Thursday, February 16, 2012

February is Love your Library Month

The following was published in the Dakota County Star newspaper on 2/16/2012.

Technology Classes:
Tues Feb 21, 5:30pm: Yahoo Messenger:  Do you have friends or family that live so far away you never get to see them. Yahoo Messenger provides you the opportunity to keep in contact with them for free. Yahoo Messenger is a free instant messaging program that allows you to visually see, talk to and even sends text messages to individuals all over the world. This class will teach you how to set up an account and what type of equipment you will need for your computer.

Wed Feb 22, 11am: Smartphone App's: 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.

Wed Feb 22, 2pm: Google's Documents Spotlight: 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.

On Tuesday night Feb 21, 7pm the library will show our Classic Movie/Discussion.  A rich young woman marries an idle playboy against her father's will. Her father holds her captive on his yacht but she escapes and, while on her way to New York, becomes entangled with an unemployed news reporter.  The movie stars Clarke Gable and Claudette Colbert.

Thursday night February 23 at 6pm,"B" Movie Night at the Bijou presents King Kong and Godzilla together in a B movie grudge match.    In this movie a pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a    recently released Godzilla.

Youth Activities:  Our youth activities for this week are:  Preschool Story Time Tuesday at 10am and Wednesday at 4pm, Pat-a-Cake Pals Thursday at 10am, Family Story Time Thursday 6:30pm and Toddler Time Friday at 10am.

Thinking about President’s Day:
The library will be closed on Monday February 20th in honor of President’s Day.  We would like to recommend some biographies to help you think about the day.

Washington:  a Life by Ron Chernow “provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation, dashing forever the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional man, and revealing an astute and surprising portrait of a canny political genius who knew how to inspire people.” –from the library catalog

John Adams by David G. McCullough tells the story of the nation’s second president, from the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence, through his turbulent presidency to his later years and his friendship with Thomas Jefferson.

Writings by James Madison is a collection of papers from the revolutionary era, his defense of the Constitution, his time in Congress, the Presidency and from his later years.

American Lion:  Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meachan is “a thought-provoking study of Andrew Jackson chronicles the life and career of a self-made man who went on to become a military hero and seventh president of the United States, critically analyzing Jackson's seminal role during a turbulent era in history, the political crises and personal upheaval that surrounded him, and his legacy for the modern presidency.”- From the library catalog

Team of Rivals:  the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin is a thorough coverage of the Lincoln administration.  Note:  This was one of the books President Obama read in preparing for his presidency.

Think good thoughts.  Read good books. 

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