Monday, August 30

2004 Presidential Election

Are you still hoping to make an informed decision before casting your vote on Nov. 2? Check out these websites for help:
Project Vote Smart: All Candidates - includes a short biography, email, web address, affiliations, and more, for all candidates.
Presidential Election Information Source and Directory "...the premiere Presidential Election information portal, source, and directory that provides Government, State, local, and Presidential Election information."
The 2004 U. S. Presidential Election: A view from the web. -an analysis of candidates websites.
Librarians Index to the Web: 2004 Presidential Elections -find anything dealing with the election, jokes and even an explanation of the electoral college!
2004 Presidential Election News - from topix.net, the internet's largest news site.

Federal Election Commission - This site is designed as a tool for anyone who wishes to learn more about financing campaigns for federal office, the rules and regulations pertaining to this process, or elections and voting in general.

Wednesday, August 25

Computer Classes @ your library

Are you looking for a free adult computer class for email basics? Word processing know-how? Spreadsheets? Or just to find out why there is a mouse attached to the computer?

Many CMRLS libraries have free computer classes scheduled for adults. You won't need to sit beside a ten year old who already knows everything! Check the class schedules using the online calendar!

You can aid your search by clicking on the "Search Calendar Events" in the upper left corner of the calendar window. Choose "Option 3: by keyword:". Type the word computer in the text box and click the "Search" button! You will see only the computer classes offered at your libraries! For more information click one of the entries on the calendar. Contact the library to find out if there is space available for that class or find future dates for the class.

*NOTE: The "Search Calendar Events" feature will also allow you to view a particular library calendar. Just choose "Option 2: by branch:", then click the library you are interested in! For information on programs by category (adult, pre-school, family, etc.) choose "Option 1: by category:" and click the appropriate category!

Tuesday, August 24

Mississippi Authors Information

Links to websites about Mississippi's rich literary heritage -- from Mississippi Library Association/Mississippi Author Links http://www.misslib.org/maa/links.php

Mississippi's African American Authors-
http://library.msstate.edu/special_interest/Mississippi_African-American_Authors.asp

"The only document of its kind on the Internet, this comprehensive listing of Mississippi's African-American authors is intended to assist researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and primary and secondary students in their discovery and exploration of the state's African-American writers. Funded by the Mississippi State University Office of Research, this project is ongoing, and the list is continually updated. It is hoped that established and emerging authors will continually be identified and added to this list by its compilers and by the literary community, whose input is always welcome." - quoted from the homepage

Mississippi Writers-
http://shs.starkville.k12.ms.us/mswm/MSWritersAndMusicians/write.html

"Many twentieth-century writers were born in Mississippi or have spent an important part of their lives in the state. Some of the writers are world famous, while others are up-and-coming authors with a first novel that is getting much attention. Others are poets, short story writers, dramatists, essayists, or writers of historical novels or memoirs. Many have had movies made based on their work. All have contributed to the literary and cultural heritage of Mississippi. This web site provides up-to-date information about these writers as researched by the students of Starkville High School in Starkville, Mississippi." - quoted from the Mississippi Writers webpage

The Mississippi Writers Page-
http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/english/ms-writers/dir/

"The Mississippi Writers Page brings together in one place a wide assortment of information about Mississippi's plethora of literary artists... At the heart of The Mississippi Writers Page are the Writer Listings, individual articles on Mississippi writers which include biographical and critical commentaries on the writers, a comprehensive list of their publications, media adaptations, a selective bibliography of critical resources, and an assortment of resources available on the Internet. ." - quoted from the homepage

Wednesday, August 18

Interesting Websites

-- Harry Potter News Aggregator, a must-see site for Harry Potter fans. http://www.hpana.com/

-- September 11, 2001 Report. For free, the 9-11 Commission has released its final report, available in PDF format. http://www.9-11commission.gov/

-- Small Steps . . . to a healthier lifestyle. http://www.smallstep.gov/

--Poynter Online, Hurricane Resources http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=49&aid=569

--National Association of Senior Friends, Connections to better health! ttp://www.seniorfriends.com/

--National Cryptologic Museum, National Security Agency http://www.nsa.gov/museum/

--The Weather in a Minute! http://www.qwikcast.com/

Patron's Choice Award Winner to visit Flowood Library

Carolyn Haines, author of the Mississippi Delta mysteries, the "Bone Series" as well as works of nonfiction, will be the featured speaker at the G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library in Flowood on Monday, August 23, 7:00 p.m. The newest addition to the "Bone Series" is Hallowed Bones, the fifth book in her Delta mystery series.

Ms. Haines was recently recognized as a CMRLS Patron's Choice Winner. Patrons were asked in March to nominate favorite books published in 2003-2004. The top ten books chosen were announced in April during National Library Week. Crossed Bones was one of those top ten!

You'll want to come hear her speak about writing, her process and inspiration, and her newest book, Hallowed Bones. Ms. Haines will be signing books, also.

Check Rosie's Web for other titles by this great Mississippi author!

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