Category Archives: Technology

Zinio Digital Magazines: Scheduled Maintenance

From Monday evening (June 26th) through Tuesday morning (June 27th) the Zinio for Libraries website and App will be temporarily unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Stay tuned for announcements regarding our transition from the Zinio for Libraries App to the new RB Digital Magazines App....
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Tis the Season to Binge on TV shows

I talk a lot about summer reading but, I must confess, while I’m just finished devouring the non-fiction title, The Radium Girls,* I’m also pretty heavily into binge watching season. So many of my favourite shows have just released seasons on Netflix and I’m midway through Orange is the New Black as well as The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.** I’m loving them. But, as I’ve mentioned previously, you don’t need a Netflix account to enjoy some...
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Don’t forget about Axis 360 for eBooks & eAudiobooks!

T’is the season for beaches, baseball, barbecues, and SUMMER READING! Library customers are eagerly loading up their tablets, eReaders, and smart phones with books from our digital collection.  I have spoken to many “digital” library enthusiasts over the last few weeks, and one line I keep hearing over and over is “I forgot about Axis 360!” For many eBook lovers, Overdrive is their go-to site for digital content; this is...
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Check the Tech @ Walkerville Brewery

Windsor Public Library is hitting the road with our Tech Hub for Check the Tech @ Walkerville Brewery! We’re adding a techie twist to Walkerville’s weekly Thursday Game Night. If you’ve never had a chance to see our Tech Hub in person, this is a fun way to get your feet wet. Grab a delicious locally brewed pint of Walkerville beer while you show you what WPL has in store,...
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Discover Windsor Public Library – on YouTube!

If you have ever wondered about the kinds of services the library has to offer, now you can discover some of the coolest places in your library – through YouTube. Check out our fun new series of videos and learn how we can help with your Genealogy searches, what’s up with the Bookmobile, why  we are so proud of our Auto Archives, Tech Space, Children’s Programming and more. There are also tutorials available...
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Tech Hub “Morphing” at Forest Glade Library

Thanks to grants provided by City of Windsor Ward Funds and the Ward Renewal Project of CUPE Local 82, Forest Glade Library has ‘morphed’ into a branch teeming with new technology. Ward 7 Councillor and Windsor Public Library Board Director, Dr. Irek Kusmierczyk, has provided $6,000 of ward funds which have been combined with $6,000 from the CUPE ward renewal project to provide the Forest Glade community with access to...
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Spotting a Phishing attempt

The nerve of some people! While we all want to be safe online, there are people out there intent on nefarious deeds. Today I got an email that was an attempt to scam me, and in the spirit of information literacy I wanted to share. What is a phishing attempt? A phishing attempt online is usually delivered in an official looking capacity, and typically it’s used as an attempt to...
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Fun in the Tech Hub

The elves visiting the Tech Hub at the Central branch have been busy “techorating” the space!  The ornaments on our tree are all tech-related:  3D printed ornaments, lights from batteries and LED bulbs, works of art produced on the electronic cutter and leftover pieces that have been tinkered into things of beauty. You still have a few days to get in on the fun and try our December STEAM challenge. ...
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DC Comics’ Rebirth

We are excited to announce the addition of DC Comics’ “Rebirth” to our hoopla digital offering! As a patron of the Windsor Public Library, you now have immediate access to the entire “DC Universe: Rebirth Deluxe Edition,” a 96 Page Collectors’ version that features extensive bonus material not available on any other library digital media platform! Experience this one-shot DC “teaser” on your new mobile device this holiday season!Prepare yourself...
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New: eBooks in International Languages

Windsor Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of new languages to our Overdrive collection. EBooks are increasingly a quick, easy, and popular option for readers. We strive to Windsor’s great cultural and linguistic diversity. Recently, new eBooks have been added in many languages including: Arabic Chinese Gujarati Italian Polish Russian Serbian Spanish Urdu Vietnamese For more on our Overdrive e-Book and Audiobook collections, please check out our Overdrive page available...
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Travels with FRED

If you haven’t had a chance to explore Windsor Public Library’s coolest new branch, you’re missing something.  Our bookmobile, lovingly called FRED (for Freedom to Read, Educate and Discover) has been on the road for a few months now, bringing what the library has to offer to seniors’ facilities, community events, or under-serviced neighbourhoods. Working on FRED is a unique experience.  People aren’t sure at first what we are, or if they...
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3D Printing Now at WPL!

What’s the latest buzzword in technology? 3D printing. What is that, you ask. Well, it is a method of creating a three-dimensional object from a digital file by using a device that adds layers of material (plastics) one after another. Where can you find this magical invention? The Downtown/Central location (850 Ouellette Ave) and our Seminole location of course! Now for those of you who might stop reading here, let me tell...
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Our Tech Hub Robots Have Names!

Congratulations to Dimitar and Breanna! They are the winners of our “Name our Robots” contest that was held in the Tech Hub at the Central Library this summer. The winning names are Psycho and Pinball for our Spheros and D.Devil and McQueen for our two Ollies. Dimitar and Breanna each win a certificate to print a design on the 3D printer at Central for free. Thanks to everyone who came...
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Pokémon Go at Your Library

Twenty years into their existence, Pokémon might just be at the height of popularity. With the tremendous success of Pokémon GO, we’ve been getting a number of questions about what the game is, how to play it, and of course – “what is a Pokémon?” Long a popular series of television shows, books, movies, and video games, it has reached new heights with its new augmented reality game available on your smart...
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Playaway – The New Way to Listen to Audiobooks

Do you love listening to audiobooks from your favorite authors? Then check out Windsor Public Library’s brand new collection of Playaways. These nifty little devices are pre-loaded audiobooks that offer an uninterrupted listening experience. Unlike books on CD, you don’t need to switch between multiple discs to experience a whole book. Simply plug in headphones or connect the Playaway to your car stereo to begin listening to your favorite books...
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Scheduled System Maintenance

Due to scheduled system maintenance, access to our library catalogue, online databases, and apps will be unavailable from approximately 11:30pm-12:00am on Tuesday, June 28th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause....
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Binge Watch Courtesy of the Windsor Public Library

I don’t consider myself a big TV watcher. I’ve occasionally put holiday decorations in front of the TV without thinking and friends have noted that I must not watch much TV if I don’t mind blocking my view. I like to think of myself as someone who prefers novels, time with friends, time outside…but the truth is, there’s just no moderation in the way I watch TV. It’s all or nothing for...
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Video Poems on Display by Gregory Stasiak

With the relaunch of WPL’s freshly painted Community Art Wall, we are excited to announce our next exhibit from local artist, Gregory Stasiak. A member of the Arts Council of Windsor & Region and Artcite Inc; Stasiak’s exhibit mixes the mediums of both poetry and performance art to help us celebrate National Poetry Month for April 2016. Through the use of an ATM machine, Stasiak creates what would seem to most,...
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New EBook Celebrates the Maple Leaf flag of Canada

Hometown Music Council, with financial support from the Government of Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage, is proud to release the following E-Book. Hometown Proud – Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Flag of Canada The book assembles art and thoughts of elementary school students from across Canada throughout 2015, in celebration and commemoration of the Flag of Canada’s 50th anniversary.  The collection includes the largest recording of O...
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Seminole Receives a Facelift and New Technology

Taking a page from cable television home improvement shows, Seminole Branch (4285 Seminole Street) of Windsor Public Library has scheduled a “big reveal” for Tuesday, December 15 at 10 a.m. Over the past several weeks library staff has been busy giving the library a dramatic transformation. Constructed in 1953, the 4,092 Sq. Ft. facility has new furniture, new paint and re-aligned shelving, all to make the library experience more meaningful...
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