March 2009 Archives

The Connecticut Library Association has set up a special committee to assist libraries in the state to provide the best possible services to patrons in their communities that have disabilities.  The CLA Americans with Disabilities Act Committee is committed to making library services and resources more accessible to persons with disabilities.  You can read about them here.   
Good news for lovers of old classic TV shows: the web site In2TV has returned after a short hiatus.  They've upgraded their layout and added some "new" classic TV series (including the original 1963-65 Outer Limits; Star Trek; SWAT), plus additional episodes of previously available series like Barney Miller and Kojak, for downloading.  However, some programs they had carried appear to be no longer available (The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and its brief spin-off, The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.).  To see the list/links of programs they do carry (uncut, but with occasional commercial breaks), go here.  (Be sure to scroll down the page when you get there to read the list, under the words "Classic TV".)   

LunaCon09.jpgDespite various setbacks (transportation, etc.), I managed to attend the 2009 Lunacon convention last Saturday and had a pretty good time.




Here's a link listing the various services that Greenwich Library offers to the disabled.  Note that the library offers not only assistive technology but also online links to various websites of interest, books in large print and an email service ("Ask-A-Librarian") that can be of benefit for the homebound.  When you get a moment, stop and take a look at the services listed that we offer.  (And yes, we'll take suggestions too.)   

Classic & Cult Television: Quick Bits

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51rPb4ZhvzL.jpgMy thanks to all who attended the March 11th showing of the Route 66 episode "A Fury Slinging Flame", which guest-starred Leslie Nielsen.  It was a lot of fun for me and I hope for you as well.  (And as for that  particular TV series that some of you asked about going to DVD anytime soon, alas, it doesn't seem to be in the cards, according to this link.) Our next program, spotlighting Get Smart, will be on April 16th at 7:30 pm.  For more information, go here.



The New York Science Fiction Society will be hosting this year's Lunacon at the Hilton Rye Town hotel this weekend (March 20-22).  Writers and artists who will be appearing include Larry Dixon, Eric Flint, Dave Freer, and Mercedes Lackey.  For more details, go to the Lunacon site here.  I hope to have some coverage of the convention in next week's blog.



Last December, I posted this item about Connecticut's Department of Motor Vehicles going after persons abusing Handicapped Parking permits.  Now MSNBC has posted this update on the story.  Basically, there are going to be some major changes in determining how many permits a disabled person will get. 


watchmenja0.jpgCurrently playing at theatres around the country, the film adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' 1986 graphic novel, Watchmen, directed by Zach Synder (300), is so faithful to it's source that it fails to establish any outstanding qualities of it's own.  Basically, the movie is just a re-enactment of the novel, almost like a play shot on film, with Moore and Gibbons' book used as stage directions. 




Welcome to the first installment of the For Persons With Disabilities (FPWD) News Desk, where we'll post online links to news coverage that persons in the disabled community may not have been aware of, but nevertheless will find interesting. 


51mV-yKwT1L__SL500_AA240_.jpgOn March 11th at 7:30 pm in the second floor Meeting Room, Greenwich Library will show an episode of the classic "Beat"-influenced TV series Route 66.  The series starred Martin Milner (later of Adam-12) and George Maharis as two young, rootless men with no family ties who travelled down the legendary highway and found themselves in a new situation each week. 

Another great online pathfinder for science fiction and fantasy fans is the Xenite.Org web site, which you can access here.  The site has lots of links to various sf-related fan and professional sites, with the latest news on upcoming books and films, as well as essays and videos.  Here's one feature they've posted on Edgar Rice Burroughs, for example.  And least you think it's just all about genre fanboy stuff, Xenite.Org even offers online forums aimed at real-world concerns such as coping with the current economy here to assist visitors to their site.  Don't take my word for it though.  Check it out yourself.   

A few months back, I posted an entry on the site here.  The site is set up to assist persons with disabilities in posting online resumes and profiles to attract potential employers.  Well, on Monday, March 9th at 2:00 pm in the library's Technology Training Center, I'll be giving a presentation on how patrons who are disabled and looking for employment in their chosen fields (or know somebody with a disability trying to enter/re-enter the work force) can access and use the site for their own benefit.  It's free and open to all, so if you're interested, stop by.  For more information about the event, go here

Related linkThis month's Technology Training Center programs.


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