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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.

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.

January 25, 2007

Blood Drive on Feb. 28 @ Southwest Branch Library


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.

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

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


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:

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