Library now offers digital music downloads service on website.

The North Platte Public Library has added Freegal Music Service to its premium databases available through the library’s research tools at http://www.ci.north-platte.ne.us/library/databases/.  Simply click on the Freegal link in the alphabetical list or go directly to http://northplattene.freegalmusic.com/homes/index.

North Platte Public Library cardholders can download and keep three free Freegal Music MP3 files each week and stream three hours of music every day.   The service also has popular music videos for download. Downloaded videos count as two tracks. Each song has a sample clip so users can preview the song before downloading. The library subscribes to this music service so there is no charge to the library card holders.

No special software is needed, but card holders need their library card number and PIN to log in to the Freegal.  Freegal works with almost all computers, players, tablets, and smartphones. Freegal Music free mobile apps are available for Apple and Android devices in the Apple® App Store and Google Play®.

To provide this service, the North Platte Public Library joined the Library Ideas network of Public Library websites that offer access to over 7 million songs, including Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog of legendary artists through its subscription to the Freegal Music Service.

Where did the name Freegal come from?  It rhymes with legal. It’s a word made up by Library Ideas, the company that contracted with Sony to offer this service. It means free and legal music. Library Ideas later discovered that it was in the Urban Dictionary. So, someone else actually made it up.

Over 5,000 libraries around the world subscribe to the Freegal Music Service, including the Los Angeles Public Library (CA), Maricopa County Library District (AZ), The Edmonton Public Library (AB), Orange County Public Library (FL), The Biblioteche di Bologna (IT),  Nashville Public Library (TN) and Melbourne Library Service (VIC).

Our library very excited to offer a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use.  We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library in marketing all its services to the community.

About Library Ideas:  Library Ideas, LLC is a global leader in providing digital content to all kinds of libraries, and is located in Vienna, Virginia.  The Company offers music, movie, eBook and language learning solutions to libraries as part of its developing product suite.  Library Ideas was named “One of the Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry for 2011-12” by EContent Magazine.

About Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, BNA Records, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Kemosabe Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Verity Gospel Music Group, and Volcano Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

 

Search Out New Skills at Tech Thursday Sessions

8b33a2653b66bf475e2417ea6307abe2Tech Thursdays continue at 1:30 on Thursday afternoons.  These are free 30-60 minute informal sessions about tech topics.  Come in, join the fun and learn something new.  No registration required.

February 5  Be Your Own Online Sherlock: Learn how to use free Internet Resources to find people on the Internet (Covers Dexonline; Anywho, Whitepages; death index, and more!

February 12 Borrowing eBooks using Basic and Paperwhite Kindles (not Kindle Fires): Learn to borrow Kindle format eBooks using with your library card.  You will need your library card and Amazon account log in and password to borrow books from Nebraska Overdrive.  Why buy when you can borrow for free!

February 19 Microsoft OneDrive: OneDrive is free online storage for your documents, photos and more. It also provides a basic version of Microsoft Office programs. This is a frequent app on Windows 8 computers and many tablets.

February 26 Resumes & Resume Templates in Microsoft Word:  Learn the basics of a good resume and how to use Microsoft Word templates to create professional looking resumes.

February Computer Classes Emphasize Office Skills

The North Platte Public Library’s February computer classes are geared towards office skills that are useful for both home users and people wanting job skills.  Classes are 2 hours each and have a fee of $10 per person.  Pre-registration is required.  Call the library at 535-8036 Ext. 3320 to register.

Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step Beginning Skills 1 on Thursday, February 5 at 9:30 AM: Microsoft Word is a powerful word processing program.  This class will introduce word processing and its terminology. You will learn how to enter text, correct typing errors, change font, and other word processing skills.

Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step Beginning Skills 2 on Thursday, February 12 at 9:30 AM: This class builds on the skills learned in Beginning Microsoft Word, giving you more hands-on practice.   You will learn to use the Office Clipboard, adjust line spacing and margins, make other editing changes to documents before printing, and to print envelopes and labels.

Excel 2013 Step by Step Part 1, Thursday, February 19 at 9:30 AM: Learn to create a simple spreadsheet in Excel.  Learn how to enter data into rows and columns, use simple formulas and create a worksheet for income and expenses.

Excel 2013 Step by Step Part 2,  Thursday, February 26 at 9:30 AM: Expanding on the skills learned in the first class, learn how to edit your spreadsheet, add and delete columns and rows, and work with building formulas. Prerequisite: Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step Part 1 and mouse skills

Microsoft Excel 2013 Step by Step Part 3, March 5 at 9:30 AM:  This class will focus on using Excel to create and sort lists and working with multiple worksheets. We will also discuss printing tips.  This class is primarily for those who have taken Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step Parts 1 and 2.

Beginning Computer Classes Resume January 8th

computerAre you afraid of your computer since you aren’t sure how to use it?  The library offers basic computer skills classes taught by library staff.  We use Windows 7 laptop computers in our first floor meeting room.  Computer skills are important for both home and job use and our classes will get you more comfortable with using your computers.  This month’s classes begin at the beginning.  We assume that it is the first time an attendee has touched a computer.  Saying that, we have found many people who already have some computer skills still come away from class having learned something new.

Classes are taught on Thursdays at 9:30 AM.  These are 2-hr classes and include a handout for $10 per person for each class.  We do need people to call and pre-register so we can set up the correct number of computers.  Classes have a maximum of 10 attendees.  We do require a minimum of two people registered for class or a class will be cancelled or postponed.

The January schedule is listed below.  If you feel that you have the skills taught in the first class, you can skip that class and go on to the second class.  You can discuss this with our computer area staff if you aren’t sure where to start.

 Computer Fundamentals, 1/8/15:  This introductory class will get you familiar with computers, using the mouse and keyboard, basic terminology, shutting down your computer correctly and more.

Working in Windows, 1/15/15: Learning to use the Windows operating system, understanding its basic features, opening programs, and creating a simple document with WordPad and saving it on the computer are the focus of this class.

Beginning Internet, 1/22/15: Exploring the World Wide Web, basic searching and learning the features of Internet browsers will be addressed in this class.

North Platte Public Library adds access to Online Classes

gale 2The North Platte Public Library now offers access to Gale Courses.  Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.   As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.  A new set of classes is starting right now.  You have 13 days after the start of class to sign up and start the lessons for a class.  Go to the city website, choose Community, then Library.  On the Library page, go to Research Tools; in the submenu select Premium Databases and Gale Courses.  There is great selection of courses from Microsoft Office to Photoshop, Test Prep for ACT/SAT tests and more.  For classes like Microsoft Office, you must have the exact version on the computer in order to complete assignments.  Following completion of the class, you get a certificate of completion.

Registering the first time is easy; you will need an email address and your North Platte Public Library Card barcode.  Before registering for a class you can explore the lesson plans, learn about the instructor, and possibly preview a lesson.

The library believes Gale Courses will be an asset to the community as it will offer classes that people can access from their computers 24/7.  The instructors prepare detailed lessons and assignments and are available for questions via online forums.  Imagine having a digital photograpy class at your fingertips!

Intro to Making Photobooks

Do you have lots of digital photos on your camera or on your computer?  Photobooks are a great way to display and share these photos.  There are multiple websites that allow you to upload your photos and arrange them into books that are then printed and mailed to you.  The sites will even arrange the photos for you or you can have lots of cphoto bookreative control yourself.

Learn the basics of creating a photobook at our December 4th Tech Thursday session.  You will learn how to create a fabulous photobook featuring all your holiday photos. This class is perfect for the person who wants to create a unique holiday gift. Or, you may want to keep your photo memories organized in a great format for yourself. We will look at different vendors, options, and styles to help you create a book you will love.

Tech Thursday sessions are free and require no registration.  The session starts at 1:30 PM and lasts about one hour.  This will be the last session before the holidays and then we will resume sessions in January.

 

 

Excel Classes at the Library in November

excelMicrosoft Excel 2010 will be the topic of our November computer classes. Excel is a spreadsheet program and very useful for both home and business applications. These classes are for computer users that already know how to use a mouse and basics of word processing. Classes will meet in our downstairs meeting room using Windows 7 laptop computers. Each 2-hr class will cost $10.00 per person and includes a take-home handout. Class size is limited to 10 people.  Pre-registration and payment are required. Please call the library to register.

Schedule is below:

Excel 2010 Step by Step Part 1, Thursday, 11/6 at 9:30 AM: Learn to create a simple spreadsheet in Excel. Learn how to enter data into rows and columns, use simple formulas and create a worksheet for income and expenses.

Excel 2010 Step by Step Part 2, Thursday, 11/13 at 9:30 AM Expanding on the skills learned in the first class, learn how to edit your spreadsheet, add and delete columns and rows, and work with building formulas. Prerequisite: Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step Part 1 and mouse skills

Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step Part 3, Thursday 11/20 at 9:30 AM This class will focus on using Excel to create and sort lists and working with multiple worksheets. We will also discuss printing tips. This class is primarily for those who have taken Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step Parts 1 and 2.

Health, Cooking, and Music @Tech Thursday

Tech Thursday @ Your LibrTech thursdayary in November topics center around health, finding recipes and music online. What are Tech Thursdays? They are free sessions on topics from eReaders and borrowing eBooks to Email and Facebook.  These are informal with no sign-up ahead of time.  Learn so mething new each time.  All sessions are held at 1:30 PM on Thursdays in our meeting room and last about one hour.

November 6:  NebraskaAccess: Access to Your Health Learn about cool online health related information connected to weight loss and diseases associated with being overweight from this website funded by the state of Nebraska. Learn about My Fitness Pal, a very useful website and app for monitoring your diet and exercise plan.

November 13: Holiday Recipes Online Are you looking for a new recipe to dazzle your family or friends during the upcoming Holidays?  Or are you just trying to remember that old tried and true recipe for green bean casserole and can’t find that recipe?  If so, be sure to attend this Tech Thursday program and learn how to search effectively for recipes on the Internet.  We will explore allrecipes.com; butterball.com (Talk Turkey!); marthastewart.com; other favorite Food Network recipes and chefs and more!

November 20:  Music Online Learn about listening to your favorite music online and new music options coming to you from your library.

Learn Something New @ Tech Thursday

October Tech Thursday sessions will be on a variety of topics.  Learn about Pinterest, a popular website and app that’s all about sharing ideas, recipes and more in a picture-friendly format.  Ever felt a movie was so bad, you should throw a rotten tomato? Learn about the websites, Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB.  And, that’s just the first two weeks.  These free sessions are on Thursdays at 1:30 PM and last about one hour.  We’ll skip the week of the Friends of the Library Book Sale on October 23-25-but don’t skip this great sale!!  Our schedule for Tech Thursday is below:

Pinning to Pinterest on October 2: Learn about social pin boards where you collect and browse the pins of other pinners.  Everything is visual-get ideas for baking, building, crafts, decorating and more.

Films and More on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB on October 9:  Discover how to access everything imaginable about films, television programs, etc. through the Rotten Tomatoes® and IMDB® websites.  Discussion includes brief film summaries, reviews, cast members, and DVD release dates.

Book Clubbing? Let Us Help! on October 16:  Learn about Book Kits with multiple copies of books and discussion questions; how to borrow books from other libraries and more at this session.

No session on October 23rd

 Should You Be Scared of the Internet? on October 30:  Learn tips and tricks of Internet Safety and how to avoid getting caught in a phishing net.

 

 

 

October Computer Classes Advance to Microsoft Word

Classes in October are for computer users that already know how to use a mouse.   Our goal this month is to help computer users utilize software to create documents and then save those document files on the computer.  Microsoft Word skills are required in many jobs and while these classes will not make you an expert, they will get you started.  You will have hands-on time with a computer.  Following class, we encourage you to practice your skills at home or in our upstairs computer area.

Classes will meet in our downstairs meeting room using Windows 7 laptop computers.  Each 2-hr class will cost $10.00 per person and includes a take-home handout.  Class size is limited to 10 people.   Schedule is below.  Pre-registration and payment are required.  Please call the library to register.

Word 2010:  Beginning Skills 1,  Thursday, 10/2 at 9:30 AM          

Microsoft Word is a powerful word processing program.  This class will introduce word processing and its terminology. You will learn how to enter text, correct typing errors, change font, and other word processing skills.   Most skills learned in this class can be transferred to older versions of Microsoft Word. This class is for the computer user with typing and mouse skills.

Word 2010:  Beginning Skills 2,  Thursday, 10/9 at 9:30 AM          

This class builds on the skills learned in Beginning Microsoft Word, giving you more hands-on practice.   You will learn to use the Office Clipboard, adjust line spacing and margins, make other editing changes to documents before printing, and to print envelopes and labels.   Prerequisite: Microsoft Word 2010 Beginning Skills 1 and mouse skills

 

Saving and Organizing Computer Files, Thursday 10/30 at 9:30 AM         

This class will teach you how to save files such as documents you have created on your computer and how to organize files in folders.  You will learn how to rename files, create folders, move files, and use removable media to save copies of your files or folders.