Summertime programs are in full swing at the libraries. It may be July, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a performance, crafting or card playing get-together, author program, book discussion, movie screening and more! You’ll find several detailed listings in this newsletter and many more options on the calendars at http://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/Library/calendars . I’m especially excited about our first “CosmicCon” on August 17. We’ll be wrapping up this summer’s reading program, “A Universe of Stories”, with a space-themed CosmicCon event for all ages.
If there’s a driver’s license test in your future, the library has a resource for you! The well-established driver education platform, Driving-Tests.org, is now available for free from our online resources page at http://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/onlineresources .
The Florida-specific offerings can be accessed from any computer or mobile device and include:
- 14 car practice tests
- 9 motorcycle practice tests
- 27 CDL (commercial driver’s license) practice tests
- 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
- FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 questions
The practice tests are great resources for drivers of all ages and backgrounds. Aside from the slightly distracting use of the generic “DMV” (and with apologies to Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles), this service can be of real assistance to anyone preparing for the “knowledge test” portion of getting or renewing a license. Practice tests provide immediate feedback; the incorrect responses are indicated so the test-taker can review and learn. (Success with the vision and road tests is up to you!)
Last month we introduced autorenewals, for items that qualify, at all Leon County libraries. I hope you are enjoying this service. In case you haven't experienced autorenew yet, the process is simple. All eligible items will be automatically renewed 3 days before their due dates, unless there is a hold on an item or the maximum number of renewals has been reached. E-mail notifications for items that are not renewed will be sent 2 days before they are due. We want to help you enjoy library materials as long as possible, but also return them a timely manner.
In every issue of this newsletter I encourage you to send suggestions, ideas and comments of all kinds. If you’re wondering what becomes of those, here are just a few of the suggestions we recently implemented.
First, have you ever received medical records or legal documents on a disc from your doctor’s or lawyer’s office, and discovered that you have no way to read the contents? Maybe you’d like to “test drive” a movie on DVD while you’re at the library? Thanks to a patron suggestion, CD/DVD readers are now available at every library location. The disc reader can be checked out for use in the library with your own device or with any of the library’s PCs or laptops. Just ask staff at a service desk.
If you’re looking for a calm, quiet, adults-only computer workspace, you are not alone. Patrons asked for an adults-only computer space at the Main Library, to balance the availability of the children’s computer area. As of July 3, the first floor computer lab is now open to patrons aged 18+.
Finally, a patron asked us to reconsider what we labeled as “new”, and we have done so. “New” materials are now limited to those published within the most recent 12 months. Items with older publication dates, even though not previously owned by our library system; new translations; and revised editions are no longer designated as new materials. We hope this provides a more enjoyable browsing experience.
The list of suggestions continues to grow and includes everything from requests for specific titles of e-books, movies, online resources and more; web site and online catalog comments and questions; a variety of praises and feedback; and even a few heartwarming stories. Thank you for the opportunities to learn what’s on your mind and how we can serve you better. (Contact us via a variety of online forms at http://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/Library/Contact/Feedback, or by e-mail to SearsD@LeonCountyFL.gov.)
[Debra is reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel by Heather Morris and Ageless Brain by Julia Van Tine. She welcomes reading recommendations!]