Thursday, June 20, 2013

Willa Cather Discussion at the Library

The following is the library column published this week, June 20th in the Dakota County Star newspaper.

Willa Cather Discussion at the Library
Many participated in the program “O. Pioneers:  Willa Cather’s Second First Novel” on Wednesday night June 12th at the library.  Cover to Cover book club will continue the discussion on Monday night June 24th as they discuss Willa Cather’s novel O, Pioneers.  We will touch on the connection of the novel with Walt Whitman’s poem Pioneers O, Pioneers.  We will also get reader thoughts and reactions on the book.

In contrast, we will discuss The End of Everything by Megan Abbott.  This novel looks at the seedy side of suburbia, seduction and sexuality in the 1980’s.  Megan Abbott is a master of teen crime noir and this novel does not disappoint.  We will discuss both books on Monday June 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the library cafĂ©.

Volunteers Needed for the “Byway Quilt Show” October 11th through 13th
The library will be part of this year’s event.  We are seeking quilt makers to display their work, as well as volunteers to set up, work during the program and help take down the display.  If you would like more information on participating, call Lois at 712-281-0657, or Dan Nieman at the library, 402-494-7545.

B-Movie Night at the Bijou June 27th
Join us for this months creature feature on Thursday night June 27th at 6:00 p.m.  In this month’s installment a group of gold thieves pull off a heist and flee into the snowy wilderness, only to be pursued by a horrible, spider-like monster.

Online Bookmarking and Note Keeping: In this class we will discuss popular bookmarking and note-keeping applications Evernote, Diigo, Google Drive and more on June 24th at 1:00 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 rows/columns, and saving all your hard work. This will be held on Monday June 24th at 5:00 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.  This class will be held on Tuesday June 25th at 11:00 a.m.


Microsoft Word 1:  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 Word I will be held on Tuesday June 25th at 4:00 p.m.


Microsoft Word 2: We will add to our knowledge from Word 1 and expand a little bit more. We will discuss the ruler, indents & tabs, insert/overtype, cut and paste, using the clipboard, and paragraph styles.  Pick up this class on Tuesday June 25th at 5:30 p.m.


This and many entertaining and educational activities are available for you and your children at the library.

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