Monday, May 20, 2013

Featured Online Resource: A Google A Day

Would you like to try a fun and challenging game that also helps you improve your Google searching skills?    A Google A Day is an online puzzle that issues a new set of questions every day.

View your first question, and use Google to find the answer.  It's not always straightforward, so you may need to be creative with your searches!  If needed, you can click on "Hint" for a suggested keyword or "Clue" to get a sneak peek at part of the correct answer.  It's also helpful to click on "Tips and Tricks" to learn of special search tricks which can lead you to better results!

Successfully answering one question will unlock the next.  There is also a more competitive version of the game available on Google+ Games.  (However, note the message that Google+ Games will not be available after June 30, 2013.)

Have fun, and remember to use those same searching tricks when you're doing your own research!

Every week, the Ort Library brings you a new and outstanding resource from the Web or from one of the library's databases. To get an archive of all FOR entries, click here. Also, you can suggest a website that provides well-organized access to useful info.

Library Summer Hours Start May 20th

The Ort Library's Summer Hours Begin Monday May 20.  The schedule is listed below.  If you have any questions, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395.

May 20 through August 8         

Monday – Thursday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Exceptions to regular summer hours

Sunday, May 26 CLOSED
Monday , Memorial Day, May 27 CLOSED
Saturday, Summer Preview I, June 15 10: 00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday, Summer Preview II, June 22 10:00  am to 2:00 pm
Thursday, 4th of July, July 4 CLOSED

August 9 through September 2         

Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

Exceptions to post summer session hours

Monday, Labor Day, September 2 CLOSED

**Regular Fall Hours Will Resume Tuesday, September 3, 2013.**

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Three New Library Displays for May

The Ort Library is pleased to present three new displays for May.

The first display, titled "Watergate: The Burglary and Cover-up That Brought down a President" is available on the 3rd floor (main entrance).  The display highlights 40th Anniversary of the Senate Watergate Hearings in May 1973.  Books from the Ort Library and other USMAI Libraries are highlighted.  It also provides information on some of the central figures of the Watergate scandal.  Finally, the display includes copies of some headlines about the scandal from newspapers, including The Washington Post.

The second display, also located on the 3rd floor (located between the 4 stand-up PCs), celebrates National Bike Month.  The display highlights the changes in the design of bicycles from their invention during the early 19th century.  An early bike design, called the Velocipede or “Bone Shaker” got its name because when you rode the bike over cobblestones, your bones would shake.

The last display is located on the 5th floor and celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.  This display highlights some data from the Census regarding those of Asian and Pacific American Heritage, including that the Asian, alone or in combination, population grew by 46% between the 2000 and 2010 census, the largest increase of any group.  It also highlights some famous Asian-Pacific Americans, including Duke Kahamamoku and Amy Tan.

The displays will be up through the month of May. 

If you have any questions about the displays, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato at ext. 4425 or or MaryJo Price at ext. 4889 or