CHECK THE ADULT OR CHILDREN EVENTS SECTIONS FOR INFORMATION ON UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS
AMAZON LINK ON WEBPAGE
If you are going to order from Amazon.com, please start by clicking on the Amazon link on our webpage. If you use that link to go to your account, we will get a 5% return on your purchase. It will not cost you anything or add to the cost of the item by your using our link. This is a great way to support the Library while doing something you were going to do anyway ! If enough people use the link our return percentage can go all the way up to 15 %. So, if you are shopping on Amazon for items or even e-books for your kindle or iPad, please use our link!!!
OLDER ADULTS TECHNOLOGY CLASSES
We are starting a series of technology classes for older adults ( 50+) beginning in October. Our December class will cover information about setting up and using a Facebook account. We have added a second Facabook class because of the hugh demand. The December date will be determined soon.
Future classes will include Word, Excel, Using Apple devices ( Iphone, Ipad, Ipod), Downloading ebooks and audiobooks, Desktop publishing, Internet use, EBay and other technology. All classes will be at the library annex and are offered free of charge. Click here to see the flyer
EVENTKEEPER CALENDAR NOW ON WEBPAGE
We have added a Calendar of Events to the webpage. The calendar lists both adult and children's events. It is on the home page and you simply click on the calendar picture to get to the listings. All information is listed from time and date to contact person. There will also be weekly staff picks or links to our wowbrary page of new items that came in the past week.
SUMMER READING LISTS AVAILABLE FOR 2013
Click here to go to the summer reading list page. Lists are available for Vernon Schools and Cheney Tech.
SUMMER MOVIE SERES TO BEGIN AGAIN
We will be starting our Summer Movie Series on June 25, 2013. THe first movie in the series will be Argo which chronicles the covert operation that rescued six Americans from Iran during the hostage crisis thirty -three years ago. The movie is based on the book " The Master of Disguise" by Tony Mendez.
The movies will be shown on Tuesday nights at 6:00 PM at the library annex ( 46 Union Street). (BECAUSE OF JULY IN THE SKY, THE MOVIE THAT WEEK WILL BE ON MONDAY JULY 1)The theme for this year is "Great Books to Great Movies". The series will go from June 25 to September 10. To see the complete list click here to go to our events page.
NEW- MP3 AUDIOBOOKS AVAILABLE
If you use MP3 discs to load audiobboks into itunes or you have an MP3 disc player, we now have a small selection of MP3 audiobooks at RPL. The discs will also play on your computer. They will NOT play in a regular CD player. The advantage of MP3 discs is that you get the entire book on one disc, not 8-12 separate discs. We are testing the circulation of these audiobooks to see how popular they are. If they get significant circulation we will purchase more titles.
NEW ITEMS ARE STILL COMING IN DURING CONSTRUCTION!
We have heard that there is a rumor going around that we are not getting new items in while under construction. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH! During 2012 we got 1500 new books, 160 new audiobooks, 360 DVD's, 285 large print books and 55 music CD's. In January this year we have added 65 new books, 13 new audiobooks, 16 new DVD's, 15new large print books and 9 new music CD's. If you are interested in seeing what new items come in, sign up for Wowbrary by clicking on the icon on the home page.
Simply click on the Wowbrary link and sign up to get the email notifications. As new items are cataloged they get added to the weekly Wowbrary list.Whenever you spot something of interest, you'll be able to click instantly, reserve it, and check it out at your convenience*. And of course, like everything else in the library, this service is free!
* mutli disc movie series are not always available to reserve on Wowbrary. You may need to go to the library catalog to put a hold on these movies.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A DIFFERENT SIGN UP THAN THE EMAIL NOTIFICATION-YOU MUST SIGN UP SEPARATELY FOR WOWBRARY
HOW TO ACTIVATE YOUR CHECKOUT HISTORY
If you would like to keep a history of which books you have checked out or of the holds that have come to RPL for you, click here for the instructions, including pictures of the webpages. You will need Adobe reader to open the instructions. Copies are also available at the library circulation desk.
You must log into your account from our webpage to begin. Once activated any books you check out after that time will be included in your history. For holds, the history will show all holds that came even if you were unable to pick them up.
STAFF MOVING OFF SITE
Effective Monday, July 9 the administrative staff of the library will be moving to 25 Union Street, Suite 5 because of the anticipated beginning of the new construction. This building is the first glass front office after the Congregational Church or the last one coming from the library on the same side of the street.
These are the new phone numbers for staff:
Donna Enman, Director, 860-871-4956
Sharon Redfern, Head of Circulation, Technology & Grants,
Business Office ( Anna), 860-871-4949
Interlibrary Loans (Jan), 860-871-4964
Karen Adamson, Development Coordinator, 860-871-4954
UNIVERSAL CLASS LIVE ON WEBPAGE
RPL patrons can click on the Universal Class button and sign up for a class in one of 500 different topics. There are classes in Accounting, Career training, Cooking, Crafts and hobbies, GED training, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Math, Office Skills, Technology, Real Estate, Spiritual Studies, and many more. You must have an email address for the class instructor to reach you but that is the only requirement. Some classes are worth up to 3.5 CEU's and all are free to RPL patrons. You have 6 months to complete the class and have access 24/7. Patrons can sign up for up to five classes at one time.
Click here for the listing of all topic and classes.
A new button has been added to the home page for an online database called eSequels. This program is an online search tool for series fiction. There are several ways you can search for your favorite fiction series; Author, Title, Character, Location, Subject, or Keyword. Each entry begins with author information including pseudonyms, style, similar authors and websites when available. Each series is described, then each title is listed- in the correct reading order!. Each title gives a plot summary or brief description. There is also a searchable list of authors and titles arranged alphabetically.
All you need to do is click on the eSequels button and put your RPL card number in and you age good to go!
HOW TO USE OVERDRIVE CLASS
Learn to use Overdrive to download ebooks or audiobooks. Click on the word ADULT above to get more information.
DOWNLOADABLE EBOOKS NOW WORK WITH KINDLE
If you have Amazon's Kindle eReader, you can now take advantage of the Overdrive collection of downloadable ebooks. This collection of free ebooks can be accessed by clicking on the Overdive button on the Home page of the website. Information on how to download books is available on the Overdive page by clicking on the Quick Start Link.
IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT THE LIBRARY CATALOG
RPL has a new catalog system!
To access your new online account, you will need to use your library card number as your user name. Your default password will be the last four digits of your phone number. You will be prompted to change your password the first time you log in.
The new catalog features a simple-to-use basic search and a robust advanced search. Placing holds will no longer require entering your library card for each hold. Accessing the resources of the other libraries in our network has been streamlined, so the materials of over 50 other public libraries are a click away.
If you have your email address on file with the library, you will automatically get alerts when your items are about to be due. You will also get hold notices and overdue notices in your email.
ENJOY DOWNLOADABLES ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE
Download titles directly to your mobile device with the FREE Overdrive Media Console app. You can install the app from our web button, from the Apple App Store, or from the Android Market. Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users can use the "Get books" option in the app, and search for RPL by name or zip code. Once there you can browse for a title, check out with your information, or download the title.
PEABODY MUSEUM PASS NOW AVAILABLE
A pass for the Peabody Museum has been donated by a RPL patron and the Friends of RPL. The Peabody Museum is located at 170 Whitney Avenue, at the corner of Sachem Street, one block north of Trumbull Street. The museum is part of Yale University and has many intersting exhibits both permanent and temporary.
Full of touchable specimens and hands-on activities, the Discovery Room also houses interesting live animals from both around the world and right in your own backyard — endangered poison dart frogs from South America, giant hissing cockroaches from Madagascar, tropical leaf-cutter ants form Trinidad, a bearded dragon from Australia, and harmless eastern milk and rat snakes from New England. Other permanent exhibits include the Hall of Minerals, Earth and Space, the Hall of Native American Cultures, and a life-sized bronze statue of the dinosaur Torosaurus latus among many others.
CONNECTICUT OLD STATE HOUSE PASS NOW AT RPL
A pass for the Old State House in Hartford, CT is now available at RPL. The pass admits two adults and two children for free.
The Old State House is open from 10:00-5:00;Monday through Friday. Parking tickets can be validated so parking will be $5.00. Click on the ADULT button above , go to museum passes, and click on CT Old State House to be directed to their website for more information.
NEW BORROWING PERIODS EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 4, 2010
All 88 libraries in the Bibliomation system are standardizing their borrowing periods in anticipation of a new computer system next year.
Museum passes will change from 2 to 3 days with no renewal, Regular, Classic, and TV Series DVDs/Videos will change from 3 days to 7 days with no renewal. There will still be a limit of 3. Non Fiction DVD's/Videos ( exercise, travel, documentary) will change from 7 days to 14 days with no renewal.
Magazines will change from 21 days to 14 days with 1 renewal. New Books will change from 21 days to 14 days with 1 renewal. Older books and books on CD or Cassette will stay at 21 days with 1 renewal.
Summer reading books primarily in children's will be 14 days with no renewal.
These changes are necessary to reduce costs when we convert to the new system. Standardizing borrowing periods means less programming needs to be done for the change and money can go to books and materials for you, the patrons. The system we currently use will no longer be available after next year and we are preparing now for the conversion so library functions will be disrupted as little as possible. Thank you for your patience with the changes.
ANCESTRY. COM AVAILABLE IN LIBRARY
Ancestry.com, a genealogy search site is now available to Rockville Public Library patrons. In order to use the program, you must use either one of our internet computers or your own laptop which is Wi-Fi enabled in the library. Ancestry.com does not allow remote users so it is not accessible from our website. When you come into the library, ask at the Circulation desk for the website to access the program.
Ancestry® Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by Ancestry.com, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the UK, Europe, Australia, and more.
Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist, or historian—inside the more than 7,000 available databases. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.
And, with ongoing updates and new content always being added, you’ll keep coming back to discover more. Popular and recently added collections include:
U.S. collections deliver hundreds of millions of names from sources such as federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records.
Canadian collections provide nearly 60 million records from the Census of Canada; and key vital records, such as the Drouin Collection (1621-1967), which includes nearly 30 million baptism, marriage, and burial records from Quebec.
U.K. collections offer censuses for England, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and Scotland, with nearly 200 million records; Births and Baptisms (1834-1906), Marriage Licenses (1521-1869), Deaths and Burials (1834-1934), and Poor Law Records (1840-1938) in London; and more.
Other international collections continue to grow with more than 46 million records from German census, vital records, emigration indexes, ship lists, phone directories, and more; Chinese surnames in the large and growing Jiapu Collection of Chinese lineage books; Jewish family history records from Eastern Europe and Russia; and more.
Military collections deliver over 150 million records containing information often not found elsewhere; and includes records from the colonial to the Vietnam era.
Multimedia collections deliver millions of files ranging from family and gravestone photos to postcards and newsreels.
All this, plus an intuitive search interface, detailed search indexes, and helpful Learning Center tools, makes Ancestry Library Edition an indispensible resource for any library serving genealogists and historians.
If you have an email address and want to get your
notifications by email, please stop by the library and give us the information
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Email notifications will go out
for overdue books, requests that have come in from other libraries, books on
hold and advance notification of book due dates 2 days prior to the date. Email addresses are for the library's use only- no one else will have access to them nor will they be shared with anyone outside of the library. By using email, the library reduces costs of mailing notices and saves money that can be used for more materials for the community!!
No other email will be sent so no worries about spam!!
MANGO LANGUAGE PROGRAM
The Mango Language program is now live on the Rockville Library Website. In order to use the program you will need to enter your Rockville Library barcode after you click on the Mango logo on the home page. . This is new as the barcode was not needed during the trial period. For more information about Mango in English click here. For information in Spanish click here
HAVE FUN AND SAVE MONEY WITH MUSEUM PASSES
The Friend's of RPL have purchased passes for free or reduced admission to many Connecticut and nearby state's attractions. Passes may be checked out with an adult RPL library card and kept for two days. Click on the ADULT link and on MUSEUM PASSES for a complete list with details of what the pass covers. Clicking on the attraction name will bring you to their website. Passes cannot be reserved and are limited to one at a time per family.
DOWNLOADABLE AUDIOBOOKS AND EBOOKS NOW AVAILABLE!!
with a Rockville Library Card can now browse, checkout and download audio books and
selected ebooks from our website.
Click on the link on the home page and you will go to the Bibliomation Virtual
Library Branch. Titles can be read on a Windows or Mac computer, Nook, Sony
Reader, iPod, Smartphone and other devices with the free software you download
at the site. Some titles can be burned to CD and listened to on a portable CD
player. Tutorials for first time users are available on the Bibliomation site.
Music and DVD's are not available for download at this time.