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There will be a class on Saturday, August 11 at 9:00 am for anyone who wants to learn or know more about using Kindles with Nebraska Overdrive.  Shari Lingren will be the helper.  Please sign-up at the library soon so we can plan enough spaces and provide handouts.  There is no charge for this. 

There will be a “Learn To Do e-mail” class.  The size of the class will be limited to 2-3 at a time and the times can be arranged to fit your and my schedule.  Come into the library to sign-up for this also.

Since the economy is down and jobs are scarce in this area, this website might be of interest to you.

The library computer lab and the partnerships of Nebraska entities have been mentioned in the last few weeks.  Another one of the websites that are showcased on each public computer in the library is The Nebraska Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.  This organization will work with libraries to provide training to engage youth in being active in the community.  They have webinars and several area of information for anyone interested in promoting youth and keeping them in the community or bringing them back to the community.  http://www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/site/

The library has an ADA computer for use by people with visual disabilities and other physical issues.  We would love to show anyone how to use it. 

The staff spent time with Devra from the Nebraska Library Commission learning about the fancy software on the ADA computer.  There are 4 programs on the computer that offer assistance to visually impaired citizens of the community.  JAWS (Job Access With Speech) is a computer screen reader program for Microsoft Windows that allows blind and visually impaired users to read the screen either with a text-to-speech output.  It reads scanned documents, e-mails, and information from the Internet.  Zoom Text is a magnifier that allows material to be enlarged and read more easily.

            Dragon Naturally Speaking is a program that takes dictation and reads to the operator.  Kurzweil 1000 specializes in providing reading and writing software to assist people who are blind or partially sighted, or who have learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder.   These programs also help people with arthritis and can’t type easily or people who are trying learn a second language with voice assistance.

The library computer lab open house was informative and people who attended learned some interesting background about the newest technology equipment in libraries.  Holly Woldt, a technical support person from the Nebraska Library Commission talked about the different phases of the grant.  Another guest, Margarita Gurrola from the Nebraska Department of Labor expressed enthusiasm for the services offered at the library for the workforce.  She will be doing some training with the Nebraska Library Commission to learn more about this statewide project.

The library is planning a special After Hours Computer Lab Open House on June 11 (Monday) from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.  The community is invited to come see the computers and learn about services that can be utilized on the computers.  Please plan to join us. 

Demonstrations will showcase websites that provide services for citizens in accessing information to “advance access to employment, learning, health information, and E-Government services.”  There are 10 websites that offer these services free to anyone who needs them.       E-government services include the Nebraska Judicial System, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and the Nebraska Department of Labor.  The Nebraska Judicial System website includes information on divorces, child custody and child protection, definitions of legal words and explanations of legal procedures.  With the Nebr. DHHS website one can create an account and follow his/her case concerning benefits; find explanations of benefits in Nebraska and forms to apply for benefits.  The Nebraska Department of Labor website allows for filing for unemployment, job searching and creating an account to keep track of searches.  Employers can post job openings.

Two of the websites provide access to medical information, the University of Nebraska Omaha and a Mid-continent network of medical libraries.  The Nebraska Center for Rural Entrepreneurship is a great site to assist communities in creating employment and to help provide encouragement to younger adults who want to stay in the areas they love.  Other websites are the Center for Rural Affairs, The University of Nebraska Extension Service, The Nebraska Community Foundation and Central Community College.

The button for the Overdrive books has been added to the right side column toward the bottom.  The button for the Transparent Language Learning access will be added soon. 

In order to access the Language Learning program go to http://library.transparent.com/kimballne/  You will need to create your own account and then spend all the time you want learning all the languages you want at your own speed and to your heart’s content.  If you have problems, please ask us questions. 

 

The library has DVD’s available again.  This set of movies is provided by the Panhandle Library System.  There are several sets of 25 movies that rotate through the panhandle libraries on a quarterly basis.  Some of the titles for this quarter are:  “Rain Man”, “Matrix”, “Because of Winn Dixie”, “Shiloh”, “Shrek”, “17 Again”, “Stand and Deliver”, and “The Searchers”.  The limit is 1 per family on these special DVD’s for 3 days.

In many other countries, citizens know 2-3 other languages.  In the United States, only a handful have laerned other languages.  Here is your opportunity to learn another language or several.

February 21 is International Mother Language Day is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999. Its observance was also formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of LanguagesThis occasion brings up the newest service offered by the Kimball Public Library – our online language learning program.  You can learn any of 80 languages through this service either from your home computer or on a library computer.  You can set your own pace and goals.

NebraskAccess is a free service provided by the Nebraska Library Commission to residents of Nebraska.  The site offers several features that are information and entertaining.  I have mention a few of these in the last 2 years, but wanted to reiterate them for you.  You can access these services with your Nebraska Driver’s License or come into the library and get a current password.  http://nebraskaccess.ne.gov/

One of the features is Books in Print 2.0.  You can look up fiction books with a single search box for titles, authors, subjects and ISBN #’s (the unique number assigned to a publication) OR, with an advanced search screen.   Another feature is Non-Fiction Connection for obviously non-fiction books.  This is a nice way to look for books that you might want to read.   Other features include searches for articles from popular magazines and scholarly journals in brief and full-text;  Biographies on many, many people; and Heritage Quest Online for searching genealogy and census reports.

This is a quote from the company: “The methodology of Byki is based on the theory that learning vocabulary is a great place to start when learning a foreign language and that concentrating on individual words and their translations is an effective method of vocabulary learning. The foreign language words and phrases should be reinforced along the way with pictures and pronunciation, but elements that could distract from vocabulary learning – such as sentence building – should be avoided at the beginning stages of language learning. A solid vocabulary is an important foundation for successfully mastering a new language.”

 The software is available and you can log in from home or at the library on the computer with your library barcode.  If you are interested in doing this and want a tutorial on how to get around the software, please let the staff know and we will set up a time.