Rewarding Resources: More Online Newspapers

This month I am going to double up on the RR column.  I’ve previously discussed online newspapers, but I was made aware of a few more interesting sources for local papers.  Specifically, the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer and Lancaster Farming.

Lancaster Farming is one of the largest agribusiness publications in the country.  It is actually published right in Ephrata.  It is available through Penn State University Libraries: http://digitalnewspapers.libraries.psu.edu/Default/Skins/lancasterfarming/Client.asp?skin=lancasterfarming&AppName=2&AW=1362009719304.  

It is available from 1955 to 2003.

The Lancaster Intelligencer and many other papers are available through the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America newspaper archive: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83032300/.  It is available from 1864-1922.

As always, remember the local history LibGuide: http://ephratapubliclibrary.libguides.com/localhistory

I hope you find these resources very rewarding!

Keith L Greenawalt, Public Services Manager

 

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Rewarding Resources: What Do I Read Next?

I am picky about what I like to read.  I also do a lot of my “reading” via audiobooks.  I really like medium sized (5-7 disc/7-9 hours long) audiobooks, preferably non-fiction.  I want to learn and be intrigued and then move on.  So, now that I have exhausted the vast majority of the Ephrata Public Library’s collection historical audiobooks, plus the greater part of several other libraries’ collections as well, I have a question.

What do I read?

Well, I can suggest a few resources that can help you find your next book!

First of all there is the Ephrata Public Library’s YouReview Book Review Blog.   YouReview’s tagline is Book Reviews from the Cocalico Valley.  I mean that.  These are book reviews that are largely from patrons and staff of the Ephrata Public Library.  We’re always taking submissions and you can submit anonymously!  There are over 620 reviews of all types.

The Ephrata Public Library’s Readers Cafe is the best resource I have ever seen for readers advisory!  Looking for award winners?  Looking to join a book group?  There suggestions of  podcasts and apps and rss feeds that are all devoted to reading!

Two resources the staff uses heavily are fantasticfiction.com and shelfari.com.  Both are excellent sources.  I use fantasticfiction.com all the time to find out the order of series or what an authors latest book is.  Other staff swear by shelfari.com!

Many libraries have read-a-like lists that will suggests authors based on authors you may already like.  For example, if you like James Patterson you might like Jeffery Deaver or John Sandford.  Just google the authors name and “read-a-like” and you will find all sorts of things!

As always, you can ask the staff at the desk for assistance.  Sometimes the best resource is the one standing in front of you!

Keith L Greenawalt, Public Services Manager