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England, Great Britain, United Kingdom: What's the Difference?

Map of the UK: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland.

Sometimes you find answers in unexpected places. I found the most succinct description I've ever seen of how England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom relate to each other in a library newsletter about travel guidebooks:

London is the capital of England.

England is a country.

Britain is an area that consists of England and the country of Wales.

  • Great Britain is the name of the island that is home to the countries of England, Wales, and Scotland.
  • The United Kingdom (UK) is a country that is a union of the countries on the island of Great Britain, along with the country of Northern Ireland (which shares the island of Ireland with the Republic of Ireland.)
  • [The Republic of Ireland is] a separate country that is not part of the UK.
  • London is also the capital of the UK.

New Databases: P.O.V, Science, History, Small Engine Repair, Consumer Health

Research databases from Ebsco

As part of a statewide shared library package, we’re introducing new databases. As a result of the shared plan, the cost is no more than it has been in the past.

New:

Points of View
Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Consumer Health Complete
History Reference Center
Legal Information Reference Center

Mango Announces New (er, Old) Languages

Mango Languages

To accompany their many modern-day languages, Mango Languages recently announced the release of their Religious and Scholarly Language Collection, which includes Latin, Koine Greek, Ancient Greek and Biblical Hebrew.

These specialized courses focus on passages from historical books, poems and religious documents, providing insight into the cultures in which the languages were spoken.

Choose Privacy Week May 1 - May 7, 2012

Choose Privacy Week

Choose Privacy Week will take place May 1-7, 2012 and is an ongoing program of the American Library Association.

Choose Privacy Week is an initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.

Barbara Jones, executive director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), discusses Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7, 2012), a national public awareness campaign that aims to educate the public on how to protect their privacy and understand their rights.

The Situation
It’s time for Americans to take charge of their information privacy.

Attention library eBook users: the Pew Research Center wants your input

Pew Internet & American Life Project

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project is in the midst of a multi-year study of the changing role of public libraries in the digital age. If you check out or download eBooks from the library, they'd love for you to take their online survey and tell them about your experiences. The survey will be confidential your identity will not be shared.

Take the survey

A little (tax) help?

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Tax Day is April 17 this year, but it's still just around the corner. The IRS mails out fewer paper forms each year. They can be downloaded, or copied from the reproducible set at the Central Library.

The Piton Foundation will find free tax preparation help locations near you.

Bonus! America's Newspapers - Newsbank Special Reports

NewsBank logo

Did you know that our newspaper database America's Newspapers offers Special Reports on timely topics?

NewsBank’s Special Reports are news articles, images, videos and other timely content so you can quickly locate information on a specific subject. Each Report features current and retrospective coverage, and new articles are added daily.

All Special Reports are listed on the left side bar from America's Newspapers

Here are some of the Special Reports that may be of particular interest:

March Topics and Monthly Themes

TumbleBookLibrary - eBooks for eKids!

TumbleBooks

The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of TumbleBooks -- animated, talking picture books -- with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), TumbleTV which consists of pre-set playlists of a sequence of books, and Tumble Puzzles & Games.

A growing selection of Tumblebooks are available for iPad. Take a look at the TumbleBooks iPad Collection.

View TumbleBooks online - no need to check them out but you must have an internet connection and a library card.

New York Times Current, Wall Street Journal and more

The New York Times

Current issues of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and several other major papers are now available online from National Newspapers Core.

  • New York Times: June 1980-current
  • Wall Street Journal: January 1984-current
  • Christian Science Monitor: October 1988-current
  • Los Angeles Times: January 1985-current
  • Washington Post: January 1987-current

eBooks: Update for iPod, iPhone, iPad, and how to return eBooks

iPhone

Reading eBooks on your trusty device is all the rage!

For everyone who reads or listens to eBooks or audio eBooks on your iPhone, iPad or iPod: With the upgrade to iOS 5, you'll need to update your Overdrive Media Console. This affects just about everyone using an Apple device, whether you're downloading directly or downloading audio to Windows and then transferring. Update Overdrive Media Console now.

Question of the week: How do I return an eBook early?

Use the same technology you used to download the book.

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