Don’t forget, tomorrow is our Digital Device workshop, and Caroline has lots of interesting and informative things planned. Bring your device…and lots of questions! This is a great way to learn more about your new device and share any tips or tricks you’ve learned with others. It’s free…just call us to register!
While many of you are already thinking summer, we’d like to remind you about some of the great eResources we have available on our library website to help with homework, reading and more. There is more here than just an online encyclopedia—how about book suggestions, read-alongs, and more!
To access any of these great eResources, all you need to do is visit our website at:
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…..
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!
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!
You’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!
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).
The 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!
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.
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?
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!