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With children all over going “Back to School” again and the fall and holiday seasons rapidly approaching, Arts-n-Crafts are in abundance. Whether its for hobbies, activities to keep the kids busy, personal interest or to destress Arts-n-Crafts are quite popular.

For the September Tech Talk, I tried to find sites that offered a variety of choices and weren’t the regular sites everyone always hears about. I hope you enjoy the sites and the activities they offer.

A.C. Moore  A.C. Moore is a specialty retailer offering a vast selection of arts, crafts and floral merchandise to a broad demographic of customers. They also have a great slogan, Dream it. Create it. Share it. There is only one A.C. Moore near West Palm Beach, but it seems well worth the drive.

Etsy  Etsy is a online marketplace. The website offers a plethora of  handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies. These items cover a wide range including art, photography, clothing, jewelry, edibles, bath & beauty products, quilts, knick-knacks and toys. Individuals can also buy/sell their creations on the site.

Better Homes and Gardens Most people have seen Better Homes and Gardens magazine and know how much it offers in the realm of great ideas for decoration and home/garden accessories. You can get that online at their website and a page dedicated to all types of crafts. Click on the link above and get a look at all the tons of projects you can choose from.

Disney Family Fun We definitely couldn’t have art-n-crafts without mentioning Disney. They have been in the business of keeping kids happy and learning for decades. This Disney site is all about “Family Fun” and with that in mind have dozens of activities for families and small children. Take a look and share it with the family, I’m sure you all will be glad you did.

All Free Crafts As described on their site, All Free Crafts offers crafts, craft projects and patterns to make easy homemade gifts. The link above is specific to “Green Crafts”. I wanted to include this in the Tech Talk list because i know there are many eco-warriors out there nowadays and these crafts will appeal to them.

Lulu Lulu lets you lets you make, self-publish, print and sell print-on-demand books, e-books, photo books and calendars with free book publishing. This site is fun and empowers the user to also potentially have a side career with their crafts if they want.

Photovisi Photovisi is a free online collage maker. Its quick and easy and allows you to use templates, with 18 different choices to choose from to make your collages. The collages can be used as wallpapers, etc. No registration is required to use Photovisi.

SnapfishThis site allows you to create a personalized photo gift. You can make unique  gifts such as photo books, gifts for him & her, posters & more. Have a look around the site and see what you can use it to create for your family, friend or co-workers.

By LaShonda

Everyone knows summertime is one of the  busiest times of the year. Students are graduating, people are vacationing, hurricane season begins, and family members all want to visit. Here at the library it’s no less busy, kids and teens visiting in camps, families visiting along with our ever faithful regular visitors. With all these visitors I sought out an ecclectic array of websites for this June Tech Talk.

Below are the sites, please feel free to click on the site names and enjoy.

BoostUp — This is a website that allows you to reach out to someome who is stuggling and help them continue with their education. It’s aimed at highschool students from all walks of life and with a myriad of different personal issues that may be affecting them. Its all about “encouragement” and decreasing the highschool dropout rate.

DailyBurn — This site ia all about your health and fitness. It seeks to make you accountable for your own success or failure also. You can track what you eat, utilize food databases, keep logs of your workout and weight loss progress and so much more.

Chocri — As far as this site is concerned, I thought no one can tell you more than they can. So the following blurb is from their about page. Chocri is a German startup, founded in September 2008, but launched in the US in January 2010. What we do is we allow you to customize your own chocolate bar here on our website. You get to choose a base chocolate white, dark or milk chocolate), and then your favorites out of more than 100 toppings. Those can be nuts and dried fruit, but they can also be real gold flakes, roasted almonds, pretzel, chive rolls, jalapenos… you name it! They hand-make the bars in Germany, and ship them to you.

Dropbox Dropbox is a site thats growing in popularity due to it being an easy way to store, sync, and, share files online. There’s no complicated interface to learn. On the front page of the website it also has a 3-4 minute video explaining the process also. The concept is new and exciting and seems to be well worth it.

StoryCorps — StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, over 50,000 everyday people have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps.

Take Part — Is a Social Activism website. It’s an  independent online community that connects its members directly to the issues that inspire them to engage, contribute and take action on a bevy of current global problems whether they be social, environmental, political and/or cultural.

The Creators ProjectThe Creators Project is a new network dedicated to the celebration of creativity and culture across media, and around the world. Its the revolution of a new kind of art for a newer audience that didnt know it existed.

By LaShonda Faison

Happy Holidays Everyone

 As always during the holiday season there’s so much going on like buying gifts, visiting family, decorations, celebrations and the like.

In that sense you know there are dozens of sites transitioning to holiday content for their members and others sites that exist solely for the season. I went in search of a few I thought really had the mindset of the season…caring, sharing, goodwill to your fellowman and some good ole’ fashioned Christmas spirit.

Take a look…

ABC Family  This site definitely believes in making Christmas a 25 day event and why not, it’s only one time a year.

Away    What a cool site. Its a travel guide site with expert tips, interest choices, times of year, etc. A new way to plan a great trip for any season during the year.

Photovisi   Want to make a nice collage instead of sending the family plain photos this season? Photovisi is a free collage maker that simple and fun to use. You can also save the collages as wallpapers for your own computer.

GuideStar  The holidays always make people more willing to give of themselves, so why not use GuideStar to help you find what you’re looking for. This site is a very detailed, comprehensive place to find information about philanthropic and non-profit organizations.

Thankfulfor  We should always be grateful for the good things in our lives. These things give us hope. This site lets you have a public/private journal of  personal gratitude. Something you can use daily.

and last but not least…

43Things   Have you ever needed positive reinforcement when trying to reach your goals? 43Things is a new type of social networking site that’s based on just that. It’s more about achieving the goals and hopes that you list rather than interpersonal links and gratuitous pics. You can keep a journal of your progress as well as find others like you who are trying to achieve something positive for themselves.

Well, now that I’ve shared those lovely sites with you all thats left to do is this…wish you a safe and happy holiday, a prosperous New Year and lots of love and laughter.

By LaShonda Faison

Yes, it’s true, we are counting down the last days until we move into our beautiful new building!!! The new building is at 411 C lematis Street (cool address, don’t you think?) and we should be moved and open for business sometime in April. When we have exact dates, we will let you know.

If you are curious about what the building looks like, check out the City Center website. 

We have had a lot of questions on what will be done with this area after we move into the new building.  An amazing City Commons area is going to be created on the waterfront at the foot of Clematis Street that will provide a beautiful green area for events and just plain relaxing.

Stay tuned for updates as we continue our countdown!!!!

Janice

I saw something interesting on the Martin County Public Library site and thought I would pass it on to all of you! It is a Savings Calculator showing how much your library saves you each month. It is provided through the State Library of Florida and is really pretty darn interesting. Go ahead and give it a try!

Did you even know that we had a state library? We do and it actually is a wonderful archival source as well as providing a variety of services for the people of Florida.

I saw an article in the paper on Sunday and found it interesting. When I went to the website listed, it was even more interesting! How many of you have or have had a neighbor next door that drives you crazy? Or maybe they are really sweet? Bottom line is they are someone you would love to tell the world about! You finally have that chance! Go to RottenNeighbor.com and check it out.

This website was started only about a year ago but when I typed in West Palm Beach, a map appeared with a number of little red and green houses on it. It seems that the red houses designate a “rotten” neighbor and the green ones designate a good neighbor. All very interesting.

According the people behind this website, “RottenNeighbor.com is here to help. It’s the first real estate search engine of its kind, helping you find troublesome neighbors before you sign the paperwork on your new house, condo or apartment.”

Gotta admit, next time I move, I just might have to come back and check out the neighbors!