Monday, December 29, 2014

Biography Reference Center

Can you identify these famous people?              

1-Born in Poland—female—physicist

2-Native American—Athlete—born in 1800s

3-Born in Denmark—Astronomer (He had a metal nose)—1500s

If you don’t know the answers (and even if you do), you should try the Biography Reference Center, one of the online database resources available for free from the Fresno County Public Library.

Looking for….?
Not every famous person has books written about them. Some people only get a paragraph in an encyclopedia, and others aren’t mentioned at all. With the Biography Reference Center, all you have to do is type in the name, and any articles on that person are only a click away.

Monday, December 22, 2014

How to Find a Doctor—Without Making Yourself Sick

Reference USA is a great resource for finding phone numbers and addresses, doing consumer research, and locating businesses you want to work with. But did you know it also gives you access to contact information for more than 855,000 physicians and dentists? Besides just tracking down addresses and phone numbers, you can look up doctors by specialty, medical school attended, or name of practice. This search, for example, finds dermatologists in Fresno County:

Using the “Custom Search” feature adds a lot of power to your search, letting you find doctors by specialty, gender, or zip code. Want more search tips and tricks? Give us a call at (559) 600-9699.

FCPL databases provide cardholders with a vast amount of accurate, free online information. This blog post is a part of a weekly series highlighting FCPL databases and is tagged with the blog tag “Resource of the Week.”

Thursday, December 18, 2014

'Tis the Season . . .

Fresno County Public Library staff (including the WoW! Department) were excited to take part in several holiday events this year! 

Santa's Village 
Fresno’s Southwest Police Department hosted the 11th Annual Santa’s Village event in the FoodMaxx parking lot on Fresno Street. Librarians Mark Halvorsen and Xuemin Zhong were there for the festivities, handing out gift bags and library information to more than 200 families! Children attending received a stuffed bear and winter coat while taking in live holiday entertainment. And of course Mr. and Mrs. Claus showed up for the fun! 

West Fresno Family Resource Center Holiday Event
WoW! Librarians Terrance McArthur and Mark Halvorsen showcased their multiple talents at the West Fresno Family Resource Center Holiday Event December 16th. In addition to acting as emcee, Terrance made balloon animals, performed magic, and led a rousing rendition of Jingle Bells for the community. The event featured Polynesian dancers, pictures with Santa, and a toy give-away. 

Downtown Christmas Parade
Bentley, a WoW! car, and scores of library elves made their way through the Fulton Mall in this year's Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade. The parade also featured carol-themed floats, marchers, and a large crowd of spectators. 

A big thanks to all hosting organizations for letting the Library take part in the holiday cheer!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Veteran's Town Hall

Librarians Mark Berner and Richard Mann attended the Veterans Town Hall on December 16th in Clovis. The event's goal was to increase communication between local vets and the Fresno VA Medical Center. Dr. Wessel Meyer and Maurice Turner, Acting Director and Associate Director of the Central California VA Health Care System, gave information briefings. An open forum followed. 

As WoW!'s veteran's services specialist, Mark attends outreach events like these, networking with Fresno County veterans and their service providers. For more information about resources for vets, visit the Library's Veteran's Resources page or call us at (559) 600-9699.

Monday, December 15, 2014

How to Succeed in Business and Know What You’re Doing

Want to start your own business? Expand? Find trade journals and articles relevant to your field? The Fresno County Public Library offers the Small Business Reference Center, an online resource that can lead you through the ins and outs of starting and running a business or non-profit.

It’s in There!
The Small Business Reference Center has links to full-text copies of 30 guides from Nolo, a leader in business and legal publishing, dealing with everything from how to hire and manage employees to the world of business taxes. Additional articles and videos provide vital information that can mean the difference between success and bankruptcy.

The information you’ll find in the Small Business Reference Center comes from experts and professionals.

Monday, December 8, 2014

This is Not a Test . . .

Tests are a reality of life. Whether you’re starting a new career, preparing for college, or becoming a U.S. citizen, chances are there's a test involved somewhere in the process. Thankfully, the Fresno County Public Library offers test-preparation tools through Learning Express, a database you can access from our website.

Some useful tools Learning Express offers are:
  • Employment Practice Tests: Take practice tests from a variety of fields such as cosmetology, law enforcement, teaching, and allied health.
  • Adult Learning Center: Brush up on your math, reading, or writing skills; prepare to take the USCIS Naturalization test.
  • College Prep Center: Prepare for college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT; take practice tests for your Advanced Placement Courses in a variety of subjects.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thank you, Fresno Bee!

We would like to give a huge thank you to The Fresno Bee for its article highlighting the WithOut Walls Mobile Library in Friday’s paper, as well as the thumbs up staff received in the Bee’s opinion section on Saturday. Thank you Marc Benjamin, Bonhia Lee, Bethany Clough, and the Fresno Bee!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Valley Deaf Festival 2014

WoW! librarians Terrance McArthur and Emily Campbell were thrilled to attend the 26th Annual Valley Deaf Festival on Saturday, November 22. The festival gave the library a chance to issue cards, provide information about services, and make contacts with more than 300 attendees. The festival included a performance by Break the Barriers of Fresno, a raffle, and plenty of food and music! 

A big thank you to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center for allowing FCPL to set up at such a  well-attended and important event!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Clovis Chamber Business Resource Fair

Thanks to the generous approval of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, WoW! librarians Mark Berner and Emily Campbell set up a table at the Clovis Business Resource Fair on October 16. The event drew about 300 people and they made contacts with small business owners and community members. They even issued a library cards for a few vendors and attendees!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fix It!

Libraries have had auto repair books for years. Now, the Fresno County Public Library’s “Research It” section of the website has Chilton Online Auto Repair Manuals that can give you FREE assistance to help you take care of your car. All you need is your library card.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

WoW! What is it?

WoW! stands for “Library Without Walls!” The WoW! team is a group of librarians who travel all over Fresno County to tell people about what the library has, how it can help people, and to let everybody know that it’s all FREE. They bring library services to individuals, businesses, community groups, non-profits, and local governments.

WoW! is in the community.
WoW! aims to make connections with businesses, nonprofits, schools, and other organizations in Fresno County. They attend outreach events, give presentations about library services, and provide research assistance.