Thursday, February 2, 2012

Robotics @ the Library

A Big Thank You
We want to give a big Thank You to the Optimist Club of Siouxland for the donation that will be put to use for our Summer Reading Program and providing fun entertainment to the youth of our community during the summer!

Robotics Club
Come and explore the exciting world of robotics using the Lego Mindstorm NXT robots at monthly meetings at the South Sioux City Library. Learn how to build and program the robot and much more through hands-on challenges.

This club is open to all youth ages 10 and above.  For more information, please contact:  UNL Extension in Dakota County,
1505 Broadway; PO Box 129, Dakota City, NE 68731, 402-98402-987-2140,

The first meeting will be held on Thursday night February 9th, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City, Nebraska.

February Real to Reel Movie
In our February Real to Reel Movie we live with the dolphins.  Douglas Young, The Movie Guy, describes the movie as the story of:  "a lonely and friendless boy finds and untangles a hurt dolphin that is caught in a crab trap. He becomes very attached to the dolphin when the tail must be taken off to save the dolphin's life. The boy believes the dolphin would be able to swim normally if it was given a prosthetic tale".  The movie is scheduled for Thursday night February 9th at 6 p.m. and Saturday February 18th at 2 p.m.

This Week’s Technology Classes
Mon Feb 6, 5pm: Microsoft Word 3: 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.

Mon Feb 6, 6pm: Facebook for Your Business: This class will help you get up to speed on how to create, use and maintain a Facebook page of for your own business.

Tues Feb 7, 5:30pm: How to Search the Internet:   Tired of having 100,000's of results appear whenever you search the internet. Learn some of the tricks librarian's use to make your search a lot more manageable.

Wed Feb 8, 11am: Windows Basics 2: With this class we will build on the knowledge of Windows Basic and learn more about the Start Menu, where you can launch any programs installed on your computer and also search for files (pictures, videos and music) We'll also demonstrate how to "pin" your favorite programs to the Start Menu or Taskbar.

Wed Feb 8, 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.

Thurs Feb 9, 5pm: Microsoft Publisher 1:  Microsoft Publisher is a basic course covering the types of documents that can be created, how to modify templates and how to insert text and images.

Other Youth Activities
Along with the Robotics class, we have the following regular activities:  Preschool Story Time – Tuesday @ 10am & Wednesday @ 4pm, Pat-a-Cake Pals- Thursday @ 10am, Family Story Time- Thursday @ 6:30pm and Toddler Time- Friday @ 10am.

Books about Robots and Robotics

Physics of the impossible: a scientific exploration into the world of phasers, force fields, teleportation, and time travel by Michio Kaku. (Nonfiction); Terminator Salvation:  the Official Movie Novelization by Alan Dean Foster. (Fiction); The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez (Fiction); Utopia by Lincoln Child (Fiction); Bible Stories for Adults by James Morrow (Stories).

Think good thoughts!  Read good books!

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