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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!

Creative Sites for Summer

Explore your creativity online.

The Artist's Toolkit: Visual Elements and Principles
Learn about elements of art and try your hand at creating some art of your own.

Create shapes and patterns that mingle with sound (see image at right).

See how fierce you can make your own roller coaster. Links to other activities.

Get creative with items from your pantry and make some concoctions that have nothing to do with food.

Try your hand at different puzzles.

TV shows about science… Or, if you like Cosmos…

The new Cosmos series with Neil deGrasse Tyson just wrapped up, so here are some suggestions for you to get your astrophysical fix.

Cosmos. Episode I [videodisc]: a personal journey by Cosmos Studios

What makes us human? [videodisc] by PBS

A brief history of time [videodisc] by directed by Errol Morris

400 years of the telescope [videodisc]: a journey of science, technology and thought by producer and director, Kris Koenig

The inexplicable universe [videodisc]: unsolved mysteries by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The universe. The complete season five [videodisc] by produced by Flight 33 Productions for History Television Network productions

Build Your Own Minecraft Server

At this program, brought to our library by Kidpreneur, kids aged 9-13 will learn how to build, maintain and update their own Minecraft server. They will focus on building a server by installing a GUI and configuring port forwarding on modem; learn administrator/OP commands like white list, banning users, giving items and more; updating the server and adding important plugins. No coding skill is required. All attendees must bring their own PC/Mac laptop and have an active Minecraft account. This program takes place on Saturday, July 12 from 10:00AM - 1:00PM. Registration for this program begins on May 29.   

Kidpreneur offers an environment for learning skills in coding, robotics, web design and more that is taught by top practitioners with real-world experience. By providing a space that encourages entrepreneurship, mentoring young thinkers, and collaboration, Kidpreneur cultivates a community of like-minded kids united by common goals, similar interests, and the occassional gaming challenges.

Robotics Information Session

Parents and kids grades 4-8 (for 2014-15) are welcome and encouraged to attend an information and demonstration session about FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge. East Middle School robotics teams and student built robots will be available for demonstration.

FIRST – For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is designed to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders. It combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.

Come and learn how you can participate in these FIRST fun and educational activities.

Event Information: Thursday, June 12 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Community Room

Digital Photo Project Session -CANCELED-

Do you have photos you’d like to share with friends and family? Want to turn some of your best pics into a creative project like customized note cards or a photo book? Whatever your skill level, join us Wednesday June 25, 6:30-8:00 PM in the Internet Lab for this hands-on help and work session. A library staff member will be on hand to offer help, advice and tips, including scanning prints and snapshots, creating a photo book, making customized photo gifts, editing and cleaning up digital images, posting pictures to social media sites or blogs, and transferring pictures from your phone or digital camera to a computer and more. Registration required.

NOTE: Support will be available only for photo editing applications installed on the library's public computers (such as MS Office, Paint and Paint.net, but NOT Photoshop or Photoshop Elements) or programs and services accessible from the internet. Come prepared to start or continue your own digital photo project. If you’re starting with printed snapshots, bring them with you. If you have digital photos, bring them on a portable device such as a USB drive or a camera memory card (such as an SD card).

The Smarter iPhone: Tips and Secrets You’re Going to Love!

Can your iPhone make you smarter and more productive, save you money, make your life easier and help you sleep better at night? Yes, yes, yes and yes!
On Wednesday, July 30, 6:30-8 PM, discover lesser-known features built right into your iPhone as well as several apps that can do some pretty amazing and useful things. This program is appropriate for users of the iPhone 4 or later models (running iOS 7 or 7.1) Join us for this fun and informative class and earn a Geek Out Badge!
(NOTE: Android-based phones will not be covered during the session.)

Intermediate Excel 2010

A more advanced Excel class, great for work or school projects. Learn custom sorting and conditional formatting to make sense of your data. Create eye-catching tables, charts and graphs. Prerequisite: Beginning Excel or previous experience with Excel. Join us Friday, May 30 from 10:00 to 11:30 PM.

Parent University: Google Chromebooks and iPads

Want to learn more about the Google Chromebooks and iPads that PCCS students are receiving? Join us and technology staff from the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools on Monday, May 19 or Thursday, May 22, 7:00-8:30 PM for a hands-on learning session. We will have Chromebooks and iPads for parents to use and explore. Topics to be covered include:
  • Devices and how they are used in the classroom
  • Chromebook use and trouble shooting
  • Google Apps for Education, including resources for help
  • Digital Citizenship-- what parents need to know about online safety, passwords and more
  • Q and A time-- ask the experts

Weekly eBook Drop-In Help

Have you hit a snag with your eReader?  Patrons in need of one-on-one assistance can come in on Fridays from 10:00am to 11:00am to receive basic or extended help with borrowing or downloading books to your electronic device.  No registration required

Savvy Seniors: April 2014

You have an e-reader, now how to use it?  Canton Public Library offers several resources for e-readers: Overdrive, Hoopla, and Zinio.  Bring your registered eBook reader, current Canton Library card and join us on Friday, April 11 from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM to learn the basics of how to check-out free library eBooks and read them on an iPad, Kindle, Nook or other device.   Registration required.

Teen Tech Week Library Meme Contest

Teen Tech Week is March 9th-15th

Celebrate Teen Tech Week with us by creating a library-themed meme to enter in our contest! Submit your meme between March 1st and March 14th for your chance to win a prize.

How to Submit

You can send your meme to us in several ways: Here are a few library memes we found to get you started - but remember, you'll need to create your own original meme to enter the contest!

Computer Basics - CANCELLED

Do computers confound you? We can help! Get an introduction to the world of computers and technology in our Computer Basics class. We'll talk about what a computer is and how it works, and how to tell it to do what you want. Learn the very basics, such as turning it on and using the mouse, and prepare for more advanced uses. No experience required! Join us Friday, March 14 from 10:00-11:30 AM.

Intermediate Excel 2010

A more advanced Excel class, great for work or school projects. Learn custom sorting and conditional formatting to make sense of your data. Create eye-catching tables, charts and graphs. Prerequisite: Beginning Excel or previous experience with Excel. Join us Thursday, March 20 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.