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Our New Videophone

We’ve added a new piece of adaptive technology to the library, and would love your help in spreading the word.

It’s a videophone for deaf and hard-of-hearing people to use.  It’s like Skype: there’s a small camera and a video screen, so sign-language users can converse.

 

This equipment joins an existing collection of low-vision technology, including a CCTV, which is a really big magnifier; you can put anything under the lens and magnify or change the contrast.  We also have a portable electronic magnifier.  This hand-held unit can magnify up to 4x, change contrasting colors, and provide light to help decipher hard-to-read material.  You can even check it out for use at home.

 

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Focus on books: making a living

If you’re job hunting in Burlington, count yourself lucky.  Not so much to be job-hunting, which can be quite the harrowing activity; but lucky because you have access to a library stocked to the gills with resources to help you.

Computers, one-on-one tutoring, classes, books, databases, encouragement, a cool place to be on a hot day… the library has it all for you.

And if you’re tired of job-hunting and decide to set out on your own, we also have tons of resources for people starting or running their own business.  Most recently we got a ton of great books–not only books about writing your resume or interviewing, but also books like Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager; The One Minute Manager Builds High-Performing Teams; How to Say It: Business to Business Selling; The Right-Brain Business Plan: A Creative, Visual Map for Success; and  The New Rules of Marketing & PR: how to use social media, online video, mobile applications, blogs, news releases, & viral marketing to reach buyers directly.

Whatever you’re doing to improve your educational, career, or business outlook, we’ve got the resources to help.  So spread the word!

 

 

 

 

 

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What once was lost and now is found…

For some reason, people lose a lot of stuff in the summer.  Maybe we’re so glad to see the sun, mundane things just don’t get as much attention.  Or it fries our brains.  For whatever reason, we are continually finding and returning things to folks… all part of our friendly service.  😉

Sometimes these stories even cross state lines: the other day, we got a call from an employee at Yellowstone National Park!  She’d found a wallet, and the only identifying thing in it was a library card.  (See?  Always carry your library card!)  We were able to contact the patron, and the next time she came to the library, she was relieved to show us her wallet, home from Wyoming. 

Closer to home, someone lost their wallet down the drop box at the post office.  I bet that was a frustrating moment!  The post office found their library card and called us, and we called the patron.  Another touching reunion.

This just goes to show you what I continually say: libraries aren’t about books.  They’re about information and community… even when the information is your own.

      — Mary Beth

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A Burlington Birthday Bash: mark your calendar!

Do you know Burlington is 110 this June?  I know, it doesn’t look a day over 90, but it’s true.  We’re celebrating, and you’re invited.

The final in a series of events marking the anniversary is Monday, June 25, at the Burlington Public Library, from 6:30-7:30.

Presenters include Edie Edmundson as Master of Ceremonies, Mayor Steve Sexton, and Margie Wilson offering a Living History performance, as well as a display of old photographs and a timeline.  The focus of the evening is a panel of long-time residents, including Don Mapes and Jim Neff, sharing their stories and memories.

In case you don’t know, Burlington has a lot of surprisingly raucous stories in its past.  This will be a fun evening!  Birthday cake will be served.

The event is free to the public, and families are welcome.

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Big News!!!

BPL is moving up to the big time.  No longer do you have to rely on blog posts to find out about our new books.  Instead, all you need do is visit our home page and play with our nifty new web gadget, New Book Alerts!

As shown below, you can click either right on the book, which takes you to more info about that particular item; or you can click right on the logo, which opens a page to browse all new books and subscribe to the list by e-mail.

Thanks to the Burlington Library Foundation for funding the first year of this service.   This is one thing we know our patrons want and use.  Everybody loves new books!

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Learn a language @ your library

If you’re like me, you’ve always meant to learn another language.
Well, no excuses left; here’s an opportunity for free, high-quality and fun language instruction, accessible on your home computer, 24/7, or here at the library.

The Burlington Public Library has an online resource to use in learning and practicing foreign languages (including Ingles). Using research-driven techniques, the online learning program “Powerspeak” features a combination of scored online activities, exercises, lessons, and games, all of which contribute to an experience that closely aligns with the standards set forth by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. 

Give it a try!  And let us know how it works for you.

Click here to see more about language resources at the library.

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Yes we can!

As staff members here at BPL, our mission to say “YES” as often as we can.  For years now, every time someone pulls out a credit card, we’ve had to say, “Sorry, we can’t take credit cards.”  But now, as of today, we have joined the modern financial world!  For anything over $5.00, you may now pay (or donate!) the library with a credit or debit card.

And remember: the value of a book, movie or magazine may be finite, but your library?  Priceless.

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Books, Bites and Burgundy rides again

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We’re in countdown mode…

We’re counting down to Saturday’s big event: Books, Bites, and Burgundy.  Click here for more information, and don’t miss the big party.  When else do you get a chance to have a glass of wine after hours in the library?

Meanwhile, we’ve got new books… another reason to party!

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Snapshot Day

Tuesday was Snapshot Day, and thanks to our photographer (our Director, Maggie), we got some lovely shots.
Enjoy these glimpses of just a few people who were using their library on Tuesday.

 

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