Thursday, November 8, 2012

Technology Fair @ your Library

The following is the weekly column, published in the Dakota County Star newspaper.

Tech Fair @ your Library

Technology is all around us.  Discover the wonderful world of technology at the library on Thursday November 15th from 1pm to 8pm.   Representatives from Barnes and Noble and Northeast College will be among those presenting at this event. 
As well as vendors our library staff will lead workshops during the day.  The following is the schedule of events:  2pm Mango Languages, 2:30pm Job and Career Accelerator, 3pm Microsoft Office classes, 4pm Facebook, Twitter, Email, 5pm: Tech Thursday: answer any tech questions, 6pm E-book Reader.  You are invited to attend one, or as many sessions as you like.

Other Technology Classes This Week
Setting Up an Email Account:  If you never have had an email account this is the class for you. Yahoo email is a free email service that is very easy to sign-up for and use (Monday 11/ 12 at 1 pm, 11/ 13 at 11 am).

Microsoft 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 (11/ 12 at 5 pm).

Keyboard and Mouse Skills:  Double-click, Right-click, Scroll%u2026 If you get overwhelmed by knowing what all to do and when to do it with your computer mouse, step into this class and learn! Your mouse and keyboard are the ways you communicate with your computer; the more you know the more you can make your computer work for you! (11/ 12 at 6:30 pm)

Microsoft Word 2:  We will add to our knowledge from Word 1 and expand a little bit more. We will discuss the ruler, insert/overtype, cut and paste, using the clipboard, and paragraph styles (11/ 13 at 10 am).

E-Book Readers:  Get an introduction to your new e-book reader (11/ 13 at 12 pm, 11/ 14 at 3 pm).

Microsoft Excel 3:  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 (11/ 13 at 4 pm).

Mango Languages:   Learn languages quickly and easily with the world's most powerful language software. Mango Languages allows you to learn even the most difficult languages. Choose from 16 foreign languages and 12 English as second languages (ESL) (11/ 13 at 5:30 pm).

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 (11/ 14 at 2 pm).

Windows Basics 3:  Did you know that you can Aero Peek, Snap and Shake on your computer? If you don't know what we am talking about, stop in and let us show you some new ways of working with Windows to make it more productive (11/ 14 at 5 pm).

Youth Activities:  Our activities for youth this week are:  Movie Monday (3:30 pm), Alphabet Party (Monday at 6:30 pm), Preschool Story Time (Tuesday at 1 pm & Wednesday at 4:30 pm), Pat-a-Cake Pals (Thursday at 10 am), Night of FUN at the Library (Thursday at 6:30 pm), Toddler Time (Friday at 10 am) and Let’s Create (Friday at 4 pm).

It’s the Season for Hunting:  We are in the midst of deer season.  The following are some recommendations related to hunting.

Wild Game Cookery: Down- Home Recipes for Foods from the Wild by J. Carol Vance has recipes for wild game, fish and foraged foods.

Smoking Food:  a Beginner’s Guide by Chris Dubbs is the ultimate how-to guide to smoking food provides detailed descriptions that even beginners will easily follow and includes useful troubleshooting tips, advice on herbs and spices, and over 30 recipes (including the author's legendary Swiss Steak and Smoked Crabmeat).- from the catalog record.

Have a great week and read good books.

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