Thursday, December 15, 2011

Survive the Longest Night of the Year with Materials from the Library


The following article was published today in the Dakota County Star.
Thursday December 2011 is the longest night of the year.  Get through those short days and long nights with the help of the library.

Movie Trivia Contest
Think you are a movie buff?  Test your skills in movie trivia and famous quotes on Tuesday December 20, 2011 at 7pm in the Library Cafe.  The questions will cover movies from the early 1900's- 2000.  The prizes are free movie tickets.

Holiday Family Movie
If you love puppies and you love the holidays join us for a family holiday movie presentation on Wednesday December 21st at 5pm.  The library catalog describes the movie in this way. “When Puppy Paws, the fun-loving son of Santa Paws, gets tired of the North Pole, he finds Budderball on Santa's naughty list and figures he's just the dog to show him how to be an ordinary pup. But when the magical Christmas Icicle starts to melt and the world begins to forget the true meaning of the season, it's up to Puppy Paws and his newfound Buddies to save Christmas.”

Computer Classes
Windows Basics 2 Monday December 19th @ 10am

Search Engines: Covers some of the search engines other than Google, Yahoo and Bing.  Students will learn about Collarity, Ixquick, Ask.com and Local.com.  December 19 @ 2pm.

Twitter Basics: An introduction to signing-up, creating a profile and using the service to find friends and/ or use Twitter for a news source.  Patrons will have the opportunity to have two Twitter friends by the end of the class. December 19 @ 6pm

Windows Basics: We will start at the very beginning of Windows 7 with an introduction to the Desktop, Start Menu and the all new Taskbar. Tuesday December 20 @ 6pm

Keyboard Mouse Skills:  Double-click, Right-click, Scroll%u2026 If you get overwhelmed by knowing what all to do and when to do it with your computer mouse, step into this class and learn! Your mouse and keyboard are the ways you communicate with your computer; the more you know the more you can make your computer work for you!  Wednesday December 21 @ 11am

Your Library Web Page: This is a broad overview of information and services available on the library webpage.  The focus is on using the online catalog. Wednesday December 21 @ 2pm

Children’s Activities
We have Preschool Story Time Tuesday mornings at 10am and Wednesdays at 4pm; Pat-a-Cake Story Time Thursday @ 10am; Family Story Time Thursday @ 6pm and Toddler Time Friday @ 10am.

Holiday Hours
The library will follow its regular schedule until Saturday December 24th when it closes at 12pm.  I will reopen on Tuesday December 27th at 9am

Winter Reading
Long nights are a great time to read a good book.  Here are a few suggestions.

The Titan Curse by Rick Riordon- “When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.” –from book materials

Firebirds Soaring:  an Anthology of Speculative Fiction by Sharyn November- “First Firebirds. Then Firebirds Rising . Now there is Firebirds Soaring , the third anthology of original stories by some of today s finest writers of fantasy and science fiction. These authors, including Nancy Farmer ( The Sea of Trolls ), Ellen Klages ( The Green Glass Sea ), Margo Lanagan ( Black Juice ), and Jane Yolen ( The Devil s Arithmetic ), have brought new worlds and Old Magic to life in nineteen remarkable pieces of short fiction. Mike Dringenberg, co-creator of Sandman with Neil Gaiman, contributes decorative vignettes. Firebirds Soaring like Firebirds and Firebirds Rising set the standard for short fiction for teenagers and adult fans of the genre “-from the book description

Being Home by Ruth Raymond Thone is a series of essays by the wife of former Nebraska Governor Charles Thone.  The book celebrates the simple joys of life beyond the big city and the sacredness of the ordinary.

Our Latest Movies
Check out and enjoy some of these movies during the holidays. Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows Part 2: Pirates of the Caribbean:  On Strange Tides; Redneck Comedy
Roundup I & II; Larry Crowne; Dragons- Gift of the Night Fury; All Dogs Go to Heaven
& All Dogs Go to Haven 2; Beatrix Potter, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends;  Bah
Humduck:  a Loony Tunes Christmas; Scooby-Doo and the Pirates; and John Wayne
American Hero of the Movies

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