compute @ your library                      

  Everyday we use the latest technology to get news, access information and conduct transactions. We can sit down at our home computers late at night after the kids are in bed and the dishes are done to pay bills electronically, download a bank statement, email friends – catch up on numerous daily tasks.

The Stanislaus County Library System is using technology to keep the pace with our busy lives. In addition to providing free Internet access at all 13 library branches, the Stanislaus County Library provides a number of services that you can access at www.stanislauslibrary.org from the convenience of your own home or office:

  • Need to save time?
        
    Search the library's catalog online first.  Then stop by the library to check out your favorite book,             book-on-tape or other materials.
  • Anxious to read a new popular release?
        
    Place a hold on the title online or by telephone.
  • Is your book's due date just around the corner and you're not quite done?
        
    Renew it online or by telephone.
  • Want to search for current magazine articles on a particular topic?
        
    Access EbscoHost, the library's magazine database, with full text articles from 1,8000 publications.

Several other online resources available @ your library include:

  • Reference USA – find information on business names, SIC numbers, geographic locations and more.
  • Newsbank – regional information from the Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News.
  • Biography Resource Center – your guide to 300,000 biographies on more than 200,000 people.
  • Bowker’s Books in Print – the first place to find books, audio recordings and videos available on the retail market.
  • Novelist – your guide to fiction. Find new titles and authors.
  • College Source Online - featuring more than 14,850 college catalogs.
               new technology @ your library
"I really like the Turlock Community.  People are friendly. We know many of our customers on a first name basis. I enjoy finding hidden tidbits, bringing to people's attention information that can change someone's life, finding a hidden bank account, tracking down an old stock certificate and determining its value, helping people find their birth parents.  These are the types of stories that are really rewarding!"

Jim Griffin,
Branch Manager,
Turlock Library

The Modesto Library is pleased to announce the addition of computers and software to assist our sight-impaired customers. Zoom Text software will magnify anything on the monitor up to 16 times. Jaws reading software will verbally read the library catalog and documents in Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect. Documents on paper can also be enlarged using the library’s viewer. This equipment and technology helps the library better serve its sight-impaired customers, and is limited to their use. For more information, call 558-7814. Live videoconferencing at the Modesto Library is being introduced this week with an interactive video author visit with Pulitzer Prize winning author, Michael Chabon on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. in the downstairs auditorium of the Modesto Library (1500 I Street). Chabon received the Pulitzer for his 2000 novel "Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay." Chabon’s presentation will be followed by audience discussion. Interactive videoconferencing enables local participants to interact with the author and other audiences throughout California. For more information about this program, please call 558-4813.

Computer class

Bridges to technology

If all of this technology seems overwhelming, take advantage of the library’s free Bridges to Technology program. Developed in partnership with the Great Valley Center, Bridges to Technology offers training in basic computer and Internet skills in a small group setting. Or if you have the skills to share, Bridges to Technology can use you as a volunteer instructor. Volunteer opportunities at libraries throughout Stanislaus County are available. For more information about registering for a class or volunteering, call 558-7814.

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