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Monday, September 25, 2006

October Fest @ Your Library

To register for a program, stop by the Desk or call 908-454-3712
10:00-10:20 a.m. Tuesday mornings in October. "Storytime" for 12 to 23 month-olds and their caregivers. Please register.
10:00-10:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings in October. "Storytime" for 3-5 year-olds. Please register.
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday evenings in October. "Family Storytime" for 3-6 year-olds and their caregivers. No registration.

7:00 p.m. Wed. Oct. 11 "Craft Night for Grownups" with Brenda. Save some ordinary coffee and juice cans, and turn them into decorative holiday containers. Please register.

7:00 p.m. Mon. Oct. 16 "A Walk in the Woods with Jane Bullis, Naturalist". For members of Friends of Library. Not a member? Join the Friends for as little as $10 a year ($5 seniors and students). Please register.

6:00 p.m. Tues. Oct. 17 "Meet Jordan Sonnenblick". Author visit and book signing. Celebrate the publication of this Phillipsburg Middle School teacher's second novel for teens.

3:00 p.m., repeated at 7:00 p.m, Wed. Oct. 18. "How to Sell on Ebay" presented by US Postal Service and Ebay experts. Please register.

6:00 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 19. "Paradise Now", the story of two unlikely friends who team up for peace. Film screening and discussion. No registration needed.

7:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23. "Ghosts at our Doorstep" with author Gordon Ward. What are ghosts? Are there really ghosts in New Jersey? This program is not suitable for young children. Please register.

6:00 p.m. Tues. Oct. 24. "Halloween Stories" for 3-6 year-olds. No need to register, just drop in--costumes optional.

7:00 p.m. Wed. Oct. 25. "Brave New World". You are invited to come and discuss the book. Extra copies are available to borrow. Registration is not needed.

7:00 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 26. "Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest" with Deb. Learn to use these fantastic genealogy resources to discover more than you may have thought possible. These are ordinarily very costly services, but free for you to use through the library's account. Please register.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Sat. Oct. 28. "Teen Scene Halloween" party. Prizes for costumes, food, games.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Books You Listen To

  • What are audio books? Basically they are published books, recorded by a professional narrator. At Phillipsburg Library, we buy audio books on cassette tape, on CD, and now as downloadable MP3 files.
  • How do I find them? For books on tape and CD, visit our Catalog. Put in a title, author or keyword, and then "Limit By" the format "Audio Book". For downloadable audio books, just click on the logo below.
  • Why would I listen to a book? It's a way to enjoy the pleasure of reading or learning at times and in places where you can't read a printed book. In the car while commuting, after lights out, in the garden, while exercising...you get the idea.
  • Would I like being read to? Chances are you would. In fact many people tell us that they have favorite narrators. A good narrator adds another dimension to a good book.
  • Is it the whole book, word for word? If it says "unabridged", yes. PFPL buys mostly unabridged audio books.
  • Is it OK to return audio books in the Book Drop? Sure. Best to put them in the purple Audio/Video drop.
  • If I download a book, what can I play it on? You can listen to the book right on the same computer where you have downloaded it, or you can put the book on a pocket-sized MP3 player. Some books can even be copied to CDs. For an FAQ, click on the logo below.
  • Why can't I use my iPod with this service? Our downloadable audio titles use Windows Media DRM copyright protection technology from Microsoft Corporation. Unfortunately the iPod MP3 player does not currently support copyright-protected Windows Media Audio (.wma). We hope that will change in the future.