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Tech Tuesdays with Tessa huge success at library

One of our most popular programs, Technology Tuesdays with Tessa, came about as a result of your suggestions in last fall’s survey. It’s obvious from the huge response that you have a lot of good computer questions and really appreciate having someone to answer them.

Your questions cover the waterfront — how to set up email, how to change Facebook privacy settings, how to change the margins in a text document, the difference between Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, and more. Sometimes you bring in your personal laptops with questions on how to set up iTunes and how to download audio books. Also, Tess usually highlights a different computer program or skill each month.

Tessa enjoys helping people feel comfortable and successful with their computers and technology. She wants people to know that there are no stupid questions and that you shouldn’t feel intimidated to come by with your queries. However, she points out two important caveats: “Technology is not perfect and neither am I,” she says with a smile. ”“I’ll try as best I can, but I don’t have all the answers.” Tessa also reminds her fans that she often is busy with her other duties as adult services librarian, so if you cannot attend a Tuesday session, please call for a short appointment.

The free two-hour drop-in sessions take place every Tuesday at the library, alternating between a morning time (10 a.m. to noon) to an afternoon time (3-5 p.m.) every other week to better meet your scheduling needs.

Library card rule in force soon

A gentle reminder that beginning Thursday, April 1, you will need to present your physical library card for circulation transactions (checking out, renewing in person, updating records, etc.) and for using the public computers at the library.

This is standard practice at most public libraries. Here at our small-town, we are proud to match our personalized service by recognizing many of our patrons by face or by name. So in the past we haven’t bothered to ask for your library card. However, we know that to best protect individual patron accounts with regard to accurate contact information and circulation records, we need to scan your cards at check out. Not only will this ensure that you know and are responsible for what is checked out on your account, but it also will help decrease account misbehavior and other costly consequences for your library.

If you can’t find your library card or want to update to a new card, the normal $1 fee will be waived throughout March and April. After May 1, you will have to pay the $1 card replacement fee.

Christian books

“Matthew’s Story” from the Jesus Chronicles by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins is a novel that brings to life the most unlikely of apostles — a sinner turned saint — and his time with the Lord. “Brendan” by Morgan Llywelwyn is the story of Saint Brenden the Navigator, whose legendary quest to find the Isle of the Blessed is one of the most remarkable of early Christian tales.


“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot tells the incredible true story of a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells, taken by doctors without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine, launching a medical revolution and a multimillion-dollar industry that yielded not a penny to her or her family. This book also is available on CD. “Valley of Death” by Pulitzer Prize winner Ted Morgan explores in detail the fateful battle at Dien Bien Phu that ended French rule in Indochina and let America into the Vietnam War. “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness” by Mitt Romney outlines the Massachusetts politician’s views and opinions.


“The Kind Diet” by actress and conservationist Alicia Silverstone describes her plant-based diet, meat- and dairy-free, that she says can make you feel great, lose weight and help save the planet. “So Long, Insecurity” by Beth Moore offers tips for lasting security to make women a better wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. “The Best Life Guide to Managing Diabetes and Pre-diabetes” by Bob Greene helps you cope with these challenging conditions.

Suspense and thrillers

“Fantasy in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest murder mystery in the series featuring NYPD Lieutenant Eve Dallas. “A Night Too Dark” by Dana Stabenow is the 17th in a series featuring Aleut detective Kate Shugat that chronicles life, death, tragedy and survival in Alaska.

Large print murder mysteries

“The Brutal Telling” by Louise Penny is a murder mystery from the Chief Inspector Gamache series. “Blackwork” by Monica Ferris is a murder mystery in the Needlecraft series. “Apple Turnover Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen mystery with recipes. “Too Many Murders” by Colleen McCullough takes place in Connecticut in 1967 in the midst of the Cold War. “Fantasy in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest murder mystery in the series featuring NYPD Lieutenant Eve Dallas. “Split Image” by Robert B. Parker is a murder mystery in the Jesse Stone series. “Blood Vines” by Erica Spindler focuses on the identity of a baby’s remains found in a Sonoma vineyard.

Quotable quote

“The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books: charm, spell, enchantment. They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery.” — G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), British writer and critic.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Sue Davis, Bamma Laizure, Arlette Smith, Nancy Strait and Dave Switola.

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