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April 30, 2008

Take Our Sons & Daughters to Work Day April 24

MVC-004F.JPG Last Thursday, Orange County Library System employees brought their sons, daughters, and mentees to work on Take our Sons and Daughters to Work Day for an educational enriching experience. At Southwest Library, Alba Camoirano, Circulation Clerk brought to work her granddaughter, Serina.

As the photos show, Serina had a great time helping staff and customers. But, she admits she least liked shelving books. The Southwest staff want to thank Serina for sharing part of her day to learn about the work done by her grandmother and for being an excellent library worker!

April 18, 2008

Tomas Mac Master - Great Central Florida Photography Exhibit

MVC-004F.JPGMVC-003F.JPGTomas has been taking pictures since he received his first camera at age 14. As an adult, he studied and worked in the computer networking field. But, Tomas never forgot his passion for photography. He often did professional work on the side which included portraits, nudes, weddings, product advertisement, industrial, underwater, and aerial photography.

In the last few years, Tomas has been experimenting with digital photography. Today, his main equipment includes a standard 50mm f/1.4mm Canon 20D camera with a 17-40mm F/4.0L lens and a very sturdy tripod. He has a special interest in landscapes, HDRI, and panoramas. Tomas's passion for photography has led him to study every possible technique and develop his own view through the lens. To learn more about Tomas and his photography, go to www.tomasmacmaster.com

Tomas's photography works will be on exhibit at the Southwest Library April through June. For more information, please ask Library staff, call 407.835.7323 or southwest@ocls.info

April 14, 2008

Hands-On Healing Massage Therapy Program April 18

massagetherapy.jpgCome and learn the benefits of massage therapy for health and well-being. Join Lori Dunn, Licensed Massage Therapist from Amazon Massage and Health Spa for complimentary massges in honor of National Stress Awareness Day.

Friday, April 18
Southwest Branch

April 8, 2008

Blood Drive on April 16th @ Southwest Branch Library


The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 16 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

Donate and Receive:
*A free "No Brainer" t-shirt from Florida Blood Center
*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.

April 3, 2008

Act-A-Fool Story Time April 5

strega nona.jpgEnjoy a foolishly good story and watch a short movie featuring Strega Nona, Big Anthony, and the magical cooking pot. Create "Boost Your Noodle" hats using a variety of pastas. For preschoolers and school-age children. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info
Saturday, April 5
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch

Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Joint Pain April 10

Come hear Dr. Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Doctor of Oriental Medicine discuss how Chinese herbs and acupuncture are used to treat joint pain and joint disorders. Sample different herbs.
Southwest Library
Thursday, April 10
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 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

Keep Your Computer Safe

Owning a computer is like owning a car where you have to do certain maintenance tasks to keep it protected and safe to use. Keeping your computer safe means you must understand and take responsibility for the maintenance and safety of your data. Remember that it is nobody's responsibility but yours to insure that you have a safe computing experience.

Listed below are some tips that you could use in order have a safe computing experience.

Regular Maintenance
  • Install antivirus (AV) - keep your antivirus up to date, and run a regular scan. If you don't have an antivirus. Try a free one called AVG.
  • Update antispyware - keep it up to date and scan occasionally. Install at least one antispyware apps, such as Windows Defender, Spy Sweeper, and Spybot Search & Destroy.
  • Don't accept EXEs - downloading executable files (ending in .exe, .com, .bat, and .scr) will give you a risk of getting a virus so be wary of those attachments being sent to you.
Passwords and More
  • Use strong passwords - a mixture of numbers and letters makes up a strong password. Also, the longer your password is, the harder it is to detect. You could also try PassPub.com which randomly generates strong passwords you can use.
  • Change your passwords regularly - this is the best thing to do especially if you suspect your password has been compromised.
  • Don't AutoComplete - using this feature from your browser will store your password. Not a good thing to do especially if you're using a shared or public computer. To disable this feature in Internet Explorer, go to Tools -> Internet Options, and in Content Tab, go to AutoComplete settings.
Safe Surfing
  • Use other browsers besides IE - IE is most targeted by hackers so try different browsers such Firefox or Opera.
  • Look for the lock - if you are going to send personal information via a Web site like shopping online, make sure that the site is encrypted. Look for the https in the URL and a lock icon in the address bar or status bar.
Physical Security
  • Be prepared for theft - be sure to record the model and serial numbers of your computer in advance in case this happens. You could also check your homeowner's insurance policy to see if you can recover your money.
  • Alarm your laptop - use a software like Laptop Alarm for your laptop's security. This software can emits a screech if someone shuts down yuor PC without permission and it can even send a warning message to your phone.
  • Know your rights - it is always best to read the end-user license agreements (EULAs) when you install a program. Check them out with EUKAlyzer which analyses EULAs to point out potential problems.

For more tips on safer computing, visit PCMAG.com. Also 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 2, 2008

Jason the Juggler April 4

jasonjuggler.jpgJust in time for Spring Break! Bring the family to see Jason the Juggler at the Southwest Library on Friday, April 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Not just a comedian, not just a juggler. Let Jason the Juggler entertain you with his hilarious comedy style, original dance moves and awe-inspiring juggling and manipulation routines. Laugh your socks off at this totally original show featuring a nationally renowned entertainer extraordinaire.

For the past 10 years Jason has headlined hundreds of events and has been featured on numerous television and radio broadcasts throughout the U.S. For more information about Jason, visit his website at www.JASONHUNEKE.com
Information and questions, call 407.835.7323

Southwest Book Club Online Discussion - A Thousand Splendid Suns (Hosseini)

athousandsplendidsuns.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 7:00 P.M. to discuss the book, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner. Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in war-torn Kabul. Hosseini's second novel weaves thrity years of turbulent Afghan history through a powerful story of family, friendship and, ultimately, hope.

If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, questions related to the book will be posted to our blog prior to the meeting date each month. 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: A Thousand Splendid Suns

1. What is the significance of the novel's title? Why do you think Hosseini chose it?

2. Mariam's mother tells her "Women like us. We endure. It's all we have." Discuss how this sentiment informs Mariam's life and how it relates to the larger themes of the novel.

3. Growing up Laila feels that her mother's love is reserved for her two brothers. How does this sentiment inform her reaction to becoming pregnant with Rasheed's child? What lessons from her childhood does Laila apply in raising her own children?

4. And in this fleeting, wordless exchange with Mariam, Laila know that they were not enemies any longer (p. 224). How is the deep bond between Mariam and Laila forged? How does this bond sustain both of them?

5. One of the Taliban judges at Mariam's trial tell her, "God has made us different, you women and us men. Our brains are different. You are not able to think like we can. Western doctors and their science have proven this." What is the irony in this statement? How is irony employed throughout the novel?

6. How does Miriam and Laila's story metaphorically reflect the larger story of Afganistan's troubled history?

7. How would you describe Hosseini's writing style? Were there particular passages that impressed you, and, if so, what were they and why?

(Questions were either obtained or adapted from reading guides found at http://www.bloomsbury.com and http://www.readinggroupguides.com