Thursday, January 10, 2013

You Can Do It:, We Can Help at Your Library

The following is the column published in the Dakota County Star on January 10th.

You Can Do It; We Can Help at the Library
The library is your do-it-yourself headquarters.  Stop by the library to find out what you can learn to do.

SSC Scribes:  If you have ever wanted to write, or if you are an accomplished writer, you are invited to join SSC Scribes.  SSC Scribes writer’s group is a place where you can get feedback, encouragement and accountability to make your writing aspirations a reality.  We meet on Monday night, January 21st at 6:30 p.m.

Tangled Yarns:  Bring your favorite balls of yarn and your current projects to Tangled Yarns on Tuesday night January 29th at 6:30 p.m. Tangled Yarns is a place where we can stitch, chat and learn from others who are doing the same.  Tangled Yarns is open to all who are involved in string and yarn crafts:  embroidery, knitting, crochet, cross-stitch etc.

Classic Movie and Discussion:  Marlon Brando, Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb star in this month’s classic film in which an ex-fighter gets a job working on a gang-ridden waterfront, under a crooked gangster boss.  The Classic Movie and Discussion will be held on Tuesday January 15th at 7:00 p.m.

Cover to Cover Discusses Unbroken:  Cover to Cover book discussion group will discuss the first seventeen chapters of Laura Hillenbrand’s book Unbroken on Monday January 14th at 6:30 p.m.

Technology Classes:  Learn how to operate your computer more effectively with one of these classes.

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 on Monday January 14th at 1:00 p.m.

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 on Monday January 14th at 5:00 p.m.

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 on Monday January 14th at 6:30 p.m.

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 on Tuesday January 15th at 10:00 a.m.

Setting up an E-mail Account:  If you never have had an email account this is the class for you. Learn about the various free email service that is very easy to sign-up for and use on Tuesday January 15th at 11:00 a.m.

E-book Readers:  Covers what an e-Book reader is and provides hands on demonstration of some of the different kinds. Also teaches how to use Overdrive, a way to get e-Books through the Library on Tuesday January 15th at 12:00 p.m. 

Checkout the rest of our classes at the library circulation desk or online at

Recommended Do-It-Yourself/ Self-Help Resources
The library offers many resources for your Do-It-Yourself or Self-Help projects.  Here are a few of our recommendations.

Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them by Rolfe Cobleigh teaches you how to make devices for use around the house, barns, gates, doors and more.

Aquaponic Gardening:  a Step-by-Step Guide to raising Vegetables and Fish Together by Sylvia Bernstein introduces the revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system.

Genealogy 101 by Elizabeth Powell Crowe is the definitive online genealogy guide-updated with the latest Web 2.0 technologies.

Have a great week and read a good book.

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