Nothing But Star Wars…


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With the upcoming opening of a brand new adventure in the saga,
Star Wars: the Force Awakens, this is a good time to catch up on everything Star Wars! Check out all the things we have available in the JGRLS catalog. Look how easy it is to use the Force to search for titles:

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Type in Star Wars, push search and choose the format you are interested in. It’s easier than hitting a Womp Rat!

And for some extra laughs check out these hilarious videos on Youtube:

Bill Murray as “Nick the Lounge Singer” – Star Wars Theme
https://youtu.be/QqedbxGxfgE

Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition
https://youtu.be/oi7KPDi_yQI

2015 National Book Awards: need a new read?


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Nationl Book Foundation

2015 AWARDS PAGE

Listen to this excerpt of Morning Edition on NPR to hear more about the authors and titles that took the top 5 positions for 2015:
http://www.npr.org/player/embed/448558946/448567797

Keep checking back as we add more of these titles to our catalog!

FICTION
• Karen E. Bender, Refund: Stories (Counterpoint Press)
• Angela Flournoy, The Turner House (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
• Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)
• Adam Johnson, Fortune Smiles: Stories (Random House)
• Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life (Doubleday/Penguin Random House)

NONFICTION
• Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau/Penguin Random House)
• Sally Mann, Hold Still (Little, Brown/Hachette Book Group)
• Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus (Atria/Simon & Schuster)
• Carla Power, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran (Henry Holt and Company)
• Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light (Alfred A. Knopf)

POETRY
• Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press)
• Terrance Hayes, How to Be Drawn (Penguin/Penguin Random House)
• Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus (Alfred A. Knopf)
• Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things (Milkweed Editions)
• Patrick Phillips, Elegy for a Broken Machine (Alfred A. Knopf)

YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE
• Ali Benjamin, The Thing About Jellyfish (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
• Laura Ruby, Bone Gap (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Children’s Books)
• Steve Sheinkin, Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
• Neal Shusterman, Challenger Deep (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
• Noelle Stevenson, Nimona (HarperTeen/HarperCollins Children’s Books)

Stop in and see us at any of our eight branch locations or check us out on the web!

Vocaroo – let your voice be heard!


vocaroo3I was recently made aware of this digital tool and have already thought of several ways to utilize it both for fun and profession applications. Vocaroo is, in their words, the premier voice recording service. It offers the user the opportunity to make a digital recording using features that are already on most devices. The recording is stored in the cloud and a hyperlink is generated to access it.

So, what can I do with this you ask? The way I have seen this used the most is in social media. You can record a message and share it with all yours friends simultaneously! “Thank you all for the birthday wishes!” I am also thinking about professional applications such as hyper-linked prerecorded audio in a PowerPoint presentation. With a little imagination I see great possibilities for this! Vocaroo.com

Press to hear it in action!

I tried it with my PC and also from my Android phone and here is how easy it is to use:

From a PC with a microphone just click record and when finished click to stop.

vocaroo2Here you can listen to  your recording, and you have the option to retry. When you are satisfied click and save the File.

vocaroo6Vocaroo will generate a hyperlink and even provide shortcuts to places where you may want to share!

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On a tablet device such as an Android phone there is a second way to record a message. When you click upload your device is going to ask you where to get the File from.

vocaroo1On my Android, one of the options is voice recorder and it has an icon something like this. After I record my message I tap the paperclip icon in the record window and it uploads the File. from there the instructions are the same as above.

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Have you seen all of our Digital Services? Here are a few you will enjoy!


ZinioThe latest addition to the JGRLS digital products and services is the E-Magazine service Zinio! Once an account is established magazines can be downloaded to your device for you to enjoy whenever and wherever you want.

Free Zinio reader Apps are available for iPhone  iPad  Android   Win 8  Mac  PC  and   Kindle Fire/HD/HDX. Once a magazine is downloaded it is yours to enjoy until you are ready to remove it. Learn all about it!

“From the best news, politics, technology, art, style, travel and more, Zinio invites readers to connect with the stories that shape history and the magazines that matter.”– Zinio

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Checking out eBooks is now easier than ever before using free e-reading apps (Blio & axisReader) that allow access to eBooks and/or electronic media on Windows, iPad, iPhone and Android computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and eReaders.  Library cardholders can search for and check out free eBooks through the JGRLS public access catalog (PAC) or by going directly to the JGRLS Axis 360 Digital Media Library.

Or visit our blio information page!

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Mango Languages is available and includes a variety of resources to help patrons learn practical conversation skills for languages spoken all around the world. Mango Complete Courses offers more than 50 language learning experiences.

App’s are available for Andriod, iPhone and iPad for downloading lessons for use anytime and anywhere! Once they are downloaded they are yours to enjoy until you are ready to remove them.

Learn more about mango languages!

Enjoy these and our many other products and services at any of our branches and online!

Big Changes in IRS Tax Documents! See how this will affect you and your public library.


As you may be aware, IRS appropriations were significantly cut in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill recently passed by Congress. As described in our flyer, this means that no instruction books will be printed for distribution and 1/3 less forms will be delivered to distribution locations.

Although this was completely unexpected, we will still provide the high level of assistance you have come to expect from JGRLS. Most of the forms you would expect to find will be here, but the supply will be lower than usual so we and the IRS recommend using the IRS Online Services. Two of the most helpful IRS pages are:

www.IRS.gov/Forms
www.IRS.gov/orderforms

We also recommend the “Early Bird” approach when ordering forms from the IRS so you receive them in plenty of time to complete your taxes!

For additional assistance:
AARP TAX AID @ OCEAN SPRINGS MUNICIPAL LIBRARY
February 2nd through April 9th
MONDAYS, THURSDAYS and SATURDAYS
9:00am – 12:30pm

Line up outside in the morning to get your number for the day. Once all the numbers are handed out, no other individuals are accommodated! You must be present when your number is called!

Tax Documents

A-List Popular Collection, the new way to browse the stacks!


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JGRLS is pleased to introduce the A-List Popular Collection, bestselling reading materials for patrons who enjoy browsing the library shelves! These high-demand, popular materials offer first-come, first-served availability to patrons who visit the library. Each branch location has a special display for their A-List Popular Collection so stop in and check something out!

The following applies to all materials in the A-List Collection:
     • Check out for 7 days
     • Cannot be renewed
     • Check out limit is 2 items
     • Adult Fiction and Nonfiction print materials
     • Overdue fine is 50 cents per day
     • Maximum fine is $10
    • Patrons cannot place holds on these items and staff may not set items aside

You may still place a hold on items that are in the regular library catalog. Visit www/jgrls.org or use a PAC computer at your local branch.

FIRST LISTEN, an Ocean of Music on NPR


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Have you ever wanted to preview new music and read about its creators? Are you looking for new albums to check-out or suggest purchasing from the library?

First Listen provides interviews with select artists and free streaming of entire featured albums until they are released. There are Hundreds of archived interviews featuring artists such as Sam Smith, Robert Plant, Sinead O’Connor, and Willie Nelson, just to name a few.

Listed below are some of the current titles offered for streaming:

fleckwashburn_wide-1572b3b2e0dcace3c1a782bb154ed9281f891271-s40-c85The first duo recording from Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, husband-and-wife banjo adventurers.

John Luther Adams Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Lucinda WilliamsFollow Link to Listen

 

John Luther Adams’ sweeping orchestral piece Become Ocean was performed at Carnegie Hall for the first time in May. It also won the Pulitzer for music.
Follow Link to Listen

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross with the Motion Picture Soundtrack to ‘Gone Girl’. A follow-up to their Grammy winning soundtrack to ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’.
Follow Link to Listen

Perceptive and much-lauded Singer/Songwriter Lucinda Williams with her new album ‘Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone’.
Follow Link to Listen

SUMMER READING PROGRAMS! Fun activities for all ages at your local library branch!


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 It’s that time again!
Sign-up has already begun for this year’s Summer Reading Programs,
and events have been planned at every JGRLS location!

 

CLICK ON THIS ICON FOR A LISTING OF FREE WEEKELY PROGRAMS AT ALL LIBRARY LOCATIONS!

CLICK ON THIS ICON FOR A LISTING OF FREE WEEKLY PROGRAMS AT ALL LIBRARY LOCATIONS!

 

CLICK ON THIS ICON TO SEE ALL OF OUR ADULT SUMMER READING ACTIVITIES!

CLICK ON THIS ICON TO SEE ALL OF OUR ADULT SUMMER READING ACTIVITIES!

 

 

 

 

 

FOR TEEN EVENTS CLICK HERE TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL BRANCH!

FOR TEEN EVENTS CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING YOUR LOCAL BRANCH!

CLICK ON THIS ICON TO KEEP UP WITH LIBRARY PROGRAMS AND EVENTS!

CLICK ON THIS ICON TO KEEP UP WITH LIBRARY PROGRAMS AND EVENTS!

DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK!

DON’T FORGET TO FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK!

 

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER AND REMEMBER TO VISIT US OFTEN!

Check out the new LearningExpress Library 3.0!


We’re pleased to unveil the new LearningExpress 3.0 database, provided by the Mississippi Library Commission and now available through the JGRLS Website. A highlight of the new Learning Express 3.0 is the selection of study materials categorized as:

  • Adult Learning Center
  • Career Center
  • High School Equivalency Center
  • College Preparation Center
  • Recarsos Para Hispanohablates
  • College Center
  • School Center
  • Popular Sofware Skills Center

This is a new platform and existing Learning Express accounts will not work, so patrons will have to create new accounts.

Check out the new features!

Learning Express Library User Guides

Click here for the user guides for LearningExpress Library.

This video shows you how to take advantage of everything LearningExpress Library has to offer including how to create a new account, login to the library, move around quickly, search for and use our products, use your personal portfolio page, and get help.

 

Click on the thumbnail to see an expanded view of the directory:

Public Radio + Public Libraries = Public Interest!


MPB Radio AppPublic Radio goes hand in hand with Public Libraries. The programming gives us ideas on new or old books to read. New music to listen to when artists are interviewed or their music is played. Subjects we may not have heard of or didn’t think about may inspire research into Exotic Cooking, Health & Wellness, Pets, or even the news of the day!

Mississippi Public Radio offers locally produced programs as well as some of our favorite syndicated shows. And now it is even easier to listen to your favorite programs using your computer or mobile device to stream live or listen to podcasts of past episodes!

Many of us are familiar with some of the long running classic programs like This American Life, Car Talk, The Splendid Table, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, The Gestalt Gardener and Southern Remedy. There are some new weekend broadcasts that are really fun and have even more content on their websites:

The Dinner Party Download combines interviews, music and food into a great take on modern eating. Ask me Another is a live puzzle, trivia word game show that will keep you guessing. Living on Earth is a savvy and informative weekly environmental news and information program providing news, features, interviews and commentary on a broad range of ecological issues.

Bring your findings from the radio into the library, a partnership in interest!

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