The library tech guy tests weather apps for Android and iOS

With the storm season upon us, and not always having access to a television, we felt like it was a good time to test out some of the current weather applications available for both Android and iOS. Each of the apps tested had some pros and cons, but all the ones listed below did function properly and none required you to create an account. Below I will give some details about each specific app and highlight some of the features I liked about each one in particular.

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Imaging workshop sponsored by the Genealogy Branch

All of us should be concerned about preserving our heritage. If you are the caretaker of your parents’ and grandparents’ pictures, how will you preserve them? If you take pictures now and want your great-great-grandchildren to see them, how will you make sure they will be able to see them?

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All Aboard the Learning Express

In a global marketplace with locally controlled school systems we often wonder how our own children measure up in their education. Seeking to provide our young people with competitive edge to open doors of opportunity, it can be difficult to assess where they stand and in what directions they may need support. Learning Express Library, available through our Cass County Public Library is a resource worth checking out for learners ranging from fourth grade to adult.

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New website coming soon

We have a newly designed website coming soon. It will load faster, has better calendar features, and works well both on computers and phones. We’ve also paid attention to making our most frequently used online resources very easy to find. We’re still working on it. But you can take a sneak peek to see how it is coming along or to see our upcoming September events in the new online calendar.

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5 Intriguing Devices Still to Come in 2013

On a daily basis I work on a number of different devices and different kinds of technology. I truly enjoy getting to see all types of new technologies and see how people are putting these devices to work. This year some truly amazing devices are being made available to the public and I would like to share with you some of the devices I’m most excited about.

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Electronic ABCs: Youth Literacy 2.0

When it comes to building your child’s literacy skills, you can never start too soon. But in a world filled with computers, tablets, TVs, and smart phones, where do you even begin? Many studies have created an unnecessary competition between books and technology. The truth is they are both important in the education of today’s children. While technology should not replace print resources, it’s important not to shy away from technology that might be useful in your child’s learning experience. There are many great digital tools out there that can help encourage kids to read in a fun, new way.

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Trying to get used to Windows 8?: A few quick tips

Windows 8 is probably the most drastic update to the Windows operating system since Windows 95 and it can be extremely frustrating while learning the features and even how to get some of the old features to work. I installed Windows 8 the first day it became available for download and I have to admit within the first week I had re-installed Windows 7. After a couple of weeks I decided to give Windows 8 another chance and aside from a few pending issues I’m glad I made the transition. Below I’m going to list the key things that have helped me have a better experience with Windows 8.

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Bookmyne: An app for your library

Cass County Public Library branches can now be found within the Bookmyne app available in the Android and iTunes app stores. The product gives you the ability to find libraries in your area, place holds, search local library collections, gives a current New York Times best sellers list to help find titles, and it has bar-code scanning capability to check multiple libraries for a title in one search. A simpler feature offered by the product is the ability to get the hours and phone numbers of any library by simply searching or scanning your local area. If you don’t have a Google Play account or an iTunes account the application can be downloaded directly from the Bookmyne website.

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