Learn to use Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage Database

Don’t miss an upcoming opportunity to learn about one of our business and investment databases, Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage on Thursday, June 12, from 6 – 7:30pm at the Large Computer Lab in the Central Library.

Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage is an excellent resource for company, industry, and investment information. Dan Sovocool, S&P’s representative, will provide an overview of this service to demonstrate how NetAdvantage can supply high-quality business data.

Plan on attending if you are interested in such topics as:
– Business plan development, including in-depth company and industry analysis.
– Personal investments in stocks, mutual funds, ETF’s, or corporate bonds, including how to find appropriate investments based on your particular objectives.
– The latest commentary and analysis on business and economic events.

You are welcome to come with questions on how NetAdvantage may meet your specific business & investment information needs.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Call 206-386-4636 and ask to register for Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage.

The Vampire List, Part 3: From traditional to modern

When people hear the words “vampire story” two authors come to mind — Bram Stoker and Anne Rice. These writers pioneered the world of vampire fiction, with Bram Stoker basically creating it and Anne Rice redefining it into what most readers know today.

But as we’ve proven in previous lists, Stoker and Rice are not the only authors out there leaving a bite mark in fiction. Below you’ll find a few authors in the two remaining categories of our vampire lists. These writers offer everything from traditional, terrifying and gothic tales, to new, creative and really freaky fiction that fans of vampires are sure to love.


These authors take classical themes and traditional concepts and add vampires. Really, what could be cooler than that?

Google – an engine of cultural domination?

Google and the Myth of Universal KnowledgeLibrarians, including me, typically have a love-hate relationship with Google. We use their tools, just like you, oh yes we do. We are also constantly aware that there is a vast pool of knowledge sometimes called the Invisible Web that Google never shows you. But hey, Google’s motto is “Don’t be Evil.” How bad can dependence on Google be? And then along comes Jean-Noel Jeanneny’s Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge. Now I’m thinking about the company from Mountain View in a whole new way.

Jeanneney’s slim volume deals primarily with what was originally called Google Library but which is now Google Books. As the director of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, he was naturally interested in how many books in European languages have been digitized and made available via Google. Jeanneny ran a search on Continue reading “Google – an engine of cultural domination?”

Just for fans of Sex and the City …

All the hype around Carrie Bradshaw and Big hitting the big screen is giving me happy flashbacks to those weekly Sex and the City get togethers — 30 minutes with the TV and another two hours gabbing and laughing with friends. Sure, reruns are on almost every night of the week (or you can reserve the DVDs at the Library), but I seem to need more than that. What will fill that void after I see the movie? A book, perhaps? Here are a few novels I think Sex and the City fans might like; it’s a list for those of us who know it’s more than just the shoesbook cover of how to be single

How to Be Single by Liz Tuccilllo
Julie Jensen embarks on a tour around the world (France! Bali!) to research a book on single women’s experiences in other cultures, while her friends in New York deal with their own singledom. Tuccillo wrote the nonfiction book He’s Just Not That into You and worked on HBO’s Sex and the City.

Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisenberger Continue reading “Just for fans of Sex and the City …”

Staff Favorites: Three novels to try this summer

My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozekicover of my year of meats
Documentary filmmaker Jane Tagaki-Little gets her big break when she is assigned to travel the U.S. in search of wholesome beef-eating families for a Japanese TV show, My American Wife, sponsored by a large beef-exporting conglomerate. The show is supposed to encourage more beef consumption in Japanese viewers, but Jane quickly turns the show into her own showcase for quirky but lovable characters (e.g, lesbian vegetarians) and an exposé of the cruelties and unhealthful practices of the meat industry. Laugh-out-loud funny at times, but be warned: you’ll never look at a Continue reading “Staff Favorites: Three novels to try this summer”