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That is our theme for the New Year here on the Tech Floor and we have found plenty of opportunities to create a “New You” that don’t involve dieting and working out!  The New Year is a time for reflection and for creating changes that will positively impact our lives.  How about adding “learn something new” to your resolution list this year and be rewarded both personally and professionally?    

In January & February 2010, here are a few classes that will give you the opportunity to create a “New You” in the New Year.  Click on the links for dates & times or to register.


May you have a happy, healthy & prosperous 2010!

Technology ~ it takes you there

~ Tracie Seurer ~

twitter_logo_3While Twitter is able to keep us in touch with the real time doings of our friends and family, many others are finding nobler causes to use this social networking phenomenon. How about surgical updates as they occur? After agreeing to allow the followers of  Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Twitter page to follow along, Basca Tugsgerel‘s husband in Mongolia was able to keep updated about his son’s  surgery occurring half-way around the world in Kansas City by staff tweeters.

The West Palm Beach Public Library has its own famous Twitterbrarian, Britta Krabill! She has been featured in the Palm Beach Post and on our local CBS Channel 12. Britta tweets about library happenings and stories from the library stacks. She is also willing to show what she knows by offering to teach our upcoming Twitter class on Tuesday, August 4th! Join us to find out all about Twitter and create your own opportunity to tweet! It doesn’t always have to be about the play by play of everyone’s day. What can you do with Twitter?

Technology ~ it takes you there

Janet Norton

In case you missed this week’s Tech Talk, here are the links:

Explore eBay, Gaze the Galaxies and Talk Twitter at your city library this summer!  Escape the heat and join us for some summer fun~ tech style.  In keeping with our summer theme (Explore Space @ Your City Library) MPj04331350000[1]here are some of the classes and events we are offering (click on the links for registration information):

Just starting your trek in technology?  Join us the first Wednesday of every month for our 4-part series called Bytes and Bits

Come, explore strange new worlds, and boldly go where no man has gone before! 


This week’s Tech Talk Links from the library:

Pandora Radio:

Slacker Personal Radio:

Nexus Radio:



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!


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!