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The order of books: Dewey Decimal System, the 000's

April 19, 2012 | Diana S. | Comments (0)

I previously introduced you to The order of books: Dewey Decimal System and was going to explain in detail the 10 main classes (000 - 900) that make up the Dewey Decimal System. Let's begin with the 000's, what we call 'Generalities'- or general works.


Items in this section have many different subjects including computers, computer science, programming, and general information on unusual and unexplained topics such as UFOs, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and alien encounters. Books recently received at Barbara Frum in the 000s include:


You can place a hold on any of the books above or come visit our Generalities section, the 000s and explore what we have. Next up is the 100s - Philosophy & Psychology.

100s-Philosophy & Psychology

FAQ #4: Printing Documents From Your Email Account

January 17, 2012 | Jorge | Comments (0)

PrintingDon’t you just hate printer shopping?  It starts off with a mouth-dropping deal and ends up costing more than double of what you expected to pay.  If you also consider the ongoing cost of ink, chances are you’ve shot down the idea of owning your personal printer.

It's no surprise that many people take full advantage of printing services at their nearby library.  With the advent of online viewers and enriched websites, sometimes completing the print job is not as seamless as it should be.

In this article, I will show you how to successfully print a document from your email without sacrificing half the content.

Step 1: using a web browser (Mozilla Firefox preferred), login to your email account and open the email message containing the document you want to print.

Step 2: every email account is different but most have an online viewer.  Instead of using the online viewing tool, download the document

Step 3: you will have the option of opening or saving the document.  In case the document is not perfected and you want to make changes and email yourself those changes, the better option is to Save File.  If you do not need change your document, select Open and proceed to step 7.

Step 4: choose a storage location.  On our computers, it’s advised to store your documents under the local disk (P: drive).

Step 5: access your file.  Go to start (windows icon – bottom left of the screen) then Windows Explorer then drop down menu and select Local Disk (P: drive).

Step 6: double click your file to open it and make any necessary changes.

Step 7: to print, click the top left Microsoft button to open the file options.  Select Print and decide whether you need multiple copies or special printing alterations.  If all you need is a single copy with no alterations, select Quick Print.

Step 8: at the Barbara Frum District Libraries (Amesbury Park, Armour Heights, Barbara Frum and Centennial) please go to a nearby service desk to collect your printouts for 15 cents a page.

By the way, if you need some real-time troubleshooting, library staff is available to assist you.  In postings to come, I'll be sharing more library printing tips including some printing alterations that will save you money!

FAQ #3: “I’m looking for a bestseller but I don’t want to wait in a long line.”

July 13, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (0)

Reading-on-bicycle What’s everybody reading?  If you ever asked yourself this question, what you are really looking for are bestsellers.  It just so happens that what sells the most is also what is on the highest demand.  Duh… something tells me you knew this already.  I’m not writing this article to state the obvious, but rather to tell you that there is a way to circumvent the sometimes daunting waiting list for bestselling fictitious works like Shilipi Gowda’s debut novel, The Secret Daughter or Ann Patchett latest, State of Wonder.

Barbara Frum Library has a special collection showcasing the most sought after literary works of fiction and non-fiction.  We call it the “Best Bets Collection” and unlike our other books, this collection is non-holdable, non-renewable and must be brought back in 7 days and returned to the Barbara Frum Library.  These borrowing policies ensure that bestselling reads are more available to you.

So where can you find this collection?  We store it on the ground floor on a low-lying shelf immediately right when entering the library.  You might also want to check our open table display by the stairway, we often display Best Bets and other popular reads there.  If you're eager to know what the buzz is all about, and you don't want to fall behind, checkout our Best Bet collection and beat the waiting time.

FAQ #2: "Connect Me to the WWW Already!"

July 5, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (0)

The library offers free full-access, unfettered wireless Internet service to all our members and non-members.  Providing access to the Internet allows residents of Toronto and its visitors to engage in online activities that are important to them.  

As more and more businesses and organizations in the city connect their customers to the world’s most powerful network, what makes our wireless Internet service sparkle from the rest?  Here are some reasons…

1. Unlimited Wifi Access – enjoy uninterrupted access for as long as we’re open
2. Periodic Service Refreshments & Upgrades – the library has provided wireless Internet access since 2007.  We’ve expanded, upgraded and refreshed our service periodically since then.
3. No purchases Required – hop on the wireless network without having to spend money on a snack or beverage… you can actually bring your own and save money.
4. Multiuse space – ideal whether you’re looking for a quiet environment or group study while using the Internet.
5. Access to Library Resources – A great pool of published resources that support your online endeavours.

Ok, so you understand the benefits, but now you want in!  Here is how the wireless login process typically works:  

1. Enable your device to receive the wireless signal (“ON” is usually the default)
2. Ensure that you’re connected to the Toronto Public Library Network (there may be nearby signals) by opening your connection settings to see available wireless networks.
3. Open your web browser
4. Agree to the terms and conditions by checking the box
5. Click connect and wait to be redirected to our website.

Here are some common troubleshooting problems:

1. Proxies - remove your proxy settings.  Click here to learn how.
2. Firewall - disable firewall.  For Windows XP users, click here to learn how.
3. Disconnecting - everytime your laptop closes, you lose the wireless connection.  Repeat the login process, steps 1-5.

If you require further troubleshooting assistance, be sure to call our wireless service provider.

Spyders - 1-888-855-3555

By the way, the wireless signal is the strongest in four areas:

1st floor – on the north side in the west wing (children's department) and on the north side in the east wing (Holds for pickup area).
2nd floor
– in the centre on the west wing (non-fiction) and in the centre on the east wing (fiction)

Happy wireless computing!

FAQ #1: “Do you have free parking, if so, tell me where!?”

June 28, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (4)

All drivers like the sound of free parking.  With burgeoning growth in the City, it’s becoming increasingly rare to hear this.  For all those drivers that analyze the costs and benefits of illegally parking, you should know that Toronto’s Government Management Committee is deliberating the imposition of a $12.50 surcharge on all offenders that fight a ticket in court and lose.   We all know that a parking ticket could ruin an otherwise pleasant day, so it’s better to park safe than be sorry! 

The whereabouts of free parking is a frequently asked question at the Barbara Frum Library.  The answer to this popular question is that there are three main areas, each with different parking conditions:

  1. Library Parking Lot - free short-term parking, for a maximum of 15 minutes. (highlighted in red).
  2. Saranac Blvd – free unlimited parking (highlighted in green)
  3. Lawrence Plaza Parking Lot – free parking for a maximum of 3 hours (highlighted in blue)

Free Parking Space at BF

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