Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Does the library have textbooks?

The library has many books, including some textbooks, but we do not necessarily have the textbook for any particular class. The textbooks we have may be part of the circulating collection, and if so you can see about checking them out. They may be part of the reserve collection which means in building use only.

How do you know whether we have what you want? Search under the "Articles, Books, Videos & More" tab on the library web page. Just put in the title of your book, and hit enter. If you see it in the list click on the title to see more information; where it is etc. (Hint: you can limit to books only by clicking on the link for that on the left hand column.)

As always, if you aren't sure what the record means, why you can't seem to find something and so forth please do ask one of us for help.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Words of WWI

Drake Library offers access to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) online, the premier English language dictionary. As part of the many observances of the centennial of the opening of WWI, they have posted a list "100 Words That Define The First World War." Pictured here are French infantry in an illustration from the beginning of the war, when they still wore the traditional red pants and blue coats.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Genealogical research anyone?

Researching your family history can be fun, especially if you enjoy a good bit of research and digging! We have a guide to help you get started, and there are many more resources in our catalog and online via Google.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Movie Night, a Big Success!

Yesterday evening the recently formed Friends of Drake Library held their first official event, a dinner and movie night. The dinner was held on the library lawn by the Special Olympics fountain, and the movie was held inside in the Kiefer Room. (A rare screening of one of the few Mary Jane Holmes novels to be made a movie, The Sin of Lena Rivers, 1932.) Shown here are some of the over forty attendees, a great evening was had by all!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Opening news from WWI

This month marks the beginning of WWI a century ago. For one perspective on it have a look at this Globe & Mail site, a Canadian newspaper take on the beginning of the war. Our web page can lead you to many resources by starting your search with the "Articles, Books..." tab. For an American newspaper perspective from 1914 you could go to our NY Times Historical Archive. Pictured here are Canada's "Princess Pats" in action early in WWI.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

New Library Webpage

The library webpage is entering a new and exciting with the advent of a service or software called "Summon." What this allows us to do is to make it possible for you to search most all of our resources at once, articles, books and more. Once you do your search you can limit to just articles, or just books if you wish to do so. You can do this simply by typing in your search words in the default box in the middle of the screen, for "Articles, Books, Videos & More..." If you feel a little unsure about all of this please do ask one of us for help.