Friday, November 8, 2013

Your Holiday Entertainment Ideas are at the Library

The following is the library's weekly column.

The holiday season is fast upon us, and along with that is holiday entertaining.  The following are some resources that will help you in your home entertainment this season.

You’re So Invited:  Panic Less, Play More, and Get Your Party On by Cheryl Najafi shares ideas for first-time home entertainers, outlining ten fully photographed party plans for such events as birthdays and baby showers while offering suggestions for food and drink preparations, decorating, and having fun while hosting.

Betty Crocker Celebrate!: a Year Round Guide to Holiday Food and Fun covers holiday ideas for all of our holiday cooking.

This Week’s Activities:  The following are the activities at the library this week.

E-Book Reader (Monday November 11th at 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday November 12th at 12:00 p.m.; Thursday November 14th at 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.

Keyboard Mouse Skills (Monday November 11th at 5:00 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!

Cover to Cover Book Club (Monday November 11th at 6:30 p.m.) will discuss The Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard.  The book is a history of the assassination of President James A. Garfield.

Setting Up an Email Account (Tuesday November 12th at 10:00 a.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. 

Windows Basics (Tuesday November 12th at 2:00 p.m. & Thursday November 12th at 10:00 a.m.):  We will start at the very beginning of Windows 7 with an introduction to the Desktop, Start Menu and the all new Taskbar.

Microsoft Excel 1 (Tuesday November 12th at 3:00 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.

Clean Up Your Computer (Tuesday November 12th at 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.

PowerPoint 1 (Tuesday November 12th at 5:30 p.m.) learn how to navigate between the different views in PowerPoint. Discover different templates, drawing tools, and slide master. Attendees will create a brief PowerPoint presentation.

Classic Movie and Discussion (Tuesday November 12th at 7:00 p.m.):  This month we will view and discuss the movie based on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

PowerPoint 2 (Wednesday November 13th at 5:30 p.m.): In this class, you will learn how to add graphics, animation, transitions, sounds, and charts to a PowerPoint presentation. Attendees need to have basic PowerPoint skills before attending this class.

Microsoft Publisher I, II, III (Thursday November 14th at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.):  This afternoon we will look at the basics of Microsoft Publisher:  Getting to know the platform 11:00 a.m., producing a document 2:00 p.m., and creating a new document at 3:30 p.m.

Tech Thursday (Thursday November 14th at 5:00 p.m.):  This class offers learners the opportunity to have your technology questions answered.

Real to Reel Movie (Thursday November 14th at 6:00 p.m. & Saturday November 16th at 2:00 p.m.):  Bring your spats and your trombone when we meet Marion the Librarian, Harold Hill, and the good people of River City for this fun musical event.

Always remember, the library is more than books.  Have a great week.

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