By now you’ve probably heard about the Heartbleed Bug that has caused an uproar over the last few days.  Apparently over the last two years, this bug has affected an unknown number of websites.  The good news is that many major websites like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Tumblr are patched at this point.   But the professionals recommended you change your passwords for banking, finance, email and social media sites.

Avoid using the same password for multiple sites; that is the main way to limit the damage these kinds of hacks will cause.

To test a website to see if it has been patched, please go here.

Information on the bug itself can be found in several places, but these are some useful sites:  BBC, TechCrunch,  Heartbleed.

Some articles with advice on what to do can be found here and here.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media, and change your passwords.

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Don’t forget to register for the free SAT review classes being held Tuesday, April 1 (we promise this isn’t a prank) and Saturday, April 5.  You MUST register to attend either class, and we encourage you to come to both and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

We are happy to welcome back Ameer Sohrawardy, an assistant professor of English Literature at Rutgers University – Newark, with over 10 years of experience as an SAT instructor.  Professor Sohrawardy will be presenting successful strategies that students can use to confidently handle both the written and essay portions of the SAT exam.  There will also be time for Q & A about the entire SAT examination process.   Those working to improve their prose writing skills are encouraged to attend as well.

Click on the program titles below for more information and to register.

 SAT Review Part I: “How to Earn a Perfect Score on the SAT Essay”
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 @ 7 – 8 pm (Main Library – Community Room)

 

 SAT Review Part II: “How to Earn a Perfect Score on the SAT Writing Section (Exclusive of the Essay)”
Saturday, April 5, 2014 @ 11 – 12 pm (Main Library – Community Room)
 
 Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss what’s going on at the Library!

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Not only are we offering a free SAT review, we have tons of great study materials at the Library as well.  In addition to a wide selection of test prep books, educational DVDs, and tons of great vocabulary building books like the Kaplan SAT Score-Raising Classics series, we also have free online database resources that you can access from home with your library card.  For example, the Learning Express Library database has content and practice tests for several exams, such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, AP exams, PRAXIS, and other career exams.  It also contains knowledge building in areas like Social Studies, Science, Math and English.

There are flyers on the Reference Desk that you can take home that will show you how to access our online databases at the library or at home.  For some of the databases, you will need your library card to use as a username and create an account.  You can also click on this link to be brought to our list of databases, which is searchable by name or subject. Continue reading

Several of the databases provided by Franklin Township Public Library offer mobile applications for your phone and tablet.

Mango Languages, which offers a comprehensive list of foreign languages (as was as English) to learn has a mobile app for both Android and iOS devices. You will have needed to created an account through Mango which can be accessed by visiting the library’s Database page.


Ebscohost has a mobile application that will let you access Academic Search Premier, ERIC, Masterfile Elite and many others. The Ebscohost mobile application is available for iOS and Android. In order to access the library’s subscription databases please visit an Ebsco database (such as MasterFile Elite) and click on the link at the bottom of the page where it says “iPhone and Android apps.” You will have to enter you e-mail address and will receive an response with detailed instructions on how to load the app.


Gale’s Access My Library provide’s direct links to the Gale Virtual Library, Gale Directory Library, Price It! Antiques and Collectibles, and Contemporary Authors. The app is available for both Android and iOS.

A complete list of databases available to library patrons can be found here.