Avalon Free Public Library
March, 2010
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Music Lecture 
Computer Survey
Paul Somers
 "Music as Picture and Poetry"
March 23, 7-8:30pm
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Reel Time
Precious - the movie
In Harlem, an overweight, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
 Rated R, No one under 17 admitted 
7pm, Tuesday, Mar 9
Film Movement 
The Window
The Window 
  Bedridden, 80 year old Antonio looks out his window at the Patagonian landscape and sees  the past and the present, while sensing the future.
 Rating: NR - may not be appropriate for under 17.
6pm, Thurs, Mar 18
Tennis Anyone? 

Wii Tennis Tournament 
 (for adults)
March 17, 24, and 31
Avalon Library Patrons Help the Needy

Food PantryThe Holy Redeemer Food Bank presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the libraryfor serving as a collection point for non-perishable food donations. According to Jane Thompson, Food Pantry Coordinator , the Pantry served over 8,645 people in 2009; an increase of 41% from 2008. Avalon patrons are cooler by a mile!
Talk to Us

We are as far away as your computer and as close as your telephone. It is now easier (and cheaper!) for you to stay in touch. Requesting a book, renewing material, or asking a reference question, try our long-distance toll-free number:
Flicks: What's Your Blood Type, Part II
Library Movie New Moon
 The Twilight Saga: New Moon - When Edward leaves Bella, her  world is turned upside down. With Bella's heart broken, she turns to Jake who has own special issues...like needing a barber when the moon is full.
7:00pm, Saturday Mar 20
The Light Touch - Pastels with Jim 
PastelsJim Penland is back with a two-part workshop on pastels. A supply list is available at the circulation desk or online. Registration required.
 10am-4pm, March 20 & 27
Loose the Wires
The topic of the PC Users Group next meeting is:
Setting Up Wireless Equipment (Routers, Printers, etc.)
6:15-7:45 pm, Monday, March 15
Come meet with other PC computer users to share problems and solutions. New topic every month.
Not Applesauce 
Apple WorkshopUsing your MAC and iDVD, Harry Keyser shows use how to render slide shows and videos to discs that can be played on your home DVD player.
 2 sessions, 5:30-7:30pm, Tues., Mar 9 & 23
Tell us your story 
Snow Storm 02/10The snow storm of February 6 resulted in the loss of electric service from 3 to 5 days for many Avalon residents. When the library was able to reopen almost a week later, we heard many stories of perserverance, courage, and ingenuity. Please consider stopping by the library so we can record your story in order to document this historic event.
Scintillating Data
Did you know that you checked out 167,897 items from the library in 2009, and used the library's computers 29,699 times, sitting in front of the monitors 7291 hours? For this and other astounding facts, take a look at our stats for 2009.
Staff Favorites

The 20 Best Money Sites (Money Magazine) - Money editors recommend great sites for saving for retirement, assessing the risk in your portfolio, budgeting, real estate, and more. They also warn you against sites that misinform or charge for what should be free information.

The U.S. National Archives Photo Stream on FlickrSelections from their wide-ranging collections include photos from the Mathew Brady Civil War collection, the Women's Bureau, Ansel Adams, and the Documented Rights Exhibit.

What Happened in My Birth Year - Reference librarians are often asked to help people find out what was happening the day they were born. For many of us that was before the digital age, and the only recourse is to search through microfilm to find the newspaper headlines. With the advent of sites like this, that microfilm may never be used again.

Aphorisms Galore -If you're ever in need of a short, snappy, amusing comment on whatever topic you're addressing in a speech or report or e-mail (for instance, "A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience," or "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea,"), here's a good place to start browsing or searching.

Credit Card Act Consumers Guide - This law went into effect February 22. Here's what you should know to make sure your credit card company is abiding by it.

Playing to Win: American Sports and Athletes on Stamps
- The Smithsonian National Postal Museum has profiled a wide swath of American life on stamps over the years, and this latest online exhibit  looks at American sports and athletes on stamps.  There is complete information for each stamp, including material on when the stamp was issued. Also, visitors can zoom in and out on each stamp to look for creative details.
New Jersey Income Tax Forms - This is not one of our favorite links, but certainly a necessity since the State has decided not to stock libraries with tax forms. Gross Income Tax forms and all other forms are in pdf format and require downloading Adobe Reader. Many IRS resources and forms are also available online. 
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications - The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word, or click on "Advanced Search" for more options.
The Science of Sport - The Science of Sport is a blog by Dr Jonathan Dugas and Dr Ross Tucker which attempts "to give Sports Science and Exercise Physiology a broader appeal, while at the same time providing a site where people could be educated and learn about physiology and exercise performance". It has two distinct categories of posts: physiology and news. As well as cycling and running, it aims to cover a range of sports events and issues. There are sections on running technique, marathon analysis, doping and fatigue, together with links to useful sites.
Recipes - March Madness  and St. Patrick's Day recipes.  Both from allrecipes.com.
St. Patrick's Day - History.com and  St. Patrick's Day.Com