Monday, October 26, 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Free computer lessons

Erin Johnson
Digital Literacy Associate

Monday, September 28, 2015

Buster Keaton's masterpiece, "The General"

The second free movie in our Make 'Em Laugh: Classic American Comedies series is one of the greatest American films ever made: Buster Keaton's 1926 masterpiece, The General, which will be shown this Thursday, October 2, at 6:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

The title of Keaton’s epic Civil War comedy refers to the name of Confederate railroad engineer Johnny Gray’s beloved steam engine, which he must recapture from a group of Union soldiers who have stolen it and are attempting to destroy the rails in Georgia. Based on a true incident from 1862 (which Walt Disney turned into The Great Locomotive Chase starring Fess Parker in 1956), The General was the highest ranked silent movie on the 10th anniversary edition of the American Film Institute's "100 Years ... 100 Movies" list at #18. Keaton’s masterpiece is one of the longest, most elaborate chases ever filmed, and its images have often been favorably compared to Matthew Brady’s Civil War photography.It's a truly amazing movie that should not be missed. And if you're somewhat iffy about watching a silent movie, consider the fact that when audiences are first introduced to a silent comedy by Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, or Harold Lloyd, they soon forget that it's silent (although there is a musical score) and in black-and-white, and they become totally caught up in the wonderful and inventive comedy.

A 1926 poster for Keaton's "The General"
Mark P. Hasskarl
Library Director

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Learn how to make your smartphone or tablet easier to see, hear, and use


Erin Johnson
Digital Literacy Associate

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Who's Who in the Library: Meet Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson as detective Sam Slayed
at our most recent Murder Mystery program
Erin Johnson was born and raised in New Milford, where most of her extended family still lives.

Erin earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, with a minor in oil painting, from the University of Hartford. Then, on a full scholarship, Erin earned her Masters of Philosophy in Medieval English Literature from the University of Oxford. She lived in England for two and a half years, studying, working in several Oxford University faculty offices, and fire performing with the Oxford Brooks Circus Skills Society.

When Erin returned home, she worked as a substitute teacher and para-educator in New Milford schools. In 2012, she started at the NMPL in circulation. In 2013, she moved to reference, and now she is our Digital Literacy Associate. She developed the NMPL’s digital literacy initiative by teaching computer classes, as well as coming up with programs to help patrons with such topics as e-books, e-audiobooks, and our new service hoopla (access to thousands of FREE movies, TV shows, music, and more!). Erin also started the volunteer program in which professionals volunteer their time to teach computer skills. Erin finds it very rewarding when patrons understand something for the first time. Erin loves learning and being able to share that experience with patrons.

She also loves to knit, sew, paint, and fix her car. She enjoys book binding and any kind of craft. Erin reads speculative fiction and recommends any books by Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and the late, great Terry Pratchett, master of social satire.

Erin’s philosophy of life is: Every day is an opportunity to learn something new and, just as importantly, to have fun. So, feel free to come to NMPL, take a class with Erin, and have some fun!
Amy Berkun
Children's Services Associate
Reference/Information Services Associate

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

There's a new library eBook app coming

Erin Johnson
Digital Literacy Associate