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Friday, November 14, 2014

eRead Illinois and Your Tablet

If you’re a tablet owner and long-time user of our OverDrive eMediaLibrary ebook service, you’ve likely become an old pro at using the OverDrive Media Console app, but have you hit a stumbling block with eRead Illinois? It’s worth it to stick it out and make it work for you. The key is to stay focused on what you want to do, and not get distracted by all the other options. Remember that these services are set up to accommodate many different users on many different devices. Just look through the help materials and identify your device, and follow the specific instructions step-by-step.

One of the things that seems to throw people off is the option of choosing between the axisReader and Blio apps, which are available for both iOS and Android. Since most of the books are available for both apps, the choice is really up to you. It’s mostly about personal preference, but in our experience the axisReader app is most like the OverDrive app in its basic functionality, but the Blio app is better at displaying and interacting with graphic-intensive books, like children’s picture books, graphic novels, and cook books.

A special note to Kindle Fire users... Some of you have expressed reservations about having to allow your device to install non-Amazon apps. Having tried it, we can assure you there is nothing to fear, and you can reset your device to block further installations after you’ve finished. Remember your Kindle Fire is basically an Android device with an Amazon layer on top, so this process, known as “side loading,” is perfectly safe and poses little risk to your device. But if we haven’t convinced you, there should be an axisReader app available on the Amazon App Store very soon…

As usual, if you have any questions, stop by the Reference Desk, and we’ll be happy to help!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Great Big Thank You

Thank you to the 2014 Model Railroad Showcase Donors & Supporters!

Everyone had a great time at this year's Showcase thanks to the hard work and support of these donors and exhibitors:

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Celebrate Trains at the Model Railroad Showcase

If you love model trains then Roselle Public Library's Model Railroad Showcase is the place to be on Saturday, November 1 & Sunday, November 2. It's an entire weekend of model railroading at the Library!

  • Layouts operated by The Midwest Division of Train Collectors Association, The Northwest Trainmasters, The British Train Society, and The Illinois Railway Museum
  • Exhibits and collections from The Milwaukee Road Historical Association and The Chicago and North Western Historical Society
  • Running layouts operated by Roselle hobbyists
  • Learn about train and railroad crossing safety from Metra representatives
  • Train crafts for kids, refreshments and door prizes

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Aussie Film Fest 10/25/2014

As part of our On the Same Page: The Light Between Oceans celebration during the month of October, on Saturday the 25th, the Roselle Public Library will host an all-day Aussie Film Fest, showcasing some of the world class cinema that has come out of Australia. (To be held in the Library Atrium, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., light refreshments will be served.)

During the festival we will be offering both a hand-picked selection of landmark Australian films and a "Viewers' Choice" of popular titles.

For U.S. film buffs, Peter Weir was really the first major Australian director that most of us learned about. Movies like Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave, Gallipoli, and The Year of Living Dangerously alerted the world that Australian film-making was worthy of a global audience. The names of some of his later Hollywood films would probably be familiar even to casual movie watchers: Witness, The Mosquito Coast, Green Card, and Dead Poet's Society.

As American audiences have discovered over the years, Australian film encompasses every genre. We thought we'd seen most of the more celebrated films of the last few decades, but there were plenty of new discoveries for us as we prepared for this event, including a delightful and uniquely Australian story, The Castle, directed by Rob Sitch.

Below are brief trailers for some of the films we've been watching in preparation for our festival.

Gallipoli, 1981, dir. Peter Weir
Gallipoli depicts the personal stories of two Australian sprinters caught up in the famous World War I battle fought in Turkey.

Picnic at Hanging Rock, 1975, dir. Peter Weir
Based on a true story, this film dramatizes the unexplained disappearance of a group of Australian school girls during a picnic in the Outback.

The Castle, 1997, dir.Rob Sitch
The Castle is a comedy about a Melbourne family's fight to remain in their home in the face of an expansion of their local airport.

Below are some examples of Australian movies available on DVD in our catalog. Click on the images to see their complete listings.

Muriel's Wedding The Sapphires The road from Coorain Rabbit-proof fence Shine Australia

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Low Vision Resources at the Library

AT ROSELLE PUBLIC LIBRARY YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE LATEST BEST SELLERS … IN LARGE PRINT Roselle Public Library offers many current best sellers in large print format. Library users with low vision or, just those of us who find large type easier for late night reading, can stop by the Library and discover what’s new in the Large Print collection. You can contact Adult Services at 630.529.1641 ext. *211 for more information about the Large Print collection.

DID YOU KNOW THE LIBRARY OWNS A VIDEO MAGNIFIER FOR LOW VISION PATRONS? Now low vision residents can read, view pictures and complete written business documents with the help of a 22 inch HD Video Magnifier, a generous donation from the Roselle Lions Club. For more information about this literacy tool and other low vision resources that the Roselle Public Library provides for the community, contact the Adult Services Department at 630-529-1641 ext. *211 or check our website.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Be A Savvy Consumer--Take Advantage of Great Programs & Speakers at the Library

In September the Library is offering several free programs of interest to savvy consumers:

Medicare Open Enrollment will soon be here! On Monday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. insurance expert David Wylly details what Medicare covers, what it doesn't, and the options for additional coverage. Medicare Supplements, Part D Drug Prescription coverage, and Advantage Plans, will also be discussed in the Medicare 101 seminar.

John Pankau
Don’t Sign On the Dotted Line -- understanding contracts and leases is incredibly important. A lot of people just sign on the dotted line, or check the “I agree” box without actually reading the contract. Attorney John Pankau will discuss key points to look out for when signing a contract or a lease, with a particular concentration in common landlord/tenant disputeson Tuesday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library meeting room.

Get Ready for Hallowe'en -- Discover the Haunted Side of Chicago! Get your "ghost" on with a virtual tour of Ghosts, Ghouls & Goblins -- Haunted Chicago! Tour guide Clarence Goodman return to the Library on Tuesday, September 30, at 7:00 p.m. to get us all set for Hallowe'en next month!

Call 630.529.1641 to register for these programs or register online through the Library Events Calendar. Programs take place in the Library meeting rooms.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Men's Book Discussion Goodreads Group

We're trying something new this year for the Men's Book Discussion Group--an online Goodreads group to supplement our conversation.

Some positives about having such a group, include:

  • The ability to share information about our books that might be useful for discussion purposes
  • The ability to exchange ideas with other group members before the formal discussion takes place
  • The possibility of having some form of interaction with the group in the event you cannot attend a particular meeting

Of course, we'd encourage you to come to the meetings in the Library of the Men's Book Discussion group, which meets monthly, September through May (excluding December), from 7-8 p.m. But if you're too busy to attend, we'd more than welcome your participation online, if that's all you have time for.

Visit the Adult Men's Book Discussion Group on Goodreads

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