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Saturday, September 22, 2012

I Need to Renew My Texas Driver's License While Out of State

“I’m visiting here from Texas, and I need to renew my driver’s license.  Is there a way to do it while I am out of state?”  The Newton Falls Public Library staff can understand why that would be a concern; no one wants to get caught with an expired license.

Using an Internet search engine, we typed in the words “Texas driver license out of state renewal.” The Texas Department of Public Safety’s website has the forms for out of state/country applicants to mail into that department.  We also found the link to  There were listed a variety of Driver Services from which our patron could choose. When selected, Renew Your License gave the options to renew in person, online, by phone, or by mail. Our patron could now decide which website and option he preferred to use to ensure that his license stayed current.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I'm Looking For an Electronic Thermometer Made in the United States of America

“I’m looking for one of those electronic thermometers that also gauges humidity; the kind with the sensor that you put outside.  I want to find one that is made in the United States of America.”  The Newton Falls Public Library staff located several companies which manufactured these weather stations, including Lacrosse Technologies.

Looking at the companies, we could not find any that had their factories in the United States. Our next step was to examine websites which highlight products produced here. Some of the websites are:,,,, and  The last website is interesting because you can narrow your search by state, learning about some products that are made there.

Continuing the search, our staff found an Accurite digital thermometer with humidity gauge and clock on the website  It is noted on the site that “This item proudly made in the U.S.A.” We informed our patron so he could see if this was the one he wished to purchase.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

What is the Phone Number for Small Claims Court?

“What is the phone number for Small Claims Court in Newton Falls?” the individual on the phone asked.  The Newton Falls Public Library staff found the number for Municipal Court in the phone book, but wasn’t sure if it would be the same for Small Claims.

Searching online for ‘”small claims court Newton Falls” took us to the Municipal Court’s website,  Here the patron may find Small Claims Information.  There is a wealth of useful information for those both filing the claim and having a claim filed against them.  Included are: General Rules, Introduction, How to Begin, Place of Hearings, Preparing Your Case, Going to Court, Present Your Best Case, Decisions, Satisfaction of Judgment, Collecting a Judgment, Default Judgments, Lists of Assets and Liabilities, Judgment Debtor, Exams / Personal Exam, Garnishments, Limits and Exceptions, Execution, Exemptions, and Liens.

If our caller had wished, a copy of Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court by Ralph E. Warner or How to Win Your Case in Small Claims Court without A Lawyer by Charlie Mann could have been borrowed through our shared Clevnet catalog.

The Creature With The Atomic Brain?

“Many years ago, I saw a movie that I would like to watch again.  I think it was called The Creature With the Atomic Brain.  Can you find it for me?”  The Newton Falls Public Library staff was unable to locate that movie title in our online shared Clevnet catalog.  Clevnet gives us access to the catalogs of 38 library systems across 11 counties in Northeast Ohio.

To ensure that the title had been remembered correctly, the staff went online to Internet Movie Database.  There we found Creature With the Atom Brain and confirmed with the patron that this is the movie for which he was looking. Searching the Clevnet catalog we found it in two collections: Sam Katzman Icons of Horror Collection and Horror Classics 50 Movie Pack DVD Collection.  One of the items was placed on hold for the patron and when it comes to Newton Falls Public Library, he will be able to borrow it from here.