Last Round of Computer Classes Before Summer

The North Platte Public Library is offering one more set of computer classes before summer:

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.  Classes are listed below:

 Excel 2013, Step by Step Part 1, Thursday, 4/30 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, 5/7 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, Thursday 5/14 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.

Saving and Organizing Computer Files, Thursday 5/21 at 9:30 AM: This class will teach saving files such as documents created on a computer and how to organize files in folders.  Learn how to rename files, create folders, move files, and use removable media to save copies of files or folders.

 

Spring Book Sale: Get the Details!

The Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale kicks off Thursday, April 23, 12:00 PM-8:00 PM with the Members Only PREVIEW Sale.  No4_15booksaleimaget being a current member isn’t a problem as memberships can be purchased or renewed on Thursday at the sale. Members get first chance at the books and other items before the sale opens to the public on Friday. Anyone can join. Memberships support special programming and projects at the library.

On Friday, April 24, 2015, the sale is from 9:00 PM to 5:00 PM and is open to the public.  Thousands of books will be at the sale; these include library withdrawn titles as well as books donated by the public. There will also be movies and puzzles for sale. RSVP volunteers will have a bake sale all the days of the event.  The NPPL Foundation will be selling framed art that was created by re-using vintage Childcraft Encyclopedia art and poetry.

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the public sale begins at 9:00 AM. The book sale room closes at 12 PM for one hour and then reopens as a bag sale at 1:00 PM.  The public can fill a provided bag or their own recyclable bag with books, movies and puzzles for only $2.00 plus tax per bag; with no limit per number of bags filled.

The price guide and other information can be viewed on the Library Foundation’s website, http://www.npplfoundation.org/.

Please contact Cecelia Lawrence, library director at 308-535-8036, Ext. 3321 for additional media information.  Thanks so much for helping us publicize this event.

 

 

Shannon Baker, Mystery Writer, to Speak at North Platte Public Library

The Friends of the North Platte Public Library organization is hosting a Brown Bag Program at the library on Friday, April 17th at 12:00 PM.   Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2014 Writer of the Year, Shannon Baker is the author of the Nora Abbott Mystery series involving murder, environment and Hopi Indians. From the Colorado Rockies to the Nebraska Sandhills, the peaks of Flagstaff and the deserts of Tucson, landscapes play an important role in her books.  Tainted Mountain, the first in her Nora Abbott Mystery Series, is set in Flagstaff, AZ, where she lived for several years and worked for The Grand Canyon Trust, a hotbed of environmentalists who, usually, don’t resort to murder. Baker also lived twenty years in the Nebraska Sandhills where cattle outnumber people 50:1. When Shannon moved to Boulder, CO, Nora followed her and Broken Trust is set in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. Shannon now makes her temporary home in McCook, Nebraska and believes her job description is now itinerate writer.  Her third book, Tattered Legacy, set in Moab, Utah, was published in March.  Learn more about Shannon on her website.

Brown bag programs are free to the public but seat reservations are needed so library staff can set up the room correctly.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch; water, tea and coffee will be provided.  Call the library at 308-535-8036, Ext. 3310 to reserve seats.

 

April Computer Class Schedule

Do you know someone that needs some help in understanding how to use Internet Browsers?  Spread the word about our beginning Internet Skills Class this Thursday morning.  After that class, we will move onto Microsoft Office Classes to complete our spring class line-up.

April Computer Classes:  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.  Classes are listed below:

Beginning Internet on Thursday 4/2 at 9:30 AM: Exploring the World Wide Web, basic searching and learning the features of Internet browsers will be addressed in this class.

Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step Beginning Skills 1, Thursday, 4/9 at 9:30 AM: Microsoft Word is a powerful word processing program.  This class will introduce word processing and its terminology. Learn how to enter text, correct typing errors, change font, and other word processing skills.

Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step Beginning Skills 2, Thursday, 4/16 at 9:30 AM:  This class builds on the skills learned in Beginning Microsoft Word, giving you more hands-on practice.   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, 4/30 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.  This is the first of 3 classes in Excel; the other classes will be held in May.

Celtic Guitarist to Perform at Library March 27th

Jerry Barlow picThe North Platte Public Library is pleased to once again welcome acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow for a special Brown Bag Program. This free event will be held on Friday, March 27th at Noon at the Library, 120 W. 4th St. in North Platte.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches.  Reservations are necessary. The program is funded by a grant from the Republican Valley Library System.

Barlow is a warm, accessible performer and storyteller. His unique and skillfully delivered repertoire incorporates favorite traditional pieces as well as his own Celtic-inspired compositions.  His expressive arrangements of lively jigs, spirited reels, and haunting airs is described as music to soothe the soul, warm the heart and lift the spirit.  Check out Jerry’s website, Jerrybarlow.com, which includes a short video.

“In concert, Jerry brings traditional Celtic tunes alive by sharing the history, humor, and legends behind the music.  “Jerry Barlow … a performer who is skilled, funny and riveting.  Out of the many musicians performing today, the vast majority are skilled in either performing on their instrument or in entertaining an audience.  It’s very rare and extremely enjoyable to see a musician at the very top of his craft in both areas,” says Scott Beach, Director of Colorado Celtic Entertainment.

Barlow’s latest CD, ‘TWAS THE NIGHT, Songs of Christmas, was released in early December of 2013 to excellent reviews.  His 2011 recording, FIELDS AND FENCES, was one of five nominees for Instrumental Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards.

Music from all of Barlow’s recordings can be heard regularly on National Public Radio stations.  He has been featured in Fingerstyle Guitar magazine, and was profiled in the February, 2011, issue of Celtic Connection. He has performed in the Gates Auditorium for the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, and is a favorite of High plains Public Radio’s Living Room Concert Series in Amarillo, TX.

For more information or to make reservations call the Library at 308.535.8036 x 3310.

March Computer Classes

Save FilesPeople wanting to organize their computer files will enjoy our March 12th class. Then our classes for new computer users will be repeated.   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.

Saving and Organizing Computer Files, 3/12/15 at 9:30 AM: This class will teach saving files such as documents created on a computer and how to organize files in folders.  Learn how to rename files, create folders, move files, and use removable media to save copies of files or folders.

Computer Fundamentals,3/19/15:  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, 3/26/15: 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.

March Tech Thursdays include lots of “Freebies”

Don’t miss this month’s Tech Thursday sessions! Want to know all the movies a favorite actor was in?  Check out the March 5th session.  Want to take free online classes or download free and legal music? Come March 12 and March 26th.   Learn easy keyboard shortcuts on your computer March 19th.

What is Tech Thursday? Library staff offer short tutorials on a variety of topics relating to technology on most Thursdays at 1:30 PM.  Sessions are free and will last between 30 and 60 minutes each. You don’t have to pre-register ahead of time.

March 5: Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB- 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.

March 12:  Gale Courses-Online courses to take at home-Learn more about these professional instructor taught courses available with a North Platte Public Library card.  The library has received great feedback from people who took courses in January.  Classes range from Microsoft Office to genealogy and digital photography.

March 19:  Computer Keyboard Shortcuts-Learn some of the simple keyboard shortcuts to use when working on computers such as copy, paste, save and more.

March 26:  Freegal Music-Learn about this new service from your library to download and keep mp3 music and videos for computers and mobile devices.

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.