Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The Farmingdale Public Library is showing the movie, "Zero Dark Thirty" on Tuesday, June 4th at 1:15pm and 6:30pm. The movie chronicles the decade long search for Osama bin Laden following the September 2001 attacks and his death at the hands of Navy SEAL Team 6.
So...that's the movie that we're showing, but did you know that we have many books that deal with Osama bin Laden, Seal Teams 6 and the Navy SEALs in general? I thought not....so, without further ado, here's a list of books on these topics that the Farmingdale PL owns...
Click on this link for more information about the Navy SEAL's via Wikipedia.
Click on this link for more information about the Navy SEAL's via their website.
There you have it - a comprehensive list of books about Osama bin Laden and the Navy SEALs - enjoy the reading and the history and the websites!
Osama bin Laden
Manhunt - The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden-from 9/11 to Abbottabad - Peter Bergen -2012
Osama bin Laden - Michael Scheuer - 2011
Growing Up Bin Laden - Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World - Bin Laden - 2009
Search For Al Qaeda - It's Leadership, Ideology, and Future - Bruce Riedel - 2008
Al Qaeda's Great Escape - The Military and the Media on Terror's Trail - Philip Smucker - 2004
Navy Seals/Seal Team 6
The Finish - The Killing of Osama Bin Laden - Mark Bowden - 2012
Inside SEAL Team Six - My Life and Missions With America's Elite Warriors - Don Mann - 2011
No Easy Day - The Autobiography of a Navy SEAL- Mark Owen - 2012
Damn Few - Making the Modern SEAL Warrior - Rorke Denver - 2013
SEAL Target Geronimo - Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama Bin Laden - Chuck Pfarrer - 2011
Service - A Navy SEAL At War - Marcus Luttrell - 2012
Warrior Elite - The Forging of SEAL Class 228 - 2001
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
What do IMHO, BTW, FAL, NYM, GWB, POTUS and NOAA have in common?
Well, by the end of this blog entry you'll have a better idea - and you'll know where to get the answer to this fun question.
Today we're talking about acronyms. What the heck is an acronym? An acronym is 'a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or words'. Click here for the link from Dictionary.com for more on this definition.
For example, 'NYY' is an acronym for 'New York Yankees'. Take the first letter from each word and you get 'NYY'....get it?
So here are a few good sites for acronyms...fyi, they are everywhere!
Acronym Finder - 'find out what any acronym, abbreviation, or initialism stands for'. Over 4 million acronyms, abbreviations and initalisms included.
The Free Dictionary - By Farlex...an extensive list of acronyms...alphabetical and comprehensive. enter the acronym and the meaning appears
Acronym Attic - searching over 3 million abbreviations, acronyms and initialisms. Interesting site.
Finally, here's an acronym that you probably won't find anywhere else. At the library we have a computer assistance program called CHIP Chat. I made the acronym up - CHIP stands for 'Computer Help, In Person'. What do you think of that acronym?
Finally, we have a CHIP Chat class on Thursday, May 23rd at 10am. Click on this link if you want to sign up for the class.
Enjoy the acronyms...and the answers are:
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion - an online abbreviation that users and writers use on blogs, newsgroups and the web/internet
BTW - By the Way
FAL- Farmingdale Public Library
NYM - New York Mets
GWB - George Washington Bridge - from Easy Pass
POTUS - President of the United States
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration\
Enjoy the links and the sites.
Friday, May 17, 2013
If you look out the window right now you'll see beautiful blue skies with nary a cloud to be seen. Absolutely gorgeous - and with low humidity.
And with that introduction, how could I not do a blog entry about weather. Its a simple blog entry, but a really helpful one. I'm forecasting that this will be a very popular entry...:)
Here is a list of the top 7 weather websites for users.
1. Wunderground - maps, conditions, forecasts, weather fronts, photos, weather events and more
2. Weather.com - The Weather Channel. Forecasts, maps, news, breaking events.
3. NOAA.gov - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website. Active weather alerts and much more.
4. Climate.gov - educational site with data and services, a section on Understanding Climate, videos, images and much more.
5. AccuWeather.com - Local and itnernational weather forecasts, radar, current conditionss
6. WeatherBug.com - local and national weather conditions and forecasts
7. Lifehacker - link to the 'Five Best Weather Websites' - Weatherspark, Weather.gov.NOAA
Enjoy the sites.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
There is another Star Trek movie out in the theatres now. As if you might not know that.... :)
The new movie is called Star Trek Into Darkness - aka STID - and you can click on a movie review from the Internet Movie Database by clicking on this link.
This is a quick summary of the movie - courtesy of IMDB. "After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction."
Well that ratchets up the intensity and the 'curious factor' for folks who haven't seen this movie!!!
So now, onto the 'Who, What, When...etc' of the movie.
This link has a sneak peak of trailers, videos, stills from the movie - care of Yahoo! Movies.
Now that we have that out of our system, lets look at various fan sites for the Star Trek franchise.
Following are four of the more popular Star Trek sites that have an internet presence.
TrekCore offers one of the largest repositories for information on every Star Trek episode and movie along with all the latest news, interviews and analysis on Blu-ray releases, books, gaming, soundtracks and more.
Trekmovie.com is a site for breaking news and information about all aspects of Star Trek. TrekMovie's team of experts bring fans all the news, interviews, previews and reviews about the Star Trek movies, books, comics, merchandise, fan productions, celebrities, events and more.
For more than a decade, TrekToday has been providing daily news and juicy rumors on everything related to the Star Trek franchise. Fans can join the Star Trek BBS, the internet's largest Trek discussion forum with over 15,000 members and thousands of daily discussions.
An original Star Trek fan site and a place for everything Trek since 1996. You can find daily news including early episode plot information, feature film production reports and early script reviews, as well as a large collection of original interview features with Trek personalities.
Enjoy the sites and the reruns and the blogs and the reviews and more...
Thursday, May 9, 2013
You probably realize the Mother's Day is right around the corner. As in, this Sunday. So...on your mark, get ready, get set, go....
For those who don't know the full history of Mother's Day, click on this link from Wikipedia for a brief history of the day. Note that there are various sections on the founding of Mother's Day, the spelling of Mother's Day and the history/tradition of Mother's Day around the world. Note that this last section is organized by country and is very extensive.
You probably want to get your mother something special for Mother's Day. Click here for a list of places/retailers where you can buy flowers:
And if you want to send something sweet to dear ol' Mom, click on these links:
Happy Mother's Day!
Enjoy the links and the chocolate and the flowers!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
So what is this 'Paul Gatto Music' about? And where can I listen to it?
Indeed, those are excellent questions and the answer is...
Paul Gatto is a Farmingdale musician who plays music - along with his band - at the library on Thursday mornings from 11am-2pm.
What kind of music do they play? They play jazz, swing, big-band and the like. Lots of different styles and they take requests!
Seniors - and non-seniors - are welcome and we've seen lots of folks dancing in the aisles at these weekly music extravaganza's. Come one, come all - you'll have a great time. And give your ears a treat!
Click on this link for a calendar of events for the Farmingdale Public Library.
Enjoy the music!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Imagine this scenario: You are trying to complete your social studies report and it is 10:30pm on a Sunday night. The report is due Monday morning and you need to find some encyclopedia articles for your report.
Are you going to panic? Are you going to 'freak-out' or stress out or worry yourself sick?
Nope. No way.
Because you know that you can use your library.
That's right - you can use the library's online resources - WHILE YOU ARE AT HOME.
All you need is your handy-dandy library card and just visit the library homepage. Click on this link and then click on the Research link at the top of the page.
Specifically we have a wide-ranging, comprehensive, current resource called 'Credo Reference' which contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations, atlases, and more for students. The number and variety of titles in each of the categories listed above makes this online database a great start for students to turn to when writing papers or essays for school.
Geography, history, social studies,biography, literature, poetry and more are just some of the subject covered in this all-encompassing database. You'll also find pictures, video, journal articles and current events related to the topic you are researching.
Students will probably get better grades - and spend less time doing research - when Credo Reference is used to help with school assignments.
Enjoy Credo Reference and if you have any questions, you can contact the library at 516-249-909 or, via email at email@example.com.