June 15th, 2015

Taking our online test for a spin

car-522411_1280My driver’s license was earned when Red Toad was tree lined and spooky, drag racing was still possible past Craigtown and my 11 year old brother would drive a tractor to school if he missed the bus.  Back then, driver’s ed was offered to all 10th graders as a regular class, and I can only guess, forced on the teacher who drew the short straw.  As most of us had been driving something since our feet could touch the pedals, the class tended to drift away from traffic rules to the best way of jacking up your Bronco. Now with a 15 year old who thinks tailgating happens only in parking lots, it’s time for a reality check—for both of us.

And what an eye opener the MVA Practice Tests proved to be.  As the older, experienced driver, I attempted the free, online permit practice test first.  The 40 question, multiple choice test provided immediate feedback on my questionable answers.  In my defense, for questions such as the distance in feet you must keep between your car and a stopped school bus, “a bunch” was not a choice.  My son kindly pointed out I could access the Maryland Drivers Handbook right from the site if I wanted to study before retaking the test.  Failure in our house is not an option.

CCPL’s Driving-Tests.Org also has practice for CDL and motorcycle tests. For even more practice in both English and Spanish, you can go to the Maryland MVA’s online driver test tutorial. They even have apps for Android and iOS!


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April 27th, 2015

CCPL’s Digital Services

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Recently, I was browsing the magazines at the Elkton Central Library, and a magazine cover advertising “quick weeknight dinners” caught my eye. I was all set to check it out when I saw the red star on the cover, indicating that it was the current issue and needed to stay in the branch for others to view. Fortunately, I was able to check it out using Zinio, which provides access to full magazine issues through CCPL’s website. You can check out as many as you want, and there are no late fees.

Now, you only need one account to access the magazines. Just create an account using your library card number – the link is at the top right of the screen – and you can be reading a magazine right away. We have magazines for everybody: cooking, gardening, science, sports, crafts, and travel.

If you want to read on the go, you can use the new Zinio for Libraries app (available for iPad and Android). For other devices, the commercial Zinio app, which requires two accounts , is available.

Of course, you can do more than read magazines on the go. Check out our devices and downloads page for links to Hoopla (movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and music), OverDrive (ebooks and audiobooks), OneClickDigital (audiobooks), and BookMyne (Android version shown above), which allows easy access to the CCPL library catalog and lets you place holds, renew items, or just see what you have checked out, all from your smartphone or tablet.

If all this sounds a little overwhelming, don’t despair. You can get one-on-one help with your smartphones, e-readers, or tablets at our Smart Device Helper program at the North East Branch Library at 1 PM on Wednesday, April 29 and Wednesday, May 27. Register by clicking the dates or by calling 410-996-6269. If you can’t make those dates, try Is This Thing On: A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming, or try asking a librarian for help.

How many CCPL digital services have you tried?


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