Web 2.0


Everyone knows summertime is one of the  busiest times of the year. Students are graduating, people are vacationing, hurricane season begins, and family members all want to visit. Here at the library it’s no less busy, kids and teens visiting in camps, families visiting along with our ever faithful regular visitors. With all these visitors I sought out an ecclectic array of websites for this June Tech Talk.

Below are the sites, please feel free to click on the site names and enjoy.

BoostUp — This is a website that allows you to reach out to someome who is stuggling and help them continue with their education. It’s aimed at highschool students from all walks of life and with a myriad of different personal issues that may be affecting them. Its all about “encouragement” and decreasing the highschool dropout rate.

DailyBurn — This site ia all about your health and fitness. It seeks to make you accountable for your own success or failure also. You can track what you eat, utilize food databases, keep logs of your workout and weight loss progress and so much more.

Chocri — As far as this site is concerned, I thought no one can tell you more than they can. So the following blurb is from their about page. Chocri is a German startup, founded in September 2008, but launched in the US in January 2010. What we do is we allow you to customize your own chocolate bar here on our website. You get to choose a base chocolate white, dark or milk chocolate), and then your favorites out of more than 100 toppings. Those can be nuts and dried fruit, but they can also be real gold flakes, roasted almonds, pretzel, chive rolls, jalapenos… you name it! They hand-make the bars in Germany, and ship them to you.

Dropbox Dropbox is a site thats growing in popularity due to it being an easy way to store, sync, and, share files online. There’s no complicated interface to learn. On the front page of the website it also has a 3-4 minute video explaining the process also. The concept is new and exciting and seems to be well worth it.

StoryCorps — StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, over 50,000 everyday people have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps.

Take Part — Is a Social Activism website. It’s an  independent online community that connects its members directly to the issues that inspire them to engage, contribute and take action on a bevy of current global problems whether they be social, environmental, political and/or cultural.

The Creators ProjectThe Creators Project is a new network dedicated to the celebration of creativity and culture across media, and around the world. Its the revolution of a new kind of art for a newer audience that didnt know it existed.

By LaShonda Faison

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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.

So, Ghosts and Ghouls have a Happy Halloween. Picture2

 

 

By LaShonda

 

Have you ever been to the CommonCraft website? It is a great source for quick, easy, understandable explanations of web-based applications and a host of other things. As they say, “Our product is explanation. We make complex ideas easy to understand using short and simple videos.” They really do a great job!

 For instance, here is a short video explaining RSS: RSS in Plain English. RSS is a concept that is often difficult to get across in my computer classes and this video does a great job of explaining the basic concept.  We recently started a Twitter account at the library and have over a hundred people “following” us! Don’t know what that means? Check out this video: Twitter in Plain English.

So if there is a technology concept or tool that you don’t quite get,  check out CommonCraft. You may find the perfect explanation…plus they are really cute and fun to watch!

 

Have you been to our library website lately? If not, you really need to check out some of our new additions. We now have access to our current library TV show and will in the future also have archived copies of past shows. We also have added a link so that you can sign up for the online version of our newsletter, e-Currents. Now you can have library news sent right to you in your email!
 

 

 

 

 

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

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