Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Read Digital Magazines

My sister said to me one day, "If MCPL ever gets People magazine online I'm dropping my paper subscription." Guess what happened? MCPL got a subscription to Flipster and my sister saved money by dropping her People magazine subscription! Did you know you can read popular magazines online and for free (both current and back issues) on your computer, tablet, or mobile device? We have many different collections of e-magazines for kids, teens, and adults. Let me tell you about them!

Flipster Magazines
Flipster Magazines
Flipster and Zinio

Flipster has a wonderful selection of popular magazines online. This service has a great collection of magazines for all ages. Some exciting titles in the collection are:

  • Cooking Light
  • Ebony 
  • Entertainment Weekly 
  • Essence
  • Ladybug 
  • People 
  • People en Espa├▒ol 
  • Ranger Rick
  • Real Simple
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Sports Illustrated Kids
  • Southern Living
  • Time
  • and many more

Zinio also has a great collection of high interest titles. The magazines are more geared for teens and adults. Here's a look at some of their prominent magazines:

Zinio Magazines
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Country Living
  • Food Network Magazine
  • Forbes
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Macworld
  • National Geographic
  • Newsweek
  • The Oprah Magazines
  • PC World
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Reader's Digest
  • Rolling Stone
  • Seventeen
  • Smithsonian
  • and many more

That's not all! We've got other hidden magazine gems I wanted to make sure to tell you about.

Business and Consumer Information Magazines

Kids' Magazines

General Magazines

    General OneFile
  • General OneFile: Our largest periodical database.  Perfect for student research.
  • MasterFILE Premier:  Many articles.  Another leading database that's perfect for student research.
  • ¡Informe!: Articles from popular Hispanic magazines. Articulos de revistas hisp├ínicas populares.

Our e-magazine resources have something for everyone and it's easy to get started. Begin reading your favorite e-magazines today!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Happy 25th Anniversary Poolesville Library!

Poolesville Library 25th Anniversary WindowThe Poolesville Library commemorated its 25th year at the Poolesville  Towne Center on Saturday April 16th at 2pm. This event concluded a week of celebration coinciding with National Library Week. We kicked off National Library Week a day early with a financial aid workshop for teens and parents. The library also hosted two locally produced films, Growing Legacy: the Agricultural Reserve in Montgomery County, MD and Community Cornerstones: African American Communities in Montgomery County, which highlighted the history and cultural heritage of the county. In addition to our regular story time, the library hosted a special event with Tom Crowl, a comedy/ventriloquist, who delighted an audience of all ages.

Maggie Nightingale honoredAs we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Poolesville Library, we look back to a time when the area was served by the Bookmobile, until the Western County Library was opened in 1978. The Western County Library was a joint venture between MCPL and Montgomery County Public Schools.  It was housed in the Poolesville Jr./Sr. High School. The library as we know it today arrived in 1991, with modifications and an expansion 2001.

When we speak about Poolesville Library we must also speak of Maggie Nightingale. Her history and that of the library are intertwined. Maggie was the driving force behind the current library in the community. She began her long career with the Poolesville Library Advisory Committee around 1979. It was through Maggie’s lobbying efforts that Poolesville Library moved out of the school and into its current location. She took courses on how to lobby, attended numerous council meetings, and spoke at length with county officials until the community received its library.

Maggie Nightingale at Poolesville LibraryOn Saturday Maggie received a proclamation from County Executive Isiah Leggett, presented by MCPL Director Parker Hamilton, officially declaring April 16th as Maggie Nightingale Day. She also received special recognition from Poolesville Town Commissioner Jerry Klobukowski on behalf of the community. It was delightful to see so many of our customers and community residents, as well as past and present MCPL staff, in attendance on this joyous occasion.

Let us take this opportunity marking the 25th anniversary to honor both the love of libraries and the library lover. Thank you Maggie Nightingale.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Poets and Lyricists of MCPL

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, this week's Shout Out blog post introduces some of MCPL's own poets and lyricists, as well as sharing a bit of their work.

Eric Carzon, Business Manager

Guitar playingCan you describe your career with MCPL?
I have been MCPL’s Business Manager for the past 11 years. I have been with the County for 19 years. Before joining MCPL, I was a as senior budget analyst and a project manager.

What do you like best about working in libraries?
I enjoy the people:  colleagues, customers, and volunteers.  It’s really surprising the amount of energy, wisdom, hope, humor, and strength of character I encounter every day from these people in the library environment, often in ways I just hadn’t conceived.  Keeps one on their toes.

What's your favorite read?
I suppose it’s Dune and the prequels made by Frank Herbert’s son Brian and Kevin J. Anderson.  But I also like Ender’s Game and its related family of books, and sci fi and fantasy in general.  I also like a variety of non-fiction, but find it hard to finish, so I kind of browse it.  DK “whatever” is a staple.

What else do you want us to know about you?
I am a lifelong Marylander. I have a Master’s degree in Public Management from the University of Maryland at College Park.

What is your songwriting background?
I have been writing songs and performing since the eighth grade. I was the editor of my high school and college literary magazines, and lead singer and guitarist in the groups Soul Dissension and Ishmael. I am currently a member of the Song Writer’s Association of Washington.

One of Eric's Songs:

Dawn and the Child (a Baptismal Song) circa 2002

It is the dawn, as you lay sleeping
All the house is quiet, and you’re safe and warm
And the world, was never so peaceful as at this moment
With you child in my arms

And for your child
I could hold all the Earth
I could fight all the hate and the rage of this world

It is the dawn, every child lay sleeping
They bask in the glow, the warmth, the love of the Son
And for you child, and every soul ever to be born
He gave up his life, to be bring grace and peace to the world

It is the dawn, in my arms you lay sleeping
I thank the Lord for you, this gift of God I behold
And the Lord, he is weeping
Tears of joy, for this moment of peace and love in the world.

Lisa Navidi, Head of Adult Services, Davis Branch

Can you describe your career with MCPL?
I have been with MCPL for 30 years in various branches including the former Bookmobile. I am currently the head of adult services at the Davis branch.

What do you like best about working in libraries?
It's the customers that make working in the libraries the most fun for me. There is literally not a day when I don't learn something new. I  especially love their readers advisory questions and when they return and ask me what I'm reading because they trust my instincts. Davis is the perfect library for this and our mature customers are here for the books.

What are your hobbies?
I am an avid reader and love to recommend books to anyone who will listen! I am also an enthusiastic, if not proficient, bowler.

What are you reading now?
I'm listening to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, something I never thought I'd enjoy...but I do...Elizabeth Bennett fighting off zombies and doing very well thank you.

What is your songwriting connection?
I am a lyricist, along with my co-writer Heather Wright, of parody lyrics to music for many friends and co-workers.

Heather Wright, Librarian II, Children's Services, Olney Branch (and co-lyricist with Lisa Navidi)

Can you describe your career with MCPL?
I have been with MCPL since 1990. I have worked at the Potomac, Quince Orchard and Rockville branches. I am currently the head of children's services at Olney.

What else do you want us to know about you?
I am originally from Wisconsin and worked in marketing and marketing research before I decided to pursue a career in library science.

What do you like best about working in libraries?
What I like best about working in libraries is the opportunity to use my expertise to help people find "just the right book" at "just the right time". It's a way of making someone's life a little bit better.  I also really like making lists of books.

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy reading and crossword puzzles and only very occasional light exercise.

What are you reading now?
Right now, I am reading two books: A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson, which is a sequel to Life after Life (which is one of my favorite books, as it plays with the concept of time and reincarnation), and The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann, a children's books along the lines of Harry Potter, in which society forces 13-year-olds who are creative or different in some way to be eliminated.

A Good-bye Song by Lisa Navidi and Heather Wright
Lisa and Heather wrote this song in honor of a co-worker, Suzanne, who worked at Bethesda and Rockville before transferring to our Ask-a-Librarian service.

Goodbye to Our Suzannee (sung to the tune of Oh Suzannah)

She came here from Bethesda and she earned all our respect
And the businessmen they loved her
For she brought “Info Connect”

She answers all the questions with a great deal of details
We go to her with problems and she hardly ever fails

Oh Suzanneee oh don’t you cry for we
You may be leaving Rockville but you’ll pop in virtually

If there’s a time when we don’t know the answer to a quest
Just click on the “Suzanne Icon” and she will do the rest

We’ll miss her style, we miss her face
We’ll miss her yummy treats
If her cakes could all be blogged, we’d make them virtual eats

Suzanne you’ve done so much for us
You’ve run this place for sure
Your calm collected presence has helped us to endure

 Oh Suzanneee oh don’t you cry for we
You may be leaving Rockville but you’ll pop in virtually

So Dear Customer, consider this.  The library worker checking out your books may looked mild mannered, but who knows what storms of creativity surge in their hearts!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Brag on TAG - Teens at MCPL

Teen Advisory Group logoOne of my favorite parts of being a librarian is the work I get to do with teens. They amaze me, inspire me, frustrate me, and challenge my expectations. They cheer me up on days when I'm convinced there isn't anything that could. They make me think about libraries and library services from a completely different perspective.

I am in my second year leading the MCPL Teen Advisory Group (TAG), which gives feedback and offers suggestions on library services, programs, and policies as they relate to teens. These teens LOVE libraries and reading. They also want more teens to see that the library goes beyond being a "bookish" place, that it offers resources for learning and for fun.

MCPL's Teen Advisory Group
MCPL's Teen Advisory Group
I asked them for help to write this post because I wondered what they would say about TAG and about libraries. Their answers were touching, impressive, and a bit unexpected.


What would you tell other teens or adults about TAG? 

"I ... love how TAG has really opened me up to how many programs there actually are in the library. There are so many different activities and events for teens throughout the year and I didn't even know about them."  ~Connor, 1st year

"I think TAG is a very important part of MCPL because in order for libraries to continue being effective, people need to visit them and make use of them and TAG helps to get more teens and kids involved with their local library." ~Onjoli, 1st year

"What  I love is of information. it allows me  to hear about other people's opinions and ideas. TAG represent teens. And only teens can easily attract other teens." ~Sena, 1st year

Why are libraries important for teens? Why are libraries important at all? Don't teens just do everything on their phones these days? 

"Libraries are important for teens because technology makes up such a huge component of our lives and the library allows us to connect with the community and have hard copies of books and articles, especially older editions. Also, librarians provide personal help that the internet can't, such as reading suggestions and knowledge." ~Onjoli, 1st year

"Libraries...provide so much more than just books and magazines that can be accessed via cell phone now. There are clubs and events where you can meet new people. Also, the library has programs that you can join and get volunteer hours for school." ~Imani, 1st year

"Libraries are becoming one of the best places to go to hang out or study. They have a comforting atmosphere and are quiet in some places and talkative in other places. You can ask a librarian anything or get help from any of the resources the library provides. Teens are starting to warm up to libraries as they transition from cold, silent, places where kids are scrutinized, to bright, friendly, we-have-whiteboard-walls places!" ~Peregrine, 3rd year

2016 Teen Poetry Competition
Some of the activities and events for teens Connor mentioned above include writing clubs for sharing work and getting feedback, chess clubs for beginners and experts, and maker programs that include everything from graphic design to knitting.

Are you looking for the personal help that Onjoli said only librarians can provide? Try What Do I Check Out Next? to find your next great read. Our librarians will offer book suggestions tailored to your specific reading interests.

What else does MCPL do for teens? Find out on Teensite, our page just for teens.