Saturday, December 8, 2012

Everything from A to Z at the Library

The following was published in the Dakota County Star on Thursday December 6th, 2012.

December is a month for giving and the library has a gift for you.

Ato ZDatabase:  The library is offering a free trial of A to Z Database, a premiere reference and marketing resource for libraries and communities.  A to Z Database allows library members the opportunity to search for jobs around the country, search for people with their move and home owner databases which are updated weekly and allows one to do searches for businesses.  Visit the library webpage to participate in this limited time free trial.  Once you have tried the A to Z Database, you may contact library director, David W. Mixdorf or me to let us know if you would want the library to offer this resource on a regular basis.

Wreath Display and Silent Auction:  This year’s Wreath Display and Silent Auction will be held in the library on Friday December 7th at 5:30 p.m.   While you place your bids on your favorite wreaths you are invited to participate in a wine tasting provided by Hy Vee in South Sioux City and music from the New Horizons Band.  Proceeds for the event will go the Optimists and a portion will go to the children’s area of the library. 

Celebrate the Season:  The South Sioux City Chamber of Commerce will ring in the holiday season by having a Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, cocoa and cookies, children’s activities and caroling at the SSC Public Library. Maybe a surprise guest will arrive.  This event will be held on Saturday December 8th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Real to Reel Movie:  Old friends Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon make a mess of their friendship when a new love interest moves into their Minnesota town.  Real to Reel will be held on December 13th at 6:00 p.m. and repeated on Saturday December 15th at 2:00 p.m.

Technology Classes:  The library offers multiple classes throughout the week for those who want to learn more about technology.

Can You Get This Book from another Library? (Monday December 10th at 1:00 p.m.)  If the library doesn't have a book you want, we can often borrow it from another Nebraska library. Learn how to discover what is available at other libraries across the state.

Keyboard Mouse Skills (December 10th at 5:00 p.m.):  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!

Microsoft Word 1 (December 10th at 6:30 p.m.):  We want you to become familiar with Microsoft Word 2007, so to begin we will start with basic terminology, how to accomplish everyday tasks such as creating a new document, saving a document, spell checking, change text and printing.

Microsoft Excel 3 (December 11th at 10:00 a.m.): 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.

Clean Up Your Computer (December 11th at 11:00 a.m.):  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.

E-book Reader class is held on Tuesday December 11th at 12:00 p.m.  It will also be held on Wednesday December 12th at 3:00 p.m. It will be repeated again on Thursday December 13th at 6:00 p.m.)

Windows Basics 2 (December 11th at 4:00 p.m.): 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.

Setting Up A Yahoo Email Account (December 11th at 5:30 p.m.):  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.

Online Bookmarking and Note Keeping (December 12th at 2:00 p.m.): Discover various options for online bookmarking and note keeping.

Microsoft Excel 2 (December 12th at 5:00 p.m.): Did you know that Excel has a way to input math calculations right on your worksheet? There are ways to edit the cells in the worksheet such as alignments, borders, font changes, background, etc.

G-mail (December 13th at 4:00 p.m.): Discover why G-mail is one of the most popular email services in the world.  Learn how to set up and use your Gmail account.

Tech Thursday is a time when you can bring your technical questions to library staff for assistance.  It is held on Thursday December 13th at 5:00 p.m.

Youth Activities:  This week’s youth activities begin with the Monday movie at 3:30 p.m., Alphabet Party Monday at 6:30 p.m., Preschool Story Time Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. & Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., Pat-a-Cake Pals Thursday at 10:00 a.m., Night of FUN at the Library Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Toddler Time Friday at 10:00 a.m., Let’s Create Friday at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday movie at 1:00 p.m.

After you have had time to play with the new A to Z Database you may want to try our tests from Learn-A-Test.  Learn-A-Test is a database from Learning Express, which allows you to prepare for the GED, SAT, GRE as well as for a variety of civil service examinations you may need to take in your career.  The link to Learn-A-Test is also found on the home page of the library webpage.

Have a great week and read good books.

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