Monthly Archives: March 2016

Set Sail with Poetry: Online

In honor of National Poetry Month in April, the library hosts an annual poetry contest during the months of March and April for students in grades 2-12 and adults.  This year marks the 17th Annual Poetry Contest, themed “Set Sail with Poetry.”  Participants are encouraged to submit an original poem into the contest, and are then invited to share their work with other poets at our Youth Poetry Café on May 19 or our Adult Open Mic Night on May 25.


A PDF of the entry form is available on the library’s Set Sail with Poetry Contest page of our website.  Aspiring poets are encouraged to stop by their branch library or to print off a paper copy of the entry form to submit with an original poem.  But did you know that you can enter your poem online?  With the click of a mouse you can submit your creation from the comfort of your own home!

To enter online, visit the library’s Poetry Contest page and select the “Enter Online” option.  This will take you to the online entry form, and all you will need to do is complete the fields and submit your poem as an attachment.  Please note that we cannot accept Google Docs at this point, but can accept a PDF or a DOC file.

Be creative!  We can’t wait to read everyone’s work.

– Ann







Turn Off Text Preview of Notifications on an Android

I have an Android Smartphone that I love. I’ve owned a couple actually.  I really enjoy that I can customize them to react exactly how I want…usually.  On my older phones I had learned how to turn off the text notification preview, so if someone else was looking at my phone and a text message, Facebook message, What’sApp message etc.  came in only an icon would appear at the top of the screen but none of the message.  Many people use their phones for work and personal use and do not need personal information showing up on the screen in a preview while at work.  Alas, when I got my latest phone though I was irritated by the fact that I had lost the ability to hide just the preview of the message.  When I changed my settings to hide the preview I didn’t even get an icon indicating a message had come in.  That was not acceptable!

So, how do you fix this problem and get your phone to show icons that messages have come in but not show the text preview with it? Fortunately for me, and several people that have asked me about this, there’s an app that will fix this “problem”, if you don’t like the preview showing up. The app is called Headsoff.  Here’s a link with an explanation of how it works and how to install it on your phone.  I’ve been using the app for several months and so far, at least for me, it has been stable and preformed quit well.

PDF to Word Converters

I’ve been asked numerous times about converting small PDF files to a word document so it can be edited.  To purchase the PDF converter software can be expensive.  But there are many free online resources that are great for the occasional PDF format converting.

Two of my favorite sites that I use pretty regularly include PDF to Word Converter | Small PDF Converter and docszone.

  1.  Open the link
  2. Click on the upload file button to upload your PDF file (2 pages or less)
  3. Click the convert button
  4. It may take a few moments for your document or a link to the document to appear.
  5. Now you can download your word file to complete the process.
  6. Click the Open button to open your document.




Wireless printing at the SCDL

The SCDL is now offering wireless printing at all of our locations. Our new system will allow you to print from mobile devices within the library, as well as devices at home or anywhere else you have internet access.

A complete list of locations, printing options, and other information can be found at

There are two ways to submit prints to be picked up at at the SCDL. We’ll walk you through both options.

Print using a web browser

If you’re printing out a file from your computer, or just a web page you found online, you’ll probably find it easiest to use the web-based printing option.

To use our new wireless printing service, you must first decide which of our 10 locations you’d like to pick up your prints at. Each location has a different link you’ll need to use. Click one of the following links to access the wireless printing page for that location:

After you click on the link for the location you’d like to pick up your prints at, you’ll see this page:


First, you’ll need to select whether you would like your prints to be black-and-white or color. Black-and-white prints cost $0.15 per page, while color prints are $0.50 per page.


Next, enter an email address. You’ll have to provide this email address in order to pick up your prints, so be sure to type it in correctly.


Finally, you need to tell us what to print. You can either print out a file on your computer—the system can handle most common document and image formats—or else specify a webpage to print out.


To upload a file, click Browse… and navigate to where the file is stored on your computer. For a website, simply copy and paste the URL of the page you want to print.

Click the green printer icon at the bottom of the screen, and your prints will be submitted.


Print using email

If you’re on a mobile device or computer and just want to print out an email or attachment, you can simply send an email to the location of your choice. Your print job will be split into different parts—one for the actual email, and separate jobs for each attachment you send. Note that using this option, there are different email addresses for black-and-white and color prints.

Once you email your documents, you’ll receive a confirmation message that will detail what you’ve sent to the printer. As mentioned above, attachments are treated as separate print jobs. If, for instance, you only want to print out a Word document that was attached to an email, and not the email itself, you’ll have to specify this when you arrive at the library.

Picking up your prints

When you’re ready to pick up your prints at the location you specified, you have two options: Use a self-service print release station to pay for and release prints yourself, or have an SCDL staff member release the prints for you at a service desk.

To use a self-service print release station, select Release a Print Job, then enter your email address. You should see a list of print jobs you’ve submitted. Select the jobs you’d like to print, then insert money into the attached coin machine and select Print. Your prints can then be retrieved from the printer.

Of course, you can always see a staff member at one of our service desks for assistance in printing your documents.