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Saturday, April 30, 2011

MPL Book Trailer #98: The Thirty-Nine Steps, by John Buchan

Scottish writer John Buchan presented his mystery/suspense novel The Thirty-Nine Steps in 1915, during World War I's first years.  Buchan wrote the book while bedridden--recovering from a duodenal ulcer--and its success skyrocketed the author to the heights of literary popularity.  It was the first of five novels featuring Richard Hannay, an action-adventure character whose aplomb, pluckiness, and ingenuity enabled him to escape a continuous series of difficult situations.

Buchan characterized 39 Steps as a "shocker" novel, in which the story's events were so improbable that readers would have to be willing to suspend disbelief and engage the adventure.  Readers were certainly willing and able to join the fun.  The book was eventually adapted for plays, motion pictures, and television programs. The most famous movie adaptation was undoubtedly director Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 version starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll.  The movie helped define the thriller genre and introduced a new generation to Buchan's work.

Our book trailer gives a hint of what to expect.



The novel is nearly a century old, but it holds up well and delivers sufficient excitement, adventure, and intrigue to keep the reader turning pages until the end.

If you have an Evergreen Indiana library card, you may place a hold on the book.  Click here or here for copies in the E.I. catalog.



William R. Buckley
MPL Reference Coordinator, Adult Services

Friday, April 29, 2011

"Video/Online Social Networks" Workshop at E.I. Conference--PowerPoint Slideshow Now Available to Download

Click the hyperlink below to download the MS-PowerPoint slideshow presented during the "Video/Online Social Networks to Promote E.I. & Your Library" workshop at the Evergreen Indiana Conference sponsored by the Indiana State Library on Friday, May 6, 2011. The presenter, William R. Buckley, of Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana), has uploaded the slideshow (in MS-PowerPoint Show format) for the convenience of attendees (and others interested) who would like to have a viewable copy with active hyperlinks.


 This hyperlink above will take you to the Media Fire website.




Look for a yellow box to start the download procedure.  It looks like this:


Once you have clicked the yellow box link, this window should pop-up:


Select either "open with [Microsoft Office PowerPoint (default)]" or "save file," depending upon which choice you wish to make.

When you attempt to run the MS-PowerPoint Show, this security alert will probably pop-up:


There are Macros and ActiveX controls in the PowerPoint slideshow, so you should choose "Enable the content" and click the OK button.  Otherwise, the slideshow may not display properly.

In the slideshow, if the embedded video boxes appear with X's on the PowerPoint slides, this indicates broken hyperlinks. However, the titles of each video (as shown on the slides above the X boxes) are also hyperlinked, so clicking the titles should open a pop-up window playing the videos. Active textual hyperlinks should appear in blue or purple.

Please email the presenter at billb@mooresville.lib.in.us should you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your interest.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

ILF District 8 Library Video Workshop (April 27, 2011): MS-PowerPoint Slideshow

Click the hyperlink below to download the MS-PowerPoint slideshow presented during the "Trailers Rock" workshop at the Indiana Library Federation (ILF) District 8 Conference held on April 27, 2011. The presenters, Suzanne Walker and William R. Buckley, of Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana), have uploaded the slideshow (in MS-PowerPoint Show format) for the convenience of attendees (and others interested) who would like to have a viewable copy with active hyperlinks.


 This hyperlink above will take you to the Media Fire website.




Look for a yellow box to start the download procedure.  It looks like this:


Once you have clicked the yellow box link, this window should pop-up:


Select either "open with [Microsoft Office PowerPoint (default)]" or "save file," depending upon which choice you wish to make.

When you attempt to run the MS-PowerPoint Show, this security alert will probably pop-up:


There are Macros and ActiveX controls in the PowerPoint slideshow, so you should choose "Enable the content" and click the OK button.  Otherwise, the slideshow may not display properly.

In the slideshow, if the embedded video boxes appear with X's on the PowerPoint slides, this indicates broken hyperlinks. However, the titles of each video (as shown on the slides above the X boxes) are also hyperlinked, so clicking the titles should open a pop-up window playing the videos. Active textual hyperlinks should appear in blue or purple.

Please email the presenters at wecare@mooresville.lib.in.us should you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your interest.

Monday, April 11, 2011

New Blog Features

We have added some new features to this blog.  (For a more humorous description, take a look at our feline roving reporter's blog, Cat's Eye View @ MPL, by Cauli Le Chat.)

You may now subscribe to this blog by email.  There is an email subscription box on the right side.  Simply type your email address and click the submit button.

We have also added a video thumbnail strip hyperlinking some of our videos from the MPL YouTube Channel.  Simply click the thumbnail, and a video pop-up window will appear to the left.

We hope you enjoy these additional blog features.  If you would like to see other "Blogger gadgets" added to the blog, please let us know in the comments section.

Thanks for reading!


Bill Buckley
MPL Indiana Room Historian & Reference Coordinator, Adult Services

Sunday, April 3, 2011

MPL Book Trailer #97: The Maze Runner, by James Dashner

The Maze Runner, the first of a young adult science fiction trilogy by James Dashner, is a dystopian novel in which roughly 60 boys (who have no prior memories) are held prisoner at a self-contained agricultural enclave called the Glade. This area is walled-off from the outside world, and the only escape is through a maze that changes nightly.  Runners are sent daily searching for an exit, but they return unsuccessfully each time.  The maze is inhabited by monsters called the Grievers, and so there are dangers aplenty for the lads (called Gladers).  When their supplies suddenly stop arriving, they must devise an exit strategy or face eventual death. 

Here is our book trailer featuring this intriguing sci-fi mystery.   The target audience is young adult.