Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Consumer Reports: Free Online!

Did you know you don't have to rifle through paper copies of Consumer Reports to find the product review you're looking for? It's all available for free online with a Newport Library card! You'll need to enter the barcode number on the back of your card and your PIN. Call the library at 265-2153 to set up a PIN or come to library to get in-person help.

Simply go to our databases page, accessible from the library's home page: 

Select Consumer Reports, enter your info, and you're in!

Find a product by selecting from the drop down menu, index, or using the search box at the top of the page.

Take advantage of Newport Library's free online access to Consumer Reports and other databases! After all, the library and all its resources are here for YOU!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Resolve to Learn!

At the start of each year we tend to take stock of our lives and consider areas we can improve upon. Have you had a yen to study a language? Did you get a new tablet or computer for Christmas, and need help learning to use it? Would you like to learn how to download eBooks and audiobooks from Library2Go?

If so, you're in luck!  During the month of January, we are offering the following free classes:

  • On Friday, January 9, Online classes with LearningExpress Library and Mango will be offered at 9:00 a.m. This class will introduce students to signing up for online lessons in Microsoft Office products, Adobe software, and over 60 languages. 
Photoshop Tutorial in LearningExpress Library
  •  Introduction to Library2Go will be taught on Monday, January 12 at 6:00 p.m. This class shows how to log in, search, and borrow ebooks and audiobooks from Library2Go. Students may bring their own devices if they have specific questions.
  • On Friday, January 16, Beginning Excel will be taught at 9:00 a.m. This class teaches the basics of creating a spreadsheet and adding rows and columns. Intermediate Excel will be offered at 10:00 a.m. This class teaches how to balance a checkbook, use multiple worksheets, and create charts. 
  • Beginning Word will be taught on January 23 at 9:00 a.m. This class introduces people to the basic commands to create a word processing document. Intermediate Word will be taught at 10:00 a.m. This class builds on the previous one, and teaches how to insert photographs, create lists using bullets and numbers, and set margins, tabs, and line spacing. 
  •  On Friday, January 30 at 9:00 a.m., we’ll teach Introduction to Tablets and iPads. Students are encouraged to bring their own devices, along with any questions they may have.
  • On Saturday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m., Introduction to Computers will be taught. This class covers the basic concepts of using a PC, such as learning to use a mouse, opening programs, and scrolling.
All classes are free and last one hour. Registration is required. For more information, please call (541) 265-2153 or check the library website,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Genre-fication: Now Making YA Books Easier to Find!

Are you tired of sifting through ten paranormal books to find the historical novel you've been longing for?  Really like horror but can never find any because there are too many mushy romances in the way?  Not in Newport Library's revamped YA section, not anymore!

Young adult books are now categorized in different genres to make it easier to browse for the kind of books you like to read.  All the fiction is color-coded into twelve categories, which are alphabetized on the YA shelves.  Can't get enough Hunger Games? Go Dystopian.  Love your rewritten fairy tales?  Try Fairy.  Looking for something light about friendship and romance? Sweet & Sassy is for you.  

There's a guide to genres posted on the YA shelves, explaining what all the categories are. For example, AA is Action-Adventure: spies, thrillers, and daring tales of survival.  And PARA equals Paranormal: where the weird and magical happen in your everyday town or high school.

Deciding on the genre of certain books can be a little tricky: what to do with action-packed historical paranormal romances, or time-travelling mysteries set in post-apocalyptic dystopias?  We tried to decide based on the strongest or most important feature of the book, but that's often subjective.  If you read a book and discover that it's much more of a Sweet & Sassy than a Mystery, or that it's more Science Fiction than Horror, please let us know!

As a matter of fact, we'd love to hear what you think of all of the ongoing changes at our community library.  Chat with a staff member, contact us online, or slip a comment into our suggestion box by the circulation desk.  Thanks!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Meet and Greet Databases!

Whenever I use a library database to help someone find what they need, they usually say “I didn’t know you had that!” With that in mind, I’ll be introducing a few of our databases every now and then, with the hope that when you need one, you’ll think, “oh, yeah, I can get that information from the library!”

LegalForms - Have you ever needed a legal form, and spent way too much time searching the internet, to no avail? We subscribe to an Oregon Legal Forms database, which provides a wide selection of legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Included are real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord/tenant and many others.

GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) - Do you need to brush up on an environmental issue? You can go to GREENR to learn about topics as diverse as Aquaculture, Biofuel Energies, and Carbon Markets to Urban Farming, Vegetarianism, and Water Privatization. Each topic includes an overview, articles from academic journals and magazines, and links to relevant websites. - Folks who like to do their own car repairs have relied on Chilton Car Repair manuals for decades. All of the information from those books is available from home, through It includes thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models.

Our databases are always available, accessible to anyone with a Newport Library card. Take a look at our website; you might find just what you were looking for!  If you need help setting up your PIN, you can call us at 541-265-2153 and we can help.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dangerous Young Nuns

I am not exaggerating when I say I have pretty much read (or started to read and decided I didn't want to finish) every young adult fantasy novel in our library system that features smart and strong female protagonists.  Seriously, I have read more books about girls wielding swords than I care to count. So. Many. Swords. 

This being said, you can imagine my delight when a taut, muscular (I love it when books are described in those terms) trilogy of books about teenage nun-assassins rocking out in fifteenth century Brittany arrived at the library. These girls know their stuff and manage to successfully deal with the respective missions they are assigned to with major craftiness, or, failing that, righteous fighting moves. 

Author Robin LaFevers totally nails historical fantasy fiction in these books. Her skill at seamlessly weaving fantasy elements into straight historical fact is on par with Marion Zimmer Bradley, Libbra Bray, and Diana Gabaldon. As strange and unlikely as this series' premise of murderous novitiates exacting vengeance sounds, it is most definitely worth your time if you're any sort of fantasy fan. I recommended this series to both my refined, literature-loving mom and my wild, pink-haired artist friend and they both gave rave reviews. Here are the publisher's rundowns:

Grave Mercy

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts--and a violent destiny.

Dark Triumph
Sybella's duty as Death's assassin in 15th-century France forces her return home to the personal hell that she had finally escaped. 

Mortal Heart 

Annith's worst fears are realized when she discovers that, despite her lifelong training to be an assassin, she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever shut up in the convent of Saint Mortain. 

For more Newport Library staff favorites, click here!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The secret garden within

Imagine a sickly, foul-tempered little girl who loves no one and whom no one loves. She lives in India with her parents, who abandon her to the care of servants. When a cholera outbreak ravages her household, the orphaned Mary Lennox is sent to England to live in Misselthwaite Manor with her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven.

Thus begins The Secret Garden, a 1993 film based on the 1910 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Mary’s life turns around when she learns of a secret garden on the estate, which belonged to the late Mistress Craven. She also discovers a young cousin, Colin, hidden away in a wing of the manor, and confined to a wheelchair. As the children work to restore the garden, the garden returns the favor, nurturing the latent hope and love in their hearts.

The Secret Garden will be shown at the library on Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome, and popcorn will be served.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Murder in the Arctic

If you enjoy the national parks mysteries of Nevada Barr, the Native American mysteries of Tony Hillerman, or the Alaskan mysteries of Dana Stabenow, here’s a new series for you—MJ McGrath’s mysteries featuring half-Inuit hunting guide Edie Kiglatuk, starting with White Heat.

Kiglatuk lives in the northern Arctic, where the world is all ice and rock. The geography, history, and culture of the region and of the Inuit people are an integral part of the book. I picked it up because of the murder mystery, but like many people, I really enjoy learning about distant lands through fiction, and the northern Arctic is a new one for me.

White Heat opens when one of Kiglatuk's clients is shot during a hunting trip, and the local council blackmails her into agreeing it was a suicide. She’s drawn into a long affair that spans countries, unveils corruption, and unmasks evil close to home. When one of her family is killed and those in power want that brushed under the rug, too, Kiglatuk is forced to face her fears that her client’s death was a sign of a greater conspiracy. She is the only one motivated and tenacious enough to seek justice at any cost.

White Heat is the first book in this series, and promises lots of action, lots of seal-blood soup and walrus meat, and a greater understanding of life in a harsh land of ice where night lasts an entire season. It is also available as an audiobook through Library2Go.