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Savvy Seniors February 2013

According to a September 2012 study by Pew Internet of older adults who are online, 50% of adults ages 50-64 report being active on a social networking site. An even more substantial increase in social media use this year were older adults ages 65 and older, which reported being active on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. More so than in 2011, 34% of seniors are now using social networking sites which was up from 26% in 2010.

Computers for seniors for dummie [Large print] by Nancy Muir

Using the internet safely for seniors for dummies [Large print] by Linda Criddle and Nancy Muir

PowerPoint Basics

Learn to create multimedia presentations or slideshows.
Prerequisites: Mouse and Word skills. Join us on Saturday, February 16th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM in the Internet Lab.

Introduction to Pinterest

Pinterest lets you create and share virtual "boards" full of inspiration and ideas about your passions and hobbies. Through images and links posted by other users (or by you), you can plan a wedding, collect recipes, share crafting know-how and more with your friends online! Join us on Saturday, February 2nd at 3:00 PM to learn more about this fun website and start pinning.

Prerequisites: Basic Internet skills and either an email address or a Facebook or Twitter account (required for participation-attendees without these accounts will still be able to observe).

Help for eReader Users

So, you just got an eReader and now you need help figuring out how to use it.

eBook Users Group

Saturday, January 5, 2:00-3:00 PM or Tuesday, January 29, 7:00-8:30 PM. For experienced users or old pros. Drop in and share tips and tricks and learn how to use your eBook in an informal environment.

eBook Basics

Tuesday, January 8, 7:00-8:30 PM. Learn how to check out free library eBooks and read them on your Kindle, Nook or other device. Watch a live demo and try out a few different eReaders. Registration required.

How to Download Library eBooks to your Kindle

Wednesday, January 16, 10:00-11:30 AM. Kindle users, learn how to get the most out of your device, download free library books and more. Bring your Amazon account info. Registration required.

If you can't make it to a class, visit our eBooks page to see tips and instructional videos online. Or just stop it the library and ask at the Help Desk.

Intermediate Excel

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 2007 or previous experience with Excel. Join us Thursday, January 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 AM.

Beginning Excel

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list with Microsoft Excel 2007. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills. Join us Saturday, January 19th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.

How to Choose the Right eReader

We Love eReaders[Update: due to high demand an additional walk-in session has been added on Saturday, December 8th from 4:00-5:00 PM] 

Ready to make the leap into the world of eBooks, but not sure how to choose the right one for you? Join us on Thursday, December 6th from 6:00-7:00 PM in the Internet Lab.to learn more about the current world of eBooks and eReaders, what features are common in today's eReader market, and the difference between popular models and brands. We'll also talk a bit about how the Library can help you make the most of your eReader.

eReader Users Group

Join library staff and other eReader users as we share eBook tips and tricks in an informal environment. Group will meet Thursday, November 15th from 7:00-8:00 PM in Meeting Room A.

eReader Basics

Join us Saturday, November 10th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM to learn the basics of how to check out free library eBooks and read them on your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other device. Watch a live demo.

Explore IT Careers and Certifications

If you are considering an IT career, New Horizons is hosting a free, upcoming program just for you.

IT Education Career Event: Learn about different IT careers, incomes and certifications, Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 PM, New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 14115 Farmington Road, Livonia.

For more information, contact Wendy Juback Wendy.Juback@nhgreatlakes.com.

Beginning MS Word

Learn basic Word skills including creating and formatting text, printing and saving.
Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.
Date: Saturday, November 17th, from 10:00-11:30AM in the Internet Lab.

Neil Armstrong 1930-2012

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon has died at the age of 82. Armstrong was the commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft which landed on the moon July 20, 1969. During Armstrong's famous moonwalk he radioed back to earth the now famous phrase "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

Paper Airplanes and Jet Engines

On Friday, June 29 starting at 10:00 AM, join us in the Community Room to learn how to create a number of awesome paper airplanes, but it doesn't stop there. The kind folks at the Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology (MIAT) will discuss how and why we fly and fire up one of their real jet engines in the west side parking lot. How cool is that? This program is recommended for patrons aged eight and up. In case of rain, the program will remain in the Community Room.

[Paper Airplanes by Stuck in Costoms is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Geek Dad

Are you a tech-savvy dad looking to Geek Out with your kids by sharing your love of science and technology. Ken Denmead, editor of GeekDad, a blog on Wired magazine's Web site has a fun series of books filled with activities for all ages.

The geek dad book for aspiring mad scientists: the coolest experiments for science fairs and family fun by Ken Denmead

Geek dad: awesomely geeky projects and activities for dads and kids to share by Ken Denmead ; foreword by Chris Anderson

Geek Power

Social media sites are great for catching up with people from high school or looking at photos of other peoples children. But did you know that sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are also very powerful tools for business, marketing and even job hunting? Our collection is stocked with books to help you harness the power of the Internet and earn the Geek Out Badge all at the same time!

Starlab Indoor Planetarium

Since the dawn of time, man has dreamed of traveling through the heavens. Today's students are tomorrow's astronauts! Explore the wonders of the night skies on Saturday, July 28 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  In the comfort of their large inflatable Starlab Dome, Dynamic West Assemblies bring the star-filled presentation to you. An awe-inspiring program that is fully interactive, this one is not to be missed!
We will repeat the same show several times within the two hour program time beginning at 10:00 AM.  Please be aware that space is limited. 

eReader Users Group

Join library staff and other eReader users as we share eBook tips and tricks in an informal environment. The group will meet Tuesday, March 20th, 7:00-8:00 PM in the Purple Room.

eReaders Users Group

Join library staff and other eReader users as we share eBook tips and tricks in an informal environment. Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 PM.

Internet Basics

Learn how to search the Web, the library catalog and online databases.
Date: Monday, March 19, from 9:30-11:00 AM in the Internet Lab
Online registration begins at 9:00 AM on March 5