Library News: Region Wide

New apps are created every day. But some apps are so useful they stick around and just get better. We've put together a list of apps the staff have used and found useful so you can check it out. Whether it's something to help you keep track of the miles you run or the dollars in your bank account, there's an app here. Of course, because we're librarians, you'll find apps that help you find books and music. But there's more, too. So check it out.
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, Paynesville staff discovered at least 25 caterpillars in the tiny, raised-bed 'Mr. McGregor's Garden' in the front lawn of the library. After some research, they decided the green, yellow and orange creatures are probably papilio polyxenes asterius larvae (which transforms into the Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly) and will begin their pupae transition soon, likely in the next 4 or 5 days, (but that's just an educated guess based on the research). These will likely over...
You’ve heard about it in the news, and seen the signs around the library, but what exactly is this Pokemon Go everyone is talking about?  It’s a new free gaming/fitness app that is taking the world by storm! Click here to learn more about how you can catch ‘em all and become a Pokemon master.    
Video chatting is a wonderful way to keep in touch with relatives far away, to hold across-the-globe meetings, and to bring people closer together. Check out these great free apps and programs that let you video chat from your computer, tablet, or smart phone. Google Hangouts Skype Facebook FaceTime (for Apple devices only)  
This website is scheduled to change on Wednesday, June 22. It's being switched for a responsive design that will be more user friendly when viewed on a smartphone or other device. The content will remain mostly the same. You'll have quick access to the library catalog and to all the online research databases we make available. In fact, your access may be quicker. You can click directly onto Picture Books, Fiction, Online Learning and other content categories. You'll probably agree that it...
Audiobooks are the perfect way to pass time during long car rides, plane rides, or just stretches of sunning yourself on the beach. This summer, make books your life's soundtrack with these great resources. http://audiobooksync.com: Geared toward teens, but great for their adults too, this site provides two free audiobooks each week through August 17. Digital.griver.org: Get free digital audiobooks right on your phone, tablet or computer through the Great River library system with our...
Learning Express Library has resources for all ages including practice tests for GED, GRE, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, ESL, civil service and citizenship exams, ESL and AP courses, and a Job and Career Help Center. Learning Express Library is not just great for preparing for tests, it’s also an excellent resource when applying for jobs! This great resource has tips for interviews, templates for writing resumes and cover letters, links to great jobs in all sorts of fields, and it can even help you...
We’re making a change at the library. We’re adding a second, new catalog (there’s a link under the existing Library Catalog heading). It does the same things as the classic catalog, but better. For a time we’ll keep both catalogs running so you have time to get used to the change. The new catalog is mobile friendly. It is built with responsive design, which means it reshapes itself to the format of your device. The way it looks on a mobile may be different from the way it looks on a laptop...
April's tech tip is to scout out Lynda.com. Lynda.com is a professional training website including more than 3,000 in-depth tutorials on business, technical, and creative skills. Learn everything from navigating Facebook to advanced photography and more with these expert videos and presentations. All you need is your library card! To access Lynda.com at the library or from home, go to Databases, then scroll down to Lynda.com. You will be prompted to enter your library card number and PIN...
Science fiction may be a polarizing genre of literature because it conjures up images of pulp fiction monsters and crater littered landscapes. But the popularity of movies such as "Martian," the Terminator franchise,Star Wars and Star Trek in all their variations, and the enduring appeal of classics such as "Blade Runner" and "2001, A Space Odyssey," suggest there is a large group of people who would enjoy Sci-Fi but haven't gone there yet. So, in April, read a science fiction novel as part...