Friday, February 1, 2013

Score a Good Book at the Library

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


Score a great book before the big game this weekend.

Capital Murder by Phillip Margolin Private investigator Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller rush to uncover a terrorist cell's plot to destroy a packed professional football stadium in one of the biggest attacks on American soil.

Hero of the Underground: a Memoir by Jason Peters, a professional football player whose career was cut short by a neck injury, describes his life of heroin and crack addiction.

Technology Classes:  We have a full schedule of classes this week at the library.

Internet Privacy: (Monday 1:00 p.m.) This class defines internet privacy and describes how you can be more secure online.

Know Your Computer:  (Monday 5:00 p.m.) 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.

Windows Basics 3:  (Monday 6:30 p.m.) 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.

Microsoft Word 3:   (Tuesday 10:00 a.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.

Keyboard and Mouse Skills:  (Tuesday 11:00 a.m.) Double-click, Right-click, Scroll.  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!

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

Job and Career Accelerator:  (Tuesday 4:00 p.m.) 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.

Microsoft Word 1:  (Tuesday 5:00 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.

Pinterest Basics:  (Wednesday 11:00 a.m.) Find out how to participate in the world of Pinterest.

Twitter Basics:  (Wednesday 2:00 p.m.) Twitter basics is 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.

Know Your Computer:  (Wednesday 5:00 p.m.) 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.

Facebook Basics:  (Thursday 4:00 p.m.) This class will help you get up to speed on how to create, use and maintain a Facebook page of your own and understanding the privacy policies and settings.

Tech Thursday:  (Thursday 5:00 p.m.) This is a time to bring your questions about all things computer or technology to this class session.  Library staff will be available to help you find answers.

Youth Activities:  The youth department has a full list of classes Movie Monday at 3:30 p.m. Preschool Story Time (Tuesday 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday 4:00 p.m.), Alphabet Party Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.), Pat-a-Cake Pals Thursday 10:00 a.m., Night of Fun at the Library Thursday 6:30 p.m., Toddler Time Friday at 10:00 a.m., Let’s Create Friday 4:00 p.m., Saturday Movie 1:00 p.m.

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