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September 27, 2006

Computer Tips and Tricks: WordArt and More

If you want to add a “special effect” to a title or other text in your Microsoft Word document, use WordArt. WordArt enables text effects such as skewing, shadowing, stretching and more in different shapes and colors. To add WordArt:
  1. Click on Insert Menu.
  2. Scroll down to Picture and select WordArt.
  3. Select the style you want from the gallery and click OK.
  4. Choose your font type and size then type in your text and click OK.

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You can customize your WordArt by using the WordArt toolbar. If you can't see the toolbar, just right-click anywhere in your WordArt and select Show Format Toolbar. From here, you can edit your text or change it's style. You can also change the color of your WordArt by selecting the formatwordart.JPG icon in the toolbar. A display box will show and you will be able to change your fill or line colors. Use Fill Effects if you'd like to see different effects or patterns.
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You'll learn more of Microsoft Word features by taking computer classes at any Orange County library. For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info.

Photo Gallery - Advanced Origami with Al Aki

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Experienced paper folders came to the library on Saturday, September 23 to advance their skills in origami with instructor Al Aki.

September 26, 2006

Southwest Book Club Welcomes Author Sharon Hinck October 3

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The Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in the library meeting room. Author Sharon Hinck will be discussing her book, The Secret Life of Becky Miller via online interactive chat. If you are unable to come to the library but would like to attend this discussion, you may log on to your computer at www.ocls.info/loe at least 15 minutes before the discussion starts.

Becky Miller, ordinary wife and mother wishes to do great things for family, friends and God. The Secret Life of Becky Miller is light-hearted and humorous "Mom-Lit," but with a far-reaching message for all of us who are striving to "do it all" and searching for the grand purpose of our lives. For more information about the author and her book, click here.

The Southwest Book Club meets the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Anyone age 18 or older is welcome. For more information, please email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info

September 21, 2006

Mind Your Own Knitting September 30

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Join us for a free knitting class sponsored by Knit and Knot on Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 3:30 p.m.

Bring your creativity and enthusiasm. Materials will be provided. Plus watch a spinning wheel demonstration of how yarn is made. All ages are welcome.

For more information regarding this program, call 407.835.7323.

Did you know the library has many materials such as books, DVDs, and VHS to help you learn how to knit or do other needlecrafts? Check our library catalog at www.ocls.info for material selections.

September 20, 2006

Computer Tips and Tricks: Maintain a Healthy PC

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Would you like to have a faster computer? Do you have too many unused files that you would like to get rid of? Just use these simple tips:
Delete temporary files with Disk Cleanup Utility
  1. Double-click on My Computer.
  2. Right-Click on the drive you want to clean.
  3. Choose Properties.
  4. In the General tab, click on Disk Cleanup.
  5. Place checks on all the boxes which you want to remove the files from and click OK.
Check your disk with Scandisk
  1. Follow above steps 1-3.
  2. Click the tab labeled Tools.
  3. Click the button Check Now.
Defragment your PC to help your computer run faster
  1. Follow same steps 1-3.
  2. Click the tab labeled Tools.
  3. Click the button Defragment.
Do these procedures occassionally to keep your computer healthy. If you would like to learn more about this, sign up for Protect Your PC class. Southwest library is offering this class for the month of October so feel free to register.
For more information about the classes, check it out at www.ocls.info.

September 18, 2006

Advanced Origami with Al Aki September 23

Take your origami skills to the next level this Saturday!

Experienced paper folders can learn to construct advanced origami shapes during a class with Al Aki, owner of Origami by Aki this Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 12:30 p.m. This class is not for beginners or those with little origami experience. To demonstrate folding skills, please bring a "crane" which you have completed to the class for the instructor to view.

Registration is required. For more information and registration, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at)ocls.info

September 14, 2006

Computer Tips and Tricks: Text Size

Do you get disappointed when you view something on the Internet like an article and the text is sometimes too small that you can even hardly read it? This is probably because your text size is setup too small or the webpage itself has their text defaulted to small font.
To fix this, this is what you need to do:
1. Click on the View Menu
2. Move mouse pointer to Text Size
3. Select your desired text size (Medium, Larger, or Largest)

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Now you can view the page better. But keep in mind that if you do make the text big and you want to print the page, it will take up more paper to print it.

Always check our blog to learn more computer tips and tricks. Better yet, learn all of this by attending computer classes at any Orange County library.

For more information about the classes, check it out at www.ocls.info.


September 13, 2006

Tech News to Use - 'The Blackberry Thumb'

blackberrytwo.GIF According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), you can now add the "Blackberry Thumb" to a list of workplace maladies.

BlackBerry Thumb refers to an increasingly common, repetitive-stress injury stemming from use of the popular handheld electronic devices. This stress injury causes pain and/or numbness in the thumbs and joints of the hands.
The condition is caused by spending too much time on these devices -- checking and composing e-mails, instant messaging, and accessing the Internet.

What makes it worse is heldhand devices are no longer limited to the workplace as more and more people use them after-work hours to stay in touch with family and friends. And for those middle-agers who overuse the handheld devices, an underlying arthritis condition may be aggravated.

To read the article, including tips by the APTA on how to avoid the "Blackberry Thumb," click here.

September 12, 2006

Al Aki Origami Exhibit September-October 2006

Local artist, Al Aki is well-known to the Southwest Library community. This is Mr. Aki's fourth origami exhibit at the library since 2003. His origami pieces are always popular with children and adults. He has also taught several origami classes for children and adults at the library. Mr. Aki has been a origami teacher and demonstrator for many years and owns his own business Origami by Aki. He also is involved in missionary work and acting.

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Mr. Aki's origami exhibit will be on display at the Southwest Library during September and October in the circular display located in the center of the library.

Experienced paper folders plan to attend Mr. Aki's class, "Advanced Origami" on Saturday, September 23 at 12:30 p.m. Registration is required and the completion of a "crane" prior to attending the class. For more information about the exhibit or Mr. Aki's upcoming class, call 407.835.7323 or email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info

September 7, 2006

Acupuncture: A-Z Questions and Answers

Join Dr. Farrance, Acupuncutre physician for a discussion on all you need to know about accumpunture, Saturday September 16 at 2 p.m. Registration is required, so please call 407.835.7323 to reserve your spot today. Any questions or comments can be directed towards Diane Walker by email at walker.diane [at] ocls.info

Stress Solutions Program

Learn simple body and mind techniques to manage stress this Saturday, September 16th at 11 a.m. Join us for a fun and inspirational program taught by Ariel Albani, Certified Wellness Facilitator, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master. Registartion is required, so please call 407.835.7323. Any questions or comments can be directed to Sandy Mayer at mayer.sandy [at] ocls.info

For more information about the presenter, click here.

September 6, 2006

Colon Cancer: Prevention Nutrition and Screening

Join Denise Fusselman of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando in a discussion of prevention and treatment of Colon Cancer on Saturday, September 9 at 2 p.m. Registration is required, so please call 407.835.7323. Any comments or questions, please email walker.diane [at] ocls.info

For information about M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and about colon cancer, click here.