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November 29, 2006

Wanna' Write a Book? December 6

Have you always wanted to write a book but not sure how to start? Then join published author and Central Florida Romance Writers member Louise Gougeon on Wednesday, December 6 at 3:00 p.m. and learn the process of writing a book.

Reservations are required. Please call 407.835.7481, (TDD) 407.835.7641.

Any person requiring special accommodations to participate due to a disability may arrange for accommodations by contacting the location where the event is held at least seven days prior to the event.

Fingerprinting and Photo ID for Children December 4

Free electronic fingerprinting and photo ID offered by the Children's Safety Village of the Orange County Sheriff's Office will be held at the Southwest Library on Monday, December 4 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

This free service is for children ages 2 and up. The parent retains the cards and no records are kept by law enforcement.

Reservations are required. You can make an appointment/reservation by calling 407.835.7481; TDD: 407.835.764.

If you have further questions, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest(at)ocls.info

Note: Any person requiring special accommodations to participate due to a disability may arrange for accommodations by contacting the location where the event is held at least seven day prior to the event.

November 27, 2006

Photo Gallery - Southwest Librarians Receive Service Awards

Recently, OCLS's Director/CEO, Mary Anne Hodel stopped by the Southwest Library to give librarians, Diane Walker and Sandy Mayer each a "Years of Service Award." Diane (top photo) has been with the Orange County Library System for 30 years; Sandy (bottom photo) for 5 years.

Southwest Book Club Meets December 5

ldod.gifThe Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant.

Diamant writes a rich and captivating novel set in 1800's Cape Ann, Massachusetts of society's cast-offs trying to make a living in a harsh environment. Diamant admits it is fiction based lightly upon historical record which is spotty at best when it comes to the village of Dogtown, a hamlet once existing on the rocky coastline of Massachusetts Bay in the heart of Cape Ann. But Diamant, author of The Red Tent once again brings to life characters (including the dogs of Dogtown) living in a place and time history has all but forgotten.

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

November 21, 2006

Computer Tips and Tricks: Internet Browsers

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When surfing the net, most users have Internet Explorer as their browsers. The tip for today is to familiarize yourselves with other internet browsers that you can download and use. Below is a list of some popular browsers and their features:
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer - the new version (check our previous blog) features tabbed web browsing, RSS feed integration, multiple search engines, and security changes.
  • Mozilla Firefox - an open source browser featuring tabbed browsing, customization via feature extensions and UI themes, RSS support, news, forums, and more.
  • Netscape Browser - has a security center for adware and spyware protection, identity theft protection, real-time feeds, site controls, and more.
  • Opera Browser - features bitTorent, site preferences, content blocker, thumbnail preview, widgets, and more.
  • Maxthon Browser - a highly customizable interface based on the Internet Explorer engine.
  • Flock Browser - browser that integrates social networking, photo uploading, bookmarks, and other features.
  • Safari Browser - a KHTML-based web browser with a built-in RSS manager for Apple Computers and optimized for Mac OS X.

Keep on checking our blog for more computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info

OCLS and MySpace

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The Orange County Library System has created a MySpace account which is geared toward the younger generation. The teen MySpace page is created in order to reach teens in Orange County and raise awareness about the programs and services the library offers. This will also provide opportunities for teens to communicate with the library and each other.
Feel free to check the site at http://www.myspace.com/ocls.

~Information, Imagination, Inspiration~

November 20, 2006

Joshua Mantyla Paper Clip Art Exhibit November/December 2006

Most people use paper clips as a simple and quick way to hold papers together. Well, artist Joshua Mantyla has found another use for them. He creates paper clip sculptures! Yes, that's right -sculptures from a small motorcyle with rotating wheels to a 3-foot mouse - all made from paper clips.

The first piece of paper clip art made by Joshua was a flower for a girlfriend. Next he began twisting up flowers for all his co-workers. Then a friend challenged him to make something bigger. The friendly challenge resulted in a paper clip dog sculpture. The friend was impressed and Joshua's experimentation with creating paper clip sculptures just kept growing. Joshua has no formal art training. The closest "artistic" experience he can think of is taking four years of high school shop. When it comes to creating his paper clip art, Joshua states all he does is "first see with my eyes, then I try to see the object with my mind's eye.

Joshua's paper clip art will be on exhibit at the Southwest Library November/December 2006. Come in and see this unique art form. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info
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The big mouse took Joshua 3,000 total hours to complete.

November 13, 2006

Tom Davis Photography Exhibit - "The Beauty of Realism"

Tom Davis, professional chef and hobbyist photographer is currently exhibiting his photography titled "The Beauty of Realism" at the Southwest Library through January 2007. His photos feature nature, animals, people and food. Tom, a chef could not leave out this last category!

Tom's interest in photography began at age 11 when his father bought him his first camera. In high school, Tom got to use a 35 mm for the first time. Tom continues to learn more about photography by reading books, practicing, and by trial and error. Tom states, "As a photographer, I like to capture the natural beauty of the subject. I use some manipulation, but prefer to see things for what they are. Some subjects you only have a short time to photograph or they are gone or forever changed. Sometime you have to wait for the right moment."

For more information, email southwest(at)ocls.info or call 407.835.7323

Publishers Weekly Top 100 Books for 2006

Publishers Weekly recently released their picks for the 100 top books of 2006. The picks are divided into various categories including: fiction, poetry, mysteries, science fiction/fantasy/horror, romance, comics, religion, religious fiction, nonfiction, lifestyle, and childrens' books. For more information and a complete list of the categories and titles, click here.

Publishers Weekly is an American weekly trade news magazine targeted at publishers, librarians, booksellers and literary agents. It carries the tagline, "The International News Magazine of Book Publishing and Bookselling."

To check for availability of Publishers Weekly top titles and to request home delivery, please go to our library catalog at www.ocls.info or call 407.835.7323

November 8, 2006

Computer Tips and Tricks: Creating Desktop Icons

If you accidentally deleted an icon in your desktop or would like to make a shortcut icon of any program, just follow these simple steps:
  1. Click on Start->All Programs.
  2. Right-click on any program that you want to create a desktop icon.
  3. Move your mouse to Send to.
  4. Click on Desktop Create Shortcut.
You can also create a shortcut icon in your desktop of a web page that you frequently visit.
  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Go the site/page that you want to create a shortcut.
  3. Click on the File menu.
  4. Scroll down to Send to and select Shortcut to Desktop.
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Keep on checking our blog for more computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info

November 6, 2006

The Best in Beauty November 8

Take some time for yourself and come to the Southwest Library for a little spa treatment on Wednesday, November 8 at 1:30 p.m.

The Sanctuary Salon and Day Spa staff will be offering free beauty treatments - eyebrow threading, skin and hair consultations or a mini-massage, plus answering all your beauty questions.

So get that spa glow! But hurry, regisration is required. Please call 407.835.7481 for more information and to reserve your appoinment time today.

For more information about the Sanctuary Salon & Day Spa, please click here. They are located at 8911 Conroy Windermere Rd, Orlando, Florida 32835.