National Library Week 2005-04-02 to 2005-04-08

Occurred last spring from Sunday April 2 through Saturday April 8,

The Lexington Cary Memorial Library (CML) welcomed many in the community to share in the National Library Week Celebration.

During this celebration, many of the library offerings were explained, with programs every day. The following summary was requested by Kerry Brandin, in behalf of the Cary Memorial Library Foundation. As I was able to attend many of them, I offer the following summary.
[My augmentations are so indicated.]

The Lexington Minuteman, Thursday April 6, pg 37: A Woman Remembered: Maria Hastings Cary left a legacy in Lexington: Cary Memorial Library. I believe she would be proud of the celebration last week, which I summarize here.

Harvey Bingham

Invited Expert,
World Wide Web Web Accessibility Initiative,
Education Outreach Group

Sunday, April 2 Panel discussion

Connie Rawson, Master of Ceremonies, Director, Cary Memorial Library

The community meeting room is available for public meetings
(as we are using it this week.)
Meeting room and learning center.
Literacy center: access for all.
Electronic Math augmentation

There are some practical limits to availability of historic materials,
including Records of:
information for everybody

Tom Diaz, Glassbook, e-book description

Books can be transformed into "e-books," a digital book, which is still a book, with lower cost and higher functionality, including text search, text-to-speech listening, and text-to-Braille. This is a $3 billion business, which is rapidly growing in the last 5 years. Glassbook is an E-book in Acrobat, for public domain versions.

Margaret Donovan, CML Library Technical Director

e-books are more than a fad. E-book readers are available.
The net library has about 34 thousand titles available.
See the minuteman catalog library page, via:

Project Gutenberg has 17,000 public domain books:
The third world has no printed books; these mirror the book experience,
and provide access there, assuming computers are available.

Hewlett-Packard has a digital reader for e-books.

Books can be made audible, so you can listen instead of reading.

CML subscribes to "Recorded Books, Inc.
You register at libraries
21 days for content; dies thereafter
11,000 titles

Recorded books owns some
Net Library

Some movies are available from the Denver public library:

Lexington has 120 patrons for books for the blind.

One source costs $50/year from

[If certified legally blind, books and players for them
can be supplied by free mailing from the extensive library
of over 800,000 titles from the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library,
located on the Perkins School For the Blind Campus.
They have been affiliated with the Library of Congress
National Library Service network of cooperating libraries
since the beginning of the Talking Book Program in 1931.]

See details on their site:

[I am the designer of the next generation digital "talking book"
XML application, which will contain searchable text, and professional
narration synchronized to it. I did this work for the Library of Congress
several years ago. See the description on my page:

The major supplier of textbooks for the blind is
"Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic."
This is the nation's educational library
for those with print disabilities:
"Learning through listening"

Susan Lum, Head Librarian, Lexington High School

On a laptop is a simulated representation of the printed page.
A book can be tied to a particular laptop with a key to unlock;
and destruction after three weeks. Brittanica is again coming in print!
Wicipedia is a place for self-publishing. so is

31 years in school libraries
Her purpose is to support:
students and staff

Problem: all students doing research topic need same materials
at the same time.
Solution: don't buy multiple copies as can make the material
available digitally.

Have full text of magazines.
Some software is available that can translate into another language:
for those whom English is a Second Language.
E-book problem: need password management.

Other problems:
search and make results accessible to all.
share resources.

A challenge is to learn to select the most appropriate resource.
That is an important skill for all to develop.

Monday, April 3

11:00 - 13:00 Stephanie Lauder (CML) showed the many resources
for public use. She also reviewed the many periodicals that the
library receives.

Some are available at the reference desk, including access to
the online subscriptions to:
Standard and Poors Outlook

A list of periodicals is available at the reference desk.

A useful web source is the Librarians Internet Index:
"websites you can trust"
Many topics are included;
as is an effective search capability.

Cary Library has some databases:
It has some 650 books including some of tax forms
378 financial books
368 on Social Security

Has a subscription to the Weiss Ratings of Finance:
money market
banks and thrifts:

Resources including rating social security options
and explanations.
Medicare (now 368 K receiving benefits) and Social Security.
(368 K people are receiving them currently.)

The Minuteman Library Network is available with many resources: gets to its catalog.

You can renew borrowed materials on-line.

17:00 pm Librarian Reception,
sponsored by Friends of Cary Memorial Library.

19:30 Genealogy and History

Jean Kelly and Ruth Lynne (CML children's librarian)
Presented resources on tracing our roots, Genealogy
and History resources available in CML.
There is a summary at the reference desk.
Web resources: Boston Public library, free to MA residents census/immigration data Mormon database can get free 1-week trial, $180/Year Digital Teaching and learning;
need registration and login "free" site, tied to

In the reference collection is significant local history information
including a comprehensive cultural resource directory,
with information about houses in the historic district.

In the oval room are old maps of Lexington
among them, 1853 and 1889 Lexington.
Some of Tom Silio's writings are available.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Some maps are available on CD.

The Lexington Minuteman 1871 card catalog with information
till 1912.

Lexington vital records: have about 50% of those from 1600 to 1898.
A useful book: Tracing the Past, Ancestry -- constantly expanding.
There is no online bridge to this. Some 3.5 billion entries
some 43 million records
some 21 million immigrants
some 850 million back-issues of newspapers -- microfiche

The New York Times Search database is available on-line.
Article Archive: 1861-1980
Article Archive: 1981-Present (text only)

Tuesday, April 4

10:00 -- 12:40 Jean Williams (CML) Be A Smart Consumer Using library resources to make informed choices; There is an effective handout summary, available at the reference desk.

Wednesday, April 5

History Happened: 01:02:03:04:05:06

6:00-9:00 p.m. Autobiographical film by Barry Levinson. Presented by the Friends of Cary Memorial Library in association with Lexington Reads!

Thursday April 6, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Reference and technology department:
Librarians present research and meeting room resources,
focusing on how the Library can meet the needs of businesses.
Light breakfast served.

Friday, April 7

Readit, Write it, Clickit

Robin Brenner

New Teen Literacy
A gaming generation gap exists: few parents, many youth.
Gaming encourages development of skills:
writing for an audience
being critical of what they read
discuss writing
accept and use constructive criticism and when to ignore it
develop strategies for rewriting
master digital literacy needed in school

Rewriting: augmenting popular stories:
Much effort is spent augmenting and extending existing stories:
Harry Potter: 240 thousand augmentations/extensions
Amime 38 thousand
Dragon Ball 27 thousand
Final Fantasy 33 thousand
Source: has some 10,000 authors, 30,000 stories 200 staff members, with roles content police!

Saturday April 8

10:00 Margaret Donovan (CML technology director) demonstrated the Gift from the Lions Club

Kurzweill 3000 text-to-speech reader

This remarkable device can display content visually on a personal computer.
Kurzweil has a catalog of magazines.

The goal is to make independent users:
To gain access to it, you need a username and password, from the reference desk.
Does text-to-speech; the listener can select the voice for speaking,
with more realistic ones than are available with Microsoft Office.
For training there is a web seminar; a teleconference using webX
a free conference,
and there is Tutorial book available
Has an Outline Maker

A Scanner can handle books, when pages are fed pages binder out; An Epson scanner is good, assuming the scanner can get close enough to the inside page edge; many cannot. Text Can: be zoomed read with highlighting adjust the reading speed, keyboard selectable make an "audio file" to send home save and email to self compress material: audio 3 pages; 2 megabytes export to Microsoft Word can skip header/footer information scanners may pick up noise of dirt specks which can confuse

Other libraries with Kurzweill readers: Concord, Norwood, Watertown. Boston Public Library

Other sources of audio books: $30/year Project Gutenberg [There are copyright issues on current materials]

WGBH had descriptive video (closed captioning)

Resource: multi-lingual; many languages, Finnish recently added can use in e-mail program

Idea: would be useful with a touch-screen showing the scanned image To select region of text to be read, adjoining an illustration. A Mac version is coming for the Kurzweill. Dragon Natural Speech is useful for voice recognition. JAWS is a useful assistive technology, for reading. [IBM Home page reader is another useful technology.]

Christopher Bing

12:00 In Childrens Library across the hall:

Christopher Bing showed me several books he'd illustrated: Story of Little Black Sambo
Casey at the Bat
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

He had drafts of two more; and was seeking reactions from CML Children's library staff.

Girl Scout Reception

13:00 Conclusion of 100 year celebration -- anti-climax,
no presentation. Girl Scout reception;
Hosted bo Girl Scouts
Judy Sibert, area Scout Leader
About 60 scouts were there
Some were reading to kids
Many scouts were having skin painting done.