The case against e-readers: Why reading paper books is better for your mind.

The case against e-readers: Why reading paper books is better for your mind. – The Washington Post.

The 10 Best Book-Related Instagram Accounts

From our friends at the New York Public Library

The 10 Best Book-Related Instagram Accounts | The New York Public Library.

Organize Leveled Reading Lists With Book Wizard Mobile

Kudos to our Friends at Free Technology for Teachers: Organize Leveled Reading Lists With Book Wizard Mobile.

Book Wizard is a Scholastic service that allows you to create and organize book lists according to reading levels and students’ interests. Book Wizard Mobile is a free iPad, iPhone, and Android app that you can use to scan a book’s barcode to quickly discover its lexile measurement, grade level equivalent, and guided reading level. Within the app you can create book lists and edit the existing book lists that you have created in your teacher profile.



Site of the Week | Great Websites for Kids

Site of the Week | Great Websites for Kids.

Best Pinterest Boards for Bookish Types – BOOK RIOT

Best Pinterest Boards for Bookish Types – BOOK RIOT. Library Edition

The gold standard in genealogy research, Ancestry Library Edition can lead you to detailed information on your forebears, both here in the U.S. and overseas.  It goes well beyond the information available on free websites, to include billions of records in census data, births and deaths, directories, photos, and more.  The intuitive user interface allows you to enter however much information you have about a person, and can even accommodate alternate spellings of names.

As the name implies, Ancestry Library Edition is only available through your library – and in fact, it can only be used on computers in the library.  So come on down to one of our branches and try it out!

Download Top 40 music for free from the library!

Did you know that you can download and keep free music from the library with your library card?  That’s right:  every week, you can download 3 songs, completely free, with your library card, including:

  • Adele 21 (Rolling in the Deep, Set Fire to the Rain, Someone Like You)
  • Call Me Maybe/ Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Scream/ Usher
  • What makes you beautiful and One Thing/ One Direction
  • Want you back/ Cher Lloyd

Ready to get started?  Go grab your library card, watch our tutorial, and then login at:


There’s Nothing like Cajun Music

There’s Nothing like Cajun Music –to get you movin’. Download free songs from the Louisiana Live from Mountain Stage albums on Freegal Music™.   Great for dancing is BeauSoleil’s Menage: A Trois Reels, Sonny Landreth’s Shooting for the Moon, or either Johnny Can’t Dance or the Two Step Mamou by Wayne Toups. This MP3-format music from the Sony Music Entertainment Catalog is easy to access and download without having to download any software –There is a limit of 3 downloads per week per patron card with sample clips you can listen to before downloading: Click “Collections” tab from the library’s website. Select “Downloadable eBooks, Audio & Music”. Choose Freegal Music.  Type in “BeauSoleil” in the Search box to see these albums. Click either album for a list of songs.

Have an “Imagination Building” Storytime at home!

    BookflixHave anImagination Building” Storytime at home!  Let your little ones watch, read and learn with these videos & books from BookFLIX™:

Goldilocks and the Three Bears // A Garden Full of Sizes -a Rookie Read About Math® book (5-8)),

Chicken Little // What Is Gravity? –a Rookie Read About Science® book (1-4), and

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble // Rock Collecting (25-28) ) —just 3 pairs of the fiction video storybooks // nonfiction books under the Imagination tab on  BookFLIX™ found 24/7 on the our Website’s Kid’s Page! 

Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC), a comprehensive guide to automotive repair

Do you need to repair your automobile, or someone else’s, or check service bulletins and recalls? Or maybe just learn more about the workings of your vehicle?

Check out our Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC), a comprehensive guide to automotive repair and reference information, on our website.   If you are accessing the database remotely, you’ll be asked for your 14-digit Patron ID (library card number). Just enter that number, without spaces, in the field provided; for example, 22214000000000.

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ARRC includes millions of drawings, step-by-step photographs, technical service bulletins and recalls, enhanced wiring diagrams, specs and maintenance schedules, diagnostic information, and more.

Check it out for yourself.  It’s free and available 24/7 at our website.

ARRC is provided to Maryland Public Library patrons through the SAILOR project.