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Announcements and Invitations with Publisher 2013

Looking for an easy but affordable way to create greetings or invitations to all your spring and summer functions (think graduations and showers)? Learn how MS Publisher can help you make them! We'll also talk about how you can use the Mail Merge function to print out personally addressed envelopes. Prerequisite: Some experience with MS Word and Excel. 

Join us in the I-Lab on Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. Registration required.

Computer Skills Lab for Beginners - April 11

If you or someone you know needs assistance with basic computer skills, including Internet use and setting up an email account, please stop in to CPL's iLab between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 11 for our drop-in skills lab. We will have guided activities for practice with mouse skills, copying/pasting, and more.  A librarian will be on hand to answer any questions you may have or direct you to activities and tutorials to help build basic computer skills.

*This lab is restricted to basic computer skills, as listed above. Staff will not be able to assist with the diagnosis or repair of computer equipment, or with online financial transactions.

Hoopla Adds Disney Movies

Canton families rejoice! Hoopla has recently added dozens of Disney titles to its offerings. Enjoy classics like The Muppet Movie or The Black Cauldron without leaving your house. Download the Hoopla app to get started.

Hoopla offers movies, music, television and audiobooks on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Just use your Canton Public Library card to create an account, and get started today!

MS Office 2013 Coming to Public Computers April 1

MS Office 2013 is coming to public computers on Wednesday, April 1. 

If you use Canton Public Library's nearly 150 public computers for work, school or personal use come April, you may notice a change to our MS Office software. MS Office 2013 offers improved features and an updated look, but will still open all of the same file formats as the previous version of this software (MS Office 2010).

What is means for patrons: you will still be able to open your old files, and we hope you will enjoy the updated look of the software. You can visit GCFLearnFree.org or Microsoft Technet's to learn more about this software, or attend any of our MS Office computer classes, which as of April will feature the 2013 versions of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.

New Zinio App Available

Zinio for Libraries is bringing new and exciting upgrades to your experience. Starting Tuesday, March 10 accessing digital magazines with your library card will be streamlined with a new App and improved reading experience.
  • Easier browser-based reading on your PC or Mac
  • Single account for RBdigital reading list AND app
  • New Zinio for Libraries app makes it easier to find your reading list

New directions will be added to our emedia page soon!

...and coming this spring/summer:
  • Browser-based reading for mobile devices
  • Improved access for Kindle Fire users

Drop-in eBook Help, Every Friday 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Have you hit a snag with your ereader?  Patrons in need of one-on-one assistance can come in on Fridays from 10:00-11:00 AM to receive basic or extended help with borrowing or downloading books to your electronic device.  

No registration required, just drop in!

Saturday STEM Science Time

Mix up a little science, technology, engineering and math and what do you get?
A fun way for kids in grades 2-5 to learn new things.  Our focus this month is on math as we celebrate International Pi Day.  Pi is the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet, but it is best known as the symbol used to name a mathematical relationship.  Join us on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 3:14 PM to learn more. Program lasts one hour.  Registration is required.

Image by Marian Sigler [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

New Service: Emergency Phone Chargers Coming Monday, March 2

The Canton Public Library knows that a dead phone battery can be a real inconvenience. Thanks to a generous donation from the Canton Sprint Storea small collection of charger cords will be available at the Main Information Desk for in-house use. 

To borrow a micro-USB cord, lightning cable or 30-pin cable, present your photo ID or library card to a librarian at the Information Desk. These cables can be used with USB ports throughout the library and are compatible with most modern smart phones and tablets, including Android and Apple products. 

The Canton Public Library is not responsible for damage to any patron device.

Chilton Library - Car Maintenance Info Online

Chilton Library offers car maintenance, repair and recall information online. A great resource for those small jobs, or for pricing out larger ones! A newly-added Labor Time Lookup Tool is now available to help you to estimate repair bills. For future auto repair professionals, Chilton also offers sample quizzes for popular ASE Certification tests.

Chilton Library is just one of the valuable resources for vehicle owners available on our databases page.

Enjoy Your Library without Leaving the House

Stuck inside on a snowy day?  Remember that many library services are can be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch!
  • Watch TV or movies, or listen to music  or audiobooks (helpful while shoveling snow!) with Hoopla
  • Read digital magazines with Zinio
  • Read ebooks or listen to audiobooks with OverDrive

Instructions on using any of these services can be found on our emedia page. 

If you are doing research, please remember that most library databases can be accessed from home with your Canton Public Library card. 

Understanding Windows with Learning Express Library

Did you know that Learning Express Library can help you to understand your new  computer? In addition to helping you prepare for a new career, college, or even gaining U. S. Citizenship, LEL has a Computer Skills Center with tutorials on popular operating systems, including Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced lessons on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Create an account with your library card number and track your progress through each lesson, at home or in the library.

STEAM Sites

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.  Check out the sites below to explore these fascinating subjects.  There are interesting facts to discover and fun games to try out.  General grade-range recommendations are provided for each site, but you may find useful info and entertaining activities on sites outside of your grade level as well.

General STEAM sites

Career Aisle Elementary and Middle School: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
(Elementary & Junior High) Want to get a job some day in a STEM field?  Explore career opportunities here.

Fraboom
(Elementary) Explore a virtual museum with games, shows, and live interactions. 

Girls in STEM
(Upper Elementary - Junior High) Explore this guide (primarily for middle school girls but useful to others) that includes STEM sites, books, and organizations.

Wonderopolis
(Elementary - High School) Engage your curiosity and imagination about STEM and other subjects through a variety of media.

SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY sites

Code.org
(Elementary - High School) Gain coding skills through guided activities.

CryptoKids

Frozen characters and Angry Birds encourage kids to learn coding!

Frozen on CODE.orgFrozen's Anna and Elsa lend a hand in teaching children how to code! Join CODE.org in allowing every student the opportunity to learn about computer science and coding.
 

Angry birds is also an option for older kids or adults.



There is an initiative to complete one hour of free coding lessons in order to raise the level of somputer science fluency for kids. There is a push to teach computer science in the classroom to ensure that children are getting the best chance possible to succeed. Please visit CODE.org to sign up and try a lesson today!

What We're Reading: November, 2014

An event in autumn by Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson.  Fans of Mankell's Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander, will enjoy this story set just before Wallander's final case. 

The teacher wars: a history of America's most embattled profession by Dana Goldstein.  Everyone has an opinion about America's public schools and the responsibility of its' teachers. Would you be surprised to learn teachers have been similarly embattled for nearly two centuries?

A share in death by Deborah Crombie. This is the first in Crombie's long running Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series.  It's been on my To Read list for awhile and I thought it's time had come. Nominated for an Agatha Award.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Are you doing all you can to stay safe online? Visit the National Cyber Security Alliance's StaySafeOnline.org website to learn more about what you can do to keep your information, your computer, and your money safe as you use the internet. There are also great tips for parents and business owners on avoiding online threats.

Technology Upgrade Service Impact

The library will undertake a major upgrade of the IT network August 11-15. To minimize impact to patrons, most of the work will be done between 5:00 and 8:30 AM. During this time, you may experience brief disruptions of web services, which should be resolved quickly. If you are unable to access any library web services, please wait a few minutes and try again. We don’t anticipate service disruptions during our regular hours of operation however, any issues will be addressed on a priority basis.

The upgrade to cables and switches in our main network facility will allow us to monitor and address network issues more efficiently, minimizing future interruptions and downtime for patrons and staff. Thank you for your patience.

Beginning Excel

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list
with Microsoft Excel 2010.

Registration required. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Join us Friday August 22 10:00 am.

PowerPoint Basics

Learn to create multimedia presentations or slideshows. Prerequisites: Mouse and Word skills. Join us on Wednesday August 20 at 6:30 PM in the Internet Lab.

Get eLectrified! with emedia services

The emedia link on our website offers numerous options to get eLectrified for the summer. You can earn a Connect Your Summer eLectrified badge by reading a book, swiping through a magazine, downloading music or streaming TV shows and movies, all on your device and free through one of our emedia subscriptions. Each app operates on the Kindle Fire, the iPad/iPhone and any Android device (other devices may vary). Take a moment and sign-up for:

hoopla (TV, movies, music, audiobooks)
Overdrive (eBooks and audiobooks) 
Zinio (magazines).

Get eLectrified today!