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Practical Technology Podcast – Virtual Reference

To access our online resources, visit http://www.fountaindale.org and move your mouse over “Find It!” under the picture of the library. A submenu will pop open. Mouse down to “Online Resources” and click. Here is a direct link to the page: http://www.fountaindale.org/findit/resources

Not only do we have library subscribed resources on the site, we also have lots of free websites recommended by our librarians. There are also a lot of links to various community groups and resources. A select few of our online resources can only be used in the library – this is due to licensing restrictions those vendors place upon us to subscribe to the resource.

If one of the following links does not work for you, you may need to go directly to the Online Resources page of the library website and click on the link there. Some of our resources are set up to “see” that the link referral is coming from http://www.fountaindale.org in order to access that resource.

Online resources discussed in this podcast:

Provides library patrons with access to the Consumer Reports website, offering current ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

Complete Chilton automotive repair manuals for nearly 25,000 vehicles (domestic and imported) from 1954 to the present. It includes repair procedures; service bulletins and recalls, wiring diagrams and labor time estimates and associated costs.

Features user-friendly “how-to” information covering all manner of home improvement and home repair projects.

Provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Offers full-text articles for hundreds of health reference books, encyclopedias, health reports, as well as medical images and diagrams.

ReferenceUSA is a premier database research tool providing access to information on over 25 million businesses and more than 262 million consumers. Used by entrepreneurs, businesses, students, job-seekers, or anyone wanting access to information on tens of millions of businesses and hundreds of millions of consumers in an easy to search format.

Mergent Intellect is a highly flexible web-based application that features a deep collection of worldwide business information that enables companies to generate insightful business intelligence. Coupling Mergent’s expertise in developing products for the reference marketplace with D&B®’s private company database, Mergent Intellect offers new and existing clients a unique opportunity to access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles and much more.

The premier online resource for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades. Developed with experts on early childhood education, it offers rich resources designed for easy integration into the classroom curriculum. The site encompasses five interactive learning components: read, play, watch, print & do, classics and educator tools.

The premier general reference Web site uniquely developed for young Arabic speaking students. The site features simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, videos, special localized content and resources, and a wealth of engaging games and activities.

World Book’s ebook collection includes highly illustrated, engaging titles that support a span of curriculum areas and reading levels. Sign in for unlimited simultaneous access to all of the books in the collection, and to read the ebooks in World Book’s customized online viewer.

Full-text of thousands of general reference magazine articles and publications from 1975 to the present. It covers a wide range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.

A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Many of these titles were previously only available in the library as paper bound books.

  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center coming July 1!

Offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) and allows users to search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type, and model numbers. PDF full text is available for all documents.

Upcoming library events and classes:

Appy Hour – Appy Trails to You – Sunday, June 21 @ 2 p.m. – You will be a true road warrior after learning about these handy smartphone travel apps.

Honoring the 100th Birthday Anniversary of the late Les Paul

Les Paul 100th Birthday Display - 09 JUN 2015 - Version 2 - JPEGOn Tuesday, June 9, 2015, a celebration will take place throughout the worldwide music community. It is to honor the 100th Birthday Anniversary of the late Les Paul who died in 2009.

Les Paul’s contributions to the development of the solid-bodied electric guitar, multitrack recording, overdubbing, and songwriting earned him many awards over his lifetime, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Musicians have been preparing for this event and will be recognizing Les Paul’s musical genius and creativity. They will do this in many ways and it doesn’t matter what type of guitar they play, whether it be a Gibson Les Paul, a Fender Stratocaster, or a Gretsch Duo-Jet.

One of the places where this has been happening is Kansas City, MO. Over the past week or so, the Kansas City Star newspaper has been photographing guitarists with their favorite guitars as a tribute to Les Paul. The resulting Photo Gallery pays homage to the man whose name is synonymous with the electric solid-bodied  guitar.

Right now, on the 3rd Floor of our library, there is a display of books and DVDs about Les Paul, his guitars, and his music. All of the items are available for checkout. The display will be up through Sunday, June 14.

– Tom D.

Lincoln’s Life and Leadership on Display in Special Library Exhibit!

In 1860, at a time when the nation was falling apart, the people of the United States elected Abraham Lincoln as the sixteenth President of the United States. By the time he took the oath of office, seven states had already seceded from the Union. This exhibition vividly evokes Lincoln’s struggle to resolve the basic questions that divided Americans at the most perilous moment in the nation’s history: Was the United States truly one nation, or was it a confederacy of sovereign and separate states?


In commemoration of presidential leadership and sesquicentennial of the ending of the Civil War, the Fountaindale Public Library is pleased to host a special traveling exhibit Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.  The exhibition explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war: the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. Visitors will leave the exhibition with a more complete understanding of Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.  This unique exhibit will be on display on the 3rd floor of the library from Wednesday, May 13 through Saturday, June 27, 2015.  Entry into the exhibit is free and open to the public.

A wide range of programming will be featured during the exhibit run for all ages and interests:

Lincoln Feature Film Movie Screenings – Thursday, May 7 and June 4 at 6:00 p.m.
Check our listings online or call the 3rd Floor Service Desk at (630) 685-4176.

Family Night with the Exhibit – Wednesday, May 20
Hands on History: Civil War Artifacts – 6:00 p.m.
A Family Evening with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln – 7:00 p.m.
Little Lincoln and Little Mary Todd Look Alike Contest – 8:00 p.m.

Abraham Lincoln: Commander in Chief  – Sunday, May 31, 1:00 p.m.
Examine the life and politics of Abraham Lincoln in a program hosted by local historian David Overeem. Look beyond the myth of ‘Honest Abe’ and you will find a shrewd and decisive leader who’s political influence can be felt today.

Celebrating Lincoln Reception – Thursday, June 11, 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy a performance by Chris Vallillo as he treats you to the popular songs of the Lincoln era.  Dessert will be served, so stop in and enjoy the music!

Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office and made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center. Free teaching and homeschooling resources for Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War are available online.

Also on Display

A Yankee Private’s Civil War is a special exhibit featuring the wartime experiences of Pvt. Robert Hale Strong of the 105 Illinois Infantry. The exhibit will detail Strong’s Civil War service in his own words from enlistment through his arrival home to his family’s Royce Road farm, located between present day Bolingbrook and Naperville.  Copies of Strong’s book are available for checkout at the library.

Interested in visiting the final resting places of the Strong family and their early pioneer neighbors?  Strong’s parents and several of his siblings featured in his memoirs are buried in Bolingbrook’s historic Boardman Cemetery.  Visit the cemetery this Memorial Day for special tours and programs on Monday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To register for exhibit programs or for more information, contact the Fountaindale Public Library Reference Desk at (630) 685-4176.

Practical Technology Podcast – Good Computers Gone Bad

Superfish and Lenovo issue – To give Lenovo some credit, they have posted a Superfish removal tool. The root cause turns out to be a SDK that was released by the company Komodia – this issue affects more than just Lenovo  computers. At this link you will find a link to a site that will let you know whether you have the offending software on your computer.

I mention in the podcast the only sure way to remove something like this is to wipe your hard drive and reinstall a pristine copy of Windows – not the one that came with your computer – onto the hard drive (this is called a clean install). However, if you are willing to wait a little bit, the anti-virus and anti-malware software companies will usually come up with removal tools in a couple of weeks of them discovering the issue. In the case of Superfish, Microsoft also got involved. Having said that, I’ve heard stories of people doing clean installs of Windows every six months just to clear out all the accumulated junk Windows picks up over time.

Duck Duck Go – search engine that does not track your online activity.


Upcoming Library Classes and Events:

Studio Classes & Events in May


Practical Technology Podcast – Automotive Tech

CAFE standards – It’s more confusing than I was aware of when we recorded this podcast. Various makes/models of cars will have different CAFE standards. This article from Edmund’s is a good explanation as to the scheme, including a chart of vehicle types, representative models, and what that type will have to achieve by year.

Cylinder Deactivation – Variable Displacement Engines

Ford Ecoboost

General Motors Ecotec

Hybrid vehicles

Electric vehicles

Vehicle Safety Technology

Vehicle WiFi Hotspot – GM is rolling this out with their OnStar service, but do a Google search for Vehicle WiFi Hotspot and you’ll find ways to add it to your current vehicle if you are interested in doing this.

– Tony L.


Win a Free Laptop at Fountaindale Public Library’s Passport to Success University on April 18!

Attention Fountaindale Public Library card holders!  Looking for free computer classes and wantPassport to Success Univeristy Graphic to win a free laptop?  Complete two free Passport to Success University computer classes on April 18, 2015, and Fountaindale Library cardholders will be entered to win a laptop computer.  Choose from seventeen classes throughout the day and enjoy great perks as a Passport to Success University participant!

Morning Session – 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Lunch break in our Passport to Success University Coffee Lounge – Noon to 1 p.m.
Relax and prepare for your Passport to Success University classes in our Coffee Lounge! Enjoy light refreshments in a space dedicated to our Passport to Success University Participants!

Afternoon Session – 1 pm to 3 pm

Afternoon Session – 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Want extra chances to win a laptop computer?  Complete our Passport to Success program and you’ll be eligible to win two additional laptops prize drawings!  Learn more about our Passport to Success Program on our website.  The Passport to Success classes are always free and give you the chance to earn cool prizes and a nifty completion certificate.

Want to earn a free high school diploma?  Fountaindale Public Library is proud to be the first Illinois library offering district residents ages 19 and older the opportunity to qualify for an accredited online high school diploma from Smart Horizons Career Online High School. The first 75 residents to complete our Passport to Success Diploma Track, uniquely tailored to prepare potential students for the online high school learning environment, will earn a grant funded scholarship (a $1300 value!)

Don’t have a Fountaindale library card?  No problem!  Non-card holders are not eligible for the laptop prize, but there are other cool items available for participating in the program.

Register for Passport to Success University classes today!  Spaces are limited and registration guarantees you a space in each class!  Contact the library at (630) 685-4176 to sign up!

Practical Technology Podcast – Future Tech, Today

Items discussed in this podcast:

I was negligent in getting this podcast posted before my Upgrade Your Computer workshop, which took place on March 10. Please let me know in the comments if you are interested in this workshop and I will schedule it again for a future date!

-Tony L.


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