Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I was fortunate to attend an Updike talk last year. My reflections, as well as a list of notable Updike books, can be found here.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Checking books out from the library may not only save you the cost of a book, but could also save you money on home improvement, food, and/or clothing costs. We have books that will give you home improvement ideas complete with step-by-step instructions, books that will get you started growing your own produce, books to help you learn to sew and make your own patterns, and much more. On top of that, we have tons of DVDs and music CDs to take a bite out of that almost $2500 a year the typical American family spends on entertainment costs (see "Consumer Expenditures in 2006").
If you are one of the many people whom do not own a computer or do not have internet access, come to the library and use our computers or bring your laptop in for wireless internet access. If you’re still new to computers or certain computer programs, check out our free computer classes and contact us to sign up. Additionally, we offer a service for an hour a week in which one of our trained, talented librarians will sit in the computer lab and help answer computer questions ranging from how to copy and paste to where to go online to look for jobs.
However, the computer lab isn’t the only place you can take your questions. Professional librarians are on staff at the Faulk Central Library during our open hours. We can help you find information on virtually any topic you can think of and there are many topics we have already created in-depth guides for that can be found here.
Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting
Monday, January 19, 2009
The Library is closed Monday, January 19, to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr. King’s dream of social equality, justice, and peace continues to be an inspiration to millions across America and the world. Dr. King was in Menphis to support striking black garbage workers in the spring of 1968 before he was assassinated in by a sniper on April 4. Two websites about the life and legacy of this great American hero are: The King Center and the King Institute.
The definitive book about King and his era is America in the King Years, a three-volume history that will endure as a masterpiece of storytelling on American race, violence, and democracy, which the Library owns.
Friday, January 16, 2009
What the Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life by Avery Gilbert
The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell by Rachel Hertz
Inner Touch: Archaeology of a Sensation by Daniel Heller-Roazen
I See a Voice: Deafness, Language, and the Senses--A Philosophical History by Jonathan Rée
A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Jean-Paul Sartre considered Dos Passos “the greatest writer of our time.” E.L. Doctorow wrote: “It is a nice irony that not the era’s big literary personalities, but this quiet inhibited young man, would produce the most vaultingly ambitious novel of all—a twelve-hundred-page chronicle of the historic and spiritual life of an entire country in the first three decades of the twentieth century.”
No one was better at revealing the ways in which America and Americans engaged with an increasingly complex world. His disparate characters grabbed at opportunity with élan and shivered with trepidation over war, relationships, and money. Dos Passos portrays a world in which individuals awkwardly strive for better lives. We all wrestle with that.
The U.S.A. Trilogy is Dos Passos’ masterpiece, combining artistic innovation, political criticism, and cultural engagement.
The Austin Public Library owns the separated trilogy:
The 42nd Parallel
The Big Money
We also have the collected trilogy:
The U.S.A. Trilogy
Monday, January 12, 2009
As luck would have it, I stumbled upon a recent acquisition made by my astute colleagues at the Austin Public Library. The book is entitled, Cuba : Art and History, From 1868 to Today and it enables the reader to develop a deeper, visually rich, understanding of Cuba’s history and its people ranging from way before the Batista dictatorship and the ensuing revolution it helped to bring about, to the revolution’s aftermath and contemporary Cuban society.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
The exhibit may inspire you to learn more about Texas artists at your Library. We received three new books – the top three listed - about Texas artists in 2008, which is a record number for one year.
A Texas Journey: the Centennial Photographs of Polly Smith
Intimate Modernism: Fort Worth Circle Artists in the 1940s
Julian Onderdonk: American Impressionist
Core: Artists and Critics in Residence - Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Traces of Forgotten Places: an Artist's Thirty-year Exploration and Celebration of Texas
Jerry Bywaters, Interpreter of the Southwest
The Art and Life of Lucas Johnson
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
1. Analyze the make up of a web address and be wary of addresses that end in a .com. .Com usually denotes a commercial organization’s website. .Org, .gov, and .edu represent non-profit organizations, government offices and departments, and educational institutions, respectively. Knowing more about the type of organization that has created a website will help you decide how credible the information being provided is. Also, looking for an About Us or similar section on the website will reveal more about the creators of that website.
2. By joining a health related social network you can discuss treatments, doctor advice, and more with others experiencing similar health issues. By locating a blog pertaining to your health condition you can find advice, read about new developments, and interact with the medical professionals or patients who write it.
3. If you’ve decided to look into the medical literature (articles written about various subjects pertaining to the medical profession), only worry about reading the Introduction and the Discussion/Conclusions sections of each article. This will help you get to the gist of the article without having to stumble over the more technical aspects. Also, search for review articles that synthesize the literature for you and make your research a little easier.
4. Use "Deciphering Medspeak", a publication by the Medical Library Association, to help you understand any medical jargon you might come across.
5. Finally, when using our new guide be sure to look for the top 10 most useful health websites, denoted by an *, as selected by the Medical Library Association.
And, as always, the librarians here at APL are available every day of the week to answer any questions you might have about health information on the internet.
Monday, January 05, 2009
Craft books can be found anywhere in the 740s…best thing to do if you’re open to anything is to scan those shelves in any of our Libraries. Otherwise, check these specific titles out for some help:
Subversive Cross Stitch one of my favorites! Not something your Grandma would ever have imagined.
Ultimate A to Z companion to 1,001 needlecraft terms for when you have no idea what aida cloth is or how to understitch, this is the book for you.
Amigurumi! : super happy crochet cute I must learn how to crochet and this is my goal to learn, how to make super cute creatures!
Here are just a few of the hundreds of cool
Future Craft Collective: a site dedicated to bringing kids into the crafty world and getting them excited about it! Lists classes, events and workshops.
Average Jane Crafter: a blog that lays it out there for you, even you – an everyday average person – can craft! Lots of great links, free patterns and other fun blogs.
Austin Craft-o-Rama: a brick and mortar store right here in
Finally, check out this research guide I wrote, it’s a primer for anyone looking to get started in fabric crafts or just needs a fresh idea! (Feel free to let us know if you have an organization or association that meets, we’ll add you to the guide.)