January 2010

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has announced the launch of the AccessMyLibrary (AML) mobile application for the iPhone – making access to library research just a click away on a mobile phone or a standard computer or laptop.

AccessMyLibrary, a groundbreaking library advocacy program, is a major portal from the Internet to libraries, allowing Web searchers to find what they need by connecting them to their local library.  This service helps people find quality information while raising awareness about the rich resources available in their libraries.

Gale’s new application has been designed to help iPhone users find their local library and then access the vast array of information that the library available, using a Web-product to connect information seekers to trustworthy library information, as well as quick, authoritative answers. The iPhone application is free, and the content is paid for by the library being accessed.

Researchers can find thousands of magazines, journals and newspapers covering a wide variety of topics including:
• Health care – discover dependable facts
• Biographies – from history and today’s headlines
• Career choices – step-by-step information
• Literature – track a bestseller or write a term paper
• Science – Study current, credible research

The Gale iPhone application can be downloaded at the iTunes store.  AccessMyLibrary, Gale’s platform for library discovery, can also be accessed at any time from any computer through the internet at www.accessmylibrary.com.

Once you have connected to http://www.accessmylibrary.com/ , you click on the “Find your local library” button in the upper right corner of the webpage, and on the following page you can search for a library by zip code or library name.  Currently, if you search under zip code 94568, you will not see an entry for Dublin Library, but we expect branches of the Alameda County Library System to be listed shortly after mid-February, 2010.


SSBB Tournament

You bet! That’s what the flurry of activity was all about in our Community Room on Saturday, 1/09/10 as the library hosted our 1st ever Wii Super Smash Brothers Brawl tournament.  Over 40 people attended with 32 ( mainly teen males aged 12-19 with 3 strong female contestants) participating in the tournament. 

SSBB Tournament Winners

Prizes, provided by our Friends of the Library, were awarded to the top 2 Brawlers.  First prize was a $50 Best Buy gift card and 2nd prize was a $25 gift card from iTunes.

2 Wiis were set up, both running Super Smash Brothers Brawl.  The large screen was reserved for tournament play with the 2nd set up for non tournament free play.

How exciting to see our Community Room filled with teens having fun and demonstrating their skills!  Stay tuned.  We hope to have more Brawl tournaments and other Wii events.  If you have any suggestion, drop me a line dleach@aclibrary.org

I first heard about the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) when I read Jon Krakauer’s book Under the Banner of Heaven:  A Story of Violent Faith.  This book provoked a lot of discussion at the adult book club at the Newark Library within the Alameda County Library System. 

Escape, written by Carolyn Jessop with Laura Palmer, gives a first-hand account of life as a member of a polygamist family residing at the main FLDS community of Colorado City, Arizona.   Ms. Jessop was raised in a polygamist family and married by her father as a fourth wife to Merril Jessop, a man thirty-two years her senior.  She bore eight children in fifteen years to this man who treated her as disposable property, and she also had to defer to the whims of the sadistic third wife, who always found fault with the behavior of the other “sister wives”.   

Carolyn managed to escape Colorado City when her husband was out of town and was the first wife from a polygamist family to retain legal custody of all of her children, largely through the legal help of the Utah State Attorney General.  Ms. Jessop describes in detail life in Colorado City during the rise to power of Warren Jeffs, who made life within the FLDS akin to life in an absolute totalitarian state.  For example, Jeffs banned the red flowers and clothing, had books which he disliked burned, and had the community witness one of his wives kill a tethered cow with a chainsaw.   

Carolyn Jessop was able to overcome what was diagnosed by psychiatrists as post-traumatic stress disorder, and is currently involved a man she actually loves.  Seven of her eight children have resisted returning to the FLDS community. 

After reading this book, I got a much better understanding of the psychological hold religious brainwashing has on members of this and other fundamentalist cults, and I would recommend this book to anyone trying to understand inner workings of this group.