Web Site of the Week: KeepVid

October 6, 2015 Leave a comment

The premise of KeepVid could not be simpler. Just copy and paste a link from YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, DailyMotion, and other supported sites and select Download. The program then downloads the video or audio onto the user’s computer free of charge. While KeepVid is safe and legal, readers will want to be careful about how they use their downloaded content. For
instance, downloading the latest Taylor Swift video to one’s computer is legal. However, using that video for profit or any public purpose is usually a violation of copywrite laws. Nevertheless, for readers who would like to download their favorite videos from YouTube and other sites,
KeepVid is an excellent resource. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.


Web Site of the Week: Kids: The Dana Foundation

September 29, 2015 Leave a comment

The Dana Foundation is on a mission to promote education about the human brain, and the Kid’s section of the organization’s website is packed with fun-filled educational activities and suggestions. Why not start with the Fun section, where readers will find links to dozens of games for elementary school, middle school, and high school students. The Lab is another great place to spend time on the site. Here readers can explore an interactive brain atlas, comparative mammalian brain collectives, and other wonders. In addition, the site features tabs dedicated to Brain Awareness Week, which takes place each March, and resources designed to help Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other related groups plan a troop meeting about neuroscience. Finally, Recent Articles appear at the bottom of the page and cover such topics as cognitive impairment from soccer head injuries and the mysteries of the teenage brain. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.


Gatecount for September 2015

September 24, 2015 Leave a comment

We had 4921 people walk through library doors in the week of September 14, 2015.  That is a decrease of 11.6% when compared to the gatecount from October 2014.   We suspect that the drop is due to the change in operating hours that started July 1, 2015.

Thanks to all our great staff and the public as we adjust to the new schedule!

Categories: Community, libraries

Web Site of the Week: Typing Lessons

September 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Typing.com’s free Typing Lessons are a helpful resource for those looking to learn how to type or those who are hoping to hone in on their typing skills. Users may select their skill level, such as Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced, to open dozens of lessons on the proper use of a keyboard. For instance, the first three lessons under the Beginner category cover the letters J, F, and Space Bar. Each exercise ends with an evaluation of typing speed (words per minute), accuracy, time spent typing, and an identification of problem keys. The Beginner category includes 14 lessons, including two reviews and a wrap up, while the Intermediate category includes 10 lessons, and the Advanced category boasts eight lessons. Whatever a reader’s level, the site offers plenty of practice for typing skills. One caveat, however, is that the free version of the site contains ads. An ad-free experience is available for those willing to pay a nominal fee. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.


Web Site of the Week: Penguin Books: Teacher Guides

September 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Perhaps the most impressive thing about this list of Teacher Guides from Penguin Books is the sheer number of titles. There are 20 guides for Shakespeare’s works alone, including exegeses on Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, King Lear, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The other several dozen guides cover titles as diverse as George Orwell’s 1984 and  E.L. Doctorow’s City of God. Along the way, educators will find guides to books by Jane Austen, Ayn Rand, Aristophanes, Frederick Douglas, and Khaled Hosseini among many others. The guides themselves are intellectually rigorous and visually attractive. For instance, a guide to H.G. Wells The Time Machine includes an introduction, a plot summary by chapter, an entire section dedicated to strategies to use before reading, a list of vocabulary words for each chapter, a possible reading schedule, and many other helpful resources. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.


Library Board Minutes – August 2015

September 10, 2015 Leave a comment

Please follow the link to view the minutes of the Library Board of Trustees meeting for August 2015.

Web Site of the Week: How Courts Work

September 8, 2015 Leave a comment

The American Bar Association (ABA) hosts an excellent web page designed to detail the intricacies of how courts in America actually work. Here readers will find four informative sections, including information about Courts and Legal Procedure, Steps in a Trial, The Human Side of Being a Judge, and Mediation. Within each section, subsections further elucidate the topic. For instance, under the Steps in a Trial section, over two dozen subcategories tell the complex story of how a case moves through the courts, including a Diagram of How a Case Moves Through the Courts, and short narratives concerning Pleadings, Plea Bargaining, Judgment, Sentencing, and much more. For educators teaching law to high school and undergraduate students, or for anyone who would like to better understand the American legal system, this site will provide hours of informative reading. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.



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