Technology

Computer Skills Lab for Beginners

If you are looking to build a foundation of strong computer skills, including Internet use and setting up an email account, please stop in to CPL's Internet Lab between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM on the second Saturday of each month. We will have guided activities for practice with mouse skills, copying/pasting, and more, with trusted experts on hand to answer any questions you may have or connect you to additional resources. The Computer Skills Lab for Beginners is a safe space to build confidence, and learn the things you need to feel “computer savvy” in the Digital Age.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, August 12 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Internet Lab

New Digital Magazine App Available: RBdigital

RBdigital is bringing new and exciting upgrades to your experience. Starting Tuesday, June 27 accessing digital magazines with your library card will be streamlined with a new app and improved reading experience.

If you are new to our digital magazines service, click HERE to learn more about how to experience your favorite magazines on your computer, tablet or smartphone with the RBdigital app!

*Users of the Zinio for Libraries app will be able to continue using this app through the summer, after which it will eventually cease to be available. The Zinio for Libraries app will begin user notification about this change starting the week of July 10th. 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Solstice is upon us! Get your summer started with courses from Gale. Learn How to Start Your Own Edible Garden in a class that helps you pick the right produce for your space, understand fertilization and proper drainage, and learn how to spot pests before they take over your garden. Use your homegrown produce to create Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals, a course created and lead by a certified dietician. Continue your summertime self care routine through exploring Introduction to Natural Health and Healing, a course that focuses on relaxation, diet, and natural remedies for common ailments.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, June 14. 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!

A recent PEW study indicates older Americans (65+) are embracing technology; approximately two-thirds of them go online regularly and many now own smartphones. Not surprising that usage is greater among adults with higher income ($75,000) and are college educated.  Interestingly though, is some 34% of older internet users say they have little to no confidence in their ability to use electronic devices to perform online tasks, while 48% of seniors say that this statement describes them very well: “When I get a new electronic device, I usually need someone else to set it up or show me how to use it.” 

Super STEAM Summer Series

Let's think outside of the box for a second...What does STEAM mean to you? This summer CPL is deviating from the norm and providing innovative programming around the science, technology, engineering, art and math disciplines. This programming is developed for patrons aged 11-13 and registration is required. Topics are as follows...

  • Friday, June 23 -  HTML - In this first session you will learn the basics of HTML coding, and design your own website. Customize the font, content, colors, and more. Bring a flash drive so you can save it, take it home, and show off your work. Designed for students with no coding experience. Registration is required and begins May 25.
  • Thursday, July 6 - Industrial Design: Where Art Meets Science - What's your big idea? Learn how Industrial Design helps tell the story of science ideas. Sketch, draw and design away. Registration is required and begins on June 23.
  • Thursday, August 10 - Sound Frequencies of a DJ - Motown DJ and producer Mike Huckaby visits the library for a STEAM experience like no other. Learn the ins and outs of sound mixing as well as the science behind the sound. Registration is required and begins July 25.

[light and sound image by Derek Σωκράτης Finch shared under CC 2.0]

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, August 10 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Community Room Sound Frequencies of a DJ Registration required.

Since 2010 we've heard "there's an app for that." So why not use an app that will help you accumulate and invest a penny here or there without the limits of a brick-and-mortar institution? There are numerous apps on the market that let you do just this. As always, make sure to research apps and websites before entering any personal information.

  • Mint - this app "brings together everything from balances and bills to your credit score and more. It’s your financial life, in one place that’s easy to understand." Mint is intended to give an overview of finances and help create a budget.
  • You Need a Budget (YNAB) - "Combines easy software with Four Simple Rules to help you quickly gain control of your money, get out of debt, and save more money faster." Similar to Mint but requires a fee and more hands-on management. 
  • Acorns - "Automatically invests your spare change." When connected to a checking account, this app collects the change left after rounding up your purchases and puts it into exchange traded investment funds.
  • Digit - "Saves for you so you don't have to think about it!" Digit is similar to Acorns but works by grabbing random amounts like $2.00 one day and $5.00 a few days later
  • Tip Yourself - "You tip everyone else, but what about yourself? Tip Yourself! You Earned it!" This app is works like a swear jar or a piggy bank except you transfer small amounts of money from a linked account. 

Check out these links for more info:

11 Apps to Automate Your Savings

These Apps Are the Perfect Money Saving Tools for Lazy People Like Me

Budgeting Software Showdown

Saving App Showdown

 

Friedman (coauthor of That Used to Be Us), a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his work as a reporter with the New York Times, engages in an intelligent discussion of the faster paces of change in technology, globalization, and climate around the world. His core argument is that "simultaneous accelerations in the Market, Mother Nature and Moore's law" (the principle that the power of microchips doubles every two years) constitute an "Age of Accelerations," in which people who feel "fearful or unmoored" must "pause and reflect" rather than panic.

"A former police academy classmate and protégé asks Tracy to help solve a cold case that involves the suspicious suicide of a Native American high school girl forty years earlier. But as Tracy probes one small town's memory and finds dark, well-concealed secrets hidden within the community's fabric, her own life may be endangered"--.

Today, people worry that they're going to run out of money in their older age. That won't happen if you use a few tricks for squeezing higher payments from your assets-- from your Social Security account (find the hidden values there), pension (monthly income or lump sum?), home equity (sell and invest the proceeds or take a reverse mortgage?), savings (should you buy a lifetime annuity?), and retirement accounts (how to invest and-- critically-- how much to withdraw from your savings each year?). The right moves will not only raise the amount you have to spend, they'll stretch out your money over many more years. You will also learn to look at your savings and investments in a new way. If you stick with super-safe choices the money might not last. You need safe money to help pay the bills in your early retirement years. But to ensure that you'll still have spending money 10 and 20 years from now, you have to invest for growth, today. Quinn shows you how. At a time when people are living longer, yet retiring with a smaller pot of savings than they'd hoped for, this book will become the essential guide.

"The laugh-out-loud story of a girl determined to keep up with her aging, crazy-as-a-fox mother and learn the truth of her mother's long-secret past...Willow Havens is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to shoot varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonize the neighbors--and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young, modern mothers of their small conventional Texas town. She was in her late fifties when Willow was born, so Willow knows she's here by accident, a late-life afterthought. Willow's father died before she was born, her much older brother and sister are long grown and gone and failing elsewhere: it's just her and bigger-than-life Polly. Willow is desperately hungry for clues to the family life that preceded her, and especially Polly's life pre-Willow. Why did she leave her hometown of Bethel, Louisiana, fifty years ago and vow never to return? Who is Garland Jones, her long-ago suitor who possibly killed a man? And will Polly be able to outrun The Bear, the illness that finally puts her on a collision course with her past?".

If you or someone you know is struggling to catch up in the age of smart phones, apps and social media, TechBoomers can help! TechBoomers is designed with Seniors in mind to help Internet Beginners understand popular websites and apps, offering multi-part tutorials that explain things simply and easily.

TechBoomers also offers tutorials on basic Internet Safety and other online topics. Recently, the site put together a Guide to Fake News, to help users understand what they're reading and evaluate the source, preventing the spread of misinformation. 

Seeking to improve your online skills?  After completing a short quiz on AARP's Skills Inventory you will receive recommendations to build your competencies.  After you have identified the gaps, Canton Public Library's Online Learning databases  such as Gale Courses, LearningExpress Library, and TechBoomers can help you improve your tech skills.

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