Elisabetta Dami

Elisabetta Dami is an Italian children’s fiction writer and author of books for children.

Elisabetta Dami was born in 1958 in Milan, Italy. The daughter of publisher Piero Dami (founder of Dami Editore in 1972), she began working as a proofreader at the family publishing house and began to write her first stories at the age of 26.

Her experience gained from assisting sick children as a volunteer led to the idea of writing adventure stories featuring a mouse, Geronimo Stilton, as protagonist.

Her most famous work is the Geronimo Stilton series. Her other books have Thea Stilton and the Thea Sisters as the main characters. The Thea Sisters include Colette, Nicky, Pamela, Paulina, and Violet.

In 1999 Dami began to collaborate with the Piemme publishing house, which, decided to produce a collection of books for children. Since 2000, when the first story came out, 100 million copies have been sold in 150 countries and in 40 different languages. Intended for all children, she has written more than 100 books.

Source: Goodreads

Topical Quizzes

Now play topical quizzes in the library website and boost your knowledge on topics of your interest. Topical quizzes are quizzes based on a topic. These are small quizzes of 10 to 15 questions each. At the end of each quiz you can see how you fare by checking the score. You can also check the correct answers and then try the quiz again. The following topical quizzes are available at present, and more will be added later.

e-Granthalaya tips and troubleshooting

The KV Adoor library has been using eGranthalaya, the library management software developed by National Informatics Centre, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, for two years now. This page lists the problems faced while using the software and the steps taken to troubleshoot the problem. Plus, tips for eGranthalaya users. Please leave your comments and suggestions here.

1. Lost database connection
This was the most frequent problem faced with this software. The following steps were taken to solve this problem.

  • In Windows, go to Start and select “SQL Management Studio Express”
  • Use Server Name “LIB-PC2\SQLEXPRESS” (use your computer name instead of “LIB-PC2”) and for Authentication “SQL Server Authentication”. Login using username “sa” and password “granth#xyz$123” (which is the default password, if you have not changed it)
  • Go to Security > Logins > granth3
  • Double click on granth3
  • Change Password and Confirm password to “granth3” (which again is the default password, if you have not changed it).
  • Click OK and close the SQL Management Studio Express program.
  • Now start e-Granthalay again. Test and save connection.

2. When PC gets Crashed and No Database Backup
In many situation, when your PC gets crashed and you do not have taken the backup of your database, in this situation, before format of the PC you can recover your database with the following steps:

  • Go to “C:\Program Files \ Microsoft SQL Server \ MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data” folder or where your SQL Server folder exists – you will find DATA folder where all the database files exists. Each database contains two files – one is .mdf and another is .ldf file (e.g. GRANTH3.mdf and GRANTH3_Log.ldf)
  • Copy these two files of your database name (mdf / ldf) and keep these files at safe place.
  • These two files contain your all data which can be restored later just by copy and paste on the same location after system restore. For copying these files again at the same location, you must stop the SQL Services

3. Restoring database
When your database gets corrupted, you have to restore your database from a backup.

  • In Windows, go to Start and select “SQL Management Studio Express”
  • Use Server Name “LIB-PC2\SQLEXPRESS” (use your computer name instead of “LIB-PC2”) and for Authentication “SQL Server Authentication”. Login using username “sa” and password “granth#xyz$123” (which is the default password, if you have not changed it)
  • Right click on “Databases” and select “Restore Database…”
  • In the “Restore Database” panel, after specifiying destination and source for restore, select “Options” and check “Overwrite the existing database”. Otherwise your restore won’t work.

4. Unable to issue books
Make sure that the “Entitlement” of the particular member is not showing as zero. If it is showing as zero, then you have to update the member details.

  • In the “Issue and Reserve” panel, after entering Membership No., select “Update Member Info”.
  • In the “Memberships” panel, make sure the appropriate “Category” and “Sub-Category” has been selected. then click on “Update”.
  • Also, make sure you have already added appropriate “Entitlement” to the Sub-Category or Designation in question by going to “Sub-Categories/Designation” panel in the “Circulation” tab.

Use instead of ‘said’

If you are a writer and you want to show two or more people conversing, ‘said’ is the word you would use to
mark what is spoken. But it would tire your readers if you used ‘said’ too many times. So instead of ‘said’ you
could use a lot of other words that are given below, which could also make your writing more interesting and

Here are dialogue words you can use instead of ‘said’, categorised by the kind of emotion or scenario they convey:

Anger: shouted, bellowed, yelled, snapped, cautioned, rebuked, demanded, growled, raged, miffed, seethed, fumed, retorted, thundered, blurted.

Affection: consoled, comforted, reassured, admired, soothed, agreed, approved.

Excitement: shouted, yelled, babbled, gushed, exclaimed, repeated.

Fear: whispered, stuttered, stammered, gasped, urged, hissed, babbled, blurted, begged, quacked, stammered, shuddered, quivered, trembled.

Determination: declared, insisted, maintained, commanded.

Authority: insisted, bossed, demanded, professed, preached, dictated.

Happiness: sighed, murmured, gushed, laughed, giggled, lilted, joked, rejoiced, sang out.

Sadness: cried, mumbled, sobbed, sighed, lamented, whined, bawled, blubbered, groaned, sniveled, wept, mourned.

Tired: mumbled, struggled, emitted, wearied.

Pain: barked, cried out, cried, screamed, jabbered, bellowed, groaned, howled, shrieked, roared, grieved, wailed, yelped.

Understanding: empathized, accepted, consoled, crooned, comforted, sympathized, agreed.

Conflict: jabbed, sneered, rebuked, hissed, scolded, demanded, threatened, insinuated, spat, glowered, complained.

Making up: apologised, relented, agreed, reassured, placated, assented, assured.

Request/Ask: beseeched, begged, implored, pleaded, entreated, appealed to, enjoined, urged, goaded, induced, persuaded, encouraged, petitioned, prayed.

Amusement: teased, joked, laughed, chuckled, chortled, sniggered, tittered, guffawed, giggled, roared.

Storytelling: related, recounted, continued, emphasized, remembered, recalled, resumed, concluded.

Answer: responded, retorted, replied, rejoined, answered, acknowledged.


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