Tagged: Sacramento

Not everything is online


microfilm reader

Someone asked me about a band (they thought) played in Sacramento during the late 70s. We checked past tour dates on the official website of the band, a few databases, and even some fan forums. No luck. Then we checked our microfilm holdings. Sure enough, the band did play in Sacramento. It appears they stopped and played a show on their way to the Bay Area.

At the downtown library we have two super fancy microfilm readers. Once the film is loaded you can browse and send a screenshot directly to your personal email. You also have the option of saving to a flash drive.


Winter Driving

Hot Wheels car

Time to double check those tires and wiper blades.
What did you say?! Why yes! That is a 96 Nissan 180SX Type X on top of a bunch of MAKE magazines.

Car trouble? Grab your library card and access our Chilton Auto Repair database from home.
How safe is your car? Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Buying a used car? I like to take a casual look at Car Complaints before conducting more thorough research.


DIY Coloring Sheets Tutorial


Let’s explore DIY coloring sheets with Project Gutenberg, Pixlr, and Inkscape!

-Project Gutenberg contains over 50,000 ebooks, most of them out of copyright.
-Pixlr is a cloud-based image editing program.
-Inkscape is a vector imaging program.

  1. Go to Project Gutenberg, find a book, open it in HTML format and take a screenshot of the graphic you’re interested in.

coloring tutorial

  1. Crop the image using Pixlr, MS Paint, or editor of your choice, and save the image.

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=====Navigate to Pixlr=====

  1. Select ‘Adjustment’ and then ‘Desaturate’

coloring tutorial

  1. Right click on the ‘Layers’ window and select ‘Duplicate Layer’, then change the ‘Mode’ to ‘Add’ and adjust the ‘Opacity’ to your liking.

coloring tutorial

  1. Right click on the ‘Layers’ window and select ‘Flatten Image’

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  1. Select ‘Adjustment’ then ‘Brightness & Contrast’ to adjust the image. Select ‘Adjustment’ then ‘Levels’ to bold the darker parts of the image. When done, press ‘OK’.

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  1. Select the eraser tool to erase what you don’t want and then save the image (MS Paint works great for this as well)

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=====use the free program Inkscape=====

  1. Open the image in Inkscape and select ‘Path’ and then ‘Trace Bitmap’. Click the ‘OK’ box.

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  1. Drag the new image out of the way and delete the original behind it.

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  1. Select the lock graphic from the top of the screen and then click and drag your image to the desired size (you’ll see the width and height numbers adjust in real-time)

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  1. Select ‘File’ and ‘Export’ to save your completed coloring page.


Print the zebra and color like a boss.

coloring sheet

This tutorial helped me create this post.

Book Vs Movie: The Wizard of Oz

wizard of oz book cover

75 year wizard of oz book

We’re off to see the wizard!… just read the book, watch the movie, show up and discuss both. Reserve your copy with us or read it online through Project Gutenberg. Make sure you watch the most popular version of the movie (1939 – Judy Garland) and maybe even check out: The Wizard of Oz – 75 Years Along the Yellow Brick Road.

More details on meetup.


Chalk It Up: 2015

Otterby Chalk Mural

Otterby With Hat

spicy food

Grave Digger Chalk Drawing

Had a blast at Chalk It Up! Welcome to all the new members of the library and alt+library scene. One of our designers (Seth) will be finishing the Otterby mural later today. It already looks great!

I bought that spectacular hat and let Otterby borrow it for a minute. ;)

Devoured some tasty food…I don’t remember what I got, but it had jalapenos on it, so it has my full approval. And, I give a virtual high five to whoever went rogue and drew that awesome picture of Grave Digger.


Fix Your Car

Why pay some fool a boatload of cash when you can DIY? The Sacramento Public Library subscribes to not one, but two auto repair databases. You can even access one of them from home. I like Chilton’s for looking up recalls and labor estimating. Mitchell’s is great when looking up common vehicle symptoms as well as commonly replaced components.

Truuuust me. My car is from 1997.