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Pearl's Picks for November 2008

Oxygen by Carol Cassella (2008)

The main character in Carol Cassella's very readable first novel, Oxygen, is, like Cassella herself, an anesthesiologist in Seattle. Dr. Marie Heaton finds her life gone badly off track when what should have been a pretty routine surgical procedure goes wrong, and eight-year-old Jolene Jansen dies on the operating table. Jolene's mother files a malpractice suit against Marie as well as the hospital, and guilt, grief, and fears about her future as a physician begin to take their toll on Marie. She turns for support and reassurance to her colleague, Dr.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Nov 17, 2008

Best FriendsBest Friends (Martha Moody): From their first meeting at Oberlin College in 1973, the friendship of two very different women - one from a working-class, Protestant family in Ohio and the other from a wealthy, Jewish family in L.A. - spans two decades and endures family and career demands.

Senior Book Discussion - Nov 19, 2008

Lake of Dead LanguagesThe Lake of Dead Languages (Carol Goodman): Jane Hudson fled the Heart Lake School for Girls in the Adirondacks after a terrible tragedy. Now Jane has returned to the school as a Latin teacher, recently separated and hoping to make a fresh start with her young daughter. But ominous messages from the past dredge up forgotten memories. (Note: We meet the third Wednesday of November due to the Thanksgiving holiday.)

November 2008 Lunch & a Book - Nov 13

Their Eyes Were Watching GodTheir Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston): When independent Janie Crawford returns home, her small African-American community begins to buzz with gossip about the outcome of her affair with a younger man, in a novel set in the 1930s South.

Mutual Fund Investing - Sept 27

9:30AM - 11:30AM
Choosing the right funds for your investment portfolio can be difficult. Learn the ins and outs of mutual fund investing using popular online resources as well as library databases. Pre-requisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.
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PowerPoint II - Sept 18 or Oct 23

Discover more tricks to enhance your presentations by adding motion and sound in MS Office 2007. Prerequisite: PowerPoint I.

PowerPoint I - Sept 11 or Oct 16

Create multimedia slideshow presentations in MS Office 2007. Prerequisite: Mouse and Word skills.

MS Word III - Sept 20, 30 or Oct 28

Develop skills to construct text boxes, multiple columns, column breaks, and manipulate paragraphs to make a newsletter using MS Office 2007. Prerequisite: MS Word I or equivalent.

MS Word II - Sept 13, 23 or Oct 14

Learn to add tables, headers and footers, symbols, and other commands to enhance a document in MS Office 2007. Prerequisite: MS Word I or equivalent.

MS Word I - Sept 6, 16 or Oct 7

An introduction to word processing in MS Office 2007. Learn to create text, format, print, and save documents. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Library Resources That Make the Grade - Sept 25

Gone back to school? Learn to use the library efficiently to meet your classroom needs. Explore library resources including the catalog and online databases to find books, newspaper articles, magazine or peer-reviewed journal articles and more. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Internet Basics - Sept 5, 26 or Oct 17

Get acquainted with the basic features of Internet Explorer. Learn how to search the Web, the library catalog and online databases. Prerequisite: Mouse skills or equivalent.

Genealogy Online - Oct 11

Explore your roots online with Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest databases. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

The First Steps to a Smart Start-Up - Oct 18

Have you ever thought of starting your own business? Let us guide you through the maze of information for new entrepreneurs. Topics include where to find hard data, business plans and more. Lecture and some Internet use. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Excel II - Sept 18, Oct 7 or 22

Use data, graphics and charts, and learn how to customize toolbars in MS Office 2007. Prerequisite: Excel I or equivalent.

Excel I - Sept 4, 30, or Oct 15

Learn the basics of a spreadsheet to create a family or personal budget in MS Office 2007. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Digital Camera for Beginners - Oct 4, 2008

Transfer photos onto a computer, use MS Photo Editor to crop, rotate and resize pictures, plus email them. Visit print processing websites, too. Please leave your camera and photos at home. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Basic Computer Maintenance - Oct 9, 2008

Keep your computer healthy by performing routine maintenance. Learn to empty temporary Internet files, delete cookies, defragment the hard drive, use scandisk and disk cleanup, uninstall unwanted programs, etc. Lecture and some Internet use. Prerequisite: Some computer knowledge.

Pearl's Picks for October 2008

Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey (2007)

One of the best reasons to give Janet Lee Carey's Dragon's Keep to young teens (especially girls) is that it's a page-turning fantasy filled with well-drawn, three-dimensional characters (both human and otherwise). Because one exciting episode (and chapter) no sooner ends than another one begins, Carey's book would have made a wonderful serial, if only there were a magazine for teens that did that kind of thing.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Oct 20, 2008

Jitterbug PerfumeJitterbug Perfume (Tom Robbins): This philosophical epic, with a large cast of characters, addresses the fervent desire of the human race to overcome the tyranny of aging and physical death.