Rewarding Resources: Summer Travel Reviews

Summer is here and many families will soon pack up and head off on all sorts of family vacations and day trips.  There are many ways to find places to stay, eat, or visit,  The newest way to find great places to spend your both your time and hard earned dollar is online.

I am a history and museum geek.  I’ve done library programs about museums.  I created a learning guide about museums.  It is how I choose to spend my free time and hard earned dollar.  My problem is that I have run out of places to go.

I use travel review websites like Yelp and TripAdvisor.  These sites allow users to review and see reviews of airlines, restaurants, hotels, and attractions.  I primarily use it for the attractions.  I find places that I may not have otherwise ever heard of and often get a good idea what other people think of them.  Some sites even provide the business a chance to respond.

Now, you need to keep in mind that any review is a subjective thing and experiences can vary greatly.  The things that I am looking for in a business or attraction are going to be different than others.  My version of a 5 star review my be different from another version.  

The best reviews are always the bad reviews.  I think some poor reviews are petty.  One of my favorite historic sites got a poor review because the reviewer thought it should be free.  Another got a poor review because of the on-site restaurant.  I also firmly believe where there is smoke there is fire.  If a business has lower reviews, I am less inclined to patronize it.  (I stayed at a motel once and had a poor experience and then read the many bad reviews.  My mistake.)

I hope you find these sites useful and rewarding!

Keith L Greenawalt, Public Services Manager

Rewarding Resources: LearningExpress Library 3.0

LearningExpress Library, a comprehensive source for test preparation, will soon roll out its Version 3.0.  The Library System of Lancaster County is one of 4 libraries nation-wide that has been chosen to be a beta test site.  That means that we get to test it before it is introduced nation-wide!  The new version features improved content and navigation.  It is also touch screen friendly.  You can access Version 3.0 through the Library System of Lancaster County online database portal here.  You do need your Lancaster County library barcode number to access this and all of our other databases.  Just scroll down to LearningExpress Library section of our database list.

LearningExpress Library wants to hear from you and what you think of the new and improved service.  They are offering a chance to win an iPad mini if you fill out a short survey by July 8 about your experiences using Version 3.0.  This is your chance to offer suggestions and improvements!

The older Version 2.0 will still be accessible, but only for a limited period of time.  If you use Version 2.0, I would highly recommend that you finish any courses, tests, or tutorials there as soon as possible and register for Version 3.0.  Unfortunately, any account information you may have in Version 2.0 will transfer to the new Version 3.0.  Basically you will be starting fresh with Version 3.0.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me!

Keith L Greenawalt, Public Services Manager

(kgreenawalt@ephratapubliclibrary.org)