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February 29, 2008

Library Games people can play

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Turn the library into a game board by making up games for your children, youth group or your classroom.
Make up a Scavenger Hunt giving a clue that can be used to lead to a certain book, author or subject.
Make a Match Game using the titles by an author who has written primarily adult fiction but has also written a children, juvenile or young adult book. See if your favorite author has written for kids and grownups. Make sure you have three columns: 1) author, 2) adult title and 3) kids title. To get you started look up http://iii.ocls.info/ Jan Karon, Mary Higgins Clark, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson or Carl Hiaasen. This might encourage a love for your style of reading.

Go to Armoredpenguin.com site and make your own Word Search. Make a list of famous people who have written for kids such as Madonna, Henry Winkler, Billy Crystal, Sarah Ferguson and John Lithgow. Check out Wikipedia.org and look up Celebrity Authors. After the names have been found in the word search the next step would be to look up the title or see if it is currently on the shelf. For younger kids just do a word search of one word book titles.

Just exploring the libraries sources will be a game for you as you create fun for the young. Also check out the books on parties located at 793.2 & 793.21 while you are visiting us in person or on line. We have books for baby showers, bridal shower, birthday parties, family gatherings and more.

February 28, 2008

Watercolor Painting Class March 8

watercolors.jpgCelebrate National Craft Month!

If you ever wanted to learn how to paint with watercolors or sharpen your art skills, this program is for you. Join artist and art instructor, Rae Delfosse as she demonstrates watercolor painting techniques. Basic art supplies will be provided but you are encouraged to bring your own brushes and paints. This program is for ages 12 and up.

While you are here be sure to see Rae's watercolor painting exhibit on display at the library through March.

Saturday, March 8
11:00 a.m.
Southwest Branch
Reservations Required

Creative Rooms Program March 7

creativerooms.jpg Join muralist Lana Wilken as she gives advice on the best ways to creatively decorate a room with your kids -yes, you heard right! Ms Wilken will give tips on how to decorate rooms in your home with the help of your kids. Learn to create decorative rooms and precious memories with your kids. For more information on Lana Wilken go to http://creativeroomsorlando.com
Friday, March 7
11:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch

February 14, 2008

Identity Theft Program February 20

idtheft.jpgLearn to detect your vulnerabilities to identity theft. Get advice from Dahlia A. Hayles of Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc. to protect your identity and help avoid common mistakes. Dahlia A. Hayles, an independent associate of Pre-Paid Legal will be discussing the nation's fastest grouing crime! Learn how to protect your identity.

Don't miss this important program on Wednesday, February 20 at 11:45 A.M. For more information, call 407.835.7323.

February 11, 2008

Meet the Author - Terry Odell February 18

meettheauthor.jpgMeet multi-published author, Terry Odell as she discusses breaking into a new career as a writer of romance novels despite the fact she never read a romance novel in her life. Come hear her tell of becoming a writer by mistake or how she traded needlepoint for fiction!
Monday, February 18
6:30 P.M.
Southwest Branch

February 7, 2008

Southwest Book Club Online February Discussion Questions

orchidthief.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 7:00 P.M. to discuss the book, The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean. A staff writer for The New Yorker describes the life and times of John Laroche, a plant smuggler and orchid thief, and the eccentric world of Florida's obsessed collectors of rare plants.

For those unable to attend the meeting or those who would like join our discussion online, each month questions will be posted prior to the book discussion date. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Share your thoughts and comments, then click "post". Comment on one question or all of them. Join the discussion!

Discussion Questions: The Orchid Thief
1. The passion for collecting is described in the book as a means of infusing meaning into life, aquiring the ability to mold and change the nature of things, i.e. create life itself. What other means do humans employ to achieve the same ends, and how effective are they?

2. Laroche wrestles verbally with the thought that acting within what he considered the bounds of the law for his own immediate gain was ultimately an act of altrulism. Is his thought process that of an amoral person? Or is he just an everyday charlatan?

3. Orlean interrupts her central narrative of John Laroche with stories of the orchid hunters of the past, the contemporary state of Florida and other histories. How does this affect the pace of the work? Is the framework she devised successful?

4. As a reader, what did you expect from a book about orchids? How did your experience of reading The Orchid Thief compare to what you expected?

5. Orlean comments she lacks the kind of passion possessed by Laroche and other plant collectors mentioned in the book. Do you think she was passionate about her reporting and writing this book?

(Questions were either obtained or adapted from http://readingguides.com/guides_O/orchid_thief1.asp)

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February 6, 2008

GO RED!!!!

February is American Heart Month so be sure to stop by the Southwest Library and look at the different items we have on display.

If you'd like to know more information, visit the American Heart Association 's website.

February 5, 2008

Pet Care and Safety Program February 13

For Valentine's Day this year show your dog or cat how much you love them by attending a pet care and safety program with Cat Bruce, owner of PetsFirst Holistic Therapy and Pet Sitting Services, Inc. Learn basic pet care and how to prepare them for emergencies. For the love of your pet - attend this program!

Wednesday, February 13
6:30 P.M.
Southwest Branch
Reservations Required

February 4, 2008

Denise C. Williams "Denise's Creations" Exhibit January - March 2008

MVC-007F.JPGDenise C. Williams, International Interior Designer is currently exhibiting her designs at the Southwest Library January through March 2008. Denise holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design and is now pursuing a Master's degree in Arts Educational Curriculum and dance ministry. Denise hopes to maintain two careers as an E.S.E. teacher and open an interior design studio. Her favorite art medium is charcoal. She enjoys decorating, listening to music, walks in the park or a botanical garden, traveling, and playing board games with her sons. Denise states her sons are her main inspiration.

For more information, contact Southwest Library at 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

February 2, 2008

Microsoft Excel Tips

If you have taken Excel classes at the library, then you should have learned many of its features. For those of you wanting to learn a little bit more, here are some additional tips that you can add to your Excel knowledge.

Remember how to do lists for the months of the year or the days of the week? You use auto-fill to do that, right? Well, you can also create your own custom fill lists. Just follow these steps.

  1. Go to Tools menu and select Options.

  2. Select the Custom Liststab.

  3. Type a list of entries in the List entries box, one entry per line, separating them by pressing the Enter key. You could also copy a list from a range of cells in your worksheet (if you have the data) by using the Import list form cells.

  4. Click Add to add the list and click OK to finish.

  5. Now type any entry from your list in a cell and drag the fill handle to create the sequence.


Use form feature in Excel instead of navigating around a large table. Here's how to do it.

  1. Create your heading labels in your worksheet.

  2. Highlight your heading labels and go to Data menu and select forms. Click OK on the dialog box that will appear.

  3. Now you can enter data into your table using the Form dialog, which is quicker and more convenient. Click Close to finish.

One of the commands in the Data menu has a way of splitting information in a cell for easy re-sorting or reformatting. For example, if you have a list of full names and you want to sort it by last name you could split their contents by following these steps.

  1. Select your data.

  2. Go to the Data menu, and select Text to Columns.

  3. On the Convert Text to Columns Wizard, choose the file type that describe your data (we will use Deliminate) and click Next.

  4. In the list of Delimiters, click the Space checkbox and click on Next.

  5. The last wizard step will let you select each column and set the data format. Select the general data format and click on Finish.


Reference: www.pcmag.com

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.

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