Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Little Sugar and a lot of Fun @ your Library

The following was published in this week's Dakota County Star.

Holiday Recipe Exchange
A little sugar, a lot of fun! We are having a recipe exchange, so please plan to come.  The Library is hosting a Holiday recipe exchange on Monday, December 12 from 5pm until 6:30pm in the cafĂ©. If you are looking for new holiday dessert ideas, this is a great place to sample some and take the recipe home with you! If you plan on participating in this event we ask that you bring in two (2) dozen of your favorite homemade desserts (anything from cookies, brownies, fudge, bars) to share. Also please bring in the recipe for the dessert you made so we can make copies for those who wish to exchange with you.

Technology Classes this Week
The library has multiple technology classes for the week of December 12-17.

Windows Basics I:  (12/12 @ 11am) We will start at the very beginning of Windows 7 with an introduction to the Desktop, Start Menu and the all new Task Ribbon. 

Blogging Basics:  (12/12 @ 2pm) We will cover how to create a blog, use templates to create the look you want and how to add fun stuff to your blog.

Microsoft Word 3:  (12/13 @ 6pm) We have learned all about saving, new documents, text editing, cut and paste and much more. In this class you will learn bullets, undo/redo, setting margins, page numbers, page breaks, headers/footers and print preview and printing your document.

Smart Phone Apps:  (12/14 @ 11am) Do you carry a "computer" in your pocket by way of a smart phone? Want to know about programs that you can do on your smart phone? Stop on in and let us help with that information   

EBook Readers:  (12/14 @1pm) Covers what an e-Book reader is and provides hands on demonstration of some of the different kinds. Also teaches how to use Overdrive, a way to get e-Books through the Library.  (This class repeats on 12/14 @ 6pm).

Google Docs:  (12/14 @ 2pm) This class will give learners an opportunity to learn how to create word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the cloud and share them with friends.

Cover to Cover Book Club to Discuss The Last Song
Cover to Cover book club has only one meeting in December, on December 12th at 6:30pm.  They will discuss the Nicholas Sparks novel, The Last Song.  This should be a fun time of discussion of a work by one of our most popular authors.

Youth Programming
The library will offer its regular list of youth events this week:  Preschool Story Time Tuesday @ 10am, repeated on Wednesday @ 4pm, Pat-a-Cake Story Time Thursday at 10am, Family Story Thursday @ 6:30pm.and Toddler Time Friday @ 10am.

Real to Reel Movie Replay
So you think your Christmas is complicated?  Find out how complicated the holidays can be, by joining us for this Real to Reel Replay movie on Saturday December 17th @ 2pm.  Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon have their holiday vacation plans dashed and find themselves trying to please four families in a raucous comedy.

The Wonderful World of Thomas Kinkade
Stop by our display case, adjacent to the magazine and newspaper rack, to view a collection of pieces from a Thomas Kinkade village.  Thomas Kinkade has made his mark in the world by “painting the light” in the world.  This village is part of a holiday collectible series on loan from library staff members.  If you enjoy the village pieces, you may want to sample some collections of Kinkade’s paintings.

Beyond the Garden Gate Winsome gardens filled with gentle blossoms, babbling brooks, and latticed gazebos promise refreshment of spirit. Quotations from favorite authors such as Jane Austen and John Donne further entice readers to venture beyond the garden gate.

I’ll be Home for Christmas The luminous windows of Thomas Kinkade's cozy English cottages and gracious Victorian houses welcome you home with the brilliant lights of Christmas. Eighteen paintings are paired with quotes, poems and carols that evoke Christmas.

There’s No Place like Home Paintings of splendid homes and cozy cottages accompany quotes that celebrate hearth and home as a safe harbor where dreams and memories are gently woven with love.

*All book descriptions from the library catalog records.

Have a happy and safe week.

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