Thursday, February 20, 2014

Get Social at the Library

The following is the weekly column in printed in the Dakota County Star.

Get Social at the Library
People need people, is a hokey saying, but it is true.  This week we focus on opportunities to get social at the library.

Cover to Cover will meet on Monday February 24th at 3:00 p.m.  They will discuss the book The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow.  The following is from the catalog description: “A testament to the deep bonds of women as they experience life's joys and challenges-- and the power of friendship to triumph over heartbreak and unexpected tragedy.” Cover to Cover is open to all book lovers.

E-Book Readers:  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.  We meet on Monday February 24th at 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m., Tuesday the 25th at 12:30 p.m., and Thursday the 27th at 6:00 p.m.

Facebook Basics:  An introduction to signing-up, creating a profile and using the service to find friends and/ or use Twitter for a news source.  Patrons will have the opportunity to have two Twitter friends by the end of the class on Thursday February 27th at 11:00 a.m.

Twitter Basics:  An introduction to signing-up, creating a profile and using the service to find friends and/ or use Twitter for a news source.  Patrons will have the opportunity to have two Twitter friends by the end of the class on Thursday February 27th at 2:00 p.m.

Blogging Basics:  We will cover how to create a blog, use templates to create the look you want and how to add fun stuff to your blog on Thursday February 27th at 3:30 p.m.

Tech Thursday:  This is a time in which participants can bring their technology and get answers, on February 27th at 5:00 p.m.

Reading Socially:  With so many classes on social media, we recommend these books to help you learn more about your computer and social media.

Easy Office 2013 by Patrice-Anne Rutledge and Sherry Kinkogh Gunter “teaches you the fundamentals to help you get the most from Office 2013. Concise, easy-to-understand tasks get you up and running quickly on Microsoft Office’s five most popular applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote.”- From the catalog record.

The digital mom handbook: how to blog, vlog, tweet, and facebook your way to a dream career at home by Audrey McClelland and Colleen Paddilla gives the how-to’s of building a digital home-based business, from two pioneers in the field.

Create your own blog: [6 easy projects to start blogging like a pro] by Tris Hussey deals with all of the aspects of blogging, including making money with a blog.

More Programming
Children’s Movies:  Discover what’s inside the chamber when it is opened in this movie based on the popular J.K. Rowling series on Monday February 24th at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday March 1st at 11:00 a.m.

Technology Kids is held on Wednesday February 26th at 6:30 p.m. It is for children grades three through six.  Registration is required.

Microsoft PowerPoint 1:  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, on Tuesday February 25th at 4:00 p.m.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2:  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, on Tuesday February 25th at 5:30 p.m.


We always have something fun to do at the library.

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