Adult Services, Digital Literacy & Makerspace Events Week of June 29, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

SSCL’s Makerspace, Creation Station, Grand Opening: Hours of Operation: 1-4 & 5-8: To answer the obvious question that some people will have regarding our Makerspace – that being simply “What is a Makerspace?” We’re going to offer a little bit of recent library history!

Public libraries have always been places where people can go to access information, to acquire knowledge, learn new skills and create projects.

With the dawn of the Computer & Internet Age public libraries expanded their offerings to patrons and became places where anyone could go to use computers and the Internet for free; and create computer based projects that they could then share with others across the globe.

And the role of offering patrons access to technology that they can use  to learn and create projects has evolved in the last few years to include yet a new role – that of offering patrons designated places within public libraries where they can go to create  computer & 3 D Printer projects, audio projects, video projects and even more traditional hands on projects including sewing, knitting, crafting, and scrapbooking projects.

These new creation places within public libraries are known as Makerspaces.

In keeping with the times, the Southeast Steuben County Library has just installed a Makerspace, which is called the Creation Station, and on July 2 it will be open for business.

Corning Area Writer’s Group: Inject some socialization into your solo writing time by join the library’s Adult Creative Writers Group for conversation, inspiration and feedback on writing projects. No sign up is required. This group meets every Thursday from 6-8 pm. On the third Thursday of the month the group meets in the library. On the other Thursdays the group meets at Soul Full Cup CoffeeHouse.

For more information, please call Adult Services Director Michelle Wells at (607) 936-3713 ext. 209 or email wellsm@stls.org.

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Spin a Yarn! Crochet and Knitting with Shelby and Jenna: Bring in a knitting or crochet project you are working on, get instructions or help or use club materials to make something for a greater good. For more details, call (607)936-3713. All skill levels welcome.

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Monday – Friday: One-On-One Sessions: One-On-One personal technology assistance sessions are available at the library at a variety of times through the week by appointment.

If you’ve purchased a new laptop, e-reader, smartphone or tablet and have questions about how to use it – give our Digital Literacy Service staff a call and we’ll set up a time for you to come in and meet with one of our specialist to learn the usage ropes of your device.

And if you have questions about how to use the Internet, how to send email, how to Skype, how to use software including: Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, iTunes or Windows Media Player likewise call us to make an appointment today.

One-On-One sessions are available for free! Just contact us in person at the library, by telephone at 607-936-3713 or by sending an email to us at: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Time: Appointments are available at a variety of times during library hours of operation. Call the library for the library for additional information.

All library programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library, SSC.

The library will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday July 4 in observance of the 4th of July.

We’ll reopen on Monday, July 6 @ 9 a.m.

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

Southeast Steuben County Library Adult Services & Digital Literacy Programs Week of June 22, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2014:

Sticky Notes: a thematic book club: The first theme, for May 26th, will be “Beginnings.” Simply pick a book to read related to that theme in some way, fiction or non-fiction, any genre, then come tell the group about it – what it was about, what you liked, or didn’t like. Then we’ll vote on the next theme! Light refreshments served. For questions, call Michelle Wells at 607 936 3713 x 209 or email wellsm@stls.org

Sticky Notes is held the 4th Tuesday of the month @ 1 pm

3 D Printer Program: Jewelry: This program will include a brief 3 D Printer presentation and then attendees will modify select Jewelry templates from the Makerbot companion website Thingiverse to customize and print bracelets, necklaces & pendants.

Registration is required for this program. To register please call the library at 607-936-3713.

Note: Because the 3 D Printer Process takes a while – attendees will have to pick up their creations at a later date.

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015:

Exploring Excel Workshop: Join guest presenter DJ Dates; Assistant Professor in Computer & Information Science at Corning Community College and learn more about Microsoft Excel! This class will BUILD on the basics of Excel. Attendees will learn how to do Simple Functions, Loan Payment Function and Relative, Absolute & Mixed Cell Referencing. You will also create an Amortization Table and learn how to Link Data across Worksheets & Files!

Registration is required for this program. To register call the library at 607-936-3713.

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursday, June 25, 2015:

Computer Security & Privacy Workshop: Computer Science expert D. J. Dates will host this program. Workshop attendees will gain insight on how to safely travel around their computer and the Internet. D. J. will also discuss Encryption and Script Blocking!

Registration is required for this program. To register call the library at 607-936-3713.

Time:  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Evening Book Talk: Emerging from the Shadows: The Needs of Older Women and The Benefits of Supporting Them by Dr. Ron Hofsess: (TLOW) Trust in the Lives of Older Women- Did you know that women do roughly 2/3 of the work in the world, paid and volunteer, done by people over 60 years of age? And yet, as they age, they lose their support network. What issues do they face and what can we do to help them? Come find out.

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Corning Area Writer’s Group: Inject some socialization into your solo writing time by join the library’s Adult Creative Writers Group for conversation, inspiration and feedback on writing projects. No sign up is required. This group meets every Thursday from 6-8 pm. On the third Thursday of the month the group meets in the library. On the other Thursdays the group meets at Soul Full Cup CoffeeHouse.

For more information, please call Adult Services Director Michelle Wells at (607) 936-3713 ext 209 or email wellsm@stls.org.

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, June 27, 2015:

Quarterly Crafting: Choose among the multitude of materials and projects to make something crafty. As always, there will be veggies, pizza and dessert as well as relaxed conversation. Come create with us

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Monday – Friday: One-On-One Sessions: One-On-One personal technology assistance sessions are available at the library at variety of times through the week by appointment.

If you’ve purchased a new laptop, e-reader, smartphone or tablet and have questions about how to use it – give our Digital Literacy Service staff a call and we’ll set up a time for you to come in and meet with one of our specialist to learn the usage ropes of your device.

And if you have questions about how to use the Internet, how to send email, how to Skype, how to use software including: Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, iTunes or Windows Media Player likewise call us to make an appointment today.

One-On-One sessions are available for free! Just contact us in person at the library, by telephone at 607-936-3713 or by sending an email to us at: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Time: Appointments are available at a variety of times during library hours of operation. Call the library for the library for additional information.

All library programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library, SSC.

Adult Services & Digital Literacy Programs @ The Librar Week of June 15, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015:

Buying, Building OR Repairing Your Computer Workshop: Presented by DJ Dates; Assistant Professor in Computer & Information Science at Corning Community College. Learn how to troubleshoot, upgrade, & replace simple components in computers & notebooks, including hard drives, RAM, keyboards, screens & backlights. Learn how to prepare your working or broken older computer for recycling or reuse without worrying about losing control of your private information. Learn to identify when repairs are best left to professionals. Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, June 17, 2015:

Microsoft Excel: Course III: Attendees must have taken “Microsoft Excel: Course I & II” or have working knowledge in basic use of Microsoft Excel 2010/2013. Learn Worksheet Basics, How to Sort Data, Multistep Formulas and How to Create a Chart in Microsoft Excel. We invite you to bring your own laptop (if you have Excel 2010/2013), and will provide laptops for those who need them. Time: 2:00 pm-4:00pm

Thursday, June 18, 2015:

Corning Area Writer’s Group: Inject some socialization into your solo writing time by join the library’s Adult Creative Writers Group for conversation, inspiration and feedback on writing projects. No sign up is required. This group meets every Thursday from 6-8 pm. On the third Thursday of the month the group meets in the library. On the other Thursdays the group meets at Soul Full Cup CoffeeHouse. For more information, please call Adult Services Director Michelle Wells at (607) 936-3713 ext 209 or email wellsm@stls.org. Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Spin a Yarn! Bring in a knitting or crochet project you are working on, get instructions or help or use club materials to make something for a greater good. For more details, call (607)936-3713. All skill levels welcome. Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, June 19, 2015:

Friday Night Free Film: Words And Pictures (2013): A smart, funny, well-written, and beautifully acted romantic comedy-drama seems to be a tough order for Hollywood to fill these days, but Fred Schepisi’s charming indie Words and Pictures delivers just that. The movie stars Clive Owen as Jack, a onetime successful author who is currently the charismatic English teacher at an exclusive East Coast prep school. His style is to needle and engage his students, but his behavior has grown erratic and his writing career nonexistent as his alcoholism has worsened, and he’s informed that he might be let go after his upcoming performance review. When new art teacher Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche), whose rheumatoid arthritis keeps her from painting, joins the staff, he tries repeatedly to break through her shell. In order to stoke a fire in his pupils and get Dina’s attention, Jack proposes a contest in which the students debate whether words or pictures are the more powerful art form. Eventually, his playful feuding with Dina leads to a more serious connection. Working from a first-rate script by Gerald Di Pego, Schepisi and the cast strike the perfect balance between comedy and drama throughout the movie. The banter between the two teachers occasionally snaps as sharply as the dialogue in classic screwball comedies did, and the dramatic turns, especially Jack’s painful interactions with his adult son, don’t succumb to pathos because Owen has no interest in unfairly earning the audience’s sympathy. He makes sure Jack’s worst character flaws — accentuated by his drinking problem — remain on display. Clive Owen always brings a strong masculine presence to his roles — he would have made a fascinating James Bond — and while that’s certainly true here as well, he tempers it with the character’s erudite playfulness. He makes Jack charming but untrustworthy: a self-destructive, aggressive intellectual. Juliette Binoche’s Dina, on the other hand, has cut herself off from the world out of bitterness. She’s angry that she can’t make art and that she’s forced to use crutches to get around. Binoche ensures that her character doesn’t melt quickly or easily for Jack’s audacious flirtations. They may be playing English and art teachers, but this movie works so well because of their chemistry. The story here doesn’t surprise, but it works because of how well-observed the characters are. Their interactions are familiar not because we’ve seen these arcs before, but because they behave like real-life people do, in all their complex glory. The running debate in the movie is lighthearted, but the film eventually proves, both via its own quality and the love story at its center, that mixing words and pictures is far more rewarding than judging them against each other. All Movie Guide – Perry Seibert. MPAA Rating: PG-13. Run Time: 111 minutes.

Library doors open at 6:45 p.m. to admit filmgoers and the movie starts at 7 p.m. sharp.

Friday Night Free Films are shown 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from September to June.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2380331/

And here’s our Summer Monthly Science Fiction Film Schedule:

Friday, July 10, 2015: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005): Here’s the absolutely hysterical, wonderfully wild, cosmic adventure comedy THE worldwide best-selling novel, and starring an outrageous intergalactic cast, this is one ride you don’t want to miss. Seconds before Earth is destroyed to make way for a new hyperspace express route, mild-mannered Arthur Dent is whisked into space by his best friend (an alien posing as an out-of-work actor). And so the misadventures begin as he and fellow travelers, including the cool but dim-witted President of the Galaxy, the Earth girl Trillian, and Marvin the paranoid android, search for answers to the mystery of Life, the Universe, and Everything. MPAA Rating: PG. Run Time:  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, August 14, 2015: Silent Running (1972): As this science fiction classic opens, botanist Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) has spent eight years aboard the space freighter “Valley Forge” preserving the only botanical specimens left from Earth under huge geodesic domes. When he receives orders to destroy the project and return home, Lowell rebels and hijacks the freighter, while plunging the craft into the gaseous Rings of Saturn. From that moment on, he has only the trees, the gardens and two “Drone” robots, Huey and Dewey, to keep him company on his greatest adventure of all. MPAA Rating: G. Run Time: 90 minutes. Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, September 11, 2015: 12 Monkeys (2009): Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to save the human race from a deadly virus that has forced mankind into dank underground communities in the future. Along his travels, he encounters a psychiatrist (Madeleine Stowe) and a mental patient, brilliantly portrayed by Brad Pitt, who may hold the key to the mysterious rogue group, the Army of the 12 Monkeys, thought to be responsible for unleashing the killer disease. Believing he can obtain a pure virus sample in order to find a cure in the future, he is met with one riddle after another that puts him in a race with time. This sci-fi masterpiece from the genius mind of Terry Gilliam is a modern-day classic.  MPAA Rating: R. Run Time: 130 minutes.  Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

If you’d like to be added to our weekly Adult Services & Personal Technology (AKA Digital Literacy) Email notifications list just send us an email and each Monday you’ll receive an email offering information on the programs being held at the library in the upcoming week.

Have a great day!
Linda, SSCL

Feedback Requested For Times & Subjects Of Personal Technology Programs @ The Library For The Fall/Winter 2015 Season

Even though it is only June 15 we are working on planning our personal technology programs for the fall/winter season.

And we’d like your help!

If you’re game please click on the following link and take short 3-page survey and let us know what time of the day is best for you to attend personal technology programs at the library and what personal technology subject you’d like us to cover!

You’ll also have the opportunity to join our weekly Adult Services & Personal Technology (AKA Digital Literacy) program of the week email list and then a listing of the program for the upcoming week will appear in your Inbox each Monday.

Here’s the link to the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q6BVQ68

Thanks for your help!
Linda, SSCL

Monthly Science Fiction Film @ The Southeast Steuben County Library

Hi everyone, we’ll be showing our Monthly Science Fiction Film at the Library tomorrow evening – Friday, June 12, 2015.

Here’s a summary of the film:

This Island Earth (1955): Prepare to blast off from planet Earth in one of the most popular classic sci-fi films of all time! When atomic scientist Dr. Meacham (Rex Reason) is chosen to take part in a top-secret research experiment in a remote lab, he quickly discovers that he is really involved in an evil scheme by alien Metalunans to take over Earth. After he and the gorgeous Dr. Adams (Faith Domergue) make their escape shortly before the lab explodes, they are whisked away in a flying saucer to Metaluna, where they are blamed for the destruction. Will interstellar negotiation save the day or will the scientists be forced to take part in a treacherous battle to the death? Featuring incredible special effects that were 2 1/2 years in the making, this is one adventure that you have to see to believe! MPAA Rating: Un-rated (film was released prior to the establishment of the rating system), Run Time: 1 hour 26 minutes.

Library doors open at 6:45 p.m. to admit film goers and the movie starts at 7 p.m. sharp. Join us!

Also join us for our Monthly Science Fiction Films in July & August!

On Friday, July 10th we’ll be showing:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005): Here’s the absolutely hysterical, wonderfully wild, cosmic adventure comedy THE worldwide best-selling novel, and starring an outrageous intergalactic cast, this is one ride you don’t want to miss. Seconds before Earth is destroyed to make way for a new hyperspace express route, mild-mannered Arthur Dent is whisked into space by his best friend (an alien posing as an out-of-work actor). And so the misadventures begin as he and fellow travelers, including the cool but dim-witted President of the Galaxy, the Earth girl Trillian, and Marvin the paranoid android, search for answers to the mystery of Life, the Universe, and Everything. MPAA Rating: PG. Run Time: 90 minutes.

And on Friday, August 14 we’ll be showing:

Silent Running (1972): As this science fiction classic opens, botanist Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) has spent eight years aboard the space freighter “Valley Forge” preserving the only botanical specimens left from Earth under huge geodesic domes. When he receives orders to destroy the project and return home, Lowell rebels and hijacks the freighter, while plunging the craft into the gaseous Rings of Saturn. From that moment on, he has only the trees, the gardens and two “Drone” robots, Huey and Dewey, to keep him company on his greatest adventure of all. MPAA Rating: G. Run Time: 90 minutes.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047577/

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Adult Services & Digital Literacy Programs @ The Library: Week of June 8, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015:

Microsoft Word Advanced Workshop: Your host, computer expert D. J. Dates, will take you on a tour of the advanced features and settings of Microsoft Word.

Time:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, June 10, 2015:

Microsoft Excel: Course II: Attendees must have taken “Microsoft Excel: Course I” or have working knowledge in basic use of Microsoft Excel 2010. Learn how to Format Cells and Data and learn Simple Formulas. We invite you to bring your own laptop (if you have Excel 2010/2013), and will provide laptops for those who need them.

Time: 2:00 pm-4:00pm

Thursday, June 11, 2015:

Corning Area Writer’s Group: Inject some socialization into your solo writing time by join the library’s Adult Creative Writers Group for conversation, inspiration and feedback on writing projects. No sign up is required. This group meets every Thursday from 6-8 pm. On the third Thursday of the month the group meets in the library. On the other Thursdays the group meets at Soul Full Cup CoffeeHouse. For more information, please call Adult Services Director Michelle Wells at (607) 936-3713 ext 209 or email wellsm@stls.org.

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Friday, June 12, 2015:

Monthly Science Fiction Movie: This Island Earth (1955): Prepare to blast off from planet Earth in one of the most popular classic sci-fi films of all time! When atomic scientist Dr. Meacham (Rex Reason) is chosen to take part in a top-secret research experiment in a remote lab, he quickly discovers that he is really involved in an evil scheme by alien Metalunans to take over Earth. After he and the gorgeous Dr. Adams (Faith Domergue) make their escape shortly before the lab explodes, they are whisked away in a flying saucer to Metaluna, where they are blamed for the destruction. Will interstellar negotiation save the day or will the scientists be forced to take part in a treacherous battle to the death? Featuring incredible special effects that were 2 1/2 years in the making, this is one adventure that you have to see to believe! MPAA Rating: Un-Rated. Run Time: 86 minutes.

This film is brought to you by the SSCL Digital Literacy Services Department.

Technology Subject: Extraterrestrial life/space travel/future technology (from a 1955 perspective!)

Time:  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

All library programs are made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Library, SSC.

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL