Just for Fun!

Because we deal with technology here everyday, we’ve heard young people come into the library, sit at one of our older computers, and say,

Wow! This computer has Windows XP!  Where are the apps?

Of course, this will happen with all of the new generation at some point (Windows 7?? Wow!), but this video made me laugh.  Remember Windows 95?  Yeah, so do we…..

Life Long Learning & Social Media

Social-Media-IconsLife Long Learning is a brand new series we’re starting at the library in 2016. Our programs will be informative and entertaining, given by professionals who are at the top of their game.

SOCIAL MEDIA INTRODUCTORY SEMINARS:

Twitter 101 —-  Saturday, January 16th, 2-4pm —-An intro to Twitter as a communication tool, social networking platform, and information sharing structure.

Facebook 101— Saturday, February 20th, 2-4pm — An intro to the popular social media site. Learn how to be safe using this platform, and have fun at the same time.

LinkedIn 101— Saturday, March 19th, 2-4pm—-This great intro to the career-based communication tool will help you navigate the confusing waters and improve your career presence.

FINANCIAL WELLNESS SEMINARS:

How Money Works: A Family Finances Seminar-–Saturday, January 20th, 10am—This information session will provide families with great tools to use now and plan for the future.

Making Your Money Last: Planning for Retirement—-Saturday, February 13th, 10am—-Join us to learn how to transition into your retirement.

Women and Investing—Saturday, March 26th, 10am—An informative session to help women understand the often confusing world of finances.

All sessions require registration, so please call the library at 257-2702 to sign up well in advance. We know a lot of these programs will be popular, so don’t miss your chance to learn something new!

 

New Programs at the Library!

Starting in January, we have a whole host of new programs on the schedule. There are book clubs, craft nights, workshops, and much more. You can drop in right now to pick up the 2016 Winter Newsletter for adults and teens, and take the new children’s Newsletter at the same time. There’s something for everyone!

20151209_161258You’ll notice we have the regular storytime beginning again. This session, we’ll also have Toddlers, and a little later on, babies again! Our French storytime session will start up on Fridays again, and we’ll have things to keep the kids entertained on PA days all winter long.

If you’re wondering about March Break, you’ll have to wait a few weeks, but we’ll let everyone know when we have that special schedule out. And if you have young crafters, make note of the registration dates for Valentine’s Craft Night, and Spring Craft Night. These fill up fast, and they are always popular! We’ve already started Forest of Reading®, so register early and begin reading right away!

20151209_161247Our adult and teen programs are even more exciting for 2016!

Starting with teens, we’ll begin our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club again in January, and run it through May. We’re also gearing up to celebrate Rock the Drop again in April for Teen Literature Day….and keep a lookout for a few special new programs for teens a little later on.

For adults, we’re starting up the VERY popular tech training again, as well as our adult book club. But if you’d rather take part in a different type of book club, we have one to bridge the generation gap! (It’s a lot of fun, and it gets everyone involved.)

If adult colouring is more your thing, we’ve got plenty of great colouring pages ready for winter. See all of the details above, or drop in to pick up your own copy (it’s super clear, and has a lot more detail).

20151209_161240The BIG fun happens with our workshops this winter. We’ve got creativity fun, social media info, and money workshops for women. We’re also excited about a special astronomy talk with Frank Hitchens in January that you won’t want to miss!

If you want to know more about any of these great programs, drop by the library, take a gander at our online catalog (http://olco.canlib.ca/client/cp), or give us a call at 257-2702. It’s going to be an exciting winter….even if we don’t get any snow!

I Love Your Branches

tree1Sorry about the shocker…snow is many, many months away yet (we hope). And maybe you thought this article was really about library branches, but no, it’s about trees.

The city of Melbourne, Australia tried something new in 2013—they gave all of their trees a number….and an email address. The thought was that citizens could email the city about a problem tree–maybe a broken branch, or a dying tree–so that the town could identify it easily and take care of the problem.

But something wonderful happened. Not only did people email the trees about issues, they sent them wonderful messages like:

To: Green Leaf Elm, Tree ID 1022165  

29 May 2015

Dear Green Leaf Elm,

I hope you like living at St. Mary’s. Most of the time I like it too. I have exams coming up and I should be busy studying. You do not have exams because you are a tree. I don’t think that there is much more to talk about as we don’t have a lot in common, you being a tree and such. But I’m glad we’re in this together.

Cheers,
F

 

To: Golden Elm, Tree ID 1037148

21 May 2015

I’m so sorry you’re going to die soon. It makes me sad when trucks damage your low hanging branches. Are you as tired of all this construction work as we are?

 

The city usually responded to these emails as well…from the tree’s perspective. It turns out that people care about their surroundings more than we probably imagined. What a creative way to take care of municipal issues as well!

This isn’t a completely original idea, either. In Chicago, you can send the city texts about potholes, and in Hawaii, you can adopt a tsunami siren. It’s a wonderful way to connect people with their cities, and allow for better service from the city responders.

Maybe we should start an email program for our library book drop?

Tech Thursdays!

techAre you having trouble figuring out your email? Finding that new tablet confusing? Wanting to learn how to download eBooks or Audiobooks? We can help!

We’re now offering “Tech Thursdays at the Library!” Sign up for a one-on-one session, and we show you the basics, or help you get past that stumbling block. Give us a call to reserve your space with Caroline, starting today!

 

Check Out a Skill!

20150320_161253We’re getting ready for something interesting in April. Not everyone is technologically-savvy, so we’ve decided to offer a “Check Out a Skill” week at the library. From April 13 -24, we’re offering half-hour sessions with one of our skill experts.  Learn to use Pinterest or Twitter, open up an email account, or finally get on Facebook and learn how to use it!

We’re taking registrations now, so give us a call. No “skill” is too simple to learn, and it’s the perfect time to learn how to use that new device (or that old one). Where else could you get this for free?  No where! Only at your library.

Projects!

onlineresourcesWe often have children come to the library looking for very specific resources because they have a project. While we carry LOTS of great, new non-fiction in our juvenile section, we can’t carry everything, and that project about the Australian thorny devil lizard probably won’t garner a lot of hits when you search our library catalog. But what we don’t have in books, we make up for in online resources. This is WAY better than using Wikipedia.

onlineIf you drop by our online catalog, you can click on the “Online Resources” button (just like the one above….and I’ve linked it here so you can go directly to it while you read this blog post). At that point, select Homework Help, and you’ll be brought to a couple of great website links, such as Kids InfoBits.

kidsI LOVE this particular resource because it is so user friendly, and is aimed at kids from Kindergarten to Grade 5—exactly the ones who might not have a lot of research skills at this point. From there, you can choose your topic, search, and voila! Tons of great information! We’ve been suggesting this site to teachers who frequent the library, and the response so far has been wonderful.

While researching projects at the library is nothing new, being able to do it from home through the library catalog is a great idea not many people think about. This is second in our series called “FIND IT NOW : Online Resources at the Library.”