Spring is here!!
Here are a few titles that the staff has enjoyed recently:
Morning Star by Pierce Brown
November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Be Frank With Me by Julia Clairborne Johnson
The Good Goodbye by Carla Buckley
When visiting the MARVEL link on our home page, you can access articles from five major Maine newspapers for free!
Included in this service are: The Bangor Daily News, The Kennebec Journal, The Maine Times, The Morning Sentinel, The Portland Press Herald, and the Sun Journal. This site offers older articles and those that have been recently published.
Once you click on the MARVEL link, you will need your library card barcode number to set up your free account (if you don’t already have one). Inside the MARVEL Website, a long list of links will appear. If you have the time, it is worth reading everything that they have. All of our online encyclopedias and online Journal databases are listed here.
On the main page, there is a navigation tool at the top, click on the “M” to skip down to the “M” section of our database collection. Maine Newstand will be right there.
Once you click into this website, type in the topic and/or locations you would like to read about in the seach bar and then click the magnifying glass icon to the left. Links to the articles matching the search will come up on a new page.
Also, just under the Maine Newsstand heading, a link for “Obituaries” is right there for convenient browsing of that section.
From there, browse to your heart’s content. It’s completely free with your library card!
When visiting the library’s website, you most likely have seen this colorful icon. This is the link to a collection of books, magazines, newspapers and journals available online for free. Using your library card barcode (or number), you sign in and all of these resources are yours.
Part of this blog will be dedicated to revealing the hidden gems on MARVEL, and how to use it. Maine Newsstand (to be featured in the next post), Academic Search Complete, Consumer Reports, an enhanced version of Google Scholar and numerous encyclopedias are only the beginning of what Marvel has to offer.
Many people ask how do we afford MARVEL? Much like our free internet access, E-book lending program through Overdrive, and wireless network, the Maine State Library pays for a large sum of this so we have a minimal, annual subscription to pay at the local level.
This is one of the many things that the state library does for everyone across the counties. Many libraries, including Springvale, supplement their large print collection from the State Library, and can order audio book devices for the blind and visually impaired.
For the first time, library supporters can easily donate $5 directly to Public Libraries through the State System. On this year’s tax form there is a box to check to donate to the statewide “Public Library Fund.”
Many of you support us directly and tremendously, and we greatly appreciate and deeply depend on that support. We wanted to add this note because some may be interested to give a few dollars at the statewide level knowing that this easy method was available.
Next post, I will outline one of these terrific sites on Marvel, the Maine Newsstand.
This is the official blog of the Springvale Library. In the future you will see staff book picks, we will feature online tools that we find useful, and even the occasional news about the library.
Until then, enjoy the day!