eBook of the Week

Maybe you’ve already seen the movie 12 Years a Slave, which is getting rave reviews and is currently playing at the Grand.  Whether you have seen it or not, it is time to read the book by Samuel Northrup:

Twelve Years a Slave by Samuel Northrup

Twelve years

The true life story of Samuel Northrup,  a free colored man, who was tricked and kidnapped in Washington in 1841, sold into slavery, and then spent twelve years in bondage before being claimed by state authority from a Louisiana cotton plantation.

Check it out! Beyond Library Walls Digital Collection

OverDrive Update re: Security Breach of Adobe Data

An OverDrive update regarding the reported security breach of Adobe data
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 09:52 AM PST
Note: OverDrive powers our Library’s Beyond Library Walls Digital Collection

As widely reported, Adobe confirmed that they suffered a security breach of customer data on their servers. The company posted information at their blog here: http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2013/10/important-customer-security-announcement.html

Adobe has confirmed that OverDrive school and library users with activated Adobe eBook accounts may have been affected. Here is information that they have provided.

  1. Adobe is in the process of resetting passwords and notifying affected users. Affected users will receive an email alert advising them to reset their Adobe password in order to continue access to their Adobe account. For security purposes and as a recommended practice, Adobe is encouraging affected users to reset their Adobe passwords as well as reset passwords for any non-Adobe services/applications (in case they used the same user ID and password as was used with Adobe).
  2. Reactivation of previously authorized eBook software and apps using Adobe DRM (Adobe Digital Editions and OverDrive Media Console) is NOT required in order to maintain access to Adobe eBooks or to download new ones, even if users have since changed the password on their Adobe ID.
  3. New activations of ADE and OMC will not be possible until users have reset their password with Adobe. This is because Adobe has reset everyone’s existing password.
  4. OverDrive users can choose to de-authorize ADE or OMC on their devices and re-authorize with their new password; however, that is not necessary or recommended.
  5. Users who have changed their Adobe password and wish to also update their passwords through OverDrive should do so. Changing passwords periodically and using different passwords for different accounts are good security practices.
  6. At OverDrive, we do not store emails or passwords for Adobe ID on OMC. We do store emails and passwords for those that registered an OverDrive ONE account. Users can change and reset their OverDrive ONE password by either using the “Forgot password” link or by using the “Settings” panel. Users who have registered for OverDrive ONE using their Facebook account will have to re-authenticate OverDrive ONE in OMC if they have also updated their Facebook email or password.

Library Hours – Thanksgiving Week

The BSC Library will observe these hours during Thanksgiving week:  Basket of Fruits and Vegetables

  • Monday, November 25 — 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 26 — 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 27 — 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 28 — CLOSED
  • Friday, November 29 — 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 30 — CLOSED
  • Sunday, December 1 — CLOSED

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, December 2.

Even when we are closed, the ODIN library catalog and BSC Library databases are available 24/7.

eBook of the Week

Good books, good food … a combination that’s tough to beat.

The Book Lover’s Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature, and the Passages that Feature Them by Shaunda Kennedy Wenger and Janet Jensen

Book Lovers cookbook

“Sprinkled throughout with marvelous anecdotes about writers and writing, The Book Lover’s Cookbook is a culinary and literary delight, a browser’s cornucopia of reading pleasure, and a true inspiration in the kitchen.”

A sampling of delights for the “literary palate”

Jo’s Best Omelette . . . Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
No Dieter’s Delight Chicken Neapolitan . . . Thinner by Stephen King
Extra-Special Rhubarb Pie . . . The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
Persian Cucumber and Yogurt . . . House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
Tamales . . . Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Macaroni and Cheese . . . The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
Veteran Split Pea Soup . . . The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Dump Punch . . . Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Not Violet, But Blueberry Pie . . . Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Innocent Sweet Bread . . . The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Daddy’s Rich Chocolate Cake . . . Fatherhood by Bill Cosby

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Thomas.gov Redirects to Congress.gov

Congress.govStarting today (November 19, 2013), the free legislative information website, Congress.gov, is transitioning into its permanent role as the official site for federal legislative information from the U.S. Congress and related agencies.

The site, which launched in beta form last fall and features platform mobility, comprehensive information retrieval, and user-friendly presentation, replaces the nearly 20-year-old THOMAS.gov.

Check it out!

eBook of the Week

Deer hunting season opened last weekend. If you didn’t get your deer, maybe this will help.

500 Deer Hunting Tips: Strategies, Techniques, & Methods by Bill Vaznis

Deer hunting

“This book gives whitetail hunters exactly what they’re always looking for: that extra edge …”

Check it out! Beyond Library Walls Digital Collection

Artist Reception Today – Thursday, November 14

In the Gannon Gallery/BSC Library

 Literacy without Borders

Artist:  Pam Rettig

Exhibit dates: November 1-27, 2013

Reception: Thursday, November 14, 5-7 p.m.

The photographs featured in this exhibit document Pam Rettig’s travels through Nigeria and Tanzania where she worked with local teachers to train and exchange methods of literacy education.

Join us at tonight’s reception with the artist, which is free and open to the public.

Whet your appetite with this sampling of images from a most remarkable show

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Fair Use?

Copyright.jpgFair use is a part of the U.S. copyright law that provides some leeway in reproducing or authorizing others to reproduce a copyrighted work.  Still, deciding what constitutes fair use and what is infringement is not always clear or easily defined.

Here are a couple of interactive tools that can help you decide:

Thinking through Fair Use – Developed by the University Libraries at the University of Minnesota

Fair Use Evaluator – Developed by the Office for Information Technology Policy of the American Library Association