Parsons Public Library will host a fall series of “Tech Tips” workshops, free educational sessions on various technology topics for ages 18 and up. The workshops will include sessions on searching and using the library’s new online catalog, downloading and using eBooks and eAudiobooks, and a look at drones.
On Thursday, September 10 at 6:30, the first workshop will be “3M eBooks”. Library staff members Samantha Graven and Julie Kent will be on hand to help patrons setup their ereaders to download and read free eBooks from the Kansas Digital Book eLending system, an online collection of digital eBooks for Kansas residents. If you have an ereader or tablet, bring it to the workshop and make sure it is fully charged. If you are considering the purchase of a device for reading eBooks, this will be a good opportunity to see what is involved in downloading and using eBooks.
On Monday, September 21 at 6:30, Samantha and Julie will present a workshop on “How to Search Encore”. Encore is the library’s online catalog of books, DVDs, audiobooks, and other items. The catalog is accessible from anywhere there is an Internet connection. Staff will explain basic and advanced search techniques, and how to interpret the search results. The workshop will be repeated on Monday, October 26 at 6:30.
On Thursday, September 24 at 6:30, library staff will present “How to Use Your Encore Account”. Once you learn how to search Encore, you can register for your own personal account. Logging into your Encore account allows you to access your library account through the Internet to see what titles you have checked out, when they are due, and any overdue fines. Ms. Graven will also demonstrate how to renew items yourself, place holds on items you want to check out, manage your holds, and create lists of titles for future reference. The workshop will be repeated on Thursday, October 29 at 6:30.
On Thursday, October 8 at 6:30, Nick Fleury and Brian Dock will present “Drones: the Basics.” Drones, or small UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), have become popular with hobbyists as well as being used for military and commercial uses. Fleury and Dock will provide an introduction to drones, how they fly, and what they can do. There will be live demonstrations of drones in flight indoors and outdoors, weather permitting.
On Thursday, October 22 at 6:30, library staff will present “OneClickDigital eAudiobooks.” OneClickDigital is a collection of digital audiobooks that can be downloaded for free from the Kansas Digital Book eLending system.
Ms. Graven attended Labette Community College, and has been employed at Parsons Public Library for 8 years. She is currently the Interlibrary Loan and Cataloging Specialist.
Ms. Kent received her Bachelor’s degree in General Studies from Pittsburg State University and worked as a trainer for Tri-Valley Developmental Services in Chanute for 7 years before being employed at Parsons Public Library as a Circulation and Young Adult Specialist.
Mr. Fleury and Mr. Dock both work as IT Technicians at Higher Calling Technologies. Mr. Fleury has been flying small hobby aircraft since he was young. Mr. Dock has been flying multi-rotor aircrafts as a hobby for the past 1-2 years.
Each workshop will last 1 to 1 ½ hours. Patrons may attend any or all of the workshops.
Everyone, regardless of skill or experience level, is welcome to attend. Registration for workshops is strongly encouraged. To register or for more information, simply call the library at 620-421-5920. All workshops will take place at the library, 311 South 17th St. Activities are listed weekly on the library’s website, www.parsonslibrary.org, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/parsonspubliclibrary.