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December 8, 2007

Southwest Book Club Meets December 11

The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library. We will be having our first "My Book to You" celebration. Come join us to celebrate a year of great reads! Share your favorite book from this past year. Book list flyers will be provided so you can write down titles and authors of books you would like to read that others have enjoyed. Enjoy refreshments and conversation with other book lovers.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest(at)ocls.info

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November 28, 2007

Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Holiday Health December 6

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Come hear Dr. Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Doctor of Oriental Medicine discuss how Chinese herbs and acupuncture can help you battle holiday stress. Sample different herbs and healthy soups!
Southwest Library
Thursday, December 6
7:00 p.m.

Dr. O'Shaughnessy is owner of Aesthetic Acupuncture Clinic in Orlando and author of the book, Traditional Chinese Medicine- Esthetician Guide which shows the aesthetician how to incorporate Chinese Medicine into their skin analysis or treatment. To learn more about Dr. O'Shaughnessy and her clinic go to http://www.aestheticacupunctureclinic.com/

Limited seating. Reservations are required. For more information and registration, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Party in Style Program December 5

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Party in style this holiday season by learning a few tips about hair up-do's. Check out a demonstration on how to do your own, fast and simple up-do's.

Southwest Library

Wednesday

December 5

11:30 a.m.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323.

November 26, 2007

Holiday Origami December 1

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Join Al Aki, origami instructor to learn how to create holiday-themed origami pieces. A local artist, Mr. Aki is well-known to the Southwest Library community. He has 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 storytelling and acting.

Holiday Origami will be held Saturday, December 1 at 11:00 a.m. There is limited seating. Reservations are required. All children age 10 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No prior experience is necessary. Supplies will be provided. Call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info for more information and reservations.

Don't miss this great holiday program!

November 20, 2007

Blood Drive on December 5 @ Southwest Branch Library

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Wednesday, December 5 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

Donate and Receive:
*Free $10 Publix Gift Card
*50% off Adult Admission to ICE! at Gaylord Palms (for donor only)
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations, receive a $10 Darden Gift Card)

Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org (Enter Account Sponsor Code of 42345) or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

Help save lives-give blood on December 5! Happy Holidays!

November 16, 2007

Break Dance Session on November 17

Break Out!

Calling all breakers! Whether you are new to breaking or you have your own crew, we want all b-boys and b-girls to come to the library for a class on this urban street dance. This program is for those ages 13-18. Saturday, November 17 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 407.835.7323.

This program is part of the A.R.T.: Art Revolution for Teens series funded by the Hot Topic Foundation and Disney's Helping Kids Shine Grant.

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Tall Ships Exhibit November - December 2007

John Levell, Sr., model shipbuilder currently has several of his model ships on exhibit at the Southwest Library. John has been buidling airplane, automobile and ship models since he was a teenager. John, along with his two brothers had a model room in the basement of their home in Orange, Massachusetts. At one time, the boys opened a model store in a section of their father's radio and T.V. store. An uncle, Ken who was in the U.S. Navy during WWII helped to deepen John and his brothers' interest in ships; along with their father, Norman who also buiilt model ships.

John served for five years in the U.S. Navy and for 19 years in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He was employed with Lockheed Martin for 39 years before retiring in 1995.

John builds the ships from kits purchased from model distributors. Generally, each ship takes from two to three years to complete. Each ship is a replica of real ships used during the 19th century.

John's "Tall Ships" collection is on exhibit in the foyer display case at the Southwest Library during November and December. For further information, please call the Southwest Library at 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

The two ships below are the "Swift" (top) and the "Kate Cory" (bottom)
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November 7, 2007

Southwest Book Club Meets November 13

The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, Last Train to Paradise by Les Standiford.

Standiford describes the remarkable and challenging efforts of the ambitious entrepreneur, Henry Flagler to construct a railway that would connect Key West to the mainland. The author's writing style brings to life the design and engineering of the project, the thousands of workers who brought Flagler's vision to life, and the 1935 hurricane that destroyed the railway.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest(at)ocls.info

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November 1, 2007

Top Undiscovered Sites

PC Magazine has listed their best 100 undiscovered sites for the year 2007. They're categorized in different levels - from Info and Research all the way to Web Applications. Make sure to check them out because you'll definitely like them . Here are a few of these top sites:

Info, Reference, & SearchHealth and FoodLifestyle & Entertainment
Hard to Find 800 NumbersExtraTastyGoing.com
NinjawordsMenupagesI Can Has Cheezburger
UncyclopediaTop Secret RecipesMeeVee
Wikisky.orgThe World's Healthiest FoodsMyPunchbowl
Money and CareerMusicNews, Politics, and Government
BullPooBeethere.netGuerilla News Network
IndeedImeemMediaStorm
KivaSingShotTech President
RentometerSlackerTopix
Shopping, Classifieds, & TravelDownload and DIYGaming
The BargainistDaFontK2xl
Roadside AmericaInviteShareKongregate
Ugallery.comMajorGeeks.comLikeBetter
YaptaWebsite GraderLine Rider.com
Hardware and Software BlogsVideoWeb Apps
All Things DigitalDabbleBubbl.us
GoodClean TechuLinkxEyejot
Download SquadUstream.tvMeebo
MashableVideoJugPicnik


Keep 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

October 29, 2007

Photo Gallery - New Children's Area Construction Update

The construction on Southwest's childrens area is almost complete. Just a little more detail work and installation of computers is planned. But our little customers and their parents have been enjoying the new decor and furniture. Both staff and customers agree the wait was worth it!

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October 13, 2007

Doris Lessing wins Noble Prize in Literature

The Noble Prizes were created when founder Alfred B. Nobel (1833-96) bequeathed $9 mil, the interest on which was to be distributed yearly to those judged to have most benefited humankind in physics, chemistry, medicine-physiology, literature, and promotion of peace. Prizes were first awarded in 1901. The 1st prize in economics was awarded in 1969, funded by Sweden's central bank. Each prize is now worth about 10 mil Swedish kroner (about $1.3 mil). The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2007

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Click on Doris Lessing who just won the Noble Prize in Literature.

Check out our web site to see what other books we carry by this author. Doris May Lessing also wrote under the names Jane Somers and Doris Taylor.

October 12, 2007

Google Presentations

September 18, 2007 was the release date of Google Presentations. This is a PowerPoint-like application added to the Google Docs & Spreadsheets (which is now called Google Docs).
Google Presentation allows you to create slides and apply pre-defined themes, layouts, add images or text and organize it any way you want. You can also import your exisiting presentation files here. It has a simple interface which may benefit those who currently struggle using presentation tools.

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Another neat feature of this application is users will be able to manage and share presentations by just sending email invites and this would enable them to edit the presentation together online in real-time or at different times. Users can also present and control the slide shows over the Web without any additional software and simultaneoulsy chat with viewers via integrated chat.

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Check out the Google Tour for more information about this application and feel free to create a Google Account if you haven't done so.

Keep 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

October 10, 2007

Fall Has Arrived at Southwest

Southwest is celebrating the Fall season with autumn and Halloween displays.

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A spooky and fun Halloween display created by Melanie Williamson, Stampin' Up Independent Demonstrator. For more information about Melanie and her display go to sumelanie.stampinup.net

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A few friendly scarescrows to greet Southwest customers.

October 2, 2007

Southwest Book Club Meets October 9

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The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, March by Geraldine Brooks.

In this Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction in 2006, Brooks imagines the Civil War experiences of Mr. March, the absent father in Louisa May Alcott's, Little Women. Mr. March is an idealist and a man of faith whose convictions are challenged by the horrors of war.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest(at)ocls.info

September 25, 2007

Fiesta Time at the Library September 27

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by coming to "Fiesta Time" at the Southwest Library on Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. Join the fun with lots of Latin moves, music, taste and cultural traditions.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Any person requiring special accommodations by contacting the location where the event is held at least seven days prior to the event. 407.835.7641 (TDD)
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September 19, 2007

Meet Local Authors of Award Winner Children's Book September 22

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Meet the local authors of the children's book, The Adventures of Lady: The Big Storm I ris Pearson and Mike Merrill on Saturday, September 22 at 10:30 a.m. The authors will be reading the book and sharing about its main character, Lady.

The Adventures of Lady: The Big Storm is the winner of the 2007 New York Book Festival Best Children's Book Award. It is illustrated by former Disney Animators. This is the story of a scared and lost little squirrel named Lady who lands in a strange backyard. The book explores children's fears of being left alone and inspires the understanding that even in the darkest of times, something wonderful is often just around the bend.

When Iris Pearson is not being a squirrel mom she is a Production Accountant for Television Shows and Film. She works with Project Firefly Animation Studios, a group of former Disney Animators who illustrated this book. Co-writer and Iris' husband, Mike Merrill is a Certified Public Accountant with a Masters in Business Administration. His firm specializes in Television Production Companies. Mike, Iris and Lady live in Orlando, Florida.

For more information about this program, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Kelly Eklund Photography Exhibit

"Photography by Kelly" is currently on exhibit at the Southwest Library during September and October. Kelly's exhibit includes black and white, sepia (brown tones) and color photos featuring nature and people.
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Kelly found her passion in photography while she was a sophomore in the Visual and Performing Arts Program at Dr. Phillips High School. Currently, Kelly is going to college and works at SeaWorld where she shoots photos of shows and special events. In her free time Kelly shoots portraits, weddings and engagement photos.

Kelly is inspired by nature. She loves to photograph nature and its' beauty. Kelly uses a Nikon D50 SLR, a Canon Rebel GII film SLR and a Konica TC film camera. For more information regarding Kelly's exhibit, please contact the Southwest Library at 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Kelly may be contacted at KellBello4@aol.com

September 10, 2007

Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Women's Issues Program September 13

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Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Doctor of Oriental Medicine and owner of Aesthetic Acupuncture Clinic in Dr. Phillips Orlando will discuss Chinese herbs and acupuncture for women's issues and stress on Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Learn about and view samples of Chinese herbs used in the treatment of infertility, menstrual issues, menopause, weight loss and stress. See an acupuncture demonstration.

Dr. O'Shaughnessy is the author of the book, Traditional Chinese Medicine- Esthetician Guide which shows the aesthetician how to incorporate Chinese Medicine into their skin analysis or treatment. To learn more about Dr. O'Shaughnessy and her clinic go to http://www.aestheticacupunctureclinic.com/

September 5, 2007

Southwest Book Club Meets September 11

The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death, himself narrates the story of Liesel. Liesel is a young German girl whose book stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family, neighbors and the Jewish man they are hiding. The publisher has marketed this book for young adult readers, though it was published in the author's native Australia for adults. A New York Times bestseller.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest(at)ocls.info

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Photo Gallery - Southwest Contruction Work Updates

Construction in our children's area continues to make progress. Completion is anticipated for mid-September. Southwest staff apolegize for the inconveniences to our customers caused by the construction. We hope all will agree when completed it was worth the wait! Watch for more photo updates.
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August 30, 2007

Computer Tips & Tricks: Working With Function Keys

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Every now and then, someone will ask me about Function Keys. I know every one of us has seen these 12 function keys on the keyboard. But how many of us use these keys? I bet some of us never even touch these keys. Actually, using Function keys will help get our work done easily. They perform different functions in different applications and programs. They can also be used in combination with other keys such as the CTRL, ALT, and Shift keys.
Here is the brief rundown of the function keys and what they can do for you.

F1
This will bring up a help menu. If you press F1 while in a program, the help menu for that program will usually appear.
F2
You can use this to rename an item when working in Windows. To do this, highlight any folder or file, and press F2. You can then type a new name for the object. This works just like when you right-click on a file or folder and selecting Rename.
F3
When you are working in Windows, this key will open the Find Files window.
F4
Press this to open the Address bar when working in Internet Explorer. It will allow you to type the address of a Web page for quick access. You can also press ALT and this key at the same time to close the open Window that you are currently working on.
F5
This key means refresh. When viewing a Web page, you press F5 to refresh the screen. When you are in MS Word, you will have the Find and Replace window if you press this key.
F6
F6 is often used to move the cursor around the structure of the program. For example, if you're in MS Word, press this key and you will go to the next pane or frame.
F7
Users have no use of this key in Windows. But in other programs such as MS Word if you press this key, you will get the spelling command.
F8
This can be used to access the Safe Mode if pressed while booting the computer.
F9
Users have no use of this key in Windows. But in individual programs such as MS Word, pressing this key will update the selected fields.
F10
This key is used to activate the menu bar in many programs. Pressing the Shift key and F10 will bring up the shortcut menu. This is similar to right-clicking on an object.
F11
Pressing this key will open your window in full screen mode or what we call the KIOSK mode. All the toolbars will disappear and can be useful to see more information on the screen. Press F11 to toggle you back to normal view.
F12
Users have no use of this key in Windows. In other programs like MS Word, this will give you the Save as command.

Reference: www.aarp.org

Keep 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

August 20, 2007

Computer Tips and Tricks: Administrator Account: I Forgot My Password!

Have you ever tried to figure out your password to your Administrator account? Let's say you're trying to log on to your computer but you don't remember your password at all. This is quite a problem especially if you have the Administrator account because you won't be able to modify anything in your computer or even change settings. This usually happens because you don't usually use that account, and you end up forgetting the password. Well, if this happens to be you, here's what you can do.
  1. Reboot your computer in Safe Mode. To do this, restart your computer, but once Windows starts to boot up, hit the F8 key on your keyboard. You will see a list of boot options and just select Safe Mode and hit Enter.

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  3. Once your computer is in Safe Mode, go to Start, Run and type in "control userpasswords2." A new window will then come up with all of your user names listed.

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  5. Click the Administrator account and hit the Reset Password button.

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  7. Type in a new password in both the New Password and Confirm New Password boxes.
  8. Click OK and your passwords will be changed.
  9. Restart your computer normally and you are all set!


  10. Keep 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

August 14, 2007

Self-Checkout Coming to Southwest

Self-checkout is coming to the Southwest Library!

The photos below indicate currently things are a bit topsy-turvy and messy as the conversion to self-checkout is underway. But the excitement builds as it all comes together and this new service becomes available to Southwest customers. All customers will need a PIN number. So be sure to get one soon, if you do not have one. Just ask a library staff person.
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August 9, 2007

Dare to Have a Beauty Escape Program August 11

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Come join Rashmi of Rashmi's Beauty & Boutique on Saturday, August 11 at 12 noon to learn great beauty tips. Experience and receive free eyebrow threading. Relax and enjoy!

Please RSVP by calling 407.835.7481.

Any person requiring special accommodations to participate due to a disability may arrange for accommodations by contacting Southwest Library at 407.835.7323 prior to the event. 407.835.7641 (TDD)

August 7, 2007

Southwest Book Club Meets August 14

The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, The Birth House by Ami McKay.

McKay's debut novel is set in early 20th century Nova Scotia. The first daughter in five generations of her family, Dora Rare becomes an apprentice to a gifted midwife and storyteller before their home is threatened by the arrival of a brash medical doctor who promises sterile and painless births.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest(at)ocls.info

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July 30, 2007

Blood Drive on August 15 @ Southwest Branch Library

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Wednesday, August 15 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

Donate and Receive:
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations you receive $10 in Darden Restraurant Gift Certificates)
*FREE Mini Physical
*Wet 'N Wild Discount Coupon

Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.
All Gift Cards will be mailed to the donor's home address

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org (Enter Account Sponsor Code of 42345) or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

Help save lives-give blood on August 15!

July 26, 2007

New Library Resource for Book Clubs

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Not sure what to read? Need multiple copies of a title so that you and your friends can read together and discuss the material? Check out our Book Bundles ! We've gathered approximately 5-15 copies of a particular title for you to check out for yourself and your friends. To learn more about Book Bundles, available titles and other resources for book clubs, visit the Book Clubs page in our Virtual Gallery.

For more information about the Southwest Book Club or other library-sponsored book clubs, call 407.835.7323 or email mayer.sandy(at)ocls.info

July 23, 2007

Photo Gallery - Firefighter Heroes Program July 13

The library's summer reading program provided opportunity for parents and children at Southwest to meet and talk with real firefighters of the Orange County Fire Department and to tour their truck. Attendees even got a chance to try out the fire hose!

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July 18, 2007

Harry Potter 7 is Almost Here!

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The countdown to Harry Potter 7 has started. Fans eagerly await the release of the book and many plan to attend a festivity or two celebrating the release of the final book in the series. In preparation for the momentous release, Potter enthusiasts have spent time rereading the series and brushing up on trivia. But wait! There may be a few things left to learn especially about the author of the series, J. K. Rowling. Take a look at the article, 10 Things to Know about J. K. Rowling

For more on Harry Potter trivia, check out the Library's virtual gallery. To request a copy of book 7 (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) for home delivery or location pick-up, call 407.835.7323 or go to www.ocls. info>library catalog to make your request online. Please have your library card and PIN ready.

Three days and counting...

July 7, 2007

Photo Gallery - New Computer Classroom at Southwest

Another renovation job has been completed at Southwest. The result is a new classroom complete with new tables, 8 computers and a screen. Southwest also received additional computers for the public to use. Our technology instructors are overjoyed and we have heard many positive comments from our patrons. Thanks to all the electricians, network engineers and our own IS Department for a job well done!

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Southwest Book Club Meets July 10

Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, Digging to America by Anne Tyler.

A chance encounter between two families at an airport occurs as both await the arrival of an adopted daughter from Korea. This prompts an examination about what it means to be an American as the two families intertwine over the years.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The Book Club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

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July 2, 2007

Computer Tips and Tricks: MyEbayFox

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Do you use Firefox as your web browser? Do you buy and sell items on Ebay on a regular basis? If you do, you could definitely use MyEbayFox.
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MyEbayFox is another version of Firefox that has been designed for you to give you a better Ebay experience. When you download this browser, you will get a new toolbar that is set up for your Ebay interactions. There is less hassle than with Ebay's actual web site because you already have all the buttons you need to handle your Ebay business. You could search through Ebay items, access your account, see ending auctions immediately, and more. MyEbayFox also comes with security like phishing and spyware protection and this browser definitely works with all Windows versions (including Vista), Mac OS X, and later.
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Adblock Plus is an added feature along with this nifty toolbar. This will remove all of the banner ads and animations you see on Ebay's site and it definitely limits your distractions to help you get your work done faster. noAds.jpg
Want to try out MyEbayFox for yourself? Just click here.

Keep 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

June 18, 2007

Sy Tyson Mixed Media Exhibit June-August 2007

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Vibrant, colorful prints of flowers, people, nature and geometric designs to three- dimensional black and white prints describes Sy's artwork. Sy's love of flowers and rare plants is portrayed in much of his art. His artist's tools - a colored pencil and an ink pen. Sy always felt the need to express himself. As a child, he was forever drawing or doodling. Sy is now retired after working at various interesting careers including bank vice-president, IBM engineer, and business owner of a company that made clocks. These days Sy is very busy creating lovely works of art for all to enjoy. In fact, Sy is not completely happy unless he is creating.

Sy's work will be on exhibit June through August at the Southwest Library. For more information on Sy Tyson and his art, visit his website at www. sytyson.com
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June 5, 2007

Summer Reading Program Kicks Off June 8

The Super Slammin' Summer Reading Program will kick-off at Southwest Library on Friday, June 8th! This reading program is for school-age children ages 6-12. It includes storytelling, games, activities and contests.

Join the Pirates Dinner Adventure this Friday at 10:30 a.m. for a "treasureful" reading adventure. Other Friday morning programs this summer include:
June 15 - Power Reading with Ronald McDonald 10:30 a.m.
June 22 - Butterfly Lady 10:30 a.m.
June 29 - Dr. Doreen Spleen 10:30 a.m.
July 6 - Friends of Planet Earth 10:30 a.m.
July 13 - Fighting the Heat: Firefighter Heroes 10:30 a.m.
July 20 - Soup-er Chef Chartreuse 10:30 a.m.
July 27 - Daring Deanna 10:30 a.m.

Additional Special Programs on Wednesdays include:
June 13 - Secrets Revealed 2:00 p.m.
July11 - Transformers 2:00 p.m.
July 25 - Underdog Saves the Day 2:00 p.m.

The Summer Reading Program concludes on Saturday, August 4 with a Super Slammin' Bash at the Downtown/Main Library at 3:00 p.m. A grand prize drawing will be held!

For more information about these programs and registration, please call 407.835.7323 or go to www.ocls.info/children/KidsConnect/default.asp

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May 23, 2007

Computer Tips and Tricks:

If you love "eye candy", fancy animations and visual effects in your computer, this week's computer tips and tricks is for you. If you don't have Windows Vista, you can actually download cool programs in your computer and apply all of these visual effects. We're going to introduce you to Glass2k and WindowFX.

Glass2k is a program that allows you to make your computer windows transparent. This is an advantage (of course aside from having a cool glass-like window) when you have several windows open, you don't have to keep moving windows around to view certain data. To start using Glass2K, just follow these steps:
  1. Click here to download Glass2K. Once downloaded, open it. A splash screen will display, followed by the Settings window. (You can also see the Glass2K icon in your taskbar)
  2. In the Settings Window, you can select Glass2K to run on start up. You can also change your Keyboard Shortcuts. Ctrl +Shift is the default hotkey. Pressing this hotkey plus a number (0-9) will indicate how transparent you would like the window to be. You can also right click anywhere in the open window and a pop-up menu will appear.

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    With Glass2k, your screen would be able to look like this:
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The next program that we would like to share is called WindowFX. This is a shareware program that allows you to add a number of special effects to windows. Some of its features are its ability to morph windows when minimizing and maximizing, its wide range of semitrasparency options and more. Many of these effects are actually found in Windows Vista but you can now also have them in XP/2003.
  1. Click here to download WindowFX.
  2. After the installation, a window will appear. Select Continue and then a settings wizard will appear. That will allow you to select what specials effects you would like to add.

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  4. Read the description of each effect and decide whether you would like it or not. Click Next.
  5. Continue the settings set up in this manner. You can also see a preview of some of the settings.
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Now, after all these downloads, you can now enjoy your computer with all of its special effects. Enjoy!

Keep 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

May 21, 2007

Photo Gallery - Author Martha Powers at Southwest April 27

Martha Powers, thriller/mystery writer from Vero Beach, Florida captivated the audience with her wit and humor about the writing life and discussed her latest book, Death Angel. Afterwards, Richard Maladecki, Dr. Phillips Rotary Club member informed Ms Powers that Rotary high school scholarship funds will be given in her honor and presented her with a certificate. Ms Powers spent time after her presentation talking with the audience and signing copies of her book. Martha Powers was the second in the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club's Author Series held annually in partnership with the Orange County Library System.

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May 14, 2007

Bring Your Son and Daughter to Work April 26

It wasn't exactly a son or daughter, but Joseph, grandson of Southwest circulation clerk, Alba; and Brandon, nephew of Southwest circulation clerk, Norma enjoyed their day "working" at the Southwest Library. We appreciated their enthusiasm (and bravery!) for helping out. It was a joy to see our jobs through "new eyes."
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Joseph and Brandon - you are welcome back anytime!

April 25, 2007

Computer Tips and Tricks: A Non-Google Search Approach

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We recently posted a blog about Google and its features, but we also would like you to know that searching is not all about Google. There are plenty of Google alternatives out there in the World Wide Web for you to try out and see where they will take you. Here are a few of them:
  • ASK.COM - a feature-rich search engine and uses "subject-specific popularity". Instead of ordering results simply by popularity, it orders them by "popularity among pages considered to be experts on the topic of your search."
  • DOGPILE - a metasearch engine that fetches results from Google, Yahoo, Windows Live Search, Ask.com, and several other popular search engines.
  • CHACHA - a search engine that pays human "guides" to answer questions for users. A technique knows as social searching. ChaCha lets you talk to a real live professional "guide" who takes your query and returns results made to your specifications. Completely free and can be a lot of fun.
  • QUINTURA - a visual search engine, powered by Yahoo, that has become the first search engine to help visually find web pages, images, video, and Amazon products. The search returns both a list of search results and a tag cloud that contains the original search terms surrounded by related tags. They also have QUINTURA FOR KIDS which is designed specifically for kids.
  • KOSMIX - a topical search engine that is still in beta mode. It conducts searches by category, including these six topics: Health, Video Games, Finance, Travel, US Politics, and Auto. Most of the results were outdated though but in non-timely issues and search terms, like health topics, it is a lot better and included lots of information on prevention, treatment, and risk factors, along with the standard list of search results.
  • STUMBLEUPON - a web browser plugin that gives you thumbs-up/thumbs-down icons in your toolbar allows you to discover and rate webpages, photos, videos, and news articles you come across. As StumbleUpon learns your preferences, it gets better at directing you to stuff you'll like. It is a recommendation system which uses peer and social networking principles.
  • TECHNORATI - a search engine for searching blogs, competing with Google, Yahoo and IceRocket. This blog search service includes plenty of ways to search for the hottest blog content, including a Top Searches list, a list of the most-linked-to blogs, and the music, movies, videos, and games that the most bloggers are linking too. You can sort your results by timeliness or authority.
  • DRAZE METASEARCH - a search engine that lets you collect search results quickly from Google, MSN, and Yahoo. A typical Google-looking page, with a search bar. Yu can also view the results from just one of the search engines, or exclude the results from one. The results page includes a "Peek-a-Boo" feature that gives you full, scrollable page previews, so you don't have to click through to see that a page isn't a helpful.
  • MS. DEWEY - a search engine that has a "flirty" style. It is a Flash-based experimental interface for Windows Live Search. Ms. Dewey is an interactive search assistant who audibly comments on searched keywords in her own style and makes random actions when idle, including taking props from behind her desk. It also features a modern-looking cityscape as a backdrop and the search results appear on the right. If you're a little bored on Google looks, you'll enjoy this one.
  • NETTREKKER - an educational search engine that is aimed at schools and students, and every site that is included in a list of search results has been hand-picked by a staff of educators to ensure safe surfing. A search for "stars" for instance, will include lots of info about constellations and zero about celebrities. The service is not free ($4.95/month), but your kids may have a school login, which they can use at home.

Resources: PCMAG.com, Wikipedia

Keep 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

April 24, 2007

Southwest Book Club Meets May 1

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Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski, now in a nursing home remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression. The author carefully weaves circus lore; romance and the always inspiring human/animal bond throughout the book.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The Book Club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

April 17, 2007

The Author Series at Southwest Library

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The Dr. Phillips Rotary Club and the Orange County Library System invite you to attend this year's Author Series, "Face to Face with Martha Powers" on Friday, April 27, 6:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library.

Martha Powers, an award-winning fiction writer is the author of eleven novels. She will be discussing her latest novel, Death Angel. Death Angel is Powers's third suspense thriller that involves a parent's worst nightmare, a missing child. More suspense is added when the child's father becomes the prime suspect. Power's other suspense thrillers include Sunflower and Bleeding Heart.

Powers did not always write mystery thrillers. Her novel writing career started in the romance genre. In fact, she publiished nine Regency romances, including two nominated for the Golden Medallion, the Romance Writers of America national award for published authors.

Powers also adds humor columnist, freelance editor and public speaker to her career list. She currently resides in South Florida and is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America. More information about Powers and her books can be found at her website http://www.marthapowers.com

Refreshments will be provided by Publix and Bice Ristorante. No admission fee, but donations welcome.

For more information about this program, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

April 11, 2007

Computer Tips and Tricks: More About Google

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Google, as we all know, is a search-engine tool for finding resources on the World Wide Web. But now, it has expanded and improved. Most of us are big Google Users which probably means we must have Google accounts. With the Google Accounts service, searching is just not enough. There's Gmail, Google Alerts, Google Adwords, Froogle, and more.
So what else does Google offer that we might find useful? Following is a list of some Google programs that you can pick and choose from. Just click on the hyperlinks to get to the page. Enjoy Googling!
  • Adwords: An advertising/marketing program
  • Alerts: A reminder service
  • Blog Search: A blog search service
  • Blogger: A blogging tool
  • Book Search: A book search service
  • Checkout: An e-commerce checkout application
  • Desktop: A collection of tools to make your desktop more user-friendly
  • Directory: A service to browse the Internet by topic
  • Earth: A combination of satellite imagers and mapping applications
  • Froogle: An e-commerce price-based comparison service
  • Gmail: An e-mail application
  • Google Docs & Spreadsheets: A Web-based word-processing and spreadsheets application
  • Maps: a Web-based mapping application
  • Notebook: A note-taking and information collection application
  • Page Creator: a Web-design application
  • Picasa: a photo-editing and sharing application
  • Scholar: A search service specifically for scholarly papers
  • SketchUp: A 3D modeling application
  • Translate: a Web-based language translation service
  • Video: A video sharing application

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

April 6, 2007

Exhibits at Southwest

Southwest Library currently has two exhibits being held March through May 2007.

Artists from the Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society have several of their paintings on exhibit throughout the library. The Society is a group of artists who practice the long-established techniques of Chinese brush painting. Chinese brush painting requires the use of bambo brushes, black ink or watercolor pigments and rice paper which is soft and gentle. This art form demands discipline, first of oneself, and then of one's tools. In March, three Society artists presented a demonstration/class at the library (see Photo Gallery).
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Carol Smith, local collector is displaying her collection of photos, books, documents and other articles dealing with Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. During Black History month in February, Carol presented a program on her collection (see Photo Gallery).
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For more information regarding these exhibits, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest(at)ocls.info

Photo Gallery - Chinese Brush Painting Program March 24

People of all ages came to learn and practice the ancient techniques of Chinese brush painting from artists/instructors of the Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society.
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March 27, 2007

Southwest Book Club Meets April 3

Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, My Life in France by Julia Child.

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A memoir begun just months before Child's death describes the legendary food expert's years in Paris, Marseille, and Provence. Also, Julia describes her journey of a young woman from Pasadena who cannot cook or speak French to the publication of her classic Mastering cookbooks and winning the hearts of America as "the French chef." Clips from Julia's T.V. cooking shows will be viewed during the discussion also.
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The Southwest Book Club meets monthly at 7:00 p.m. Anyone age 18 or older is welcome. For more information, please email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info or call 407.835.7323.

March 26, 2007

It's Game Time @ Southwest

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It's time to have fun!!!

Come and Join us on April 18th, Wednesday, from 3:00-5:00 pm. Southwest is going to have it's first GAMING NIGHT where kids and teens are all welcome. You will get to check out our new gaming consoles and play games such as Dance Dance Revolution. Snacks will be provided.

***Must be a regular library card holder to attend***

For more information on Gaming Nights, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out here: Gaming @ OCLS

March 20, 2007

Tech News to Use - Cyberbullying

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There's a new kind of bully in town.

Increasingly today, young people are using technology against each other. The new kind of bully uses email, instant messages, cell phones, text messages, photos, videos and social networking sites to humiliate and threaten others. For example, a student uses her cell phone camera to take a picture of a classmate changing clothes after gym, then uploads it onto her computer and forwards it to friends along with cruel commentary. What makes cyberbullying so easy and tempting is the anonymity the Web provides along with a potentially large audience. And, even if a student identifies himself, the fact he doesn't instantly "see" people's reactions to his behavior adds to the attractiveness and ease of cyberbullying.

Wiredsafety.org provides the following statistics to show how common cyberbullying is:
*90% of middle school students have had their feelings hurt online.
*75% have visited a Web site bashing another student.
*40% have had their password(s) stolen and changed by a bully who then locked them out of their own account or sent communication posing as them.
*Only 15% of parents polled knew what cyberbulling was.

State legislators and educators are starting to incorporate cyberbullying into their policies or drafting new laws, but parents need to become more aware of cyberbullying and learn what they can do to protect their child from either becoming a victim or stop their child from becoming a cyberbully.

For more information on cyberbullying and other related Internet safety concerns, visit these sites: wiredsafety.org and isafe.org

March 16, 2007

Computer Tips and Tricks: Web Site Shortcuts

Recently, we posted a blog on how to create Restart and Shutdown shortcut icons. Now you will learn how to create desktop shortcut icons of your favorite web sites. It's very simple to do and there's a couple of ways to do this:

First way:
  1. Right-click on your desktop and select New, Shortcut.
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  3. When the wizard window pops up, type in the Web address of the site you want to add. (Do keep in mind that it has to be a Web site with the normal "www") Click Next.
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  5. Type in a shortcut name for that Web site.
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  7. Click Finish when you're done. You will now see a new icon on your desktop.
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Second way:
  1. Open your browser and go to the Web site you want to create a shortcut for.
  2. Look in the address bar at the top and you'll see a little Internet Explorer icon.
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  4. Drag the icon with your mouse and just drop it in your desktop.
  5. A new icon for it will then appear and you can then right-click the icon, choose Rename, give it a name, and then press Enter in your keyboard to lock the name of the new icon
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When you're ready to visit the site, just double-click on the icon and you will be taken to it automatically.

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

Crafts and Arts Programs at Southwest March 24

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March is National Craft Month. Celebrate the month by coming to the Southwest Library on Saturday, March 24 to learn to make an advanced origami piece or experience the ancient art form of Chinese brush painting.

Advanced Origami with Al Aki at 11:00 a.m.: Al Aki, a local Origami demonstrator and instructor will teach participants how to create a 30-piece Geodesic Sphere. This program is for experienced folders only. To demonstrate folding skills, please bring a "crane" to the class for the instructor to view.

Oriental Brush Painting at 1:00 p.m.: Artists/members of the Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society will be giving an demonstration of various Chinese brush painting techniques. Participants will be able to learn and practice these techniques.

Both programs will result in beautiful art work created by you and for you to take home!

The programs require reservations. You may register online by going to www.ocls.info and clicking on "Classes and Programs," then click "Calandar of Events." Click on the program name and enter your card number and last name. You may also register by calling 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info
A library card is not necessary to attend the program, although you will need a card to register online.

March 14, 2007

Your Heart, Health, and Chelation Therapy Program with Dr. K. Kalidas

Dr. Kirtii Kalidas will be at the Southwest Library on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. to present an in-depth seminar on natural and safe ways to better your heart health; including chelation therapy.

Over the past few years Dr. Kalidas has provided quality health programs at the Southwest Library. He is one of the few physicians who hold duel doctorate degrees in both traditional and naturopathic medicine, and is thus uniquely positioned to truly integrate both disciplines to optimize wellness. For more information regarding Dr. Kalidas and the Center for Natural & Intregrative Medicine go to http://www.drkalidas.com/

Reservations are required. For more information and reservations, please call 407.832.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

February 27, 2007

Southwest Book Club Meets March 6

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Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, Memory Keepers's Daughter by Kim Edwards.

This is Edwards' debut novel about family tradegy that results following the birth of a baby with Downs Syndrome. "Memory Keeper's Daughter" explores deception, family secrets, and the influence of the past on the present.

The Southwest Book Club meets monthly at 7:00 p.m. Anyone age 18 or older is welcome. For more information, please email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info or call 407.835.7323.

Computer Tips and Tricks: Best Free Softwares

This week's blog is all about free softwares. Not just free, but the BEST free softwares that you can download at home. These are recommended applications that we can use everyday at work and/or at home, from internet security to photo or video editing. If you'd like to see more of these softwares, check it out at PCMAG.com

SECURITY
  • avast! 4 Home Edition
    A slick antivirus application that scans files on demand and on access, including e-mail attachments.
  • Comodo Firewall
    This firewall keeps the hackers out and keeps unauthorized programs from accessing the Internet, even tricky ones that sneak around normal program control.
  • StartupMonitor
    This application will alert you to programs that try to install themselves whenever you boot up Windows.
PRODUCTIVITY
  • Notepad++
    This is the advanced version of the Microsoft built-in text editor. A source-code editor that includes macros, collapsible sections, and syntax coloring for over 40 programming languages, from HTML and JavaScript to Fortran and Smalltalk.
  • OpenOffice.org
    The alternative to Microsoft Office. It includes a very capable word processor and spreadsheet that are compatible with MS Office files. There's also a presentation app, a diagramming tool, and a database.
UTILITIES & MANAGEMENT
  • Foxit Reader
    Adobe Acrobat can slow older systems to a crawl -- or even crash them. This application lets you get your PDF goodness without the Adobe bloat. It runs small and swift, either as a standalone app or from within your browser.
  • Gaim
    Gaim is a multiprotocol instant-messaging client that works with Google Talk, AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, IRC, Yahoo, and more.
  • RoboForm
    RoboForm automatically fills in username and password fielsds in your browser, with an option to password-protect them.
MUSIC & AUDIO
  • Audacity
    A powerful audio editing/recording package software that works on Linux, Mac, and Windows. Perfect for quick recordings and editing long files.
  • CDex
    CDex is a CD-ripping and file-conversion software for the extremely picky. It includes many different encoders and also has jutter correction for error-free CD ripping.
VIDEO & GRAPHICS
  • GIMP
    A powerful and efficient open-sourge bitmap-editing package. You'll need to get used to its nonstandard menus.
  • Picasa 2.0
    A photo-management tool from Google that creates a library of images on your computer, sorted by date.
  • Winamp
    A classic alternative music player that supports every audio format.


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

February 15, 2007

Photo Gallery -Carol Smith Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman February 13

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Carol Smith, local collector and quilter talks to a group about the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman. Her presentation included a quilt sampler depicting symbolism used to aid escaping slaves. Carol's collection of Underground Railroad documents and photos will be on exhibit at the Southwest Library during March and April 2007.

February 12, 2007

Computer Tips and Tricks: Restart and Shutdown Shortcut

Are you getting tired of the long process of shutting down or restarting your computer? This process is where you go to the Start menu and select Turn Off or Shut Down and then make a selection again if you want to restart or shut down your computer. To avoid all these hassles, you can create shortcut icons either on your desktop or in your quick launch area. Just follow these simple steps.
  1. Right-click anywhere on your desktop.
  2. Go to New -> Shortcut. A wizard will then pop up and walk you through the steps.
  3. In the "Type the location of the item:" box, enter this code: %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -r (This is to restart the computer).

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  5. Click Next when you're done.
  6. In the box that says "Type a name for this shortcut," enter in whatever you'd like such as "Restart PC" or just simply "Restart".
  7. Click Finish to complete the process.
To create the shutdown icon, just follow the same steps but enter this code instead: %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -s and then name it Shut Down.
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You should now have 2 extra icons in your desktop. You can also add them to your quick launch area if you want. Very simple, right?

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

February 9, 2007

Senior Safety: Driving and Mobility Program February 15

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Did you know as people age their vision, hearing and reaction times may diminish? Older drivers may benefit from adjusting their driving patterns to match their current reaction times and judgment.

Join Fran Carlin-Rogers of the Senior Resource Alliance to learn about issues relating to older drivers and options for life-long mobility.

Thursday, February 15, 2007
3:00 p.m.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323

February 8, 2007

Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman February 13

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During National Black History Month come learn about the Underground Railroad and the life of Harriet Tubman from Carol Smith, local collector and quilter. See a collection of Underground Railroad-related photos and documents and a quilt depicting symbolism that was used to aid escaping slaves on their journey to freedom.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.

You may view Carol Smith's collection on exhibit at the Southwest Library during March and April 2007.

Reservations are required. Call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info for more information and reservations.

February 3, 2007

Southwest Book Club Meets February 6

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Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, Runaway: Stories by Alice Munro.

Munro, an award-winning Canadian author is a brilliant short story writer. In Runaway, Munro writes stories of the infinite betrayals and surprises of love between men and women, friends, parents and children. Picked one of the New York Times Book Review 10 best books of 2004.

The Southwest Book Club meets monthly at 7:00 p.m. Anyone age 18 or older is welcome. For more information, please email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info or call 407.835.7323.

January 31, 2007

Photo Gallery - Tom McCubbins Gardening Program January 25

Attendees carefully listen as Tom McCubbins, local gardening expert and Orlando Sentinel garden columnist shares tips and wisdom about winter gardening.
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January 30, 2007

Photo Gallery - Southwest Book Club Celebrates 2 Years of Great Book Discussions January 9

After a lively discussion regarding Steve Bogira's Courtroom 302, Southwest Book Club attendees take time to enjoy cake and refreshments. The Southwest Book Club helds its' first meeting on January 19, 2005.
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January 25, 2007

Blood Drive on Feb. 28 @ Southwest Branch Library

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Wednesday, February 28 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

Donate and Receive:
*Brevard Zoo (One free admission plus $1 off admission for up to 3 guests
*Crispers (Buy one menu item over $4.99, get one FREE)
*Pirates Dinner Theatre (50% off donor and one guest plus 25% off four additional guests)
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations you receive $10 in Darden Restraurant Gift Certificates)

Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org (Enter Account Sponsor Code of 42345) or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

Help save lives-give blood on February 28!

January 22, 2007

Computer Tips and Tricks: Understanding and Testing Your Firewalls

Firewalls are a software or hardware product that can secure data coming into your computer. They act as guardian between a PC or local network and the rest of the network/Internet. When an unauthorized computer user attempts to scan and look for an open door to your system, the firewall sends a shield that reflects the scan, giving the indication that the attempted recipient computer is not even there. Windows XP does come with a basic and rigid firewall but it's better to have one than nothing at all.
If you haven't enabled your Windows XP firewall, just follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Network Connections icon.
  3. Right-click an icon and select Properties.
  4. Click the Advanced tab.
  5. Place a check in the box next to Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet.
  6. Click OK.
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Now if you don't think you need a firewall, or you have installed one and want to see if it's working correctly, you can use free utilities online to check for Internet-based vulnerabilities in your computer. One of these utilities is called ShieldsUP! which is being offered by Gibson Research Corporation.
To test your computer with ShieldsUP!, visit www.grc.com and click the ShieldsUP! link. Look for the section "Hot Spots", and click the link for ShieldsUP! Just follow the onscreen instructions, and be sure to run the Test My Shields! and Probe My Ports! tests.

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

Tom MacCubbin Gardening Program January 25

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Join gardening guru, Tom MacCubbin on Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. for "Winter in the Garden" program. Mr. MacCubbin will offer tips and advice on edible landscaping and fall vegetable gardening. Learn from one of the best!

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

January 20, 2007

Don't Forget! Learning How to Remember Program January 31

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"What was her name?" "Where did I put my keys?!"

Does this sound like you? Start out this New Year by learning how to remember better. You can improve your memory! Join us for a special workshop for seniors led by Laura D' Arcy of Orlando Regional Healthcare's Memory Disorder Clinic on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 3:00 p.m.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

January 12, 2007

Portraits of Hunger Exhibit

Portraits of Hunger is an award-winning photography exhibit showcasing the faces of individuals and families in need in Central Florida. This exhibit developed as a way to bring visibility to the invisible problem of hunger in our community.

The photos were taken by local amateur and professional photographers who interacted with the individuals and families in need, the agencies providing food, and the volunteers lending a hand. The exhibit makes its permanent home at the Second Harvest Good Bank of Central Florida. A traveling exhibit such as this one at Southwest Library is available for select events and community awareness activities. The exhibit is sponsored by Albertsons.

Portraits of Hunger is on exhibit at the Southwest Library January-February 2007. For more information about hunger in our community and donations, go to www.foodbankcentralflorida.org

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January 9, 2007

Computer Tips and Tricks: Displaying Function Keys

Would you like to learn Microsoft Word's functions keys (F1, F2, etc) without having difficulty remembering what each one does? You could do this by displaying a toolbar right in the program window. This toolbar will not only display what each function key does but it will also display what happens when they're combined with the Shift, Ctrl and/or Alt keys.
To display the toolbar:
  1. Click on the Tools menu and select Customize or right-click on any toolbar and choose Customize from the bottom of the list.

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  3. Select the Toolbars tab.
  4. Select the Function Key Display toolbar from the list and click Close to exit.

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You should see an added toolbar across the bottom of your program window which looks like this:
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You now have a list of what each function key will accomplish. Any keys that are "grayed out" will become active once the needed requirements are met like having the text highlighted. If you also hit either the Shift, Ctrl or Alt key, the display will change to show what each function key does with the new addition.

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

January 3, 2007

Southwest Book Club Meets January 9

Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, Courtroom 302 by Steve Bogira.

Bogira, a Chicago-based journalist provides an outstanding journey inside the American criminal justice system of the Cook County Criminal Courthouse - known as "the biggest and busiest felony courthouse in the nation." Bogira's book pierces the popular myths so easily created by T.V. shows like Law and Order and replaces them with the harsh and grim realitites of the criminal justice system.

The Southwest Book Club meets monthly at 7:00 p.m. Anyone age 18 or older is welcome. For more information, please email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info