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Posted by annetteb on 05/23/18
 
If you are looking to record audio with a professional-grade condenser microphone, consider booking one of our Studio suites and using the Senal SCM-660 Condenser Mic. This microphone is available for in-Studio use only. 
 
The Senal SCM-660 Condenser Mic captures audio with a full, rich tone. It is excellent to use when broadcasting, studio recording, podcasting, or live recording. 
 
To learn more about what our Studio suites have to offer, view the full list of Studio equipment here.
 
If you have any questions, please visit or contact the Tech Learning Center. 
Posted by Katie M on 05/17/18
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Everything Is Horrible And Wonderful : A Tragicomic Memoir Of Genius, Heroin, Love, And Loss by Stephanie Wittels Wachs is the author’s absorbing account about coping with the death of her brother, Harris Wittels, from a heroin overdose. The book spans the few years between the time that the family learns of Harris’ substance addiction, to the year after his death, and details their attempt to make sense of everything. Stephanie openly discusses how concurrent to Harris’ addiction, she gives birth to a baby with a permanent hearing disability, and writes about the emotional stress of these parallel events.

Stephanie is unflinchingly honest in this memoir, and with her background in education and performance, her audiobook narration is a real standout. I listened on Hoopla, and highly recommend the audio format of the book, as the story, in her voice, is powerful; it’s tender and evocative and her love for her brother and her family is potent.

This is one of those books where you’ll laugh and you'll cry – the humor can be dry and quirky and laugh-out-loud funny (Harris was a professional comedy writer) and the tragic moments incredibly dark – but part of the strength of the story is this concurrent thread of humor and sadness. This book is for those who like modern memoirs, and anyone interested in reading a detailed personal account about addiction and grief, told through the lens of a candid, close-knit family.
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Posted by Lucy S on 05/12/18
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This delightful little book is an ode to bookstores and to an old-fashioned method of communication. Michael and Hilary, a husband and wife team, opened an independent bookstore in 2013. On the shop’s opening day, the couple set out a manual, non-electric, carriage-return style typewriter loaded with a sheaf of paper. Soon, the clacking sound of the keys striking the platen could be heard.

Notes From a Public Typewriter is a collection of the comments left behind by customers. Some were gibberish, but among the remarks are maxims, whimsies, playful notes, somber expositions, edgy witticisms, sharp observations, random thoughts, anonymous musings and heartfelt reflections.

This book will appeal to those who learned how to type on a manual typewriter (and know what the term “return” means) and to those looking for a feel-good quick, light read.
Posted by annetteb on 05/06/18
Enjoy exceptional clarity and stabilization in your video recordings by using the Canon HD Camcorer.
 
The camera comes in a travel bag, along with its battery, USB cable, charger, and 32 GB SD card. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, the Canon HD Camcorder is an excellent tool to use to document your memorable moments. 
 
For more information, contact or visit the Tech Learning Center. 
Posted by SherriT on 05/05/18
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Kick off your summer reading list with The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner.

Lauren is the widow of NHL hockey star Rory Kincaid who leaves it all to fight as a US Ranger overseas. After he is killed in combat, Lauren is caught in web of grief that she has not been able to let go of for four years. When a filmmaker approaches her and her family to produce a documentary about Rory’s life, she fights him every step of the way. Lauren is determined to keep the memory of Rory high on a pedestal and in her heart. However, the secrets that Matt's documentary are uncovering are not what she wants to face.

While this book is truly Lauren’s story, it is also a story about the other women in her immediate family, her mom Beth and her sister Stephanie. I love nothing more than a story about a family of strong women with complex lives.

So many themes covered in this book: professional sports, celebrity status, the military, love, grief, betrayal, traumatic brain injury, documentary filmmaking, and some yummy baking thrown in! Love the way it all ties together to make The Husband Hour a favorite 2018 beach read.
Posted by annetteb on 05/05/18
As you take on video projects this season, consider capturing high-quality audio with the Rode VideoMic Pro.
 
The Rode VideoMic Pro is a shotgun microphone designated for use with camcorders, DSLR cameras and portable audio recorders as a source of primary and reference audio. It is a broadcast recording-quality condenser microphone featuring a lightweight, compact design, perfect for traveling to any filming location. 
 
To learn more, contact or visit the Tech Learning Center. 
 
Posted by jonf on 05/01/18
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The new John Wells thriller by Alex Berenson is a timely look at Russia's attempt to influence U.S politics. A large explosion at the American Airlines arena in Dallas kills 398 people. President Vinny Duto calls in Wells to investigate. The Islamic State has taken credit, but Wells finds aspects that suggest a larger plot. Later, after a famous evangelical minister and the Cardinal of Chicago are killed by a sniper, Wells finds evidence leading to Moscow.
The Kremlin is behind the terror attacks and is trying to help the rise of a radical right-wing senator from Tennessee. Wells and his marine partner Coyle, track a trail of money to South America which leads back to Dallas. This is the 12th in the series and is another intelligent and fast paced tale.
 
Posted by annetteb on 04/25/18
With warm weather on its way, it's time to capture fun moments and memories on the Canon PowerShot S95 Digital Camera!
 
The Canon PowerShot S95 is equipped with a 10.0 megapixel sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor. It is able to capture 720 pixel HD video in stereo sound and can be played back on any HDTV through the HDMI output. The camera also features 3.8x optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle lens, perfect for taking photos and videos.
 
For more information, contact or visit the Tech Learning Center.
Posted by BARB W on 04/25/18
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Witness another entry in the already crowded canon of dystopian literature. Out in the Open, by Jesús Carrasco, has somehow managed to distinguish itself and move to the front of the pack.
 
Carrasco’s prose is sharp and precise, and like Cormac McCarthy, he does not litter his story with unnecessary distractions.  A minimum of characters, fully realized, enter our consciousness and consideration.
 
However, the story also belongs to the parched landscape the boy and the goatherd desperately maneuver in their effort to survive. The magnitude and urgency created by the absence of water terrifies with greater potency than zombies or fictitious viruses. This exquisitely written story, translated from the original Spanish, will not disappoint.
Posted by Lucy S on 04/19/18
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Impressed by author/poet Rudy Francisco when I recently saw him perform on a television talk show, I immediately sought out a print edition of his work. At only 95 pages long, Helium exhibits a lot of impact in a spare amount of words. It is an observation of life, of what he sees around him and of what he has personally experienced. Some topics are painful, some are humorous, some I can relate to, and some I gained insight into a different perspective. Helium is a showcase of words and language.

I recommend this title for those who like poetry and may be looking for a new voice or for someone who might like to try reading poetry again with a smaller work in honor of National Poetry Month. 
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6.012 Patron-Generated Content

04/27/2011
The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public.  These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog.  Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy.
 
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Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit.  The Library assumes no responsibility for such content.
 
The Library reserves the right not to post submitted content or to remove patron-generated content for any reason, including but not limited to:
 
  • content that is profane, obscene, or pornographic;
 
  • content that is abusive, discriminatory or hateful on account of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation;
 
  • content that contains threats, personal attacks, or harassment;
 
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