Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Downloadable - Music


(Farmington, CT)—(11/23/2010)— The Farmington Libraries have joined Library Ideas’ network of Public Library websites that offer access to songs from Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.

The service will allow the the Farmington Libraries to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to hundreds of thousands of songs.

Under the terms of the agreement, registered card holders of the Farmington Libraries can download a select number of Sony Music tracks in the MP3 format each month at no direct cost via Patrons are limited to three downloads per week and use their library card and establish Farmington Libraries' catalog password to access the service. The library will underwrite the purchase of the music.

Other libraries participating in the launch include the Princeton (NJ) Public Library, Maricopa County Library District (AZ), Orange County Public Library (FL), Nashville Public Library (TN) and Fairfield Public Library (CT).

“We have been waiting a long time for a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use. We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library in marketing all its services to the community,” said Hal Bright, Director of Adult Services.

“Sony Music has an incredibly expansive and popular catalog and we are really excited to partner with them on this, a very important product for libraries,” said Brian Downing, co-founder of Library Ideas. “A library is a focal point of the community that requires many tools to excite people about library resources. More than anything, that is the reason for the service.”

For further information please email

About the Farmington Libraries: The Farmington Libraries, part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association, provide stellar library and information services to the residents of Farmington, Connecticut through print, audiovisual and digital collections as well as literacy-related and cultural programming.

About Library Ideas: Library Ideas is a new media company focused on the educational markets, based in Fairfax, Virginia. The Company offers music, movie and language learning solutions to public libraries as part of its developing product suite.

About Sony Music Entertainment: Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre...Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

Access the service here>>>

Monday, November 22, 2010

Winter Computer Classes

The library announces its Winter Computer Classes for 12/2010-2/2011. Come and learn with us!

Resume & Interviewing Skills on Job

Friday, 1/21, 2/11 at 11:00am Learn about the library’s service that reviews resumes and cover letters online and interacts live to review Interviewing Skills. Class size: 10 Instructor: KL, HB

Job Hunting 2.0:
11/29, 12/13 at 10:00am. Learn about Job opportunity aggregators like Indeed and Simply Hired – building effective searches and saving as RSS feeds, setting up a Google Reader and organizing RSS feeds, and using social media sites to market your personal brand/business. LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogs, Facebook etc…to search the Internet! Class size: 10 Instructor: LP

Setting Up An Email Account
12/7, 1/25, 2/15 at 2:00pm & Monday 1/10, 2/14 at 7pm Set up your own e-mail account with Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo! Class size: 3. Instructor: TM. SC

Basic Internet Searching
12/6, 1/3, 1/24, 2/14, at 10:00am & Wednesday 1/12 at 7pm. Learn how to search the Internet! Class size: 5 Instructor: DG

Facebook 101
12/14 or Thu 1/13 at 7:00pm
What is Facebook? An e-mail account is required. Class size: 10.
Instructor: LP,HB

Find That Book in our Koha Catalog
12/9, 1/20, 2/17 at 2:00pm Learn how to search our new library catalog. Class size: 3. Instructor: SC, CA.

Using “My Account” in the Koha Catalog
12/10, 1/14, 2/11 at 10am Learn how to use tags, lists, renew books and set your messaging preferences. Class size: 5. Instructor: MB.

Introduction to
12/29 at 7pm & Thursday 2/3 at 10:00am. Use the library’s online databases to research your family history. Class size: 10. Instructor: HB

Basic Word 2007
12/9, 1/6, 2/3 at 7:00pm & Wednesday 12/15, 2/16 at 10am. Learn about page layout, basic editing (selecting, replacing, inserting text), spell check, bullets, page breaks, images. Class size: 10 Instructor: CA, DG

Basic Excel 2007
1/4, 2/8 at 1:30pm
Find out what a spreadsheet can do for you. Discover columns and rows, formulas, worksheet tabs, colors, gridlines. Class size: 10 Instructor: BK

Basic Publisher 2007
12/14, at 1:30pm
Create your own greeting cards, flyers, newsletters, booklets. Come find out how to get started on making your own publications. Learn about layout, graphics, templates, saving, printing. Class size: 10 Instructor: BK

Google Docs
Jan 10 at 2pm
Learn how to save documents and spreadsheets online, and be able to access your work from any computer at any time! Valid email address required. Class size: 10. Instructor: CA

Friday, October 15, 2010

House Project

The library has begun a project to make the resources of our local history room, better known as the Farmington Room, available to the public. We have scanned our historic postcard collection and are starting to scan our historic homes collection. Follow our progress here. To the left, is an image of the home at 5 Carrington Lane. See its history here.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Stocks & Mutual Funds Database

Morningstar Mutual Funds Online is now Morningstar Investment Research. The Library is participating in a 6 month trial of this product.

Morningstar Investment Research Center is an all-inclusive investment research database designed specifically for libraries. It features data and analysis on over 11,000 international and domestic stocks, 24,000 mutual funds, and more than 1000 exchange traded funds. Plus, the database boasts a comprehensive Help and Education Center , Portfolio X-Ray and robust screening tools. this

If you wish for us to contine offer this service, email

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Language Software

Learning Languages @ the Farmington Library

Learn a language connecting from the library's web site. Look for the Mango icon at the bottom of the home page ( and begin your new adventure!

About Mango

Mango is fun, easy and useful. Whether you are learning English or a foreign language, Mango states they are "committed to providing the best learning experience available.

everything you need to get started is here. There’s no training, downloads or installation required - all you need is an internet connection and your library card.

Currently the following languages are available in COMPLETE lesson...

Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Angielski dla polskich rozmówców (English for Polish Speakers), , Inglés para hispanoparlantes (English for Spanish Speakers), Inglês para falantes do português brasileiro
(English for Brazilian Portuguese Speakers)

The following languages are available in BASIC lesson (great for trips overseas)...

Arabic (Levantine), Chinese (Mandarin), Dari (Afghanistan, Pakistan), Farsi (Persian), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Pashto (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish , Tagalog (Philippines), Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese. Plus several ESL units for speakers of other languages!