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November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving 08

The library will be closed
Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th.

We will reopen Saturday the 29th - our usual hours, 10-5.

The community center will be closed for four days: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The 100-mile Thanksgiving project
Thanksgiving in space
The first Thanksgiving
The year of two Thanksgivings
Recipes: A vegetarian Thanksgiving | Thanksgivings past
Native American web sites

100 Mile Thanksgiving

Posted by library at 12:14 PM

November 20, 2008

Nov. 24-29

Library Calendar Week of Nov. 24, 2008

Monday, Nov. 24:

__ 1:45 Piney Branch 4th graders presentation on historical fiction

Tuesday, Nov. 25:

__ 10 a.m. Circle Time
__ 11 a.m. Circle Time

Wednesday, Nov. 26:

__ 10 a.m. -- Twosies

Posted by at 02:20 PM

November 14, 2008

November 17-21

Library Calendar Week of Nov. 17, 2008

Monday, Nov. 17:

__1:45 p.m. Piney Branch 4th graders historical fiction program

__ 7:30 p.m. Banned Books Club

Tuesday, Nov. 18:

__ 10 a.m. Circle Time

__ 11 a.m. Circle Time

Wednesday, Nov. 19:

__ 10 a.m. Twosies (Note: Pre-registration required)

__ 1:45 Piney Branch 4th graders realistic fiction program

__ 7 p.m. First session of poetry workshop (Note: pre-registration required)

Thursday, Nov. 20:

__ 11 a.m. Spanish Circle Time

Friday, Nov. 21

__ 10 a.m. Piney Branch 3rd graders folklore program

__ 4 p.m. Craft Club all welcome

Posted by at 11:15 AM

November 13, 2008

Converter Boxes

For people who have over-the-air television sets and don't use a cable connection ....

You can get a converter box for your current set.

  • A converter box costs about $50
  • Available at Sears, Radio Shack, K-Mart, Target, CVS, Rite-Aid, Shoppers etc. Also various online stores (example).
  • You can get a coupon for $40 to apply to the cost of the converter box. Call 1-888-388-2009 or apply online (Though to apply online you have to complete an almost impossible word challenge. Two of the librarians here could not decipher the one they viewed. And the application screen may expire while you are trying to find someone who can read the secret phrase.)
  • The coupon can take up to 12 weeks to arrive, is good for 90 days, and each household is limited to two.

The date when analog transmissions from most TV stations will stop? February 19th 2009.

Even if you view over-the-air television instead of cable, your set might already be digital. In that case, you don't need a converter box.

How do you know if your set is analog and needs a converter box?

  • How old is it? Over 5 years - probably analog. Beware: analog sets are still being sold.
  • How expensive? If it was cheap - even though you brought it just last week, probably analog.
  • What happens when you turn to a channel where no station broadcasts? If you get snow - probably analog.

You can also check any labels on the box or experiment (can you receive a digital station signal?).

Posted by library at 03:50 PM