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Happy Holidays Everyone

 As always during the holiday season there’s so much going on like buying gifts, visiting family, decorations, celebrations and the like.

In that sense you know there are dozens of sites transitioning to holiday content for their members and others sites that exist solely for the season. I went in search of a few I thought really had the mindset of the season…caring, sharing, goodwill to your fellowman and some good ole’ fashioned Christmas spirit.

Take a look…

ABC Family  This site definitely believes in making Christmas a 25 day event and why not, it’s only one time a year.

Away    What a cool site. Its a travel guide site with expert tips, interest choices, times of year, etc. A new way to plan a great trip for any season during the year.

Photovisi   Want to make a nice collage instead of sending the family plain photos this season? Photovisi is a free collage maker that simple and fun to use. You can also save the collages as wallpapers for your own computer.

GuideStar  The holidays always make people more willing to give of themselves, so why not use GuideStar to help you find what you’re looking for. This site is a very detailed, comprehensive place to find information about philanthropic and non-profit organizations.

Thankfulfor  We should always be grateful for the good things in our lives. These things give us hope. This site lets you have a public/private journal of  personal gratitude. Something you can use daily.

and last but not least…

43Things   Have you ever needed positive reinforcement when trying to reach your goals? 43Things is a new type of social networking site that’s based on just that. It’s more about achieving the goals and hopes that you list rather than interpersonal links and gratuitous pics. You can keep a journal of your progress as well as find others like you who are trying to achieve something positive for themselves.

Well, now that I’ve shared those lovely sites with you all thats left to do is this…wish you a safe and happy holiday, a prosperous New Year and lots of love and laughter.

By LaShonda Faison

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  It’s that time of year again when all the ghosts and ghouls big and small get ready for Halloween. But as usual there are things you must adhere to like safety. But you also want fun and creativity to be apart of the holiday season. With all these things in mind, the “Tech Talk” on October 20, 2009 sought to share some fun sites that deal with all those things. Check out the sites below to find fun, useful and in some cases little known resources.

IVillage This site is a cool resource for moms and women in general to use for day to day life, as well as the holidays. Check out the halloween section.

eHow This site is just what it says –  a ” how to” site that can be used for many things, in this case halloween safety. Feel free to search it for others things though.

Parents.com  This site is a fun resource for arts-and-crafts, DIY projects health and information in general for parents. Covers infants to big kids with great variety. We used it this particular time to zero in on halloween fun. Click on the link and check it out.

Food Network Many people watch Food Network shows so are familiar with this channel. We used it to help find some fun recipes to help make your Halloween a tasty and unique one.

Hauntworld If its halloweenesque, creepy, spooky, or grotesque, you should be able to find it on Hauntworld. It seems to be one stop shopping for locating all things spooktastic. It even boasts its own magazine. Give it a look-see if you love a good scare.

For extras on the Tech Talk menu these two sites seemed fun as well.

Rouxbe If you ever wanted to wow your friends Rouxbe can help. Its a online cooking school site. You can view videos and get receipes without a premium membership but for different fees you can sign up for specific types of memberships and get cooking lessons that even cooks partake of. Who ever thought there would be an online cooking school!

Holiday On the Menu What a fun way to travel!  A vacation for the food connosieur out there. Book a trip that has lush landscapes,hands on sessions with you and a gourmet chef or local, and you learning to prepare a gorgeous meal based on the country you’re visiting. It’s a rarity to find a trip like this and should be taken advantage of. Like all things travel, do your homework on the company first and the customs of the place you’re visiting. Its always better to travel smart.

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By LaShonda

 

In our continual effort to stay somewhere at the front of technology and all the social networking tools out there, the library has started a Twitter account! What the heck is Twitter, you may ask??? 

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?  

Ok, so now you are asking yourselves why you would care to tell others what you are doing…and you may not want to! But you might be interested in knowing what exciting events, programs and classes the library is offering each day. By signing up for a Twitter account and choosing to “follow” the library, you can easily get updates on what the library is doing. We have our very own “Twitterbrarian” who provides you with the latest on programs, library news and useful internet resources.

Interested?  Click the link and sign up for your free account!

Janice

It’s fall and though we can’t feel the difference in temperature or humidity yet, we do have a full schedule of classes again. On October 2, we have a brand-new class, Discover Facebook. Perhaps you have heard of Facebook and thought it was just for kids…but it really isn’t! A Facebook account is a great way to find and catch up with old friends from high school or college. If you are interested in starting an account, join us October 2 at 6:30 pm and we will help you do just that!

On October 21 at 10:00 am, we have another new class: Photo-editing with Picasa.  Picasa is a free program that enables you to organize, edit and share your photographs. It is super-easy to learn so come out and give it a try!

Other classes this month include: 

  • Basic Computer Skills Tuesday October 7 10:00 am -12:00 pm
  • More Basic Skills Thursday, October 9 10:00 am -12:00 pm
  • Microsoft Excel Thursday, October 23 and 30 10:00 am -12:00 pm (this is a 2-day class)
In November, we will be offering more classes, though the schedule is not out yet. Is there something you would like to see taught? Leave me a comment…I’m always looking for new ideas.
See you in class!
Janice

We have a great selection of computer classes coming up in March. We, of course, have the Basic Computer Skills and More Basic Skills classes during the day. For those of you who work, we are offering the Microsoft Word class in the evening this month. The class will be held Wednesday nights, March 12, 19 and 26 at 6:30 pm. On March 5 at 6:30 pm, I will be offering a beginning class on Microsoft Vista for those of you who have bought new computers or have updated to Vista. Also, I have a brand-new class “Intro to 3-D Modeling” which will be taught by our Artist in Residence: Matthew Hyner. This class will give an introduction into using Google Sketchup, available free from Google. No registration is required; all classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

 I would like to offer an invitation for those of you who are already competent in computer and internet use. Come share your knowledge with others! Whether you would like to help out in a class or actually teach a class, we need you!!!! If you are interested in learning more about volunteering in the computer lab, email Janice at collinsj@mycitylibrary.org

 

Have you heard of the Pew Internet and American Life Project? According to their website, “The Pew Internet & American Life Project produces reports that explore the impact of the internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life. The Project aims to be an authoritative source on the evolution of the internet through collection of data and analysis of real-world developments as they affect the virtual world.”

This week they released a report showing that “fully 83% of online Americans say they have used the internet to seek information about their hobbies and 29% do so on a typical day.” Looking for information about hobbies is among the most popular online activities, along with shopping, surfing the web for fun, and getting news.

After thinking about this a little, I realized that I use the Internet on a regular basis to get information about my hobbies. I have looked for crochet patterns for a particular project, found earring and necklace patterns for beading projects and done major research on my family genealogy…all without leaving home!

How my life has changed over the last 10 years or so… all because of the Internet!!! If you are reading this, you can probably relate! One of my jobs here at the library is teaching computer classes and I love to introduce the internet to newcomers! Newbies are always amazed at what they can do! Whether it is the weather, directions or information about a hobby…they are fascinated.

Don’t forget the final class in my Summer Tech Series “Photos on the Web”. We will be talking about a number of free websites where you can upload and share photos. Come check it out! The class is from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Wednesday, August 29. Hope to see you there!

Janice

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