Library adheres to federal Child Internet Protection Act
I recently saw a piece on TV about customers at public library viewing pornography on the library’s Internet computers, in plain view of anyone in the library including children. I found this account to be disturbing, as I am sure many of you would.
Please understand that what happened at that library will not happen at the Delaware County District Library. We observe and adhere to the Child Internet Protection Act, a federal law that address concerns about access to offensive content on library computers, and the software we have installed filters out sexually offensive and pornographic content. The filtering software that is currently in place also blocks any phishing or hacking with malware and spyware, too.
The software filters all the library’s Internet-enabled computers at all locations, and because it is installed on our network, it also filters wireless access in our buildings. Studies show, however, that filtering software is “wrong” 5 to 15 percent of the time, by blocking acceptable sites and not blocking unacceptable sites. As added safekeeping, all of the library’s computers are positioned so that staff can easily see what is on the screens. If we see anything objectionable or offensive, we will tell the customer to shut it down and ban them from using the computer for the rest of the day. If such behavior is repeated, we will fully bar the customer from using the library’s computers.
The computers in the children’s areas of our buildings do not have Internet access at all, and the tweens’ computers are tightly restricted to only benign Internet sites, such as appropriate gaming sites.
I would also ask that if you observe something on a computer screen that you feel is inappropriate for general viewing in a library setting, please notify one of the librarians. We want to keep the library user friendly for you and your family, and we can always use your help.
Why are bloodhounds preferred for sniffing out criminals?
Sometimes called noses with paws according to Bloodhounds: Everything about Purchase, Care, Nutrition, Breeding, Behavior, and Training, bloodhounds’ skills as trackers come from the high number of olfactory receptors or “scent cells” in their noses. A human’s olfactory membrane is about the size of a postage stamp and contains 5 million receptors. A large dog like a German shepherd has a larger membrane and about 225 million receptors. The scent hounds, a group of dogs that includes foxhounds, beagles, bloodhounds and other breeds, have wide, deep nasal cavities that can accommodate sizable olfactory membranes, large numbers of odor-detecting cells and up to 300 million receptors, as in the case of bloodhounds. Other attributes that help bloodhounds track are their droopy ears and wrinkly skin, which help collect odor molecules and sweep them toward the dogs’ nose. Their muscular necks and shoulders let them keep their nose to the ground for long distances without getting fatigued.
Where is “Downton Abbey” filmed?
The abbey in the televisions show “Downton Abbey” is not an abbey at all — it’s a castle. Highclere Castle is the stand-in for Downton Abbey and is the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. Highclere Castle is a country house in the Jacobethan style, with parks designed by Capability Brown. The 1,000-acre estate is in the English county of Hampshire, about two miles south of the boundary with Berkshire, and five miles south of Newbury. I checked Highclere Castle’s website (highclerecastle.co.uk) for this information.
Is Truth and Consequences a real town?
In 1950, the town of Hot Springs, N.M., changed its name to Truth or Consequences after the radio quiz show of the same name. The World Book Encyclopedia notes that the change was in response to the show’s host promising to broadcast from the first town that named itself after the program.
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