SSCL Adult Services, Digital Literacy & Makerspace Events Week of July 13, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015:

SSCL’s Makerspace: Creation Station – Open From 1- 4 p.m. To answer the obvious question that some people will have regarding the new Southeast Steuben County Library 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 called Creation Station. Creation Station is open from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays – come and check it out!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SSCL’s Makerspace, Creation Station is open from 5-8 p.m. To answer the obvious question that some people will have regarding the library’s 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.

Creation Station is open on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. – come and check it out!

Heroes & Villains and Other Writing Exercises: Join us for a discussion of writing great heroes and villains, led by Michelle Wells. Whether you’re the hero of your own memoir or you’re writing a comic book, we’ll do some writing exercises to help you develop your characters. Refreshments will be served. A Corning Area Writer’s Group program.

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 p.m.

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 – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday: July 18, 2015

The Throwaways: Screening and Discussion: Film 62 minutes – discussion to follow. The Throwaways explores the devastating impact of police brutality and mass incarceration on the black community through the eyes of activist filmmaker Ira McKinley. This award-winning documentary film speaks directly to the national movement rising up to fight back against a wave of police killings of black people in America.

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

Adult Services & Digital Literacy (AKA Personal Technology) Programs Week of June 1, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 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 please call us at: 607-936-3713 or send an email to us at: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Microsoft Excel: Course I: Learn the latest features of Microsoft Excel 2010. This tutorial will walk you through Cell Basics and how to Modify Columns, Rows and Cells. We invite you to bring your own laptop (if you have Excel 2010), and will provide laptops for those who need them.

Registration is required for this program. To register please call us at: 607-936-3713 or send an email to us at: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Time: 2:00 pm-4:00pm

Thursday, June 4, 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 5, 2015:

Friday Night Free Film: 50/50 (2011): Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen team up to beat the odds in a film that Rolling Stone calls achingly hilarious and heartfelt. Diagnosed with spinal cancer, 27 year old Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) navigates the road to recovery with the sometimes overbearing support of his crude best friend (Rogen), his smothering mother (Angelica Huston) and an inexperienced therapist (Anna Kendrick). Inspired by a true story of writer Will Reiser, 50/50 is an honest yet hysterically funny account of a young man’s journey toward healing. MPAA Rating: R. Run Time: 100 minutes.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1306980/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Also…

The Library offers One-On-One Personal Technology Assistance Sessions by Appointment:

  • If you have questions about any of the material we cover in our Digital Literacy programs

 

  • If you can’t make a program but would like to know more about the subject we’re covering in a program

 

Or

 

  • If you have questions about how to use a new tablet, smartphone, e-reader or a piece of software —

 

You can make an appointment with a member of our Digital Literacy Services staff to come to the library at a time that is convenient for you and we’ll answer your tech usage questions or go over the material we cover in any of our tech programs!

 

It is a free service the library offers!

 

You can make an appointment in person at the library, by telephoning 607-936-3713, or by sending an email to our Digital Literacy Services Department at: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

February Personal Technology Programs @ The Library!

Google Searching: Learn how to use the popular search engine to find information on subjects that interest you! We’ll also discuss the differences between going to a website by its address and finding a website via a search engine (Google) search. And we’ll offer some helpful Internet navigation tips. Program Date/Time: Friday, February 7, 2014: 11:00 a.m. to noon.

iPad Workshop: This workshop offers new iPad owners an overview of how to use the iPad; and includes a discussion of useful suggested apps in categories that iPad owners might enjoy. The iPad app categories discussed include: News, Entertainment, Sports, Cooking, Games, Books, Weather and more! Program Date/Time: Monday, February 10, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to noon.

Senior Personal Technology: This is a new monthly program offering an overview of todays’ personal technology, i.e. tablets, e-readers, touch screen computers etc., interspersed with fun bits of information regarding new and upcoming technologies. Refreshments will be provided. Program Date/Time: February 14, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to noon.

Teen Tech Friday: This month we’ll learn how to use and create Word Clouds. To register call (607)936-3713 ext. 503 or email mcconnells@stls.org  Program Date/Time: Friday, February 21, 2014, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

iPhone Basics: You can do much more with an iPhone than to simply make a phone call! This workshop will offer tips on how to get the most out of your iPhone. We’ll discuss how to use the iPhone web browser and pre-installed apps. And we’ll also offer a list of suggested apps that you might like to install on your iPhone. Program Date/Time: Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Dream & Create with Pinterest : Join hostess Jenn for a program based upon recipes and DIY projects found on the fun social networking/personal interest website – Pinterest! Each program offers a delicious recipe which we then use to create the delicious dish of the day and a home decorating craft. Program Date/Time: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

You can also make a free One-On-One appointment with a member of our

Digital Literacy Services team!

We’ll assist you in learning how to use a new computer, e-reader, tablet or other tech device you own (this includes learning how to use new software and create resumes)!

Just call the Reference & Technology Desk at 607-936-3713 extension 502 to make an appointment.  It is free!

Registration is required for library programs (just so we know how many people to set up for!). To register call the library at (607) 936-3713 or send an email to DIGLIT@STLS.ORG.

If you’d like to receive a PDF version of our monthly tech programs flyer send a request email to: diglit@stls.org or simply click on the following link to load the schedule (feel free to print off the schedule and/or share it!)

SSCL Digital Literacy Services Programs February 2014

Have a great day!

Linda R.

Try It Before You Buy It Program Is Tonight & Tim Cook Interviewed by Brian Williams On Rock Center

Try It Before You Buy It Program Is Tonight: This evening the library‘s tech staff is hosting a Try It Before You Buy It program. We will have a variety of e-readers and tablets for people to play with and ask questions about. We will also have a MacBook Pro and a Windows 8 laptop for anyone who is interested in buying a new laptop to check out. The program starts at 6 PM and runs until 7 PMish. Staff will be on hand to answer any usage questions. Join us!

Tim Cook Interviewed By Brian Williams Tonight On Rock Center: Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple who succeeded Steve Jobs last year, will give his first major network news interview to Brian Williams on the RockCenter show tonight.  RockCenter will be shown on NBC Stations and starts at 10 PM. Topics discussed in the interview include Apple’s decision to begin assembling some Macs in the U.S. again and the Apple maps debacle. Cook also is quoted as saying, regarding television that: “When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years,” Cook told NBC News anchor Brian Williams in an interview. “It’s an area of intense interest. I can’t say more than that.” So just perhaps Apple is either working on a real television or some type of super media streaming player; check out the full interview tonight at 10 PM or via the free Rock Center app tomorrow.

Here’s the link to the RockCenter article, titled Apple CEO Tim Cook announces plans to manufacture Mac computers in USA, which relays the basic information regarding the interview.

http://goo.gl/3nz9M

Have a great afternoon!

Linda R.

References:

Polidoro, Ronnie. (2012, December 6). Apple CEO Tim Cook announces plans to manufacture Mac computers in USA. Rock Center. Online.