On The Page column by Susan Dearman
Special to The TIMES
Summer is winding down quickly, and a change of season is around the corner.
Fall has always been my favourite time of year – the days cool off and I get to wrap up in my coziest sweaters again. It is also an exciting time of year for students who will return to school refreshed and looking forward to learning new things.
Even if you aren’t heading back to class, there are plenty of ways to be a lifelong learner this fall, and the library is a great place to start.
If you are new to computers and not sure where to begin, you are not alone. Many people find these ever-changing machines confusing and frustrating, although they are quickly becoming entrenched in our daily lives. If you’d like to gain some computer knowledge and learn some basic skills, the library offers many free computer classes to help you.
Computer Basics is one such class. The goal is to introduce first-time computer users to essential computer skills. Staff will demonstrate how to use the keyboard and mouse, how to open and save files, and how to find your way around Windows. You will leave with more computer confidence, and with fundamental skills on which to build your knowledge.
If you’ve already got the basics down but need some guidance online, register for Fun With the Internet, a class designed to gently introduce people to the world of the web. We will help you understand what the Internet is, how to properly navigate it, how to use Google, and more.
If you feel like you’ve got the basics under control but you’ve still got a few questions, whether it is how to set up an email account or how to get eBooks onto your eReader, visit Drop-in Computer Help on Mondays, 2-3 p.m. The class is designed to address a variety of topics using our own staff expertise.
Whatever your question, we will do our best to help you.
For those who are social networking and who want to join in the online fun, we have classes that will teach you how to use social sites with ease. Join us on Monday, Sept. 16, for an introduction to Facebook. We will discuss account set-up, how to add friends, and privacy settings.
Those interested in the online phenomenon that is Pinterest can join us on Oct. 9 for full details on this mesmerizing site. And if you’ve decided to join the twitterverse, we will hold a Twitter workshop on Nov. 13.
Another successful year for the Summer Reading Club
As summer wraps up, so does the FVRL Summer Reading Club. The hundreds of adults, teens, and children who participated over summer 2013 made it one of our best years yet, and to celebrate, we held the Summer Reading Club finale on Aug. 27 in Memorial Peace Park.
Children who completed their Summer Reading Club records collected their medals from Mayor Ernie Daykin, who congratulated all of the great readers in our community on their achievement.
Library Live and On Tour were on-hand for the festivities, along with the Tim Horton’s Cruiser with plenty of tasty treats. The fun-filled day included crafts, facepainting, balloons, and a book exchange.
Teens also celebrated their summer of reading with the Teen Summer Reading Club Wrap Party on Aug. 21, bringing books to exchange with a friends, enjoying snacks and games, and winning prizes.
The library has a great lineup of programs this fall, from film nights and writers workshops for adults to Storytime and Wacky Wednesdays for kids, so be sure to check out our new fall program guide arriving at a library near you very soon.
See you in the library!
Sarah Dearman is a librarian with the Maple Ridge Library
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