The first discussion, scheduled for Monday, February 24, at 6:30 pm, is on Dance for the Dead by Thomas Perry. This novel, the first in the Jane Whitefield series, features a member of the Wolf Clan of the Seneca tribe who specializes in making victims vanish and conjuring up new identities for people with nowhere left to run. Set in New York, the mystery evolves when a killer stalks an eight-year-old boy and puts Jane’s powers to a terrifying test. The discussion leader will be Sister Rosemary Kolich, English instructor for the University of Saint Mary at Leavenworth and Overland Park. Copies of the book are available now for check-out.
The authors in this series are known for integrating Native American history and culture into their plots and crafting resourceful, intelligent protagonists who solve the mysteries, in part because they are familiar with Native American life. Most of the authors set their mysteries in a particular locale and accurately represent its habits, speech, manners, folklore and religion.
The series continues with discussions on Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman (March 31), The Ghost Walker by Margaret Coel (April 14), and The Shaman Sings by James D. Doss (May 12). All book discussions will begin at 6:30 pm in the multipurpose room of the library.
The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. The Council’s Resource Center is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Parsons TALK series. For more information about KHC, visit www.kansashumanities.org.
Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the library, 311 South 17th St. To check out books and for more information about the reading series, contact the library at 620-421-5920.
January 20-25, 2014
January 13, 2014- January 18, 2014
January 6, 2014 –January 11, 2014
Parsons Public Library announces a series of “Tech Tips” workshops, free training sessions on various technology topics for ages 18 and up. The workshops will occur during January through March and will include sessions on computers, digital photography, ereaders, and social media.
Three workshops on computer technology will be presented by local photographer and former instructor Paul Milks. The first workshop, scheduled for Thursday, January 16, at 6:30 pm, is “Windows 8″. Support for Windows XP will end in April, and computers running XP will no longer receive software updates, which may leave them vulnerable to attacks. Computers that have been recently purchased probably run on the new Windows 8 operating system. Whether you are new to Windows 8, or you have been postponing the upgrade for as long as you can, this class can help you get up to speed with the new version.
Mr. Milks will present two more computer workshops aimed at beginners or those just wanting a quick refresher. “Microsoft Word” will be presented on Thursday, March 13, at 6:30 pm. Word is popular word processing software that can be used to write letters, compile resumes, write research papers for school, and much more. On Thursday, March 27 at 6:30, “Microsoft Excel” is scheduled. Excel is a program that can be used to create spreadsheets, do basic arithmetic, and generate graphical charts from data.
Three digital photography workshops will also be presented by Milks. The first workshop, scheduled for Thursday, January 30, at 6:30 pm, is “Basic Digital Photography”. This workshop will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of shooting, including camera handling, exposure, composition, depth of field and more.
The second photography workshop, scheduled for Thursday, February 13, at 6:30 pm, is “Managing Your Digital Photos”. Digital photo collections can quickly grow into a haphazard mess if no systematic method of filing is used. This workshop will give some tips on how to impose order to a photo collection, eliminate clutter, and preserve those precious digital memories so they’ll be safe and easy to find.
The third workshop, scheduled for Thursday, February 27, at 6:30 pm, is “Manipulating Photos with Adobe Elements”, which will demonstrate basic photo editing and enhancing techniques to make your photos look even more fantastic.
Two different workshops on ereaders, “Ereader Setup” and “Ereader Problems” are scheduled. The workshop “Ereader Setup” is aimed at people who recently acquired new ereaders, such as Nooks, Kindles, or other devices. This workshop will be presented on Thursday, January 23, at 2:00, and the same workshop will be repeated on Thursday, February 6, at 2:00. Library staff members Julie Kent and Samantha Graven will be on hand to help patrons setup their ereaders to download and read eBooks from the Kansas Digital Book eLending system, an online collection of digital eBooks and audiobooks which Kansas residents can download for free.
Patrons who have some experience working with their ereaders, or who attended one of the library’s ereader workshops in the fall and are still having questions or problems, may be interested in the workshop “Ereader Problems” on Thursday March 6, at 2:00, with a repeat on the same day at 6:30. Ms. Kent and Mrs. Graven will test their troubleshooting skills to help you solve your problems in using your ereader and accessing eBooks.
Several workshops will be presented on various social media. “Pinterest” will be presented on Thursday, January 9, at 2:00 and repeated on the same day at 6:30. Pinterest is a free online pinboard and photo-sharing website that allows users to create theme-based collections of images and photos. Users may create multiple pinboards, each based on an area of interest, such as a hobby or travel. Users can “pin” images from a website to their pinboards, “re-pin” images from someone else’s pinboard, or upload original photos or images. Julie Kent will present the workshop.
On Thursday, February 20 at 2:00 and again at 6:30, a workshop on Facebook will be presented by Samantha Graven. Facebook is a social networking website that allows users to keep in touch with friends and family by creating a personal profile, adding other users as “friends”, posting messages and photos, and commenting on others’ posts.
Two additional social media sites, Twitter and Instagram, will be introduced together in the last workshop of the series on Tuesday, March 18 at 2:00, with a repeat of the class at 6:30 the same day. Twitter is a web service that allows users to send and read “tweets”, which are text messages limited to 140 characters. Instagram is a service that allows users to upload photographs and short videos, connect their account to other social media sites, and share photos with others. Samantha Graven will be the presenter.
Mr. Milks has taught computer classes at Labette Community College, and he has been an avid photographer for the past fifty years. He has photographed with black-and-white, color, and color reversal film, as well as digital images. Paul enjoys all sorts of photography, but is especially passionate about wildlife photography.
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.
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.
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. During periods of inclement weather, patrons are encouraged to call the library and check for cancellations. Activities are listed weekly on the library’s website, www.parsonslibrary.org, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/parsonspubliclibrary.
The Library will be closing at 3:00pm tomorrow, Tuesday, December 31st. and will reopen Thursday, January 02, 2014 at 9:00am. We hope everyone has a safe and happy new year.
On Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, A Healthcare Navigator will be at the Parsons Public Library to help you apply for the Affordable Care Act health insurance.
To Schedule an appointment: Phone 913-541-5012 or email KSNavigator@apallc.com.
You are encouraged to review the website at www.healthcare.gov before the appointment to learn about the options available to you.
December 16- 21, 2013
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