Touch typing is the ability to type quickly and accurately without having to look down at the keyboard – a valuable skill for anybody who uses a keyboard to study, work or play. Your library membership gives you free access to KAZ Online, a learning tool that helps you to train your brain so that touch typing becomes automatic. No more having to ‘hunt and peck’ for each letter!
KAZ uses a unique ‘accelerated learning’ teaching method, engaging sight, sound and touch simultaneously, to enhance memory retention and recall.
The course is presented in a structured but light-hearted manner in order to make learning fun and enjoyable.
The program offers both spoken and written instruction. Developed with guidance from the British Dyslexia Research Trust, KAZ is suitable for everyone, but also offers dyslexia-friendly functionalities, minimising visual stress by allowing each individual to set preferences for visibility comfort.
Users can choose between the Junior and Adult versions. Links to KAZ can be found on the library Lifelong Learning page, and also on the E-resources for parents and children page.
Feminism is more than a movement for women’s right to work and vote.
It’s the teenage girl in the faraway country dreaming to walk freely, the elderly women sharing her wisdom without fear of being chastised, the young woman getting to work in whatever job she feels suited to and getting paid accordingly.
Learn a bit more about one of the most influential social movements of the twenty-first century with this week’s New Books. If you are visiting the library, our New Books Display is back on, with a bigger selection to chose from.
If you would like to read more on the topic, here are some resources available online:
Feminism on BorrowBox
Feminism on OverDrive
Feminism on CloudLibrary
Click here to find out more about how to use cloudLibrary, BorrowBox and Overdrive.
Overseas travel may seem far away, but in the meantime you can be working towards making that long-awaited holiday even better by learning the language of the locals – something that is generally appreciated wherever you may go. Encourage the whole family to learn with you, and perhaps have some theme dinners where you practise your new skill together!
Transparent Language Online (TLO) offers 24/7 access to personalised language courses, and is free with your library membership.
There are too many languages to list here – from French to Swahili, we’re certain you’ll find exactly the language you’re looking for. Learn on your PC or download the app to your mobile device.
If English isn’t your first language, you can also tailor an English course to meet your specific needs.
Have your library card handy and click here to go to our Lifelong Learning page, where you’ll find more information about TLO, and a link to the site.
Jack Reacher is a mysterious loner who passes through strange towns, sketchy diners and dark back alleys. On his travels, he frequently avenges the weak and rights wrongs. His adventures are always enthralling, and known to be popular even with people who don’t usually like to read!
You might already be a casual reader of Lee Child’s thrillers featuring Jack Reacher – or perhaps you are a fan of the series and have read all his adventures from the very first book (Killing Floor, published in 1997) right up to the 24th installment: Blue Moon.
If you’re wondering whether this series is for you, or if you would like to revisit some of the stories, have a look at our Jack Reacher collection. You can find all 24 installments in print, with some titles also available in e-book and e-audiobook format:
We also have good news for those of you who have read them all – if you would like to look at Jack Reacher from a different angle, you can do so via Diane Capri’s series Hunt for Jack Reacher. The series was published with Lee Child’s permission, and is available on cloudLibrary.
Licensed to Thrill is a bundle featuring the first three books in a nine-books series. Click on the picture below to check it out:
Click here to find out more about how to use our e-book and e-audiobook platforms: cloudLibrary, BorrowBox and Overdrive.
If you are visiting the library we also have our New Books Display back on, with a bigger selection of books to chose from.
Earth Day is usually celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This year, the date slipped by while many of the world’s people were in lockdown or suffering deep personal stress.
You can still access a wide range of films and documentaries about climate and the environment, and celebrate a belated Earth Day at home, with Beamafilm. Your library membership gives you free access to a vast range of titles with an ‘Earth’ theme. Here is a small sample of what’s available:
Have your membership number handy, and click here to go directly to Beamafilm.
Or click here to find out more about Beamafilm and Kanopy – our other movie-streaming service, which is also available free to library members.
Hoonuit is free for all library members.
A video-based how-to training resource, Hoonuit opens up unlimited access to thousands of short videos covering more than 500 of today’s most popular software applications on both PCs and Macs.
- All the latest software offerings – Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google, and more
- Upskill and embark on a new career – learn how to use the software behind blogging and podcasting, including WordPress and Captivate
- Mobile training – learn how to use mobile phones and ipads
- Accessibility – all videos are closed captioned
Click here to view a list of the courses currently available.
Go to Hoonuit and enter your library card number to create a free account.
Your library membership gives you instant access to tens of thousands of titles that can be downloaded and enjoyed from your mobile device.
Download an audiobook for that long drive, or just ensure that you always have an e-book handy to read while you wait in line (something we are all doing a bit more of at the moment!)
No need to fill a suitcase with books for that next (long-awaited) holiday. And you don’t need to purchase a special device for the task – your mobile phone or tablet will do the job nicely.
There are several platforms you can browse, each offering a different range of titles and authors.
We recommend you start with cloudLibrary. It’s very user-friendly and quick to set up. Click here to view a brief how-to video.
You can also explore e-books and e-audiobook titles with BorrowBox and Overdrive, and browse e-magazines at RBDigital Magazines.
Have your library card handy, and click here to explore these resources.