Technology

Did you know...

The library makes available a number of magnifiers, large and small, that can be checked out with your Canton Public Library card? The magnifiers can help make reading text easier and are a low cost way to explore the item before making the personal investment.

Magnifiers can be checked out for three weeks and come in a durable bag for transportation. 

Check one out today!

App-y Trails: Travel Tech for Summer Fun

Are you hitting the road this summer in search of sun, fun, and new vistas? Stop in to the library to learn about helpful apps to help you have your Best Summer Ever! From navigating new territory to taking your library with you wherever you go, we'll share our favorite apps for living well while traveling light. Bring your device and your library card!

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Last Tuesday, January 16th at 8:08pm, a meteor lit up the skies over southeastern Michigan. The vibrations from the noise the meteor made as it entered the atmosphere were strong enough to register as a 2.0 earthquake on the Richter scale! 

But... what is a meteor made of? Where did it come from? Why did it make such a loud noise? What is the difference between a meteor and a shooting star? When does a meteoroid become a meteor? Is a meteor the same as an asteroid? You've got questions and we've got answers! Check out the list of books and DVDs below for your space-related information needs.

Astrophysics for people in a hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | large print

Computer Skills Help for Beginners

Are you looking to build a foundation of strong computer skills, including Internet use and setting up an email account? Every public computer in the library now has self-guided activities for practice with mouse skills, copying/pasting, and more, with trusted experts on hand every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning to answer any questions you may have or connect you to additional resources. Computer Skills Help for Beginners provides a safe space to build confidence and learn the things you need to feel “computer savvy” in the Digital Age.

  • Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 PM - Web Express computers
  • Saturdays, 9:00-11:00 AM - Teen Area computers

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, June 23 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM East Wing
Wednesday, June 27 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Information Desk
Saturday, June 30 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM East Wing
Wednesday, July 4 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Information Desk
Saturday, July 7 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM East Wing
Wednesday, July 11 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Information Desk
Saturday, July 14 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM East Wing
Wednesday, July 18 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Information Desk
Saturday, July 21 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM East Wing
Wednesday, July 25 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Information Desk
Saturday, July 28 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM East Wing
Wednesday, August 1 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Information Desk
Saturday, August 4 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM East Wing
Wednesday, August 8 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Information Desk
Saturday, August 11 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM East Wing

If you're thinking of starting a blog or just beginning one, this course on blogging and podcasting is for you. Perhaps you'd like to try out podcasting too. You can and it's easy. In this course, you'll learn how to create, manage, and promote your own blog and audio and video podcast using tools that you already have on your computer—no paid software or equipment is needed.  If you enjoyed this course, then check out creating Wordpress websites and intermediate Wordpress websites

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, December 13. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Tech Take Apart

Have you ever wondered what made up the insides of a computer, phone, keyboard, or mouse? Now is your chance! Pry open, unscrew, and unlock all the components. Feel free to craft with them and make something to take home, or simply explore the inner workings of some common pieces of technology. Types of technology on hand are not guaranteed. For children ages 11 and up and space is limited. Registration is required and begins Nov. 22. PLEASE NOTE: the start time has changed from 2:00pm to 3:30PM

Upcoming sessions

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Feeling a bit confused about Microsoft products on the computer? Want to brush up on your skills? Learn your way around Microsoft Office Word with Gale Courses. Start off with Introduction to Microsoft Word 2016 (the same product we have at the library). Once you feel comfortable, you can move on to the Intermediate Word 2016 class. Already feel comfortable with Microsoft Word? Gale offers classes on a range of Microsoft Office Products including Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and more! 

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, October 18th. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

"It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment; in these qualities old age is usually not poorer, but is even richer."--Cicero (106-43 BC).  More websites to check out:

Help with Aging    Export reporting on the finances of aging.                                     

Next Avenue     "Where grown-ups keep growing."                                         

Grown & Flown      Covers the range of issue relating to raising kids ages 15-25, lessons learned from o.ther Parents and Grandparents.                                    

Top Retirement Places     Find the best retirement communities, active adult communities, and places to retire.     

Sixty & Me (for Women)          Sixty and Me is an online magazine and a global community of over 500,000 women over 60.               

Silver Century      An international website promoting a positive view of aging.                                    

Need help navigating the daily glut of information? These books offer useful strategies, quick tips, and funny stories to help you determine truth from falsehood, likely from unlikely, and serious from silly. 

Have you read (or stumbled into) one too many irrational online debates? This handy guide is here to bring the internet age a much-needed dose of old-school logic (really old-school, à la Aristotle).

The bestselling author of Proofiness and Zero explains how to separate fact from fantasy in the digital world. Seife seeks not to rail against the Internet, but to act as a guide for the skeptic [with] a handbook for those who wish to understand how digital information is affecting us. Readers of this disturbing but entirely convincing account need to remind themselves that the Internet is pretty useful, but they will not deny that it teems with garbage.  -Kirkus Reviews

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