Library News

Exciting news; as of April 27th, audiobooksynch.com is back! This fantastic free resource puts out two free audiobooks for teens A WEEK over the summer, usually paired with a theme. The first two books available will be "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde, and "The Dead House" by Dawn Kurtagich. Check back every week throughout the summer for these great reads that are perfect for car trips, workouts, and relaxation!  
Did you know there's a digital classroom at your local library, and it's called Lynda.com? Lynda.com is a professional training website featuring over 3,000 in-depth tutorials on creative, business and technical skills. You can take courses on an expansive range of topics from photo and video editing to information technology (and everything in between) with these expertly-designed videos and presentations. Your "coursework" is free; all you need is your library card! To access Lynda....
Feel like you’re lost in the woods (or stacks) without a compass at your library? Let us lend a hand. Every one of the 32 libraries in the Great River Regional Library system offers the opportunity to “book a librarian” for concentrated, uninterrupted personal assistance with whatever you need. From help with e-books and computers to genealogical research or finding the right materials to finish your term paper, GRRL librarians are on hand, ready to help answer your questions and point...
The Internet can be a scary place! If governments and major corporations can be hacked, what chance do you have? Just as you wouldn't walk down dark, mean streets without caution, there are things you can do to help protect yourself when online. We've got a great set of tutorials lined up from the good folks at TechBoomers to teach you all about viruses, email scams, phishing, online shopping, and how to be safe online. Click here to view the resources and learn how to lower your risk.
Good news, digital reading fans! Overdrive, the library's eBook/eAudiobook service, now has a snazzy new app called Libby! You can read your books and audiobooks directly on the app, as well as keep track of when your books are due. Be sure to check out the curated book collections for your next favorite read! Download the new app from your apps store today.
Do you ever look at the shelves of the library or all the book review sites and think, how will I ever keep track of what I want to read? There are so many good books out there! Fear not, reading enthusiasts. We've got a neat solution for you. Goodreads.com is a free website with a built-in bookshelf feature that allows you to not only keep track of books you have read, but also mark books you want to read in the future. It also has a community of millions, which means you can check out...
If you have an iPhone, you have probably heard of Siri. She's the computery voice that can talk to you from your phone. She is basically a hands-free way of searching for information.   To access Siri, just hold down on your home button (the small round button on the bottom of your iPhone) and ask your question. What kinds of questions can you ask Siri? Anything! Ask her what movie times are. Ask her to find local coffee shops. Ask her for directions to an address....