Read Books Online

Posted on April 4, 2008. Filed under: Resources |

Google has digitized many books from library collections, including hundreds of books related to Old English literature: editions, translations, and scholarly studies. You can search for books by subject, phrase, author, title, and other criteria. If you limit your search to “full-view,” the results will all be books that you can read in their entirety.

Try Google Books

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Need Auto Info?

Posted on March 26, 2008. Filed under: Resources |

Looking for historical or current technical information on all things automobile?  Have you given up looking online or at a Branford library?  The Philadelphia Free Public Library could be a resource for you!  Managed by librarian Kim Bravo, the Automobile Reference Collection (ARC) of the Philadelphia Free Public Library is one of the largest gatherings of automotive literature in the world, offering extensive information and providing a comprehensive record of automotive history. The ARC includes technical manuals, sales literature, photography, books and periodicals, as well as up-to-date repair information for domestic and imported cars. And all of this isn’t just accessible to Philadelphians. As “part of the nationwide effort to have librarians available online,” Ms. Bravo says, “If I can e-mail [the material], it’s yours!” 

Learn more about the ARC

Email the ARC here – Scroll down for email form  

Kim Bravo

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Google Reaches the Stars

Posted on March 26, 2008. Filed under: Educational, Resources |

According to their official website, Google has “teamed up with astronomers at some of the largest observatories in the world to bring you” Google Sky, a new tool offering “an exciting way to browse and explore the universe.” Users can enter terms or coordinates to search for particular stars and galaxies, but there is no “Get directions” feature…yet.

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Posted on October 18, 2007. Filed under: Educational, Fun, Resources |

I’m celebrating my 6 month anniversary as a proud member and could not help but christen the momentus occasion with a blog post. is a social networking site that aims to connect people with similar interests by allowing them to post notices of events and meetings. 

Say you love kayaking.  You can sign up to be a “member” of the local New Haven kayaking group and be informed of any kayaking trips they are taking.  More importantly, you are able to meet people who share your love of kayaking and make new friends to share new adventures with.  I personally could not be more happy to receive email notifications of new group activities and always look forward to upcoming meetings of my favorite groups.  But don’t just take my word for it, here’s what bigger publications with better writers are saying about

Time“A convenient, non-threatening way to connect to other people who share similar interests and live nearby.”

Newsweek “…helps groups of strangers organize monthly powwows at local watering holes.”

Toronto Sun“…it’s important to stay true to your passions or interests, whatever they may be… An opportunity to reconnect with yourself and others in a stress-free environment. It’s as simple as that.”

Not convinced? Check it out for yourself!

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Google’s Alerts

Posted on July 19, 2007. Filed under: Resources |

A really cool way to stay informed about the topics and subjects that interest you most is to subscribe to Google Alerts.  Just tell Google what your favorite subject is and Google will email you whenever there are important news stories in that subject.  You can choose the frequency of how often you’d like to receive emails and what you’d like Google to search, be it News websites, Blogs, or the web at large– or a combination of the like.

It’s a great way to stay informed about your favorite industry, sports team, celebrity, or any other area of interest!   Check it out!   Google Alerts

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Social Networks 1.0

Posted on May 29, 2007. Filed under: Educational, Resources |

If you’ve ever been in the computer area of the library, and glanced at your neighbor’s computer screen, you may have seen them surfing one of the Internet’s many “social networking” websites.  Besides the popular, there are many varied and interesting sites available now that are working to connect like-minded people through the power of the web. 

Social networking services allow users to create a profile for themselves. Users can upload a picture of themselves and can often be “friends” with other users. In most social networking services, both users must confirm that they are friends before they are linked. For example, if Alice lists Bob as a friend, then Bob would have to approve Alice’s friend request before they are listed as friends.   Social networks usually have privacy controls that allows the user to choose who can view their profile or contact them, etc.

Check out this list of Social Networks from wikipedia:

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Job hunting or just surfing the web?

Posted on May 14, 2007. Filed under: Educational, Resources |

Think you’re competitive in the marketplace in your hunt for a new job?  Maybe you’ve got all the qualifications but your employer wants to know more.  What are your interests?  Hobbies?  Opinions?  Topics not always covered during an interview, but sometimes covered later on by the interviewer in a sneak attempt to learn more about you– online.

Or maybe you’re an entrepreneur without a website seeking clients and new jobs.  How will your potential customers find out more about you if not through word-of-mouth?

According to a story by Good Morning America,( it’s more important than ever to establish a digital identity for yourself– and there are lots of free, easy and safe ways to do it!

What sites and information comes up when you Google search for yourself online?  Maybe the results will disappoint you.  If you’re ready to take the plunge and put yourself “out there” on the World Wide Web, Tory Johnson suggests you try networking website:

Linked In can give you the online space to showcase your talents by posting your resume and because it’s a networking community, it doesn’t appear to your current employers are though you’re searching for a new job.  Johnson also suggests: Women for Hire Network at and for profile building.

 Is it time for you to “get out there”?

Online Networking

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Do you love books? Try LibraryThing

Posted on April 1, 2007. Filed under: Fun, Resources |

LibraryThing is a pretty cool new online toy for book lovers.

LibraryThing is a new site for book lovers.

It’s basically two sites in one.

LibraryThing helps you create a library-quality catalog of your books. You can add all of them or just what you’re reading now.

LibraryThing also connects people based on the books they share.  It’s pretty neat!

Go To LibraryThing

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