The Daily Star
---- — If you are looking for something to do, why not check out the library?
Upcoming programs include the following:
Magic of the Hands and the Mind at 6:45 p.m. Monday. Brian Foley “The Amazing Great” has performed magic professionally for more than 30 years in Europe, for heads of state and for major corporations. His program is an exposition of classical and modern close-up and parlor magic.This performance is intended for an adult audience.
Scrabble Group will mee at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Scrabble enthusiasts meet at the library on a monthly basis to play this popular word game. All ability levels are welcome to attend and there are plenty of Scrabble boards to go around.
Whether you are a beginning genealogist, someone who is looking to get back to genealogy, or a seasoned pro, we have a class for you. All classes are free.
Internet Resources for the Genealogist will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 29; 10 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5 and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 6. The Internet is always changing; get started on your family genealogy with an introduction to the top web sites that genealogist use. If it has been a while since you have visited these sites – come for a refresher. Sites that will be covered include Familysearch.org, USGenWeb, Castle Garden, Find a Grave, and Rootsweb. If there is time, other sites will be covered based on the research questions of participants. Stop by or call to register.
Genealogy Research Time will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 7. If you just need to find the time to do the research in a quiet environment, here it is. Computers will be available for open use for genealogical research. Take advantage of the Library’s subscription to Ancestry.com Library edition or search other sites. Sarah will be available to assist you with your research questions as well. Walk-ins are welcome.
One-on-One Genealogy Research Assistance will also be offered. Call to schedule an appointment by Oct. 25. Sometimes you just hit a road block, sign up for individual genealogy tutorial sessions with Librarian Sarah Livingston. Using book and Internet resources, Sarah will work with you one on one to help you with your genealogical research. Sessions are about an hour long, but can be shorter, depending on your questions.
Get ready for the holidays. Learn how to check out eBooks and audiobooks from the Library. Perhaps you were given an eReader device for the holidays last year and haven’t yet learned to use it? Well, take advantage of these classes and impress your family with your new skills. To take advantage of our public library eBook collection, all you need is a library card in the Four County Library System. If you have any questions about which class you should be in — just ask!
Kindle (and Kindle App): Use your Kindle device or your laptop to check out library books. Your device must be registered with Amazon. If you are using the Kindle App on a mobile device, signup for this class. Classes will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and 31 and Nov. 5, 10 a.m. Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7.
Non-Kindle: For users of Nooks, Sony eReaders, mobile devices, and other brands beside Kindle. This class is also for readers that would like to read a book using just an Internet browser, such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox. Any Internet Browser capable device will work – smartphone, computer or tablet for Internet browser reading. If you are using a Nook or another eReader device that does not support apps – you will need to bring your own laptop to fully participate. You may still come to learn if you are unable to bring your own laptop. Most smartphones and mobile tablet devices are compatible with the app. Classes will be offered 10:30 a.m. Oct. 29 and Nov. 7, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 6, and 5:30 p.m. Nov.5
Audiobooks: MP3 players, Computers, iPods, iPads, Kindle Fires, Nook HD, etc. Do you travel for work or like to multi-task? Maybe audiobooks are for you. Not only can you get books on CD at the library, but you can also download audiobooks from home using a variety of devices. Learn how you can stay in this winter with our Download Zone service. Software is needed to listen to audiobooks on most players and computers. Unless you have an app-compatible device, you will need to bring your own laptop to fully participate. You may still come to learn if you are unable to bring your own laptop. Classes will be offered 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 3:30 Nov. 6.
Computers will be provided. Registration is required. All classes run approximately one hour.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Tina Winstead is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.