Thursday, August 16, 2012

School Days at the Library

This column was published in the Dakota County Star, August 16, 2012.  

With the children back in school, you may be interested in taking a class or checking out a book at the library.

Introduction to Your 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 (Monday, Aug 20, 5pm).

Internet Privacy: We will cover why privacy is important, safe searches and safety in social media (Monday, Aug 20, 6pm).

Clean Up Your Computer:  Is your computer running slower? Do pop-ups keep appearing? Does your computer randomly crash or freezes up? Then this may be the class for you. Clean up Your Computer shows you how to maintain your computer on both the outside and the inside. Learn what basic procedures and what free software you can use to improve the performance of your computer (Tuesday, Aug 21, 5:30pm).

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 (Wednesday, Aug 22, 11am).

Microsoft Publisher 3:  Learn how to create a variety of documents using Microsoft Publisher (Wednesday, Aug22, 2pm).

Nebraska Access: An introduction to the search engine developed by the Nebraska Library Commission and the databases available to South Sioux City Public Library card holders (Thursday, Aug 23, 5pm).

Youth Activities:  There is a full schedule of youth activities this week:  Preschool Story Time (Tuesday at 10am & Wednesday at 4pm), Pat-a-Cake Pals (Thursday at 10am), Family Story Time (Thursday at 6:30pm) and Toddler Time (Friday at 10am).

Now that the kids are back in school, you may have a little more time to read a bestseller.  The following are some school year suggestions.

I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson:  Detective Michael Bennett takes his family to upstate New York in an effort to escape a lawless crime wave erupting in Manhattan only to find them immersed in another nightmare, one that endangers his relationship with his wife.

The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts:  Working alongside his mother and brother restoring a historic hotel in Boonsboro, Maryland, Owen Montgomery falls for a childhood friend.

Wicked Business:  a Lizzie and Diesel Novel by Janet Evanovitch: Working alongside his mother and brother restoring a historic hotel in Boonsboro, Maryland, Owen Montgomery falls for a childhood friend.

Leaving by Karen Kingsbury: Bailey Flanigan leaves Bloomington after winning an audition for the ensemble of a Broadway musical in New York City.  In order to be closer to his mother in jail, Cody takes a coaching job in a small community outside Indianapolis. But new friends, distance, and circumstances expose cracks in his relationship with Bailey.

Betrayal by Danielle Steel:  Tallie Jones is happy with life. She's at the top of her career as a hugely successful, renowned movie director, she's in a relationship with a handsome producer and her personal assistant is also her devoted best friend. But Tallie's perfect life comes crumbling down around her when she discovers that her boyfriend's been unfaithful and, worse yet, someone's been stealing from her for years.

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