Duolingo

Although we think it’s a great idea to learn a language, some online programs can stretch the budget. This is where Duolingo steps in, it’s free forever and doesn’t have any ads.

The interface is clean and simple and it’s quite fun. One nice feature is that it will send you an email reminder to login and practice. Another feature we like is that you can download it to your smart phone and continue learning on your commute, or when you have a little time to kill.

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Popular courses are Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese – other languages like Polish, Irish, and Russian are on the way.

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Picture Book Overflow

At this time of the year our picture book collection just can’t handle the deluge of books that come in from classrooms and kids’ homes.

So, what’s a library to do? In our case it’s called “overflow.” It’s a special area in the Library where we put picture books that can’t find a place of their own in the children’s room.

This year we’ve placed them above the second row of series books – not sure where that is? Go ask a librarian stationed at the reference desk for help.

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Colors: How to Pick Them

Sometimes it’s kind of hard picking or choosing colors for a website, a picture book, a poster, or an assignment that requires a lot of visuals. There are a number of online tools to help you make decisions that lead to pleasing results. Something recommended by the folks at Librarian Design Share is Color Palette Generator. All you have to do is copy an image’s location (right click, copy image location) and paste the URL into the URL of image box and you are given two palette options; one dull and one vibrant (easy).

Color-palette-generatorIf you have an Adobe account you might want to try Adobe Kuler. Use the small camera icon to find images on your hard-drive. The program returns a swatch like that in the image below. Click the color rule on the right and you’ll be given more options:

  • Analogous
  • Monochromatic
  • Triad
  • Complementary
  • Compound
  • Shades
  • Custom

It’s lost of fun and can be quite addictive. There’s also an iPhone version as well.

Panels IIIf you have a smartphone you might like ColorSchemer and Color Capture – the latter is really a house painting tool but nevertheless enjoyable.

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Education Statistics

Do you need reliable education statistics from an authoritative source for your IMP or an assignment?

Take a look at the Digest of Education Statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Dept. of Education. The 2012 digest is available in full, (as are pdfs for 1990 onward). The table and figures for 2013 are being released in advance, as they are completed. There is a ton of information freely available here!

 

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Library Survey Time!

As part of our continuous efforts to elicit feedback from our users (and non-users!), the Library is conducting a survey of the Bank Street community.

We would be grateful if you could help us to continue to improve our services to you by completing our brief survey.

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Using Our Databases: Summer I

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IMP Shares

A really great way to find out about Independent Masters Projects is to attend a share. Next week there are three different types of shares, each on a different day. All are welcome.

Inquiry Shares: Collaborative & Site Based

  • Monday, May 12
  • Rooms 706, 709, & 711
  • 5:30-8:00 pm

Collaborative Faculty & Student Inquiry and Site Based Inquiries Schedule

Independent Study Shares

  • Tuesday, May 13
  • Room 711
  • 5:30-8:00 pm

Portfolio Shares

  • Wednesday, May 14
  • Rooms 711 & 706
  • 5:30-7:00 pm

Portfolio Presentation Schedule

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