my favorite feature of bibliocommons, in fact, since I usually end up there anyway, I’m getting in the habit of starting at the For Later page.



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