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We are very excited to announce that we have just added Consumer Reports Database to our database collection! Now you can access the reviews, recommendations, and articles in Consumer Reports from the comfort of your own home! Here's what you need to know:

  • Visit our homepage www.khcpl.org
  • Click on our "Research It" tab

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  • From the "Research It" tab menu choose "All Databases"

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  • The databases are in alphabetical order, you can either use the letters at the top of the screen to jump to the "C" databases, or you can scroll down until you see Consumer Reports and choose "Access Resource."

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  • Welcome to the Consumer Reports Database!

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  • From here you can use your mouse to hover over the "Product Reviews" and choose a product from that menu or can search the products using the search box. You can also read the latest articles from Consumer Reports by selecting the "News" option.  If you scroll down on the Consumer Reports database homepage, you can see their "Featured Products" and the "Latest From Consumer Reports" which features their latest news. If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page you will find "Site Tools and Features" which highlights some of Consumer Reports more popular topics, the "In Focus" section which highlights their current featured articles, and "Inside the January Issue" which will show you the articles from the latest printed version of the magazine. 

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It's all there at the tips of your fingers, product reviews, consumer concerns, and interesting articles. So sit back, relax, and read the latest Consumer Reports has to offer.

 

Editing Christmas photos has never been easier or more fun. This app has been voted Best PHOTO Editor App for CHRISTMAS. Christmas Photo Effects has over 500 typography text and cute and funny stickers.

Features include: Christmas stickers, Christmas emojis, Cute Hat Collection, Christmas for Kids and Babies, and so much more. You can crop, rotate, and resize. You can change your photos color, black and white, blur and focus. Everything is so easy, anyone can use it!

Mom and Daughter at Chrismas  Friends celebrating Christmas 

 

  • Name of App: Christmas Photo Effects - ELF Yourself Santa Booth
  • Audience: All
  • Platform: iOS
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: This app is a holiday photo editor that is easy to use and fun
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: iOS
  • Cost (at time of review): Free
 
                             

Recently, my son received his first musical instrument, a guitar, and is now taking music lessons. I was in band years ago and was trying to help him read music and practice. Unfortunately, I kept running into the problem where he would rush some parts of the music and slow down in others. Then I remembered using a metronome. I didn't have access to a metronome, so I did the next best thing. I checked the app store. I had recently discovered apps that will help you tune your guitar (they're not perfect, but work on the fly), and I thought maybe the app store has a metronome app too. It does. The app is called Pro Metronome and it is a free download from the App Store or Google Play. This handy little app lets you adjust the tempo, the sound of the metronome (13 different sounds), and the musical time. It will even allow you to set a timer for how long you want to practice, and more. Better yet it was free. There is an upgraded version that has even more features, but the basic version suited my needs. 

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  • Name of App: Pro Metronome
  • Audience: All
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: This app provides a customizable metronome to help music students keep time and set a timer while practicing!
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: iOS
  • Cost (at time of review): Free, although more features are available with in app purchases.

With millions of Cymath.com users worldwide, the Cymath app uses the same math engine while letting you solve problems on the go! Just enter your problem, and let Cymath solve it for you step-by-step. You can also use the camera to capture a problem without typing.

Along with basic math problems, Cymath supports algebra, calculus and graphing problems. You can also take advantage of the Cymath calculator.

 

Cymath provides step-by-step solutions to your problems completely free of charge. Cymath is a step above all other math help apps. Instead of just giving you the answer, it breaks down each step you need to take to get the answer to your problem.

Name of App:  Cymath

Audience: all ages

Platform: iOS, Android

What the App does and why we recommend it:  Solve any math problem on the go with step-by-step help.

What platform was used to recommend the app:  iOS

Cost (at time of review):  Free

I recently changed internet service providers and as a result, I got another e-mail address.  This brought me to a grand total of 3 email accounts.  I wanted to find an app for my phone that would manage all three accounts.  I did some research and found the BlueMail app.  I really like it a lot.  It will manage multiple accounts.  You can view the accounts individually or you can unify them into one big account.  Another nice feature of BlueMail is you can cluster your e-mails into groups.  All the emails from people can be in one group and all the emails from businesses can be in another.  You make email groups that will allow you to send an email to multiple people without having to enter everybody's email addresses.

So if you are looking for a new app for your email, give BlueMail a try.

 

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Name of App:  BlueMail

Audience: Teen and Adult

Platform: iOS, Android

What the App does and why we recommend it:  It allows the user to manage multiple email accounts on one device.

What platform was used to recommend the app:  Android

Cost (at time of review):  Free

 

Earlier this year, Overdrive rolled out a new app to hopefully replace their Overdrive app. Her name is Libby. We have had Overdrive as our e-book and downloadable audio book resource for several years and during that time we have seen many changes. When I first saw that we were again getting a new app for Overdrive I was concerned, but I shouldn't have been, because Libby is AMAZING. Overdrive has made the Libby app so easy to use. Unlike the previous versions of the Overdrive app, Libby requires no registration! Let me say that again because it is very important: NO REGISTRATION! All you need to do with Libby is locate your library and sign in using your library card number and password/pin number. That's it! Super easy and you are off to checking out books and audio books. Not only that, but if you have multiple devices signed into Libby Libby will also allow you to sync books between multiple devices using the Libby app as long as they are signed in with the same library card number. Also, if you share your device with other family members, Libby will easily switch between library cards. Libby makes using Overdrive easy!

Overdrive recently blogged about their new app in the article 12 Tips For Getting the Most Out of Libby. The article gives you tips to help you take advantage of some of Libby's great features. Not only that, but Libby can help you track your reading history, the article Getting the Most Out of Your OverDrive Reading History tells you how that can work for you! I have been really impressed with the improvements I have seen from Overdrive this year, and I can't wait to see what they are doing next.

Libby is currently compatible with the following operating systems:

  • iOS 9+
  • Android 4.4+
  • Windows 10 (for desktops/tablets and mobile), versions 1607 (Anniversary Update) and 1703 (Creator's Update)

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  • Name of App: Libby by Overdrive
  • Audience: All
  • Platform: iOS, Android,
  • What the App Does and why we recommend it: This app makes getting ebooks and audio books from the library EASY!
  • What platform we used to recommend the app: iOS
  • Cost (at time of review): Free

If you have any questions, or want help installing Libby on your devices, contact the Reference Desk to make an appointment.  We can help you set up Libby on your device. KHCPL Main (765)457-3242 of KHCPL South (765)453-4150

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Did you know our library offers access to Universal Class? What is Universal Class? It is your opportunity to learn online for free! With Universal Class you can choose from over 500 online courses. You can take these classes at your own pace and at times that are convenient for you. Some available classes include computer classes, photography classes, ESL classes, classes on wedding planning, business classes, accounting classes, anatomy and physiology classes, plus many, many more. Explore your learning opportunities with Universal Class today!

To access Universal Class for free using your library card, you must access the database from our website.

  1. Go to www.khcpl.org
  2. Click on “Research It” in the green boxes.
  3. Click on “All Databases”
  4. Either Scroll down to get to Universal Class, or choose the “U” on the abc list to jump to the “U” databases.
  5. After locating Universal Class, click on “Access Resource”
  6. If this is your first time using Universal Class, you will be required to set up your account. Enter your library card number and click “Go.” (Once you have already created an account, you will choose the “Sign In” button from this same screen.
  7. Fill out the “New Member Registration Form.” (Please remember to keep track of your username and password you create for this database.)
  8. Once you have filled out the form you are able to see the complete list of classes and register for classes with Universal Class.  

We hope you enjoy using Universal Class!

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Convert anything easily. This free app lets you convert area, angles, currency, data, density, energy, force, length, mass, mileage, power, pressure, speed, temperature, time, volume, volume flow and so much more.

You can even create your own unit conversions for anything you want, quickly and easily.

New to the app is the ability to save your favorite conversions for instant recall.

 

Convert Units for Free is an essential tool that you’ll love and use every day. It’s easy and user-friendly.

Name of App:  Convert Units for Free

Audience:  All

Platform:  iOS

What the app does and why we recommend it:  Convert anything quickly and easily. 

What platform we used to test the app:  iOS

Cost (at time of review):  Free

Learning grammar is not the first thing you think of when someone says “fun.” However, it something that every student does. Grammar Hammer brings fun into an otherwise boring task. Instead of teaching grammar through drills where the students fix sentence after sentence, Grammar Hammer lets kids find and fix grammar and spelling mistakes embedded in entertaining, illustrated stories. They are proofreading and editing these stories, while gaining skills they will use for the rest of their lives.

Grammar Hammer turns sentence structures into a game. Each story gets more challenging which keeps the kids engaged and thriving to learn.

Along with being fun, Grammar Hammer contains 14 Language Common Core Standards.

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Name of AppGrammar Hammer

Audience:  Elementary age kids

Platform:  iOS

What the app does and why we recommend it:  Makes learning grammar fun and exciting

What platform we used to test the app:  iOS

Cost (at time of review):  Free