* That’ s the BROOKS MEMORIAL LIBRARY website, which you should save to your shortcuts list because it’s the hub of the information universe!

Library cardholders, you can use these features from home, or anyplace you have access to the Web.  Visitors, you have free access to all but the account features on the computers at the Library: 224 Main Street in Brattleboro.

1. Quickly assemble all the articles, statistics, radio transcripts, and reference book entries you need for your paper on a controversial issue:

Choose Resources > Newspapers and Current Events > Opposing Viewpoints.  Choose a subject link, such as Population Growth, Affirmative Action, or Genetic Engineering, or search for your topic by keyword.

2. Find the most recent book by your favorite author in the Library’s collection: Choose Catalog > Browse > Authors.  Search for last name only; you’re less likely to run into trouble that way.  If we have books by your author, you will see a link to his or her full name in the result list; click to see all the titles the library owns.  To find the most recent title, look for the box that says Sort results by and choose Publication Date from the drop-down menu.

3. Download audiobooks to your MP3 player or other portable device:

Choose Audiobooks and follow the links for news and instructions.  You will have to download some free software to your computer before choosing audiobooks to export to your player.  Not all titles are compatible with all devices, but there is a good selection for both PC and MAC products, including the iPod.  Call us for help if you need it: 254-5290 x109.

4. Search the U.S. Census, 1790-1930, by name, state, birthplace, and other parameters:   Choose Resources > Local History & Genealogy > Heritage Quest.  “Search Census” is the first option.  Your search will lead you to facsimiles of the original handwritten Census intake forms.

5. Find biographical profiles, articles, and mini-bibliographies about pharaohs, saints, robber barons, supermodels, and other fascinating characters, past and present: Choose Resources > Biography > Wilson Web biography database.

6. Learn how to maintain your own car:

Choose Resources > Do it yourself >Auto Repair Reference Center.  Click on the year, make, and model, and then choose Repair Procedures, which opens up folders on the left side of the screen.  Choose the General Maintenance folder.  Not all makes and models have general maintenance info, but most do—and they’re illustrated.

7. Request an interlibrary loan without leaving your cozy chair:

Choose Resources and scroll down to the “Useful Links” section; you will find a link to an online form called Request an Interlibrary Loan.

8. Renew all your checked-out library items, still without leaving your cozy chair:   Choose My Account and type in your library card number and PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number).  Click the boxes for what you want to renew, and then click “Renew Checked Items.”  Some categories of items, such as interlibrary loans, cannot be renewed this way, but most can.  If you need help logging in, call us.

9. Find high-quality images from major photo archives of U.S. presidents, dogsled teams in action, and barking elephant seals, among other things:

Choose Resources > Homework Help Grades K-6 > Kids InfoBits.  Click on the topic areas or search by keyword until you find your subject.  Then look for the “Images” tab; if it’s bright with black letters, click on it for pictures.  [Source Citation: “Inuit Hunter and Dogsled Team.” (© Layne Kennedy/Corbis.) Animals with Jobs: Sled Dogs. Judith Janda Presnall. KidHaven Press, 2005.   Reproduced in Kids InfoBits.  Detroit:  Gale, 2009.   http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/KidsInfoBits%5D

10. Watch videos of past programs at the Brooks Memorial Library, including talks by author Howard Frank Mosher, former Iranian Ambassador Mansour Farhang, historian Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, and others:

Choose Videos, and have fun!