Tech Tuesdays 2015

Every Tuesday we offer a class on a specific technology subject from 3:00-4:00 pm.  These one hour classes are followed by drop-in individual assistance from 4:00-6:00 pm, a time when help is available on any technology topic. Bring your device or practice on laptops provided by the library.  

2015 Class Schedule

                                                                                            
PLEASE NOTE:  Tech Tuesdays will be on hiatus June 16 - 30. Watch for new classes beginning July 7.

June 9 - Learn About Microsoft Office Word (Session 1 of 2)
In this session we will cover the basic layout, features and menus of the Microsoft Word software program. We will then build on this information in our Learn About Microsoft Office Word (Session 2) class on July 14.

June 2 - How to Download Library eBooks
Discover various titles of eBooks and eAudio books available through your library.  Learn how to prepare your computer or device to enable downloading the titles you wish to read or listen to, and how to check-out and return the books you borrow. 

May 26 - The Great Outdoors - There's an App for That!
Going hiking and need a map? Want to identify that peak over yonder? Or, maybe you are just looking for a nice simple hiking trail near you.  Join us for an exploration of how apps and technology can be used to meet these needs.

May 19 - Social Media:  Skype
Voice calls, video calls and more!  In this session we’ll walk through the steps of setting up and using Skype, and give you a chance to practice making, receiving and ending calls from your device or computer. 

May 12 - Learn About Microsoft Office Excel (Session 3)
In this session we'll build on the information presented in the February and March Excel sessions.  We'll continue looking at formulas and formatting, and we'll explore the ways Excel can be used to create charts with your data.

May 5 - How to Download Library eBooks
Discover the various titles of eBooks and eAudio books available through your library. Learn how to prepare your computer or device to enable downloading the titles you wish to read, and how to check-out and return the books you borrow. 

April 28 - PC Cleanup
Learn about cleaning a computer, tools for removing software junk and what you should use to clean your computer’s hardware.   
 
April 21 - Intermediate Facebook (Session 2 of 2)This second session of our two-part class (Introduction to Facebook class scheduled on March 17.) is designed for current Facebook users. We will begin this class with the understanding that you are already signed up and are using Facebook. We will review security settings; show you how to make a page attached to your personal Facebook site, review "tagging;" and show you how to refine your Facebook settings to limit who can see your posts.
 
April 14 - Novelist and Other Book Finding Guides
Don't know what to read next? Try Novelist, a library database that holds information on authors, series, read-a-likes and more. Want to find other book lovers who love to talk about them? Try Good Reads, a website dedicated to books and those who read them! Need some authoritative advice on what's good and what’s not? Check out Book Lust, a book written by former Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl.

April 7 -  How to Download Library eBooks
Discover the various titles of eBooks and eAudio books available through your library.  Learn how to prepare your computer or device to enable downloading the titles you wish to read, and how to check-out and return the books you borrow. 

March 31 - What is an App?
Join us for a discussion of Apps and find answers to: What is an App? What is the difference between an App and a program? Why would I use an App, or for that matter when might I want to use a program or browser?  We will also share some of our favorite apps.

March 24 - The Future of Libraries
What are some new innovations sweeping libraries worldwide? How are libraries adapting in their communities? Some of the results are surprising. Join us for a tour of some incredible innovations and see if you recognize the library of the future.

March 17 - Introduction to Facebook (Session 1 of 2) 
In this first session of a two-part class (Intermediate Facebook class scheduled on April 21) we will cover:
  • Facebook and social media in general (i.e. Social Media is not designed for privacy).
  • How you sign-up for an account (you must have an email address).
  • How you follow pages and invite "friends" to follow you.
  • How you "post" content to your site.
March 10 -  Learn About Microsoft Office Excel (Session 2 of 3)
In this session we will expand on the information we presented in our Feb 10th session.  We will go into more detail about importing data, formulas, and formatting options you have within an Excel spreadsheet.  This training will continue in our Excel training scheduled on April 14. 

March 3 -  How to Download Library eBooks
Discover the various titles of eBooks and eAudio books available through your library.  Learn how to prepare your computer or device to enable downloading the titles you wish to read, and how to check-out and return the books you borrow. 
               
 
February 24 – MOOCS and Online Academies for Further Learning
Learn about the numerous online resources for continuing your education. Sites such as the Kahn Academy, iTunes U, or one of the numerous Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS), providing courses ranging from the sciences to lectures on arts and history to learning a foreign language there is something for everyone.
 
February 17 – Introduction to Pinterest
Learn how to set-up your Pinterest account, begin collecting visual bookmarks, and create a variety of boards to store your bookmarks. Learn how to share pins, and how to participate with and create group boards.
 
February 10 – Learn About Microsoft Excel (Session 1 of 3)
In this session we will cover the basic layout and features of the Microsoft Excel program, learn what an Excel spreadsheet is and why you might choose to work in Microsoft Excel. We will then build on this information in the March 10th and April 14th sessions.
 
February 3 – How to Download Library eBooks
Discover the various titles of eBooks and eAudio books available through your library.  Learn how to prepare your computer or device to enable downloading the titles you wish to read, and how to check-out and return the books you borrow. 
 
January 27 – What is an App?
Join us for a discussion of Apps and find answers to: What is an App? What is the difference between an App and a program? Why would I use an App, or for that matter when might I want to use a program or browser?  We will also share some of our favorite apps. 
 
 

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Posted in General, Technology, Teens by Brwyn Griffin on Wednesday, January 14th 2:00pm   |   1 comments

New Fall Programs!

We're happy to announce these new programs for all ages!

Adults

From Tall Ships to Family Art, there are new programs on a variety of subjects beginning September 24, when we host the author of A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain, Adrianne Harun, at 6:30 pm at the library. October 7 we're proud to host New Yorker cartoonist, Roz Chast as our 13th annual Huntingford Humanities Lecture presenter. This event will be held at Chimacum High School Auditorium and begins at 6:30 pm.

Two lectures about tall ships will be presented by Stan Cummings and are co-hosted by the library and Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The first, Tall Ships and the Rise of the British Empire will be held on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 pm, and the second, Pilgrim, the Story of the Tall Ship Featured in "Two Years Before the Mast" will also be held at the library on Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 pm.

On October 23, we're hosting two young women from Palestine and Israel who work together as peacemakers with Creativity for Peace, a New Mexico nonprofit with operations in Israel and Palestine. Yaara Tal (from Gaza Israel) and Deema Yusuf (from Ramallah, Palestine) will talk about their peacemaking work both at this special event, as well as at local schools in both the Port Townsend and Chimacum School Districts. This event will be held at the library and begins at 6:30 pm.

On November 12, we will host the author of House Girl, Tara Conklin at a Meet the Author event at the library beginning at 6:30 pm. House Girl, a story of art and injustice that intertwines the lives of a young house slave in 1852 with a current day, young, ambitious lawyer. House Girl received a starred review from Library Journal.

Family Art

One Saturday every month, beginning October 4 from 2-4 pm, families can come to the library and get creative together! Taught by local artist Sidonie Wilson, Family Art is designed for adults and children to create and explore a variety of art mediums together. It starts with a demonstration and art conversation, followed by creative work-time. Space in the program is limited - sign up at the library, or call to register.

The topics for the Family Art workshops include: Vine and Creeper: Illuminated Letters; Silk Narratives: Sujani Quilts; The Art of Gift Giving: Explosion Boxes; Marc Chagall and Russion Fairytale Art: "I and the Village"; HeARTS: Victorian Puzzle Purses, Code Writing, Paper Stitching and Secret Love Messages; and an Introduction to Japanese Sashiko.

Thursday Afternoons for Kids and Teens 

Literacy, Games, Art and HOMAGO (Hanging out, Messing Around, Geeking-Out) -- a Teen Writers Club and Library Advisory Groups are all part of the weekly new youth programs. Learn more about these Thursday programs.

And, in addition to all this wonderful new programming, we still have our ongoing programs, including: Tech Tuesdays, Babytime, Toddler Storytime, Preschool Storytime, Mothersong, Boffer Club, and Homework Help.  

 

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Posted in General, Kids, Technology, Teens by Brwyn Griffin on Thursday, September 18th 9:18am   |   1 comments

Tech Tuesdays Continues in May

Bring your technology questions to Tech Tuesdays!  Each Tuesday we offer a two-part technology training session, beginning with a one-hour class on a specific technology subject from 3:00pm - 4:00pm.  Each class is followed by drop-in individual assistance between 4:00pm and 6:00pm, where you can get help on any technology topic. Bring your device or practice on laptops provided by the library.

Here's what's coming up in May:

May 6 - eBooks and eAudiobooks
Learn how to prepare your computer or device to enable downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks, and how to check-out and return the items you borrow.

May 13 - Computer Security for the Home User 
Learn about how to make your home computer and mobile devices more secure. This class will cover spyware, viruses, and other malware, and how to protect your devices from these threats.

May 20 - Novelist and Other Book-Finding Guides 
Don’t know what to read next? Have you finished reading all of your favorite author’s books and are looking for similar books? Try Novelist, a library database that holds information about authors, series, read-a-likes, and more. Want to find other book lovers who love to talk about them? Try Good Reads, a website dedicated to books and those who read them. Need some authoritative advice on which books are good and those that aren’t? Check out Book Lust, a book written by former Seattle librarian, Nancy Pearl.

May 27 - Microsoft PowerPoint 
This class will be an introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint, the program for preparing presentations and digital slide shows. Learn some of the basics of PowerPoint, and learn about additional resources for continuing your PowerPoint program education at home.

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Posted in General, Service, Technology by Teri Burroughs on Monday, April 7th 2:49pm   |   0 comments

eBooks for Kindle now Available

Last week, Overdrive, the supplier we use to provide our eBooks, announced that customers can now download books to a Kindle from the Washington Anytime Library.   Almost all the eBooks in our collection can be used with Kindle devices or apps. 

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Posted in Service, Technology by Daniel Heaton on Monday, September 26th 2:38pm   |   4 comments

E-readers and eBooks

Lately I have seen a lot more E-readers in use at the library. It seems to be quite a mix of Sony readers, Nooks (both color and e-ink), IPads, Literati, and the occasional Android or IPhone. Each of these E-readers will work with the books available on Washington Anytime Library. The Android and IPhones as well as the IPad all require downloading an Overdrive App to the device. All the other E-readers will require downloading Adobe Digital Editions to your computer before you download and transfer books from your computer to your E-reader.

Here are a couple of tips for using your E-reader with the Washington Anytime Library.  First, there is currently a selection of 1,248 eBooks, with more being added monthly. Of that collection it is not unusual to have 75% of them checked out at any given time. To find those titles that are immediately available you can do an advanced search, select EPUB eBook as the format, and check the box next to “only show copies with titles available.”

The second tip, if you are interested in reading classics you can access over 15,000 of the public domain books that are made available by Project Gutenberg.  These include works by such authors as Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, Marry Shelly and Alfred Tennyson.  If you are looking at the Washington Anytime Library site, on the lower left side of the page is a link to additional eBooks. These books do not show up in the standard search so will have to be looked for separately.

If you would be interested sharing your experience or tips with the E-readers, or eBooks, leave a reply.

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Posted in Technology by Daniel Heaton on Tuesday, March 1st 10:18am   |   0 comments