EVPL Communities: professor.knowsitall@evpl's Blog Postshttp://evpl.org/community/blogs/All of professor.knowsitall@evpl's blog posts on the EVPL Communities site.en-USCommunityServer 2008 SP1 (Build: 30619.63) <![CDATA[Encore catalog currently unavailable]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2013/01/08/encore-catalog-currently-unavailable.aspx Tue, 08 Jan 2013 08:40:00 G1T 2426 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2013/01/08/encore-catalog-currently-unavailable.aspx to post your comments!

Orange barrelThe Encore catalog is currently unavailable due to maintenance. Our Classic Catalog is still available.

The catalog search box on our webpages have been modified to search the Classic Catalog. Once Encore is back up, the search boxes will be switched back to search Encore.

Thanks for your patience as we work to restore Encore availability.

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<![CDATA[Service unavailability on Thursday, September 13, 2012]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2012/09/10/service-unavailability-on-thursday-september-13-2012.aspx Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:28:00 G9T 2407 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2012/09/10/service-unavailability-on-thursday-september-13-2012.aspx to post your comments!

Orange construction barrelA number of services at EVPL locations and on our website will be unavailable most of the day Thursday, September 13 due to system maintenance.

Unavailable Services 
Classic Catalog, Encore, & Mobile Catalog Checkouts of eBooks or downloadable audiobooks
Freegal Music Self-Checkout Stations
MediaBank DVD Dispenser Creating new cards
Checkout without a physical library card Account activities: paying fines, editing info, placing holds
Account lookup Certain databases: Books 24x7, Digital Sanborn Maps, LitFinder, Million Dollar Database, & Value Line Research Center

The following services will still be available.

Available Services 
Most of the EVPL website Most databases
Browsing OverDrive & Axis 360 collections In-library public computers with internet access
Checkout at the desk with a physical library card

The maintenance is expected to take most of the day. We appreciate your patience during the downtime and apologize for any inconvenience it may cause.

If you have questions, feel free to submit them below or call any EVPL location.

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<![CDATA[Additional titles added to Axis 360 eBooks]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/08/08/additional-titles-added-to-axis-360-ebooks.aspx Wed, 08 Aug 2012 11:22:00 G8T 2405 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/08/08/additional-titles-added-to-axis-360-ebooks.aspx to post your comments!

Additional titles have been added to our Axis 360 eBook collection! Popular reads, such as the following, are now available:

The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly Bossypants by Tina Fey The Confident Woman Devotional by Joyce Meyer Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks Sin Undone by Larissa Ione

View all of the additional titles...

These additional titles, as well as all eBooks in our Axis 360 collection, are accessible through your Blio app or our Downloads page at evpl.org/downloads. Compatible devices include PC, Android, and iOS.

These titles are part of a test eBook partnership between EVPL and Hachette Book Group.

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<![CDATA[Support EVPL & save money with a free home energy assessment]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2012/07/26/support-evpl-amp-save-money-with-a-free-home-energy-assessment.aspx Thu, 26 Jul 2012 09:51:00 G7T 2399 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2012/07/26/support-evpl-amp-save-money-with-a-free-home-energy-assessment.aspx to post your comments!

Energizing Indiana logoWith the record-breaking temps we've had this summer, many are looking for ways to reduce their utility bills.

Energizing Indiana offers free home energy assessments to those who apply. An Energy Advisor will visit your home to perform the assessment. You'll receive step-by-step guidance; energy saving products, such as CFL bulbs, low-flow faucet aerators & shower heads, and insulation for your water heater; and a comprehensive report detailing additional ways to make your home more energy efficient.

This service is free, and the library Foundation will receive $25 for every energy assessment conducted through EVPL. Reduce your energy costs while helping our library Foundation!

Apply Now

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AfkzcdHZ8k]

For information about our other environmental initiatives, visit www.evpl.org/goinggreen.

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<![CDATA[Central Library CLOSED until NOON on Wednesday, May 30]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2012/05/29/central-library-closed-until-noon-on-wednesday-may-30.aspx Tue, 29 May 2012 14:09:00 G5T 2387 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2012/05/29/central-library-closed-until-noon-on-wednesday-may-30.aspx to post your comments!

Central LibraryCentral Library will be closed until noon on Wednesday, May 30 due to air conditioning repair.  Central's hours will be 12:00pm - 9:00pm.

All other locations are unaffected and will open as usual.

Thank you for your understanding as we improve your library.

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<![CDATA[Let's get Evansville on the (Google) map!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2012/04/26/let-s-get-evansville-on-the-google-map.aspx Thu, 26 Apr 2012 09:31:00 G4T 2379 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2012/04/26/let-s-get-evansville-on-the-google-map.aspx to post your comments!

Evansville is one of 6 international finalists in Google's 2012 "Model Your Town Competition."

Evansville native Randall Crane created a 3D model of Evansville's downtown using Google SketchUp and Google Earth. Google selected Randall's model as one of 6 finalists from a pool of 200+ entries submitted worldwide.

It's now a popularity contest, with the public being able to vote for their favorite. The winner will receive a $25,000 prize for local schools from Google, Inc. The deadline for voting is May 1st, so let's get those votes in!

How to Vote

  1. Go to http://www.google.com/intl/en/sketchup/competitions/modelyourtown/vote.html.
  2. Select Evansville.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page & click the "Vote for this town" button.

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<![CDATA[Early voting for primary election available at EVPL locations]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2012/04/24/early-voting-for-primary-election-available-at-evpl-locations.aspx Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:25:00 G4T 2377 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2012/04/24/early-voting-for-primary-election-available-at-evpl-locations.aspx to post your comments!

"Vote" buttonEVPL will host early voting at Central Library and four branches prior to the primary election day on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.

Locations

  • Central Library - 2nd Floor Quiet Study Room
  • McCollough Branch
  • North Park Branch
  • Oaklyn Branch
  • Red Bank Branch

Dates

Monday, April 30, 2012 through Friday, May 4, 2012

Times

Monday - Thursday: Noon - 6:00pm
Friday: Noon - 5:00pm

Polls will close promptly at scheduled time. You must be registered to vote in Vanderburgh County to vote early at the library.

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<![CDATA[Harry Potter eBooks, downloadable audiobooks now available]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/03/30/harry-potter-ebooks-downloadable-audiobooks-now-available.aspx Fri, 30 Mar 2012 09:27:00 G3T 2368 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/03/30/harry-potter-ebooks-downloadable-audiobooks-now-available.aspx to post your comments!

Harry Potter eBooksHarry Potter eBooks & downloadable audiobooks are now available in our OverDrive collection!

  1. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone: eBook | MP3 Audiobook
  2. Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets: eBook | MP3 Audiobook
  3. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban: eBook | MP3 Audiobook
  4. Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire: eBook | MP3 Audiobook
  5. Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix: eBook | MP3 Audiobook
  6. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince: eBook | MP3 Audiobook
  7. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: eBook | MP3 Audiobook

Why did it take so long? The Harry Potter titles haven't been available in digital formats until now. They released to the general public on Tuesday, with availability to libraries starting yesterday.

Now that they're available in digital formats, will you be reading/re-reading these books?

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<![CDATA[SOPA & PIPA gaining attention after protest blackouts]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2012/01/18/sopa-amp-pipa-gaining-attention-after-protest-blackouts.aspx Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:51:00 G1T 2349 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2012/01/18/sopa-amp-pipa-gaining-attention-after-protest-blackouts.aspx to post your comments!

Google's homepage on 1/18/12With some websites (such as Google and Flickr) making statements today, along with other sites completely shutting down for the day (such as Wikipedia, reddit, and WordPress), the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) are gaining mainstream attention.

SOPA, in the U.S. House of Representatives, and PIPA, in the U.S. Senate, are bills are aimed at foreign websites that infringe copyrighted material.  The US Department of Justice would have the authority to block access to, as well as force advertisers to cease business with, an infringing site.  Search engines would also have to remove these sites from their search results.

Arguments against these bills (made by the tech giants named above, as well as eBay, Craigslist, Twitter, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and many more) claim that they're too vaguely written, they won't actually curb piracy, and that they could be applied to their own websites.  This is a big concern with sites that allow users to upload content, as the sites fear that they could be completely shut down due to infringing content that a single user might upload.

However, SOPA/PIPA supporters claim that things are being blown out of proportion.  Cary Sherman, CEO of the RIAA, has stated that there are safeguards in place to prevent false claims against sites.

This is an extremely basic look at SOPA & PIPA.  This post is intended to be an informative post, leading readers to additional/complete information; this is NOT an opinion piece.  Take a look at the additional info yourself, and if YOU have an opinion feel free to post it in the comments section!

More Information

  • Library of Congress: Read both the SOPA and PIPA bills in their entirety.
  • InfoWorld: "SOPA and PIPA: The pros and cons" article.
  • CNET News: "RIAA chief: Copyright bills won't kill the Internet" article.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context database: In this database, search for SOPA or PIPA for news, audio recordings, and magazine articles about these bills.
  • Stop American Censorship: AmericanCensorship.org, an anti-SOPA/PIPA site, provides infographics and videos about the bills.
  • SOPA Strike: A list of the websites striking and/or shutting down today in protest to SOPA/PIPA.

DISCLAIMER: These links are provided as a convenience, offering differing viewpoints.  The links are NOT an endorsement of these sites, nor the content contained within.

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<![CDATA[Early voting returns to EVPL libraries]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/10/11/early-voting-returns-to-evpl-libraries.aspx Tue, 11 Oct 2011 09:59:00 G10T 2330 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/10/11/early-voting-returns-to-evpl-libraries.aspx to post your comments!

"Vote" buttonEVPL will host early voting at Central Library and four branches prior to the municipal election day on November 8.

Locations

  • Central Library - 2nd Floor Quiet Study Room
  • North Park Branch - Adult Reading Tower
  • McCollough Branch
  • Oaklyn Branch
  • Red Bank Branch

Dates

Monday, October 17, 2011 through Friday, November 4, 2011

Times

Monday - Thursday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Polls will close promptly at scheduled time.

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<![CDATA[[UPDATE] North Park Branch now open]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/08/26/north-park-branch-opening-at-noon-on-thursday-august-25.aspx Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:15:00 G8T 2315 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/08/26/north-park-branch-opening-at-noon-on-thursday-august-25.aspx to post your comments!

As of 9:00am on Friday, August 26, North Park Branch has reopened to the public.

There is still a boil order in effect for the area, so water fountains will be unavailable.


Previous blog post, posted on Thursday, August 25 2011, 4:00pm.

North Park Branch will be closed until further notice due to a water shut off in the area.

We'll let you know as soon as it reopens.


Original blog post, posted on Wednesday, August 24 2011, 4:26pm.

Due to water main work in the area, North Park Branch won't open until noon on Thursday, August 25.

All other EVPL locations will be open regular business hours.

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<![CDATA[Red Bank Branch CLOSED June 20 - 22]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/06/16/red-bank-branch-closed-june-20-22.aspx Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:48:00 G6T 2300 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/06/16/red-bank-branch-closed-june-20-22.aspx to post your comments!

Red Bank BranchRed Bank Branch will be closed Monday, June 20 - Wednesday, June 22 for HVAC replacement.

During closing all Red Bank programs will move to West Branch Library.

  • To check-out and return items, visit West Branch (open until 8:00pm).
  • To use public computers, visit North Park Branch or Central Library.

Thank you for your understanding as we improve your library.

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<![CDATA[Earthquake Drill @ EVPL libraries on Tuesday]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/04/15/earthquake-drill-evpl-libraries-on-tuesday.aspx Fri, 15 Apr 2011 13:40:00 G4T 2286 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/04/15/earthquake-drill-evpl-libraries-on-tuesday.aspx to post your comments!

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOutThe EVPL will be participating in The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.  On Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 9:15am, all EVPL locations will be participating in this earthquake drill.

At the time of the drill, an audio broadcast will be played announcing the drill.  Staff and customers in the building at the time of the drill are encouraged to participate by doing the following:

  1. DROP down to the floor.
  2. Take COVER under sturdy furniture.
  3. HOLD on until the "shaking" stops.

The drill will last approximately 2 minutes.

The EVPL is participating in this earthquake drill to bring awareness to disaster preparedness in an effort to keep our staff and customers safe.

More Info

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<![CDATA[Early voting at EVPL libraries]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2010/09/28/early-voting-at-evpl-libraries.aspx Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:48:00 G9T 2209 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2010/09/28/early-voting-at-evpl-libraries.aspx to post your comments!

"Vote" buttonThe Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library will host early voting at five locations this year.  Early voting will take place three weeks prior to the November 2 general election.

Locations

  • Central Library - 2nd Floor Quiet Study Room
  • North Park Branch - Adult Reading Tower
  • McCollough Branch
  • Oaklyn Branch
  • Red Bank Branch

Dates

Monday, October 11 through Friday, October 29

Times

Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Polls will close promptly at closing time, regardless of the length of the line.

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<![CDATA[Website Unavailability on Tuesday, June 29]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2010/06/28/website-unavailability-on-tuesday-june-29.aspx Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:25:00 G6T 2171 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2010/06/28/website-unavailability-on-tuesday-june-29.aspx to post your comments!

Orange barrel!On Tuesday, June 29, shortly after closing at 9:00pm, the following sections of our website will be unavailable due to site maintenance:

These sections will be unavailable as we upgrade library software. New versions of our library software are released periodically, adding new functionality to our website & fixing issues users have encountered.

Immediately after the upgrade, our Classic Catalog will have a new & improved interface!  Other exciting new features are in the pipeline, so stay tuned.

We appreciate your patience during the downtime and apologize for any inconvenience it may cause.  If you have questions or comments, please submit them below!

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<![CDATA[UPDATED: Book Cart Drill Team competing in "Tri-State's Got Talent"; your help is needed!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/12/02/book-cart-drill-team-competing-in-quot-tri-state-s-got-talent-quot-your-help-is-needed.aspx Wed, 02 Dec 2009 15:35:00 G12T 1964 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/12/02/book-cart-drill-team-competing-in-quot-tri-state-s-got-talent-quot-your-help-is-needed.aspx to post your comments!

UPDATE (12/7/09 10:30AM): It turns out that the deadline for viewing was NOT Friday, December 4th, as originally stated.  The actual deadline is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18th.  So we still need your help!

Below is the original blog post, with corrections made in red.


The EVPL Book Cart Drill Team burst onto the scene last September at Central's 5th Anniversary Celebration.  With a complex routine based on Lord of the Rings, the EVPLBCDT wowed the crowds.  (Missed it? See the epic performance here!)

The EVPLBCDT has a new drill, based on Alice in Wonderland, and is currently competing in Tri-State's Got Talent!  We've uploaded our video entry to 14newstube.com, and we need YOU, our adoring fans, to watch it.  The top 10 videos, based on number of views, continue to the next round of qualifying, with the eventual winner earning a spot in The Really Big Show scheduled for February 13, 2010.  Help the EVPLBCDT simply by watching the video below, but hurry...the deadline for viewing is 11:59pm on THIS FRIDAY, December 4th FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18th.

EVPLBCDT's video entry
(Video will open in a new window. Direct link.)

And due to fan demand, we've filmed an EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK at the EVPLBCDT.  In this informative video, you'll get an up-close look at the team and find out more about the sport/art of professional book carting.

Thanks for your support and we hope to see you in February at The Really Big Show!

More Info

  • 14newstube.com: Check out videos from all Tri-State's Got Talent competitors, and vote on them with your views!
  • EvansvilleArc.org: Find out more about Tri-State's Got Talent and The Really Big Show.
  • YouTube.com: Check out these book-carting videos on YouTube...you may not think of librarians the same again!
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<![CDATA[Website Unavailability on November 12 & 13]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/11/12/website-unavailability-on-november-12-amp-13.aspx Thu, 12 Nov 2009 15:05:00 G11T 1937 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/11/12/website-unavailability-on-november-12-amp-13.aspx to post your comments!

Orange BarrelEncore, an online catalog we introduced in December 2008, is currently being upgraded!  There may be brief outages this afternoon while the upgrade is completed.

Shortly after closing on Friday, November 13, additional upgrades will be performed.  During that time, approximately 6:00pm to 10:00pm, the following sections of our website will be unavailable:

New versions of our library software are released periodically.  These upgrades add new functionality to our website & fix issues our users have encountered.

We appreciate your patience during the downtime and apologize for any inconvenience it may cause.

If you have questions or comments, please submit them below!

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<![CDATA[Changes to EVPL eNewsletters]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/10/01/changes-to-evpl-enewsletters.aspx Thu, 01 Oct 2009 13:17:00 G10T 1880 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/10/01/changes-to-evpl-enewsletters.aspx to post your comments!

eNewslettersFor several years, we've offered an assortment of eNewsletters.  On our eNewsletters page, patrons have subscribed to eNewsletters and received them via email.

Unfortunately, our content providers have discontinued the following eNewsletters:
  • BooksTV
  • Chapter-A-Day
  • Meet the Author
  • Meet the Illustrator
  • Pearl's Picks

Email subscribers have already received the final issues of these eNewsletters and won't receive new issues in the future, as there won't be any.

On the brighter side, we have added a new eNewsletter: New DVDs.  Movie buffs can subscribe to be notified of new releases every month!

Visit our eNewsletters page today to check out the changes, view current issues, and sign-up to receive future issues via email!

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<![CDATA[Central's anniversary celebration SUNDAY features mini-golf, Book Cart Drill Team, & more!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/09/25/central-s-anniversary-celebration-sunday.aspx Fri, 25 Sep 2009 11:59:00 G9T 1869 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/09/25/central-s-anniversary-celebration-sunday.aspx to post your comments!

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Starting with a press conference on Thursday, September 17, we've been honoring Central Library's 5th anniversary with some special events.  Our Film Festival wraps up this afternoon with a showing of Citizen Kane.  On Saturday, we'll be hosting a Poetry Festival.

On Sunday, party with us at Central Library's Anniversary Celebration!  There will be activities & entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

How many times have you had the urge to play mini-golf in the library?  Satisfy that urge on Sunday, when we'll have 18 holes of mini-golf set up in Central's stacks (on the 1st & 2nd floors)!  And don't worry...there won't be any water hazards.  Get your golf game on from 1-5pm.

Enjoy some food & music in the café garden from 1-4:30pm.  We'll be grilling hot dogs & hamburgers!

Over 20 cakes will be on display in the lobby from 1-3:30pm as part of our Cake Decorating Contest.  Vote for your favorite!  Winners will be announced shortly before 4pm, and the cakes (& punch) will be served from 4-5pm.

Nothing will prepare you for our Book Cart Drill Team's first public performance at 2:30pm in the lobby!  With epic choreography & drama, the team will recreate a famous battle from literature (& a recent movie trilogy).  With book carts.

We'll also have a scavenger hunt & appearances by literary actors (can you guess who they are?) throughout the celebration.

There will be something for everyone at Sunday's Anniversary Celebration.  Hope to see you then!

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<![CDATA[Please pardon our mess: Parking deck repairs at Central Library]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/09/21/please-pardon-our-mess-parking-deck-repairs-at-central-library.aspx Mon, 21 Sep 2009 13:32:00 G9T 1857 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/09/21/please-pardon-our-mess-parking-deck-repairs-at-central-library.aspx to post your comments!

Orange construction barrelDue to repairs to the parking deck, portions of Central Library's parking lot will be closed at varying times until mid-November or when construction is complete. 

Parking is still available in Central's underground parking garage. The entrance is slightly east of the parking lot entrance on Chestnut Street.

Also, due to the limited parking availability, new meeting room reservations for the Browning Events Room will not be accepted until the repairs are complete. 

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience and intermittent noise.  Please contact library administration with any questions or comments you may have.

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<![CDATA[PINs updates for self-checkout & in-library computer usage]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/08/18/pins-updates-for-self-checkout-amp-in-library-computer-usage.aspx Tue, 18 Aug 2009 15:27:00 G8T 1767 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/08/18/pins-updates-for-self-checkout-amp-in-library-computer-usage.aspx to post your comments!

PINsLast March, the EVPL introduced PINs for security & privacy reasons.  At that time, PIN numbers became required for users accessing their library account on our website.  Upon logging in for the first time, users were prompted to create a numeric PIN to be used on subsequent logins.

Last week, we completed phase 2 of the PINs rollout.  Self-checkout terminals (available at Central, North Park, & Oaklyn) now require users to enter their PIN number prior to checking out items.  Users that haven't yet created a PIN will be prompted to do so.

Phase 3 of the PINs rollout will occur soon.  Beginning Thursday, October 1, 2009, PINs will be required to use in-library computers.  Upon logging into a library computer, users will be presented with a textbox for their library card number and a new textbox for their PIN.

The EVPL cares about your privacy, and PINs are a way to safeguard it.  With these new security measures in place, your account & personal information (such as address, phone number, etc.) are safe in the event that your library card is lost or stolen.  Beginning Thursday, October 1, PINs will prevent others from using your library card to access public library computers & exhausting your time daily time allotment.

Haven't created a PIN yet?  Don't sweat it!  Follow these simple steps:
  1. Access the My Account page.
  2. Type in your name & library card number, LEAVING THE PIN FIELD BLANK!  Click the "Submit" button.
  3. You'll be prompted to create a PIN.  PINs must be between 4-30 numeric digits and not be overly-repetitive.  Type your desired PIN in both boxes (to prevent against typos) and click the "Submit" button.  Your selected PIN is now active!

For more information about PINs, check out the PINs Help page.

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<![CDATA[Encore unavailability on Monday, July 27]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/07/24/encore-unavailability-on-monday-july-27.aspx Fri, 24 Jul 2009 09:48:00 G7T 1702 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/07/24/encore-unavailability-on-monday-july-27.aspx to post your comments!

Encore constructionEncore, a new online catalog we introduced last December, will be upgraded to a new version on Monday, July 27.  Encore will be temporarily unavailable during the upgrade process.  We don't have an exact time yet for the upgrade, but I will update this post once our vendor lets us know what time to expect it.

The new version of Encore introduces new features, some cosmetic changes, and fixes for pesky bugs.

What do you think about Encore?  Post your thoughts in the comments section below, or complete our online survey.

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<![CDATA[Services available to laptop users at EVPL libraries]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/04/27/services-available-to-laptop-users-at-evpl-libraries.aspx Mon, 27 Apr 2009 13:31:00 G4T 1451 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/04/27/services-available-to-laptop-users-at-evpl-libraries.aspx to post your comments!

Do you have a laptop?  Bring it in on your next visit to the EVPL to take advantage of the following services!

Wireless Internet Access

Wireless Internet AccessWireless internet access (aka Wi-Fi) is available for free at all locations.  If your laptop has a wireless network card (odds are that it does), you'll simply need to enable it and connect to the "evpl-public" network.

Wireless internet access is compatible with Windows & Mac laptops, and most portable devices containing a Wi-Fi radio (such as cellphones, PDAs, etc).  Check out our Wireless Internet Access page for step-by-step instructions on connecting with your specific operating system.

 

Wired Internet Access

If your laptop doesn't have wireless capabilities, wired internet access is also available at all locations.  Bring an ethernet cable with you and ask a staff member for assistance.  Wired internet access is compatible with Windows & Mac laptops.

 

Laptop Printing New!

Laptop PrintingA service we just recently added, laptop users can now print to library printers while at any EVPL location!  By running a small print client from our website, library printers at the user's current location will appear on their laptop just like locally-connected printers would.  Upon printing from the laptop, the print job can be paid for & retrieved from any Print Release Station at the user's current location.

Laptop printing is compatible with Windows laptops; Mac compatibility is not available.  Check out our Laptop Printing page for step-by-step instructions on using the Mobile Print Client on your laptop.  As the Mobile Print Client is only available on personal laptops used within the library, the "Launch Mobile Print Client" button is purposely disabled on all other computers.

 

With the increasing popularity of laptops, netbooks, and other connected portable devices, we're pleased to offer these connectivity options to our users.  If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please post them in the comments section below!

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<![CDATA[Beatles fans & plastic rockers: mark 9/9/09 on your calendar!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2009/04/16/beatles-fans-amp-plastic-rockers-mark-9-9-09-on-your-calendar.aspx Thu, 16 Apr 2009 14:58:00 G4T 1430 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/" target="_blank">Music Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2009/04/16/beatles-fans-amp-plastic-rockers-mark-9-9-09-on-your-calendar.aspx to post your comments!

September 9, 2009, will be a huge day for Beatles fans and plastic-instrument musicians around the globe!

Abbey Road re-releaseOn that day, The Beatles' entire catalog will be re-released on CD, digitally re-mastered for the first time.  As taken from The Beatles' official website:

"Each of the CDs is packaged with replicated original UK album art, including expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. On the same date, two new Beatles boxed CD collections will also be released.

The albums have been re-mastered by a dedicated team of engineers at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London over a four year period utilising state of the art recording technology alongside vintage studio equipment, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings. The result of this painstaking process is the highest fidelity the catalogue has seen since its original release."

"The Beatles: Rock Band" cover artThe date also marks the release of The Beatles: Rock Band on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, & Wii.  While similar to previous Rock Band games, allowing wanna-be rockers to sing & play guitar/bass/drums, it will feature music by The Beatles (including several unreleased tracks) and a story mode.  In this mode, up to 4 players play as the band, playing from their early years through their rise to fame.

The "Limited Edition Premium Bundle" (aka: EXPENSIVE) version will include the game, a bass guitar controller (a replica of McCartney's iconic Höfner bass), a Ludwig-branded drum set, and a mic with stand.  Rumors suggest that multiple mics will be supported, to allow harmonizing on the vocal tracks.

While waiting for Beatlemania to arrive this September, check out our catalog to get your fix.  Anyone else going to have a lighter wallet on 9/9?

More Information

  • EVPL Catalog: Find CDs, DVDs, & books by/about the Fab Four.
  • The Beatles' Official Website: Find out more about the digitally-remastered CD re-releases. Scroll down to the 4/7 post.
  • Joystiq.com: View all posts about The Beatles: Rock Band on Joystiq, a gaming blog.
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<![CDATA[NEW security feature for EVPL patrons: PINs]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/02/27/new-security-feature-for-evpl-patrons.aspx Fri, 27 Feb 2009 15:59:00 G2T 1305 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/02/27/new-security-feature-for-evpl-patrons.aspx to post your comments!

PIN promptOn Tuesday, March 3, the EVPL will be implementing a new security feature to protect patron accounts: PINs.  Similar to using a PIN at the ATM, EVPL cardholders will be required to enter their name, library card number, & PIN when accessing their account online.  Since your library account displays your name, address, phone number, and any items checked out or on hold, your PIN protects your privacy in the event your card is lost or stolen.

When the feature is enabled on Tuesday afternoon, a third textbox prompting for you PIN will appear on the login page.  Refer to the image above to see what it'll look like.

What You Need to Do

Leave the PIN field blank!Once the PINs feature is enabled, you'll need to create a personalized PIN the first time you log in.  Here's how to do so:

  1. Access the My Account page.
  2. Type in your name & library card number, LEAVING THE PIN FIELD BLANK!  Click the "Submit" button.
  3. You'll be prompted to create a PIN.  PINs must be between 4-30 numeric digits and not be overly-repetitive.  Type your desired PIN in both boxes (to prevent against typos) and click the "Submit" button.

Once this is complete, your PIN has been set!  In the future, use it (along with your name & card number) to log in to your account.  For more information about PINs, including instructions on changing your PIN and what to do if you forget your PIN, visit our PINs Help page.

The EVPL cares about your privacy, and PINs are a way to safeguard it.  Beginning Tuesday, only the "My Account" section of our website will require you to log in with your PIN; in the future, your PIN will also be necessary to use in-library computers and self-checkout terminals.

If you have any questions or comments about PINs, please post them in the comments section below or contact us via Ask EVPL.

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<![CDATA[Library Elf now a paid-subscription service; here's our free alternative!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/01/26/library-elf-now-a-paid-subscription-service-here-s-our-free-alternative.aspx Mon, 26 Jan 2009 17:07:00 G1T 1193 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/01/26/library-elf-now-a-paid-subscription-service-here-s-our-free-alternative.aspx to post your comments!

Library Elf, a free service that library patrons all around the world could use to keep tabs on their & their family's due dates, is no longer free.  Check out their announcement here, which details the reasons for the change.

Since Library Elf began, we've been adding features to our own "My Account" section, many of which duplicate Elf's features.  This means two things:

  1. The EVPL is not currently planning on subscribing to Library Elf.
  2. You don't need to either!

As long as we have your email address on your library account, you'll receive these email notifications free of charge!  Follow these steps to make sure we have your correct email address on file:

  1. Hit up the My Account page and log into your account using your name & library card number.
  2. Click on the "Modify Personal Info" button.
  3. Make sure the "I would like to receive my notices from the library by" option is set to "Email", and ensure we have your correct email address.
  4. Click the "Submit" link.

Once this is completed, you'll begin receiving the following notifications via email:

  • Hold Pickup Notice: When an item you've had on hold is available at the requested library, you'll receive this notice within 24 hours.
  • Due Date Reminder: These emails get sent out 2 days before an item is due.  A nice reminder to avoid those late fines!
  • First Overdue Notice: Sent out when an item is 4 days (for feature DVDs & Bestseller Express titles) or 7 days (all other materials) overdue.

Patrons are still free to subscribe to Library Elf's Premium service; however, the need to do so has greatly diminished.  Those with Library Elf accounts who will be relying on our own email notifications from now on have been asked to close their Elf accounts; instructions on doing so can be found at http://www.libraryelf.com/FAQ.aspx#closeAcct.

If you have any questions or comments about our email notifications, please post them in the comments section below.  Questions, comments, or feedback about Library Elf should be submitted to them.  Library Elf is and has always been a third-party company with no affiliation to the EVPL, offering their notification services to patrons at libraries all over the world.

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<![CDATA[Coldplay accused of plagiarism...again.]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2009/01/14/coldplay-accused-of-plagiarism-again.aspx Wed, 14 Jan 2009 14:42:00 G1T 1127 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/" target="_blank">Music Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2009/01/14/coldplay-accused-of-plagiarism-again.aspx to post your comments!

ColdplayIn a June 2008 interview with MTV UK while promoting his band's upcoming album, Coldplay's singer-songwriter Chris Martin stated: "We look at what other people are doing and try and steal all the good bits. We steal from so many different places that hopefully it becomes untraceable."

Upon the album's release a couple weeks later, indie band Creaky Boards made headlines by accusing that the album's title track borrowed liberally from a song of theirs.  They claimed that Coldplay's song Viva La Vida was a rip-off of their track The Songs I Didn't Write (IRONY!).  Creaky Boards frontman Andrew Hoepfner claimed that Martin saw them play in an October 2007 concert where they performed the song, writing:

Andrew Hoepfner of Creaky Boards"We were flattered when we thought we saw Chris Martin in the crowd that night. He seemed pretty into it. Maybe too into it."

Coldplay immediately denounced the claims, as they'd recorded a demo of Viva La Vida in March 2007, prior to the alleged concert.  In fact, Martin couldn't have been at the October '07 concert, as he was in London recording.  Hoepfner retracted his claims, intelligently stating...

"I must have been mistaken about seeing Chris (Martin) at the show because all British people look the same. I lived in London for six weeks and I seriously thought every third person on the corner was Coldplay."

Wow, just wow.

So Coldplay's off the hook, right?  Nope.

Joe SatrianiIn court papers filed on December 4, 2008, instrumental guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani claims that Viva La Vida (the same song!) copies "substantial original portions" of his 2004 song If I Could Fly.  As the court papers have been filed, his team of lawyers thinks he has a case.

What peeves Satriani is that If I Could Fly isn't just any song. It's a composition, a love song dedicated to his wife, he'd been laboring over for more than 10 years before recording it.  According to him:

"Everybody assumes I'm trying to go after these guys in Coldplay, as if I'm doing this with malice.  That's the furthest thing from my mind. I'm just doing what I need to do as an artist, to protect what's mine, to protect those feelings I put down in song.

"I did everything I could to avoid a court case with this situation. But Coldplay didn't want to talk about it. They just wanted this whole thing to go away. Maybe they figured this little guitar player guy will leave them alone after a while, I don't know.

"But we're talking about a piece of art that I created, and that's something I feel is important. I think everybody should feel that way."

Listen to the songs in question via the YouTube links below or by checking out the CDs.  What do you think?  Is Coldplay a fraud?  Mere coincidence?  Or did all these songs rip-off Cat Stevens' Heaven?  Sound off in the comments section!

 YouTubeEVPL Collection
Viva La Vida by Coldplay Music Video Check availability of album Viva La Vida
If I Could Fly by Joe Satriani Listen (Skip to the 50sec mark) Check availability of album Is There Love in Space?
The Songs I Didn't Write by Creaky Boards Listen Not available

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<![CDATA[Introducing Encore: A better way to search the catalog!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/12/23/introducing-encore-a-better-way-to-search-the-catalog.aspx Tue, 23 Dec 2008 10:54:00 G12T 1060 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/12/23/introducing-encore-a-better-way-to-search-the-catalog.aspx to post your comments!

Last October, we discontinued AquaBrowser.  Today I am happy to unveil its successor: ENCORE!

Catalog widgetThe catalog widget at the top of our webpages now searches Encore.  In a nutshell, Encore works very similarly to Google.  In the search box, simply type in words about the items you're looking for; this can include a subject, title, author, or a combination of them.  Then click the search button.

On the search results page, items will appear in the middle column.  Click on a title to find out more about it.

Left-hand columnThe left-hand column will give you many options for refining your search, such as format, location, and publication date.  Clicking on any of the available options will update your search results accordingly.

Right-hand columnThe right-hand column contains a tag cloud with related keywords.  The graphic to the right shows the tag cloud when searching for "puppies".  But say I'm more interested in adopting a puppy.  "Dog adoption" appears in the tag cloud, and by clicking on it I'll be able to view "puppies" items about "dog adoption".

After trying Encore, please let us know what you think!  Feel free to post your comments below or complete our official survey.  We're excited to offer Encore and hope you find it to be a useful tool for searching our catalog!

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<![CDATA["Ain't no party like my nana's tea party!" Flight of the Conchords albums are musically, comedically brilliant]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/12/19/quot-ain-t-no-party-like-my-nana-s-tea-party-quot-flight-of-the-conchords-albums-are-musically-comedically-brilliant.aspx Fri, 19 Dec 2008 15:13:00 G12T 1037 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/" target="_blank">Music Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/12/19/quot-ain-t-no-party-like-my-nana-s-tea-party-quot-flight-of-the-conchords-albums-are-musically-comedically-brilliant.aspx to post your comments!

Flight of the ConchordsFlight of the Conchords is an award-winning New Zealand comedy band, self-described as "New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo".  While a couple previous blog posts (1 2) talked about their recent TV series on HBO, this post will focus primarily on their music.

Bret McKenzie & Jemaine Clement formed Flight of the Conchords in 1998.  They create original songs that parody real songs, both in style and lyrics.  With an odd mix of guitar, bass, & synthesizers, along with hilarious lyrics, they cover all the genres: romantic/R&B, rap, pop, new wave, techno, and more!

In 2007, they released their six song EP, The Distant Future, in the US; this album contains three studio tracks and three live tracks.  In 2008, they released their self-titled album Flight of the Conchords.  The EVPL has both albums, and both are definitely worth checking out!  Here are a few of my favorite songs:

"Inner City Pressure": (On Flight of the Conchords) A spot-on parody of the Pet Shop Boys 1985 hit "West End Girls".  It received a 2008 Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics".  Check out the video below to see for yourself!  Here's a snippet of lyrics:

"Counting coins on the counter of the 7-11,
From a quarter past six 'til a quarter to seven.
The manager, Bevin, starts to abuse me
Hey man, I just want some Muesli.
Neon signs, hidden messages,
Questions, answers, fetishes.
You know you're not in high finance,
Considering getting second hand underpants."

"Hiphopopotamus Vs. Rhymenoceros (Featuring Rhymenoceros & The Hiphopopotamus)": (On Flight of the Conchords) A hilariously tame gangsta rap song, featuring too many rap clichés to count.  Here's a sampling of the hardcore lyrics:

"They call me the Hiphopopotamus
Flows that glow like phosphorous
Poppin' off the top of this esophagus
Rockin' this metropolis
I’m not a large water-dwelling mammal
Where did you get that preposterous hypothesis?
Did Steve tell you that, perchance?"

"Think About It": (On Flight of the Conchords) A parody in the vein of Marvin Gaye's/Black Eyed Peas' "Where Is the Love?"  The lyrics talk about society's ills: violence, AIDS, sweatshop labor, etc.

"They're turning kids into slaves just to make cheaper sneakers.
But what's the real cost?
'Cause the sneakers don't seem that much cheaper.
Why are we still paying so much for sneakers
when you got them made by little slave kids?
What are your overheads?"

"The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)": (Studio recording on Flight of the Conchords; live recording on The Distant Future) A rousing, romantic love song to the most beautiful girl (in the room).

"Looking 'round the room
I can tell that you
Are the most beautiful girl.....in the room.
(In the whole wide room.)
And when you're on the street
Depending on the street
I bet that you are definitely in the top three
Good-looking girls on the street.
(Depending on the street.)"

"Not Crying": (On The Distant Future) An emotional break-up ballad, trying to save face.

"I'm not crying. No, I'm not crying.
And if I am crying, it's not because of you.
It's because I'm thinking of a friend of mine who you don't know who is dying.
That's right, dying.
These aren't tears of sadness because you're leaving me.
I've just been cutting onions.
I'm making a lasagna...for one."

New Zealand CameraphoneThis is just a small taste of the Conchords.  Check out their albums for the full deal, including some songs I can't mention here.  Big Smile

Finally, if you're a fan of their music, check out the Flight of the Conchords TV show on DVD!  Bret & Jemaine play a fictional band that moves from New Zealand to New York to make it big.  They're constantly breaking into song (the ones on their albums, along with some additional ones) to tell the story.  Quite possibly the funniest show I've seen in a long time! 

Here's a video of "Inner City Pressure" as it appeared in "Bret Gives Up the Dream", the 2nd episode of the TV show.

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wqfcwgT0Ds]

More Information

  • EVPL Catalog: Search for the FotC music CDs and DVDs in our online catalog.
  • What the Folk!: Unofficial fan site about Flight of the Conchords.
  • Amazon.com: Purchase CDs, DVDs, & other FotC merchandise using this link, and the Public Library Friends will receive a portion of your purchase!
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<![CDATA[Kids, we'll get your letters to the North Pole!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/12/09/kids-we-ll-get-your-letters-to-the-north-pole.aspx Tue, 09 Dec 2008 14:54:00 G12T 986 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/12/09/kids-we-ll-get-your-letters-to-the-north-pole.aspx to post your comments!

Letters to SantaThe EVPL has once again partnered with Santa to present this year's Letters to Santa program.  Kids can write their letter to Santa & submit it online, and they'll receive a personalized response back from Santa by email! (Click here to view an actual response a child received!)

Kids, visit the Send Your Letter page to send your letter.  Type in your letter, your first name, and your email address (if you don't have one, ask your parents if you can use theirs), then click the "Send Letter" button.  Letters we received are gathered at Central Library, sent to the North Pole on one of Santa's reindeer (he was nice enough to let us borrow one!), then delivered directly to Santa's desk; it's much quicker than mailing a letter!

Once you've submitted your letter, you can view its progress on the View Your Response page.  Using our highly-sophisticated Reindeer Tracking System™, you can see where your letter currently is and if it's made it to Santa yet!

After a day or so (depending on how busy he is!), Santa will send his response.  At that time, you'll receive an email containing a link to view it!

Santa is looking forward to receiving your letter, and the EVPL is happy to assist him during this busy holiday season.

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<![CDATA[OverDrive @ EVPL now Mac compatible!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/11/21/overdrive-evpl-now-mac-compatible.aspx Fri, 21 Nov 2008 11:31:00 G11T 905 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/11/21/overdrive-evpl-now-mac-compatible.aspx to post your comments!

OverDrive @ EVPL OverDrive @ EVPL is a collection of downloadable materials (including audiobooks, eBooks, movies, & music) available free of charge to all EVPL cardholders.  Since launch, patrons with Windows PCs have been downloading countless items from this digital collection...unforunately, Mac users were out of luck.

That is no more, as a Mac version of the OverDrive Media Console (the software required to download items) has just been released!  Mac users can now download MP3 audiobooks and transfer them to iPods.

Unfortunately, there are a couple caveats for Mac users:

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks are the ONLY compatible format available for Mac users.  OverDrive WMA Audiobooks, OverDrive Music, & OverDrive Video all use Microsoft-based DRM and therefore are not compatible with Macs.  Unless Apple were to license this DRM, which is very unlikely, these formats will never be playable on Macs.
  • OverDrive Media Console (aka OMC) for Macs can only transfer content to Apple iPods.  Transferring to a MP3 player/portable device other than an iPod requires the Windows version of OMC, which only runs on Windows-based PCs.
  • OMC is unable to transfer content to the iPod Shuffle.  Owners of these devices can transfer content to their device using iTunes.
  • Windows users with iPods will continue to use the Windows version of OMC to transfer content to their device.  The Windows version of OMC is also compatible with a wide variety of additional devices, including the Microsoft Zune, Creative Zen series, and more.

Visit OverDrive @ EVPL, browse our collection, install the required software, and download to your heart's content!  If you have any questions about the recently-added Mac compatibility, or if you have any questions/comments about OverDrive in general, please post them in the comments section below or contact us via Ask EVPL.

More Information

  • OverDrive @ EVPL: Visit our OverDrive site to start downloading our digital materials!
  • What is OverDrive?: Check out this guided tour of OverDrive to discover what it is and how to use it.
  • Compatible Portable Devices: A list of compatible portable media players that can be transferred to using the Windows version of OMC.
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<![CDATA[Me First & the Gimme Gimmes punk-ify the classics]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/11/17/me-first-amp-the-gimme-gimmes-punk-ify-the-classics.aspx Mon, 17 Nov 2008 09:58:00 G11T 882 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/" target="_blank">Music Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/11/17/me-first-amp-the-gimme-gimmes-punk-ify-the-classics.aspx to post your comments!

Me First & the Gimme GimmesMusical parody...such a fine art.  Back in the day, I was a big "Weird Al" Yankovic fan ("It's all about the Pentiums, baby!").  There are also bands that take well-known music and reinterpret it: some of my favs include Hayseed Dixie (they play AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, etc. as bluegrass!), Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine (90s-00s rock as lounge music), and the String Quartet Tribute series (Dylan, Clapton, Evanescence, Eagles, Rolling Stones).

My favorite parody band is, hands down, Me First & the Gimme Gimmes.  On their albums, they take a wide variety of popular tunes and turn em into blazing punk rock songs.  That probably doesn't sound too appealing...but you'd be pleasantly surprised.  They are masters of their craft, creating a catchy, brilliant mix of new and old...nothing beats hearing "Ghost Riders in the Sky" with blaring power chords, a constant bassline, and driving toms with double-kick on the drums!

Below I'll list the albums the EVPL has, the particular theme, as well as highlights from each album.

"Are a Drag" album artAre A Drag
1999
Showtunes!

This album features covers of beloved showtunes, including "Over the Rainbow", "Don't Cry for Me Argentina", "Favorite Things", and "Rainbow Connection".  I'm not that big of a showtunes fan (surprising, right?), but I love their interpretations of the songs I do know!

"Blow in the Wind" album artBlow in the Wind
2001
60s songs

Covers of songs from the 60s, including "Blowin' in the Wind", "Sloop John B.", "Elenor", "Stand by Your Man", and "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow".

"Take a Break" album artTake a Break
2003
R&B songs

An amazing collection of classic R&B songs, punkified.  Highlights include "Where Do Broken Hearts Go", "Hello", "Ain't No Sunshine", "I Believe I Can Fly", and "Nothing Compares 2 U".  A couple songs mash-up other songs with brilliant results: their cover of "I'll Be There" incorporates parts of The Cars' "Just What I Needed".

"Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah" album artRuin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah
2004

This album doesn't have a "theme", per se, as it's a compilation of awesome tracks they performed live at...you guessed it, Jonny's Bar Mitzvah.  This album features covers of "Stairway to Heaven", "Come Sail Away", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "The Longest Time", "On My Mind", and "Take It on the Run".  Between the tracks, there's also lots of hilarious banter.

"Love Their Country" album artLove Their Country
2006
Country

I am not a fan of country music (I was subjected to it by my dad & sis when I was young), so I find this particular album hilarious!  Check out "Ghost Riders in the Sky", "Desperado", "Jolene", "On the Road Again", and "East Bound & Down" to hear these songs rock like you've never heard them before!

The Gimmes are brilliantly hilarious, as well as being excellent musicians, so I highly recommend checking them out!

More Information

  • EVPL Catalog: Check availability of albums by Me First & the Gimme Gimmes at EVPL libraries.
  • DailyMotion: Watch the Gimmes perform "Take it on the Run" live on Last Call with Carson Daly.
  • Amazon.com: Use this link to purchase their albums at Amazon, and the Public Library Friends will receive a portion of your purchase!
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<![CDATA[New computers at EVPL libraries]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/11/10/new-computers-at-evpl-libraries.aspx Mon, 10 Nov 2008 15:29:00 G11T 849 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/11/10/new-computers-at-evpl-libraries.aspx to post your comments!

Dell Optiplex 755Public-use computers at all EVPL libraries are being replaced with new Dell Optiplex 755 computers.  With Windows XP, Core 2 Duo processors, and 2GB of RAM, these computers are much speedier than our old ones!  These computers also include DVD burners (that burn CDs as well) and memory card readers (for use with memory cards from digital cameras).

Due to the unreliable nature of floppy disks (mysteriously losing files or getting jammed in disk drives), these new computers do NOT have floppy disk drives.  We recommend patrons upgrade to one of the following storage methods to work on files at EVPL libraries:

  • Flash Drives (recommended): These plug into a USB port and are accessed just like a floppy disk.  However, they are much more reliable and spacious than floppy disks.  Flash drives with 1GB of storage can be purchased for $10 at all EVPL libraries.
  • Memory Cards: Memory cards, like those used in digital cameras, can be inserted into the memory card reader and used as a disk.
  • CD-R/DVD-R: Files can be burned to writeable CD-R or DVD-R.  However, working with files on a CD-R/DVD-R is much more cumbersome than with a flash drive/memory card; CD-R/DVD-R is not recommended for files you'll be updating regularly.  CD-Rs with 700MB of storage can be purchased for $1 at all EVPL libraries.

These new computers are already available at East, McCollough, Red Bank, Stringtown, & West.  They'll be installed at Central, North Park, & Oaklyn by the end of the month.

Finally, we're having a Computer Sale this Friday at 9:00am.  We'll be selling off some of our old computers.  Stop by if you're looking for a good deal!

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<![CDATA[One Book One Community "This I Believe" essays: DEADLINE Sunday!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/10/30/one-book-one-community-quot-this-i-believe-quot-essays-deadline-sunday.aspx Thu, 30 Oct 2008 12:00:00 G10T 801 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/10/30/one-book-one-community-quot-this-i-believe-quot-essays-deadline-sunday.aspx to post your comments!

One Book, One Community
Reading, Writing, and Growing Together in Southwestern Indiana

This year's One Book One Community title is This I Believe: the Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women.  This collection of essays from the 1950s and today is based on the National Public Radio series of the same name.  In addition to holding book discussions, the EVPL will host co-editor and radio series producer Dan Gediman on Monday, November 24, 7:30pm at UE's Shanklin Theatre.

What do you believe in?  We asked this back in June, when we started accepting essays of personal convictions.  Since then, we've received over 80 essays from patrons & staff members!  All of these essays can be viewed online.

We want to hear from you!  If you'd like to submit an essay and haven't yet done so, Sunday, November 2 is the last day to do so!  Visit the Contribute an Essay page ASAP to submit yours.  Selected essays submitted to the EVPL may be posted on our website, read on WNIN Radio, published in the Evansville Courier & Press, or read at the concluding event on Monday, November 24.  We've partnered with ThisIBelieve.org, so when submitting your essay you may also choose to send it to them; they may post the essay on their website and possibly broadcast it on NPR (including a $200 prize for your contribution)!

Read the essays others have submitted.  Submit your own.  Participate in a book discussion.  Then join us Monday, November 24 at 7:30pm as we welcome Dan Gediman!

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<![CDATA[AquaBrowser to be discontinued on Monday, October 27]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/10/20/aquabrowser-to-be-discontinued-on-monday-october-27.aspx Mon, 20 Oct 2008 14:15:00 G10T 749 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/10/20/aquabrowser-to-be-discontinued-on-monday-october-27.aspx to post your comments!

EVPL AquaBrowserAquaBrowser, an alternative interface for searching our online catalog, will be discontinued on Monday, October 27.  At that time, the Classic Catalog will be the only way to search our catalog.

We'll soon be implementing a new search interface in AquaBrowser's place.  Stay tuned for more info!

Have questions or comments?  Please share them in the comments section below or contact us via Ask EVPL.

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<![CDATA[Totally tubular compilations of 80s music!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/10/16/totally-tubular-compilations-of-80s-music.aspx Thu, 16 Oct 2008 13:57:00 G10T 734 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/" target="_blank">Music Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/10/16/totally-tubular-compilations-of-80s-music.aspx to post your comments!

While searching for a particular 80s song over the weekend (cough...Mr. Mister...cough), I remembered two bodacious box sets in our collection.

Like, Omigod! box setLike, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally)

This set features 7 CDs (an incredible selection of 142 songs) along with a 90-page book chock-full of 80s goodness!  Taken from Rhino's website...

"Reagan, junk bonds, shoulder pads -- there's a lot about the '80s that doesn't bear repeating. But thankfully the music does. From Devo's new wave weirdness to Twisted Sister's mental metal to Run D.M.C.'s rocked-out rap, Rhino's latest behemoth box brings you the songs that have outlived the hairstyles."

I award this collection bonus points for including "Centerfold" by J. Geils Band (played it in H.S. Pep Band!), "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler, and "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley (foundation of the infamous rickroll).  For the full tracklist, along with samples to listen to, check out Rhino's website.

 

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrackGrand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrack

The Grand Theft Auto videogames are known for, besides their controversial content, having awesome soundtracks.  In each game, a handful of radio stations are available to listen to in vehicles you "acquire"; these radio stations feature genre-specific playlists, interspersed with banter from a DJ and commercials, just like in real-life.

2002's Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, set during the 80s, features gnarly music exclusive to that era.  The soundtrack is a 7 CD box set, with each disc dedicated to one of the game's 7 music radio stations.  We circulate each disc separately, so pick and choose which to check out.

  1. V-Rock with DJ Lazlow: Rock/metal, featuring Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Twisted Sister.
  2. Wave 103 with DJ Adam First: New Wave/Synth, featuring Tears for Fears, A Flock of Seagulls, Corey Hart.
  3. Emotion 98.3 with DJ Fernando: Love songs/power ballads, featuring Toto, Cutting Crew, Foreigner, Mr. Mister.
  4. Flash FM with DJ Toni: Pop music, featuring Hall & Oates, Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams, INXS.
  5. Wildstyle Pirate Radio with DJ Mr. Magic: Hip-hop, featuring Herbie Hancock, Zapp and Roger, Run D.M.C.
  6. Fever 105 with DJ Oliver "Ladykiller" Biscuit: Disco/soul/R&B, featuring the Pointer Sisters, Teena Marie, Rick James, Kool & the Gang.
  7. Espantoso with DJ Pepe: Latin jazz/salsa, featuring Deodato, Tito Puente.

 

If you're a fan of 80s music (and if not, WHY NOT?!?), I'd recommend checking out both of these rad collections.  Like, totally!!!

More Info

  • Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally)
    • EVPL Catalog: View availability at EVPL libraries.
    • Rhino.com: View the full tracklist and listen to samples.
    • Amazon.com: Buy it at Amazon and support our Public Library Friends.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Soundtrack
    • EVPL Catalog: View availability at EVPL libraries.
    • ViceCityRadio.com: Official website.  Find out more about the fictional DJs.
    • Amazon.com: Buy it at Amazon and support our Public Library Friends.
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<![CDATA[Recent changes to our website]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/10/10/recent-changes-to-our-website.aspx Fri, 10 Oct 2008 10:32:00 G10T 720 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/10/10/recent-changes-to-our-website.aspx to post your comments!

Ever since launching our new website on May 1, we've been implementing minor tweaks based on feedback from patrons and staff.  One suggestion I've received regularly was to make our digital materials easier to locate.

As of this morning, our "Virtual Library" section has been replaced with a redesigned "Downloads" section.  Click the "Downloads" tab above to check out this new section, featuring the following content:

  • OverDrive @ EVPL: While we've offered downloadable WMA audiobooks & eBooks for some time, our new OverDrive section also features downloadable MP3 audiobooks, video (including movies & TV shows), and music!  All it takes is a library card and installation of some free software.  OverDrive @ EVPL replaces the EVPL Digital Catalog and MyLibraryDV services previously on our site.
  • EVPL Toolbar: Installing this toolbar on your home computer gives you one-click access to important areas of our website, as well as searching our online catalog!  An optional scrolling ticker also keeps you up-to-date on library happenings.
  • eNewsletters: We have 25 different newsletters, on a wide variety of topics, that you can subscribe to via email.  Receive lists of recommended titles, with links to our online catalog, in your inbox!

We're committed to making our website have the best browsing experience possible.  If you have questions or comments about our new "Downloads" section, or have suggestions for improving other areas of our site, we'd love to hear them!  Please submit them in the comments section below, or submit them via Ask EVPL.

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<![CDATA[Digital Bookmobile visits Fall Festival this Friday!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/10/07/digital-bookmobile-visits-fall-festival-this-friday.aspx Tue, 07 Oct 2008 16:10:00 G10T 704 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/10/07/digital-bookmobile-visits-fall-festival-this-friday.aspx to post your comments!

Digital BookMobileAs part of a nationwide tour, the Digital Bookmobile, a 74-foot state-of-the-art tractor-trailer, will be visiting the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival on Friday, October 10, 10:30am to 6:00pm.  Visit the Bookmobile, at the northwest corner of the Lloyd & St. Joe, to find out more about the EVPL's recently-revamped OverDrive collection: featuring downloadable audiobooks, eBooks, video, and music!

OverDrive Media Specialists will be on-hand to lead visitors through the various rooms of the bus.  You'll learn how to browse our collection of digital titles; download & play audiobooks, eBooks, & videos; and get hands-on time with compatible MP3 players.  If you own an MP3 player, bring it; you'll receive personal instructions on transferring titles to it!

Full information can be viewed on the event page.  See you Friday on the bookmobile!

More Information

  • Event Page: View all the details, including info about the different areas of the Bookmobile.
  • OverDrive @ EVPL: Our revamped OverDrive collection launched last week.  In addition to the downloadable WMA audiobooks we previously offered, we now offer downloadable MP3 audiobooks, videos, & music!
  • DigitalBookmobile.com: OverDrive's official website of the Digital Bookmobile.  Find out more about their nationwide tour and upcoming tour stops.
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<![CDATA[Proof that new GnR album will be released this decade?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/09/25/proof-that-new-gnr-album-will-be-released-this-decade.aspx Thu, 25 Sep 2008 16:58:00 G9T 604 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/" target="_blank">Music Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/09/25/proof-that-new-gnr-album-will-be-released-this-decade.aspx to post your comments!

Chinese Democracy cover artGuns N' Roses' sixth studio album, Chinese Democracy, has become a joke of the music industry.  Having been in production for the past 15 years (at an estimated cost of more than $13 million), and with many members of the band leaving (including iconic guitarist Slash), some think the album will never see the light of day.  This past March, Dr. Pepper bet against it by announcing that they'll give a free can of Dr. Pepper to everyone in the US if the album is released this year!

Up until about a week and a half ago, I honestly couldn't have cared less.  Don't get me wrong, I loved GnR back in the day!  But as most modern-day takes on the classics go (Indy 4, anyone?), I figured Chinese Democracy would be nothing more than an unremarkable cash-grab.

Rock Band 2, a 4-player Guitar Hero-esque videogame, released on September 14.  Being a fan of these kinds of games, I had it that day and invited my bandmates over for some rocking.  It just so happens that "Shackler's Revenge", the first official release from Chinese Democracy, is in the game.  As the song loaded, we weren't expecting much...

But the song is awesome, with a much different sound than the GnR of old!  Definitely has piqued my interest in Chinese Democracy.  Check out the video below of the song being played in Rock Band 2.  What do you think of it???

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuvVXvh_lKU]

So we know one song has actually been fully recorded and mixed down!  That means the album will be released...my guess is not anytime soon.  For Dr. Pepper-loving Americans everywhere, hopefully this guess proves to be incorrect.

In the meantime, check out all the classic Guns N' Roses albums available at EVPL libraries.

More Information

  • EVPL Catalog: Check out the classic Guns N' Roses albums available at EVPL libraries.
  • Billboard.com: Nine purportedly "finished" tracks leaked last June, prompting legal action against the poster.
  • Spin.com: They somehow got a copy of the finished album over two years ago, posting this review on April 1, 2006.
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<![CDATA[Website Unavailability on Friday, September 19]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/09/16/website-unavailability-on-friday-september-19.aspx Tue, 16 Sep 2008 15:02:00 G9T 567 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/09/16/website-unavailability-on-friday-september-19.aspx to post your comments!

Orange barrel!On Friday, September 19, shortly after closing at 6:00pm, the following sections of our website will be unavailable due to site maintenance:

We'll be updating library software to fix issues our users have encountered, as well as to prepare for adding new functionality in the future.

These sections will be accessible once again no later than Saturday morning.  We appreciate your patience during the downtime and apologize for any inconvenience it may cause.

If you have questions or comments, please submit them below!

UPDATE!!!: As of 10:30pm on Friday, September 19, all sections of the EVPL website are once again accessible.  Thanks to Computer Services for all their hard work!

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<![CDATA[New Metallica album, "Death Magnetic", releases Friday]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/09/10/new-metallica-album-quot-death-magnetic-quot-releases-friday.aspx Wed, 10 Sep 2008 09:00:00 G9T 483 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/" target="_blank">Music Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/09/10/new-metallica-album-quot-death-magnetic-quot-releases-friday.aspx to post your comments!

MetallicaFor Metallica fans, a new studio album is a big deal.

Their last album, 2003's St. Anger, drew less-than-stellar reviews from critics & fans alike.  While I enjoyed a few tracks (namely the title track, Frantic, and Some Kind of Monster), the lack of guitar solos and the most-annoying-sounding snare drum ever (the term "st. anger" has become internet lingo synonymous for a "snare drum that sounds like a pile of trash cans") really hurt the album.

With Death Magnetic, Metallica promises a return to their roots.  According to those able to "procure" leaked copies, as well as critics' reviews, they've succeeded.

Death Magnetic releases worldwide this Friday, September 12.  Anyone else looking forward to this release?  Still upset about the whole Napster fiasco???

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<![CDATA[Theory of a Deadman returns with "Scars & Souvenirs"]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/09/04/theory-of-a-deadman-returns-with-quot-scars-amp-souvenirs-quot.aspx Thu, 04 Sep 2008 10:36:00 G9T 379 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/" target="_blank">Music Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/09/04/theory-of-a-deadman-returns-with-quot-scars-amp-souvenirs-quot.aspx to post your comments!

Theory of a DeadmanI've been following Theory of a Deadman since their self-titled 2002 debut.  Their latest album, Scars & Souvenirs, shows the band continues to improve with age.

There are essentially two types of songs on the new album:

  1. Slower, melodic power ballads
  2. Driving, aggressive testosterone-fueled rock!!!

Seems like it could get a bit monotonous, doesn't it?  Not at all!  The album is a blast from start to finish, with plenty of catchy riffs and "interesting" lyrics.

If you're a fan of the genre, I highly recommend this album!

Also, Theory of a Deadman will be performing an all-ages concert at Woody's on Thursday, September 11; all Evansville Police, Firefighters, and EMTs get free admission.  For more info, check out 103GBF's website.

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<![CDATA[A great book...or THE GREATEST book of all time???]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/06/03/a-great-book-or-the-greatest-book-of-all-time.aspx Tue, 03 Jun 2008 17:01:00 G6T 6 professor.knowsitall@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/06/03/a-great-book-or-the-greatest-book-of-all-time.aspx to post your comments!

I Am America (And So Can You)Last weekend I finished reading Stephen Colbert's epic tome I Am America (and So Can You!). If you have not done yourself the favor of reading this New York Times Bestseller (previously #1 on the hardcover nonfiction list), DO IT NOW! The fate of the free world rests in your hands.

Being a fan of Comedy Central's The Daily Show and Stephen's spin-off, The Colbert Report, I can attest that I Am America lives up to the wit and humor of the television shows. As always, Colbert pulls no punches as he speaks his mind, the one-and-only absolute truth. The only other way to absorb this much of his truthiness is to beam the contents of his brain directly into yours; look for the "Stephen Colbert's Brain Downloading Kit" coming soon to stores, but unlike his book it won't be available for free at the library.

Without this book, I would not have known the truth about the evil, liberal media; the evil, liberal Hollywood; Catholicism being the one true religion; the unfair advantages seniors get in our country (lookin' at you, Social Security!!!); and, of course, the cold-blooded killers that bears are. I will not ruin the surprise by going on further about the book's content, but it should be considered sacred doctrine. In fact, each copy comes with a sticker alerting firemen how many copies of the book are in your house to rescue, in case it's ever on fire.

In short, read this book now. As I went through withdrawals during the writers' strike, it helped me get my Colbert fix. If you're still not convinced, know that it was recently awarded with "The Stephen T. Colbert Award For The Literary Excellence".

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