Technology blooms at the library

Happy spring! Here is a sneak preview of some of the new gadgets we’ll have available for you to borrow very soon.

If you prefer working with Windows products, perhaps the Dell Venue 8 is the tablet for you! This is equipped with the Windows 8 operating system and is very similar to the Windows desktop environment.

Dell Venue 8

Our  newest offering–the Dell Venue 8.

Do you love Google’s products, but want a larger screen? Try out the Nexus 10 tablet!

Can't live without Google? Give the Nexus 10 a try!

Another Nexus joins our tablet family.

If you’re curious about eReaders or just want an easier way to read your eBooks, then perhaps the Kindle Paperwhite will fit your needs.

Curious about eReaders? Now you can borrow our new Kindle!

A Kindle Paperwhite for your reading pleasure.

Of course, we purchased new iPads. This  year, we’ll have the iPad Air in addition to the iPad mini available for checkout. The new iPads come with the retina display which creates crisper pictures.

The iPad Air and iPad mini will also available for checkout.

The iPad–our most popular item!

Lives Change @ your library – Annandale celebrates National Library Week

National Library Week logoCrocuses, baseball, hay fever – all sure signs that spring is hard upon us!  Perhaps the most telling signpost of spring in the NOVA Libraries is the arrival of National Library Week (NLW).  First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.  It highlights the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide. The theme for this year’s events scheduled for the week of April 13-19 is “Lives Change @ your library”, and the National Honorary Chair this year is author Judy Blume.  Check out this video of Ms. Blume talking about the importance of libraries in her life.

ESL professor Shirley Nuhn and her students help the NOVA Annandale Library celebrate National Library Week and School Library Month (April ) every year by recording podcasts giving their perspectives on the value of libraries.  Take a few moments and listen to these students and Professor Nuhn talk about why the library is important in their lives:

And please stop by the Annandale Library and help us celebrate National Library Week!

Twelve Years a Slave – Read the book that inspired the screenplay – FREE

Link is always alerting us to freebies – free movies, free books, free courses.  On March 3, 2014 Dan Colman of Open Culture let us know how to get a free copy of:  Twelve Years a Slave: Free eBook and Audio Book of the Memoir Behind the Film (1853)

twelve years a slave ebook

On Sunday night, 12 Years a Slave was named best picture at the 86th Academy Awards. And John Ridley, the film’s screenwriter, won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay. Ridley’s screenplay was based, of course, onTwelve Years a Slave, the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup. Published not long after Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote her famous novel about slavery, Uncle Tom’s CabinNorthup’s book became something of a bestseller, selling around 30,000 copies, before falling into relative obscurity for the next century and a half. The 2013 film obviously put the memoir back into the spotlight, and it inspired someone (we’re not sure exactly who) to put the book on the web in a handsome, readable format. You can head over to to read Northup’s dramatic personal account, free online. Or find somewhat less attractive (though still serviceable and downloadable) versions at For anyone interested in downloading Twelve Years a Slave as a free audio book, Librivox has you covered here: Free on iTunes - Free MP3 Stream/Download. Also, if you care to sign up for’s 30-Day Free Trial you can download a version professionally narrated by Louis Gossett Jr. at no cost. Find more details on Audible’s Free Trial program here.

H/T @brainpicker