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Wrapping up Summer at the Central Library August 19, 2013

Posted by ackermanj in Steele, Youth Services.
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We are wrapping up a summer full of fun, here at the Central Library! We had 157 kids enter our Summer Reading Club, and around 500 total attendees at our weekly Reading Club programs…well done kids. Congratulations on your reading efforts and way to eliminate that “brain drain” that can occur over the summer months (your teachers will be so proud!!)

As we look forward to fall and the return of our regular story times (check our website for days and times), we will be welcoming new storytellers here at the Central Library, so please come down and meet them and join them for fun stories, songs and flannel board fun.  We will also be doing a story time at the Thursday Wisner Farmer’s Market from 11:00-11:45 through the end of August.

We are having a family movie day on Wed. Aug. 28 at 2:00!  Come and view “Oz, The Great and Powerful” while enjoying a snack.  On Friday, Aug. 30, local author Maureen Wright will be here reading her great stories and she’ll bring along a craft for the kids…especially suited for ages 2-8. No registration is required for either event and both are free!

Janet Ackerman
Head of Youth Services
Central Library, Elmira (CCLD)

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes: Open Source Software – Free alternatives to popular programs August 16, 2013

Posted by lewisjm in Beneficial Bits n' Bytes, Technology.
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Did you know that there are free Open Source alternatives to some of the most popular computer programs on the market today?  Unlike proprietary software, anyone can view and modify the source code for Open Source software to create modified or derived works of the original program.  Because the source code can be freely accessed, most open source software is free to download.

If you don’t have Microsoft Office, before you buy it, try LibreOffice or Open Office instead.

Tired of Internet Explorer?  Firefox and Chrome are great Open Source alternatives.

Can’t afford Photoshop?  Try GIMP!

Looking for a Dreamweaver equivalent?  BlueGriffon and KompoZer have similar features and are free!

If you’re looking for an alternative to Windows and Mac, try Linux Mint!  There are many distributions of Linux available but Mint appears to be the most popular lately (http://distrowatch.com).  Install it on an old computer and try it out.

These are just a handful of the numerous Open Source programs that are available to you.  If you’re interested in learning more, here are some resources…

More about Open Source:


The Open Source Initiative

Linux and Open Source – The latest news and views on all things Linux and open source by seasoned Unix and Linux user Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

More about free alternatives:

SourceForge – Find, Create, and Publish Open Source software for free

The Top 50 Proprietary Programs that Drive You Crazy — and Their Open Source Alternatives

Open-source software rated: Ten alternatives you need


Jennie Lewis
Central Library Reference Department
Chemung County Library District


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