Friday, August 9, 2013

Technology Plus at your Library

This week parents around the county are getting into the swing of things, so we thought we would focus on our technology classes this week.

Cover to Cover Special Movie at a Special Time:  The Cover to Cover book discussion group will meet for a special meeting on Monday August 12th at 5 p.m.  They are meeting at the earlier time in order view a movie based on the Michael Ondaatje book The English Patient.  You will travel the Mediterranean during this film centered on World War II.

Keyboard/ Mouse Skills: (Monday August 12th @ 4:00 p.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!  This class is repeated on Tuesday August 13th at 3:00 p.m.

Cleanup Your Computer (Tuesday August 13th at 10:00 a.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. Cleanup 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.  This class is repeated on Wednesday August 14th at 5:30 p.m.)

Know Your Computer:  (Tuesday August 13th at 2:00 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.

Microsoft Excel I: (Tuesday August 13th at 4:00 p.m.)- 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.

Microsoft Excel 2:  (Tuesday August 13th at 5:30 p.m.)- Did you know that Excel has a way to input math calculations right on your worksheet? There are ways to edit the cells in the worksheet such as alignments, borders, font changes, background, etc.

Mango Languages: (Thursday August 15th at 10:00 a.m.)- Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more.

Facebook Basics:  (Thursday August 15th at 11:00 a.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.

Microsoft Publisher I:  (Thursday August 15th at 2:00 p.m.)- Microsoft Publisher is a basic course covering the types of documents that can be created, how to modify templates and how to insert text and images.

Microsoft Publisher II:  (Thursday August 15th at 3:30 p.m.)- Learn how to use and modify Microsoft Publisher templates.

Tech Thursday:  (Thursday August 15th at 5:00 p.m.)- Tech Thursday is a time when you can bring your technology questions and library staff will help you discover the answers.

Making Technology Accessible:  The library is committed to bringing every technological advantage to the residents of Dakota County, in order to do this; we have an accessible computer for anyone who is differently-abled.  The computer has the JAWS screen reading software.  Our ZoomText program acts as both a screen reader and an accessible screen with adjustable font and backgrounds for low vision readers.

The Dragon Naturally Speaking software we offer allows you to write by simply speaking into a microphone.  Finally, the Kurtzwell 1000 allows you to scan documents to the computer screen and have them read to you.  We offer these programs to any county resident who cannot read text, hold a book or operate a computer.  Other special features we have are an adjustable desk for wheel chair or other accessibility needs, a raised keyboard with large letters and raised braille letters, and a large mouse for those who have manual dexterity issues.

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