Avalon Free Public Library

January, 2011

Avalon Free Public Library Newsletter
 A Library Journal Five - Star Library 

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New Fiction

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 Preschool Story Time

Tues & Thurs, 10:00am


Wii Games with Zach

3:15 - 4:45pm

Jan 18 & 25


Avalon Knitters

Mondays, 3:30


Library Book Club

6:00pm, 2nd Wed.

January 11

Latest Book


Creative Writing

10-noon, 1st & 3rd Sat. Schedule


Italian Culture 

3:30-4:30pm, 2nd Wed.


Scrabble Club 

6-8pm, 2nd & 4th Mon.

User Groups 
Mac Users:
2nd Monday
The Best Apps for
iPad, iPhone &  iPod Touch   
PC Users:
3rd Monday
Digital Camera Users
4th Monday
Using iPad Camera & iPad Apps
Smart Phone Users
1st Monday
No meeting Jan



MAC Classes


PC Classes


Tech Webinars


Featured Film


Classic Movies

(none for January)



Art Appreciation


Element of Line

Jan 3, 6:30-7:30pm

Happy New Year! 
The Library wishes you a happy and safe New Year


        Holiday Schedule


  New Years Eve - 9am-5pm


  New Years Day - Closed


  Monday, Jan 2 - 9am-5pm


"What shall I wear to the Webinar?" 
Bunny slippers permitted at all Library webinars
The library will be hosting 3 online webinars in January:
January 19, 6-8pm
Search Tips and Helpful Websites
January 26, 6-8pm
Computer and Internet Security, Backup and File Storage
January 28, 11am-1pm
You Cannot Download Lunch on a Kindle 
Kindle and Kindle Fire Workshop
Kindle Class
Got a Kindle or Kindle Fire for Christmas or Hanukkah? Bring your Kindle to the workshop and we will help you learn the many features including how to down load free library eBooks from Overdrive.
Jan 5, Thursday, 6-7:30pm
Satchmo StreamsJazz
in Music Online
Music Online is a portal to six streaming music databases: Jazz Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Smithsonian Global Sound, Classical Music Library, American Song and Opera in Video. There are thousands of tracks along with associated online reference material to make your listening experience both enjoyable and knowledgeable.
Water Color Workshop
 With artist Kim Weiland
Water Color Workshop
This is a a full-day workshop which will focus on guiding students towards a better understanding of concepts and techniques that are employed depicting beach, marsh, ocean and sky as observed in the local area.  Click here for a full description of the course and supplies needed. 
Saturday, Jan 21, 10am-4pm
Head over Heels at TumbleBook Library
The TumbleBook Library is an online collection of TumbleBooks - animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. The TumbleBook Library also provides enrichment through games and other activities which reinforce comprehension and reading skills. Access TumbleBooks through our website.
2 New Hot Rods in the Gadget Garage 
Avalon residents can now check out our new Kindle Fire and Sony Wi-Fi eReaders.  (Not available through Library-by-Mail program.)

Net Picks


New Years Resolution Generator - If you are having problems coming up with New Years resolutions, try the New Years Resolution Generator. Statistical, the odds are against you fulfilling your resolutions. Why they fail and what you can do about it is the subject of a Psychology Today article titled New Years Resolutions, Why They Don't Stick.


Google Doodles -  Do you enjoy when the Google logo is altered for special events as much as I do? Doodles are the fun, surprising and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists.


World's Worst Cultural Mistakes - Did you know that talking over dinner is considered a social faux pas in China, Japan, and certain African countries? Blowing your nose in public could earn disdainful looks in Saudi Arabia and France. Don't perpetuate the world's worst cultural mistakes. Another website which will help you steer clear of embarrassing cultural missteps is Cultural Crossing. Culture Crossing provides users with valuable cultural information about every country.  It also promotes understanding of your own culture, by exploring the values, communications styles and other elements that guide your actions, interactions and reactions.


Recipes for January - Southern Living, planetgreen.com, Food Network and Woman's Day.


American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music - "American Sabor" is based on a Smithsonian Museum exhibit that explores the influence of Latino musicians in post-World War II America through the lens of major centers of Latino music production-New York, San Antonio, San Francisco, Miami and Los Angeles. The website is fully multimedia enabled. The Juke Box section has over 40 streaming tracks. "The Mixer" allows you to explore the musical components of of a variety of genres of Latino music.


40 Best Android Apps for 2011 from PC Magazine


50 Best iPhone Apps for 2011 from Time Magazine


Planet Earth is a video instructional series on Earth science and astronomy for college and high school classrooms and adult learners. This series presents visually spectacular tours of the seven continents as it makes connections between our solar system and Earth's oceans, climate, and mineral and energy sources. It unifies Earth science, astronomy, and comparative planetology into an integrated discipline that relies on common scientific methods. There are 7 episodes, each an hour long.


Healthy Sleep - Who doesn't love a good night's sleep? The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard and WGBH have collaborated to produce the Healthy Sleep website to help "illuminate the relevance of sleep, explain the underlying science of sleep, and, most importantly, provide practical information for getting the sleep you need." Visitors interested in getting the sleep they need will find the many videos and interactive features here well worth their time. Under the "Why Sleep Matters" link, visitors will find an interactive timeline entitled "Historical and Cultural Perspectives of Sleep". The "Consequences of Insufficient Sleep" gives visitors the choice of several short videos to watch, including those that address the consequences of driving while drowsy, the link between disease risk and poor sleep, and the public safety and performance issues that arise due to insufficient sleep. The "Getting the Sleep You Need" link has many tips for visitors on how to approach poor sleep habits, including when to seek treatment.


Luminous, The Art of Asia - This website accompanying an exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) allows visitors to explore selected works of the Art of Asia in detail. For example, after clicking on "Explore the Art" on the homepage, visitors can view a 3-minute video that explores the museum's conservators' work with Seated Guanyin, a Chinese wooden sculpture from the Song period (960-1279) that had been both painted and gilded by prior owners. Another shorter video shows kids reacting to Crows, a pair of six-paneled Japanese screens, Edo Period 1615 - 1868. There are several videos abut Gate, a specially commissioned piece by Do Ho Suh, a contemporary Korean artist. Gate recreates a gate into the artist's father's house, augmented with projected images based on other works in the museum's collections. In the videos, watch Gate being installed, observe the animated imagery, museum goers reactions, and hear curators discuss the piece

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week 
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