Thursday, November 22, 2012

Award Winning Literature at your Library

The following article was published in the Dakota County Star newspaper.

The National Book Awards for 2012 were recently announced.  Many of the award winning books can be found at the library.

Elmore Leonard won the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.  Leonard is well-known and well-loved in the library world for novels like Get Shorty; The Big Bounce Rum Punch.  The library has many of Elmore Leonard’s mystery and western novels in the library.

Louise Erdrich won the National Book Award for Fiction for her book The Round House.  The library carries many of Ms. Erdrich’s novels among them are The Painted Drum; The Plague of Doves and Shadow Tag.

Wreath Display & Silent Auction:  The wreaths are decking the library display cases with holiday cheer.  Stop by and view the wreaths for the Wreath Display and Silent Auction, which takes place on Friday night December 7th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  You can get the bidding started early and on the night of the event.  Food and wine-tasting will be provided by HyVee.

Technology Classes:  We are back to a full schedule of technology classes this week.  If you would like a complete list of classes during the month of November, stop by the circulation desk of the library.   Here are a few of the classes scheduled this week.

Know Your Computer (Monday 11/ 26 1 pm):  Would you like to learn the very basics of your computer? How about increase you computer vocabulary? This class will teach the very basics of computer knowledge. It will let you feel confident in knowing what all the components are on your computer.

Microsoft Excel 3:  (Monday 11/ 26 5 pm):  If you need to insert a chart into an Excel worksheet, this class will teach you how. We will also talk about page breaks and printing your document.

Windows Basics 2:  (Monday 11/ 26 6:30 pm):  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.

Microsoft Excel 1:  (Tuesday 11/ 27 10 am):  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.

Job and Career Accelerator:  (Tuesday 11/27 11 am):  Are you looking for a job? Need help updating your resume? Then this is your class. Learn how to use this library database to search and apply for jobs in the United States. This program allows you to create a resume and cover letters that are adapted to the type of job you are looking for. 

Youth Activities:  The Youth Department has another busy week ahead with Monday Movie at 3:30 pm, Alphabet Party on Monday at 6:30 pm, Preschool Story Time on Tuesday at 1 pm & Wednesday at 4:30 pm, Pat-a-Cake Pals on Thursday at 10 am, Night of FUN at the Library Thursday at 6:30 pm, Toddler Time on Friday at 10 am, Let’s Create on Friday at 4 pm and Saturday Movie at 1 pm.

The library will close on Wednesday November 21st at 8 pm for the holiday and we will reopen on Saturday November 24th at 9 am. 

Have a happy holiday.

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