Friday, July 22, 2011

Database Access On The Go!

Have you ever been away from your computer and suddenly found yourself needing the answer to a reference question? Or wanted to listen to a downloaded Ebook while waiting in line at the grocery store? How about practicing your language learning skills while sipping your morning coffee at the local cafe? Well, now you can do all of these things by using library database apps on your smartphone or other mobile device! You can guarantee that there will be more of these coming out in the future, but for now, check out what you already have access to through the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and some of our database providers.

Mango Mobile - Mango Languages Library Edition on the go!

Available on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, this free mobile language app gives you access to all of the languages and features available through the library in the palm of your hand!

OverDrive eMedia Console - OverDrive downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks on the go!

Available on the iPhone/iPad, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7, this free app will give you access to all of the titles available for download through the AFPLS collection. Anytime, anywhere access for all your favorite titles!

EbscoHost - EBSCO online research databases on the go!

Available on the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, BlackBerry, Android Smartphones, Windows Smartphones, Dell Axim, Palm and Pocket PC this mobile research tool will give users all of the functionality of the databases that AFPLS has in its EBSCO collection. Popular research databases such as Academic Search Complete and MasterFile Premier can now be easily searched anytime and anywhere!

GALE Access My Library - GALE online research databases on the go!

Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android, this mobile research app uses GPS technology to locate libraries within a 10 mile radius of the user, then gives the user free and unlimited access to that library's GALE resources without even needing a library card number. Access library systems in other states while traveling!

We hope you will take advantage of these mobile tools and will take your library with you everywhere you go!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

National Black Arts Festival

The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) is one of the premier national and international presenters of the culture, music and art of people of African descent. Their mission is to "engage, cultivate and educate diverse audiences about the arts and culture of the African Diaspora and provide opportunities for artistic and creative expression."

The NBAF summer festival is now in full swing and will last through July 17, 2011, with many exhibits and shows running throughout the rest of the summer. Various events will be held during this time throughout the city of Atlanta celebrating visual art, music, dance, theatre and film produced by artists of African heritage. You can even celebrate with the library by checking out these exhibits and workshops at the Auburn Avenue Research Library.

For a complete listing of all dates and times of events, visit the NBAF website and view their calendar.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Still Time for Summer Reading!

Summer is about half over but you still have time to sign your children-or yourself!-up for Summer Reading 2011. You have until August 1 to get yourselves signed up and reading. Children, grades 5 and below, have to read 10 books to qualify. Teens, grades 6-12, have to read 5 and Adults just need to read. If you think you can do that then get yourself over to your nearest branch and sign up. If you are reading anyway, might as well get yourself in the running for prizes and free food!

Questions? Ask at your local AFPLS library.