Monday, April 24, 2017

Computer Basics 1 & 2

Basic computer classes are available at the Library.

Our Basics 1 class will include learning to use the mouse to navigate, as well as hardware and software basics.

Basics 2 will cover the Drives, Windows 7, and Browsing the Internet.  If you would like to attend a class, call the library at 972-204-7770, or come by the second floor to signup.  Each class will last about 75 minutes.

All classes are PC/Windows

Basics 1   Friday, May 12,  10:30am 

Basics 2   Friday, June 2,  10:30am  
   (for the mouse-proficient student only)

If you are unsure of your level, try to complete the mousercise tutorial we use in Basics 1:
(or Google mousercise palm beach)

If you can complete this exercise easily, you may want to take the Basics 2 class.

Reading Challenge

Here's a reading challenge. Over the course of the show, Gilmore Girls, Rory Gilmore is seen reading 339 books. How many of these  have you read?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Best Graphic Novels for teen girls

Stevenson, Noelle. Nimona. A Finalist for the National Book Award in 2015, Nimona will appeal to pre-teen and teen girls who enjoy fantasy and adventure.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New Adult Fiction

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders is difficult to classify and has often been listed as genre-bending. One of the main character, Patricia, is a witch but the other character, Laurence, is a scientist trying to save the world from destruction.

All the Birds in the Sky contains magical realism, science fiction, and romance. A post-apocalyptic storm, artificial intelligence, and a ground-breaking project to create a wormhole give this novel an exciting edge.

Some of the themes in All the Birds in the Sky resemble the ones in Iain Pears' Arcadia--the ethical ramifications of creating a device that could repopulate the earth's inhabitants in another world. 

All the Birds in the Sky, though, is more tightly focused than Arcadia. It appeals to readers in their early twenties because it has elements of what Molly Wetta  calls "new adult" fiction. 

According to Wetta, new adult fiction follow teens "the summer after graduation, on into college, and beyond."

New adult fiction is often wildly inventive, with a focus on technology, relationships, and finding one's place in the world.

Other examples of fiction for new adults that Wetta lists are Rainbow Rowell's FanGirl and Stephanie Danler's Sweetbitter.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Newsbank Special Reports

Do you know about Newsbank's special reports? Special reports compile current magazine and newspaper articles about a certain topic.

For ex)

Newsbank's World Economics:

Learn how Brexit will affect the global economy, career and job trends, global economics and trade and many other topics.

To find Newsbank, go to Rockwall County Library's page,

Choose "Resources" on the left hand side.

Choose "Databases and Downloads."

Choose "Newsbank Texas News," for articles about Texas and the full Newsbank database.

Questions? Ask a librarian for more information.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

April 5 is the Global Day of the Engineer!

Celebrate the Day of the Engineer by checking out these titles from Rockwall County Library. 

Ceceri, Kathy. Make: Making Simple Robots.

Dawson, Carol. Miles and Miles of Texas: 100 Years of the Texas Highway Department. 

Dollin, Eric Jay. Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse. 

King, Ross. Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture. 

Modern Marvels [DVD]

Ressler, Stephen. Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life. [Kit] 6 videodiscs.

Steltzer, Adam. The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High-Stakes Innovation.

Cool engineering projects:

Friday, March 24, 2017

Writing contest for Texas youth

Every year the Texas Book Festival sponsors a contest for young writers, grades 7-12. This year the contest is called the 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest (theme to be determined). 

Here are some titles that will interest budding writers:

Ganeri, Anita. Adventure Stories.

Hanley, Victoria. Seize the Story: A Handbook For Teens Who Like To Write. 

Levine, Gail Carson. Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink.

Levine, Gail Carson. Writing Magic: Creating Fiction That Flies.

Llanas, Sheila Griffin. Picture Yourself Writing Fiction.

For more information,

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