Thursday, July 31, 2008

library (surreal) video

The Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC) recently sponsored a video contest, LilTube, to showcase Long Island libraries -- and Melville Library got in on the act.

Stony Brook Southampton librarian Darren Chase describes his entry, secret library, as "surreal" and "the library as a psychological experience". Darren's video combines a trip through Melville Library with backwards writing and field recordings of Tibetan throat chants, B'hai prayer and thunder. Watch secret library for an uncommon perspective on the library.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

EBSCOhost 2.0 Interface Released Today

EBSCOhost 2.0 is live and the following new features have been introduced to the site.

  • A new simpler basic searching screen
  • The ability to preview an article or image by mouseover
  • New result list
  • New detail display
  • New search history capability
  • Enhanced personalization features
  • New organization of limiters and expanders
  • New search modes including SmartText
  • URLs that can be bookmarked
Visit EBSCOhost 2.0 Support website for more information regarding new features, user guides, and training schedules.

A help sheet for the new features is located here.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Origami Heaven Festival on August 3rd

The Charles B. Wang Center and Long Island Folding Enthusiasts (L.I.F.E.) are proud to sponsor the fourth annual summer origami festival. This year proves to be one of the most exciting, featuring an array of origami activities and exhibitions of both nationally renowned and local origami artists.

The Origami Heaven Festival will be held on Sunday, August 3, 2008 from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Wang Center. The festival includes:

  • A talk by film maker, Vanessa Gould (Green Fuse Films), and excerpts from her documentary, Between the Folds.
  • Storigami, the teaching origami through storytelling.
  • A greeting card workshop.
  • A traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.
  • The Puppet Portal.
  • Workshops and teaching tables where L.I.F.E. will help you learn to make origami.

Along with the festival there will be an exhibition: The Many Faces of Origami. The exhibition will be open August 2nd and 3rd, 10 AM to 5 PM, and August 4th to 8th, 10 AM to 7 PM, at the Wang Center. The exhibition features Joel Cooper's breathtaking origami masks. Folded from single pieces of paper using advanced geometric folding techniques called tessellation, these magnificent masks have been exhibited throughout the world. Joining Joel will be a second installation featuring Anna Yu Powell's one-of-a-kind origami animals, which are folded from prints of Dean Powell's vibrantly colored and expressive paintings.

The Many Face of Origami is free and open to the public. Suggested donation of $5 for Origami Heaven.

For schedules and more information please visit,, or contact L.I.F.E. and the Wang Center at or (631) 632-4400.

Groups of 15 or more must pre-register by emailing

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

* STARS Down for 10 Minutes @ 10 AM on 7/10 *

STARS, the library catalog, will be down for approximately 10 minutes at 10 AM on Thursday, July 10th while an updated security certificate is installed. We apologize for any inconvenience.