Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Western Lives at the Library

The following is the weekly article published in the Dakota County Star.

The Western Lives at the Library

SSC Summit Scribesmeet on Monday March 18th at 6:30 p.m. The Summit Scribes are a local writers group that meets each month to encourage one another on their path to publishing.  The group is open to writers of all skill levels from beginning to ready to publish.  They always have room for more. 

One Book/One Siouxland Presentation: From Zane Grey to Brokeback Mountain. How Western Literature Has Changed Library Director, Dave Mixdorf, will speak on "From Zane Grey to Brokeback Mountain. How Western Literature Has Changed". The presentation will cover the changing face of the cowboy story from the earliest cowboy stories until today, taking in books, movies and music. He will focus on western stories available in the library collection as well. This presentation will be held on Thursday March 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Technology Classes: The following are the technology classes for the week of March 18ththrough 24th.

Setting up an Email Account (Monday 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday 4:00 p.m.):  If you never have had an email account this is the class for you. Learn about the different free email service that is very easy to sign-up for and use.

Keyboard and Mouse Skills (Monday 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(Monday 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(Tuesday 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.

Microsoft Windows 2(Tuesday 11:00 a.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

E-book Readers(Tuesday 12:00 p.m., Wednesday 3:00 p.m. and Thursday 6:00 p.m.):  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.

Yahoo Messenger(Tuesday 5:30 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.

Hold On!  How to Use the Online Catalog to put a hold on a book(Wednesday 2:00 p.m.):  Learn how to use the library catalog to place a hold on a book.

Microsoft Word 2(Wednesday 5:00 p.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.

Internet Privacy(Thursday 4:00 p.m.): We will cover why privacy is important, safe searches and safety in social media.

Tech Thursday (5:00 p.m.):  If you have questions about your computer, phone or other device to the library and our staff will help you find answers.

Youth Activities:  The youth department of the library has a full week of programming planned for this week:  Monday Movie Matinee (3:30 p.m.), Preschool Story Time (Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and 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 at the Library (Thursday 6:30 p.m.), Toddler Time (Friday 10:00 a.m.), Let’s Create (Friday 4:00 p.m.) and Saturday movie (1:00 p.m.).

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