Saturday, January 14, 2012

Dream Big @ the Library

This was printed in the January 12 Dakota County Star newspaper.

Dream Big @ the Library

On January 16th, the nation will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Students will have projects due this week that will have something to do with the topic of King and the Civil Rights Movement.  We have books that will satisfy your interest in Dr. King.  We also have programs that will aid you in making your dreams come true.

Classic Movie Discussion Series
You are invited to join us for the first in our Classic Movie Discussion Series.  We will discuss the remarkable, influential, and unforgettable drama tracing the rise of publishing mogul, played by Orson Welles from humble beginnings to riches and accolades beyond belief. This movie is based on the life of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst.  This movie and discussion will take place on Tuesday January 17th at 6pm.

Computer and Technology Classes

Mon. Jan 16, 10am.  Smartphone Apps: Do you carry a "computer" in your pocket by way of a Smartphone? Want to know about programs that you can do on your Smartphone? Stop on in and let us help with that information.

Mon. Jan 16, 2pm   Facebook Basics: This class will help you get up to speed on how to create, use and maintain a Facebook page of your own and understanding the privacy policies and settings.

Mon. Jan 16,   6pm  Google Docs: 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.

Tues. Jan 17, 6pm Excel 1: Trying to make a spreadsheet? Need a little starting guidance? We can help. We will teach all about the worksheets in Excel, how to move around the worksheet, all about the cells in the worksheet (cut copy paste) inserting rows/columns, and saving all your hard work.

Wed. Jan 18, 11am   Intro to the Laptop: Have a laptop and want to know all about it? Stop on in and we will start at the very basics and teach you all the components of your laptop computer.

Wed. Jan 18, 1pm   Intro to e-Book Readers: 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.

Wed. Jan 18, 2pm Publisher 2: Learn how to use and modify Microsoft Publisher templates.

Wed. Jan 18, 6pm Intro to e-Book Readers: 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.

Youth and Family Activities:  Join us for a week of youth and family activities:  Preschool Story Time Tuesday @ 10am & Wednesday @ 4pm; Pat-a-Cake Story Time Thursday @ 10am; Family Story Time Thursday @ 6:30pm and Toddler Time Friday @ 10am.

Real to Reel Rewind:  Rated PG-13; 146 minutes; 2011
Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives -- and a small Mississippi town -- upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up -- to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter's life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories -- and as it turns out, they have a lot to say.

More about King:  The library has several fine books dealing with the life and death of Martin Luther King Jr. Many of these are for children, but there is something for everyone at the library.

Martin Luther King:  I Have is Dream is a video recording of the famous speech from Washington D.C. August 28th 1963. 

Hellhound on his Trail by Hampton Sides tells the story of James Earl Ray and Martin Luther King Jr. as they crisscross the country from the time of Ray’s escape from prison, until the shooting of Dr. King.

An Act of State by William F. Pepper takes a look at the possibility of the government’s complicity in the death of Dr. King.

Think good thoughts.  Read good books.

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