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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