What is the trash monster?


rwh_0001_0001_0_img0031This trash monster is the symbol of people’s efforts to fight against waste and pollution. So on April 22, we have Earth Day. Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin got the ball rolling in 1970 with the first Earth Day.

To learn more about recycling, conserving water and safe products for the environment visit Hot Topic – Living Green

Do you love poetry? Then April is your month, it’s National Poetry Month!


13M-GL0335With your library card you have access to host of resources for Poetry Criticism.  Using Artemis Literary Sources, enter your search terms such as a name of a poem or “poetry criticism”.  Artemis returns a host of resources for your search terms.  What’s really cool about Artemis is the Topic Finder which provides a visual of which words and subjects are found most often in the text of your search results. There are a variety of types of resources it searches which include Poetry Criticism Online and Poetry for Students.

Learning Express is a great exam preparation tool!


learning expressStudying for a test or brushing up on skills LearningExpress Library™ is a great resource for practice tests. Beginning in April 2015, LearningExpress Library™ just got better! I now has a new responsive design and a wide array of great new product enhancements and resources. Here are the highlights:

Responsive Design & More

They’ve improved performance, navigation, and usability—providing patrons with a superior experience on any device—including tablets, desktops, and smartphones.

  • The new responsive design gives users a fully optimized experience on any size screen or device.
  • Our new optimization technology has made LearningExpress Library™ faster than ever before.
  • The new advanced search engine delivers quicker, more comprehensive results.
  • Navigating the resource catalog has improved, for quicker and easier browsing.

Updates include new content:

New Practice Tests
They’ve added thirteen (13) new practice tests to the Career Center, including newly updated electrician’s licensing practice tests, three (3) sets of Praxis Core® practice tests (marking the complete replacement of Praxis I resources), and updated practice tests for the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) exam. In addition, the College Preparation Center now has two (2) Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology practice exams.

New eBooks
Four (4) new Flash Review guides for the GED® test and new editions of ASVAB Success, ASVAB Power Practice, Police Officer Exam, and Critical Thinking Skills in 20 Minutes a Day are the latest additions to our growing eBook collection.

New Common Core Resources
Thirty-six (36) new resources, aligned to the Common Core State Standards, have been added to the School Center. They include tutorials for middle school students and parents, and tutorials and practice tests for high school students.

For a complete listing of changes read the 2015 Product-Updates.

Who is Sarah Thomas?


reffeetHow did she become the first NFL women ref? There are so many great things about her story. Sarah is a bit of a trail-blazer in the “girls in football” arena. She was the first woman to ref a Big 10 game, the first to ref a college bowl game, and now, the first to be hired as a full time ref for the NFL.

Here are four article that address Sarah Thomas from different perspectives:

Spotted in stripes: among the referees on football gamedays, Sarah Thomas hides in plain sight-breaking barriers and shattering stereotypes.
Matt Pitt. Mississippi Magazine.
30.1 (September-October 2011) pS26. Word Count: 1197. Reading Level (Lexile): 1080. From General OneFile.

Thomas ‘honored’ to be 1st full-time women ref.
New York Post (New York, NY).
(Apr. 9, 2015) Sports: p048. Word Count: 443. Reading Level (Lexile): 1350. From Gale Biography In Context.

NFL names first female official.
CNN Wire.
(Apr. 8, 2015) Word Count: 438. Reading Level (Lexile): 1200. From General OneFile.

Officiating trailblazer shares her spirit.
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo, MS).
(Jan. 23, 2015) Business News: Word Count: 417. Reading Level (Lexile): 1170. From General OneFile.

Do you fix your own car? Want to learn more about car care? Taking the ASE certification test?


99April is National Car Care Month, and the library offers a variety of resources for you to learn more about taking care of your car. One of the resources is ChiltonLibrary.

What’s cool about this database for the lay person? The ChiltonLibrary Estimator Tool which allows users to answer the following questions related to vehicles from 1981 to current models:

  • How long will the repair take?
  • What will the repair cost? (Multiply labor time by the hourly labor rate)
  • How do I better understand the professional estimate for my vehicle repairs?
  • How much time would it take to do related repairs together? (Combined time)

Chilton provides one of the most trusted Labor Estimator Tools on the market. Because all labor times are not the same, Chilton’s professional technicians draw upon their experience and access to technical information to calculate times that take into consideration skill level, tools, and variables such as the age and condition of the vehicle.

Chilton labor times include three components: the manufacturer warranty time (OEM), the regular time, and the severe service time. Warranty times are often based on time studies and are the length of time the carmaker says it should take a trained dealer technician using dealer tools to perform a job. This is the labor time the carmaker will use to reimburse the dealer for warranty work. Chilton “Regular” labor times, work from the manufacturer warranty time, while drawing on professional experience and other factors to calculate the time it would take a technician in an independent shop to perform the same procedure. Chilton pioneered the use of “Severe” service times, which are for conditions where wear, age, rust, dirt, etc. make service more difficult and so more time is needed to complete the job.

Auto mechanics will love the ASE Sample Tests!

The ASE Technician Sample Tests available in ChiltonLibrary.com are short sample tests which provide a high-level assessment of overall readiness to pass an ASE certification exam. Users will gain a better understanding of their strengths and areas needing additional review. According to the National Institute for Automotive Excellence more than 300,000 automotive professionals nationwide have earned the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence and must renew their certification every 5 years. Tests may be taken any number of times.

Tests contain:

  • Sample questions similar to those seen on ASE exams
  • Information and strategies to pass the first time
  • Content reviewed and approved by master technicians for real-world accuracy
  • The most up-to-date material available
  • ASE-style exam questions reflecting the most recent ASE task list — the skills that technicians need to know on the job