Archive for the ‘Technology in the Library’ Category

The Palisades Free Library is now open 24/7 online

November 4, 2015

Social MediaIn search of your next great read? Curious about what’s going on at the library? Looking for the latest in bookish news and technology? Now you can connect with the library online, anytime on our regularly updated Facebook and Pinterest pages.

E-Books and Audiobooks Available 24/7 on Overdrive

September 22, 2015


The library may be closed this Wednesday and Thursday (and possibly Friday), but our great collection of adult, YA, and children’s e-books and audiobooks are always available online.  Sign in with your Palisades Free Library Card to take advantage of our full collection, including the latest fiction and non-fiction titles. Check out these online guides today to help you get started reading and listening on your favorite device!

E-Readers at the Library

July 1, 2015


Going on vacation this summer and don’t want to take a suitcase just for books? Did you know the library has e-readers?! Palisades Free Library e-readers are available at our Circulation Desk for loan to Palisades Free Library Cardholders. Use this E-Readers at the Palisades Free Library guide for more information and to request an e-reader. Have your own Nook, Kindle, iPad or Android tablet and are curious about downloading e-books for free from the library? We can help with that, too! Call or stop by the library, or set up an appointment with a librarian for one-on-one assistance at a time that is convenient for you.

Rosetta Stone

May 22, 2015

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Rosetta Stone is a popular language learning program that we offer to patrons with Palisades library cards. You can link to it from our home page. I logged in today for the first time to try out the Spanish language section.

In high school I spent 4 years studying Spanish and had 2 more years of instruction in college. I never speak Spanish, understand very little when it is spoken and can only read it at a second grade level. In the Rosetta Stone software I chose the Latin American program and started at level 2.

It was a lot of fun. A narrator speaks and usually the sentences are displayed on the screen. The exercise I practiced involved matching what the narrator said to pictures on the screen. There is instant feedback and the exercise advances at a nice pace. The level of difficulty was both familiar enough and challenging enough to keep me interested.

After logging on I had difficulty getting the program to begin. So I tried it on Google Chrome and was connected instantly. So use Chrome and not Firefox.

Wearable technology includes books

July 31, 2014

The latest craze is technology that you wear. Watches that display text messages, Google Glass and Fitbit are some popular examples. I wondered what a wearable book would be like and discovered that students at MIT have developed one. Strap it on and it allows you to feel the emotions of characters in books.

Would you want to feel that deeply?

Read the CNet article.

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