Have you noticed that some of your favorite websites are not available today in  protest of  two bills making their way through the House and Congress?  You may be wondering what SOPA and PIPA are and how they may effect the internet.  Here are a few articles to help explain the bills:
SOPA and PIPA: Just the Facts
SOPA, PIPA: What You Need to Know
SOPA Explained: What it is and Why it Matters

Today is the perfect day to find out what resources the Niles Public Library has to offer.  We have many online databases that are available 24 hours a day from home with your library card and our librarians are  happy to help you with your research in the library.

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Biography in Context is database new to the Niles Public Library that contains 600,000+ biographies covering more than 525,000 individuals.  Many reference resources you already know such as Contemporary Authors, Almanac of Famous PeopleDictionary of American Biography, Encyclopaedia Judaica, Governments of the World, and Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History are included in this database.  When accessing this resource from home, you will have to supply your Niles Library card number.

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My favorite book of the year is Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness by Neil Strauss.  Strauss is an author and music journalist that has written for Rolling Stone, New York Times, and Esquire. The book contains snippets of  228 celebrity interviews and is broken down into ten acts such as The Worst Interview Ever and Mean Guys with Long Hair. You realize what a strange thing fame is when Strauss interviews Led Zeppelin while their manager is breaking in Jimmy Page’s new shoes by walking the hotel hallway for an hour before he wears them. Strauss also finds that Tom Cruise can get very intense when he punched a clock, maybe because the interview wasn’t going the way he wanted. This book is not serious literature by an means but is a good piece of pop culture journalism and a sincere look at fame directly from the celebrities themselves. 

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Squeezed middle is the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year.  The editorial team chose squeezed middle meaning the section of society regarded as particularly affected by inflation, wage freezes, and cuts in public spending during a time of economic difficulty, consisting principally of those people on low or middle incomes, from a shortlist of words including Arab Spring, gamification, and tiger mother.

Did you know that you can access the Oxford English Dictionary online with your Niles Public Library card? Our online databases include reference materials which you are already familiar with in hard copy and all you need is your library card number to access them from home. 

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