Online library resources for your home theater

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 21, 2011

By Pam Everhardt Bloom
Rowan Public Library
If youíre looking for something a little different to view or just trying to save pennies, look no further than your Rowan Public Library. All you need are your library card number and your PIN. If you donít have a PIN, simply request one in person at the circulation desk of any Rowan Public Library and youíll be ready to select movies and documentaries online for personal viewing.
NCLive Digital library is easily accessed from home using the Rowan Public Library Home Page at Open the libraryís home page and look under ěRelated Linksî on the left side. A click on ěOn-Line Toolsî will open up a variety of choices. Select NCLive Resources and then, if you can resist the other entries that are available using your library card and PIN number, scroll down to the NCLive Video Collection and enjoy the many choices.
Categories available include American history, the arts, biography, business & investing, cultural studies, current issues, education, health & medicine, kids, military history, North Carolina, science and world history. Series available are American Experience, American Masters, Art 21, Cyberchase, Empires, Frontline, Ken Burns, Libertyís Kids, Masterpiece, Wilkes County, NC Oral Documents and Scientific American Frontier. You may also browse by individual title or by titles with closed captions.
Math adventures abound in Cyberchase and may provide a fun learning advantage for your child or a quick remediation for adults helping with homework. Libertyís Kids provides another link for an enjoyable supplement to the social studies book. Masterpiece lovers will find favorite editions of past shows and possibly new favorites. For a different twist, the series Art 21 explores art themes that range from the topics of ěPlace and Spiritualityî to those of ěPower and Memory.î For the curious mind, look no further than Scientific American Frontiers. Episodes ranging from ěAnimal Einsteinsî to ěBody Buildingî and on to ěNatural Born Robotsî provide something for everyone, and these are just a small sample of the many science topics available.
Should you encounter any difficulty navigating this site, go back to Rowan Public Library Home Page and click on NCLive Directions after opening the On-Line Tool link for additional instructions. Thereís also a help and FAQ icon at the NCLive Digital Library site if you have other questions.
Once youíve met your video needs, donít forget to look at the many other resources available through NCLive. You will be pleasantly surprised. Happy viewing!
Childrenís Storytime: Weekly Storytime runs through Nov. 18. For more information call 704-216-8234.
Headquarters ó Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Toddler Time (18- to 35-month-olds); Wednesdays, 11 a.m., Baby Time (6- to 23-month-olds); Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Preschool Time (3- to 5-year-olds) and 4 p.m., Noodlehead (4- to 8-years-old).
Southó Mondays, 4 p.m., Noodlehead (4- to 8-years-old); Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Baby Time (6- to 23-month-olds), 1:30 p.m., Preschool Time (3- to 5-year-olds); Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Toddler Time (18- to 35-month-olds).
East ó Mondays, 10:30 a.m., Baby Time (6- to 23 month-olds); Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Toddler Time (18- to 35-month-olds); Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Preschool Time (3- to 5-year-olds).
Teen program: All 5:30-7 p.m. Headquarters, Tuesday; East, Monday. Free monthly programs for middle and high school students. Come share your favorite books while creating your own Tie-dye T-shirt (please bring a white T-shirt). For more information call 704-216-8234.
Book Bites Club: South only ó Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., ěThe Color of Water,î by James MacBride (Book Club Kit). Book discussion groups for adults and children are held at South Rowan Regional Library and will meet the last Tuesday of each month. The group is open and anyone is free to join at any time. There is a discussion of the book and light refreshments at each meeting. For more information please call 704-216-8229.
Displays: Headquarters, AARP, NAMI by Susan Agner; South, student artwork by Carson High School; East, pottery by Bob Listerman.
Literacy: Call the Rowan County Literacy Council at 704-216-8266 for more information on teaching or receiving literacy tutoring for English speakers or for those for whom English is a second language.