Friday, January 3, 2014

Fulfill Your Resolutions at the Library

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

Fulfill Your Resolutions at the Library
A new year is a great time to make resolutions.  The library is a place to follow through on your resolutions.  The following are some opportunities to learn something new.

Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys Book Talk Dan Nieman will give a book talk on the titles in the Muslim Journey’s Bookshelf on Monday night, January 6th at 6:30 p.m. The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is a collection of 25 books, 4 DVDs, and other programming resources selected to help public audiences in the United States become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S. The Bookshelf is intended to address both the need and the desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations.

The books to be discussed are: Minaret by Leila Aboulela, A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed, The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi, The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili, Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford, Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair, Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown, The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV, In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh, When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon, Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett, The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy,

In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar, The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson, The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal, Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi, Rumi: Poet and Mystic, edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson, Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely,
Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel, The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters, The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter, House of Stone by Anthony Shadid, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi, Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie,  The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson.

E-book Reader (Monday 1/6 at 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m., Tuesday 1/7 at 12:30 p.m., Thursday 1/9 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.

Microsoft Word I (Monday 1/6 at 5:00 p.m., Thursday 1/9 at 10:00 a.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.

Know Your Computer (Tuesday 1/7 at 2:00 p.m.):  Would you like to learn the very basics of your computer? How about increase your 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.

Keyboard and Mouse Skills (Tuesday 1/7 at 3:00 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!

Job and Career Accelerator (Tuesday 1/7 at 5:30 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.

Clean up Your Computer (Wednesday 1/8 at 5:30 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.

Google Documents (Thursday 1/9 at 11:00 a.m.) This class will give learners an opportunity to learn how to create word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the cloud and share them with friends.

We look forward to seeing you at the library.

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