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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

OPAL Online Programs in July

Join OPAL (Online Programs for All Libraries) for July online programs from baseball to the devil in a blue dress! To participate, go to the online auditorium; type your name and click login to enter the online room. All that is needed to participate are an Internet connection, sound card, and speakers.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time:
Photography With A Creative Touch
We are all creative in one way or another through imagination, clothing, the way we decorate our homes, etc. Creative photographs are stories in a two-dimensional single frame. Anyone can learn to apply some common principles of design and improve the "message" quality to attract and hold the attention of the viewer. This presentation by Paul Wohlfiel, a former professional photographer, includes some personal images and analysis of their design.
Suggestions regarding equipment and use will be included.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time:
Batter Up: Baseball at the Library of Congress
From Civil War POWs to the World Series, Americans have found a way to play baseball. Explore Americans'
fascination with the national pastime through song sheets, photographs, personal accounts, and memorabilia - including baseball cards from 1887!
Presented by the librarians at the Library of Congress.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time:
Book Discussion of Devil in a Blue Dress, by Walter Mosley
Los Angeles, 1948. Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran, is out of work and in need of enough money to pay his mortgage. He agrees to help a shady white mobster find a mysterious white woman dressed in blue. Finding the woman is easy--she frequents black jazz clubs--but the information Rawlins uncovers in his search puts his life in jeopardy. Some descriptions of sex.
RC 32935, 2 cassettes, narrated by Phil Regensdorf.

Thursday, July 14, 2005 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time:
Full Text Searching via and Google
One of the drawbacks of online library catalogs is that they lack full text searchability. You cannot look for every occurrence in every book of any single library collection of phrases such as "social networking", "molybdenum" or "Paradise Lost." If you could do this, you might locate valuable information buried deep inside a book. and Google have added new services and functionalities that will soon make this kind of search not only possible, but efficient and, in any case, extend the value of any library collection when used in tandem with an online library catalog. Learn about's "statistically improbable phrases," "concordance," and "Search-inside-the-book" features and about Google Print and Google Scholar, which provide free (if
limited) access to books and scholarly journals. This session requires no programming knowledge and only a basic familiarity with and Google.
Presented by William Thompson and Marcy Allen from Western Illinois University.

Thursday, July 14, 2005 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific, and Midnight GMT:
Discussion of Hard Core Mystery Novels
What do Alex Cross, Kay Scarpetta, Lou Boldt, Alan Gregory, Lucas Davenport, and Alex Delaware have in common? If these names are not familiar to you and even if they are, join us for a lively hour discussing hard-core mysteries and the authors who write about them. We also will discuss financial thrillers, legal thrillers, and other mysteries. Along with an overview by Lori Bell of this exciting genre, there will be time for interaction, discussion, and questions.

For more information on these programs, contact OPAL Coordinator Tom Peters at

These programs are not presented by or sponsored by Roselle Public Library.
The full schedule of OPAL programs, including links into the online meeting room where each online program will be held, is at the following URL:

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