Saturday, February 16, 2013

Lincoln and the Constitution at your Library

This was published in the Dakota County Star on February 14th, 2013.

Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War:  South Sioux City is one of a number of libraries across the country to host Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War. This display is a fresh and innovative perspective on Abraham Lincoln that focuses on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War.

The exhibition explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war—the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. Visitors will leave the exhibition with a more complete understanding of Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis. 

The display will be at the library from April 17th to May 31st.  We have several programs we will announce in the near future.

Technology Classes:

Microsoft Word 2 (Tuesday 10:00 a.m.):  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.

Clean-up Your Computer (Tuesday 4:00 p.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 Readers (Tuesday 12:00 p.m., Wednesday 3:00 p.m., Thursday 6:00 p.m.):  Join us to learn how to operate your e-book reader and how to download free books from the library.

 Yahoo Messenger (Tuesday 4:00 p.m.):  Do you have friends or family that live so far away you never get to see them. Yahoo Messenger provides you the opportunity to keep in contact with them for free. Yahoo Messenger is a free instant messaging program that allows you to visually see, talk to and even sends text messages to individuals all over the world. This class will teach you how to set up an account and what type of equipment you will need for your computer.

Microsoft Word 3 (Tuesday 5:30 p.m.): We have learned all about saving, new documents, text editing, cut and paste and much more. In this class you will learn bullets, undo/redo, setting margins, page numbers, page breaks, headers/footers and print preview and printing your document.

Your Library Online Catalog (Wednesday 2:00 p.m.):  This is a broad overview of information and services available on the library webpage.  The focus is on using the online catalog

Windows Basics (Wednesday 5:00 p.m.):  We will start at the very beginning of Windows 7 with an introduction to the Desktop, Start Menu and the all new Taskbar.

Online Bookmarking and Note Keeping (Thursday 4:00 p.m.):  Discover various options for online bookmarking and note keeping.

Tech Thursday (Thursday 5:00 p.m.):  This is a time when you can bring all of your tech questions to this class time.

Youth Activities:  We have a short week due to the Presidents’ Day holiday, but we have a full schedule of youth activities:  Preschool Story Time (Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. & Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.), Alphabet Party (Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.), Pat-a-Cake Pals (Thursday at 10:00 a.m.), Night of FUN @ 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.

Presidents’ Day:  The library will be closed on Monday February 18th due to the Presidents’ Day holiday.

Classic Movie and Discussion:  The classic movie and discussion group will view a movie about T.E. Lawrence, the heroic and troubled man who organized the Arab nations to fight the Turks in World War I and then, having reached a pinnacle of power in Mideast   politics, retired to postwar military obscurity.  The movie will be shown on February 19th at 7:00 p.m.

Have a great week and read a great book.

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