BEYOND THE STACKS: Staying current with Tom Green Co. libraries

One of the wonderful things about libraries is that they are constantly changing and adapting to new technologies and ways of doing things.

If you haven’t been in the computer lab at Stephens Central Library lately, it’s looking very different. The screen and projector have been replaced by a high-definition television that provides a crisp, clear image — and the lights don’t have to be off — so students can clearly see their work spaces to make notes or read.

Also gone are the large PC’s that you had to look over or around. Now each student has a sleek laptop, and a generous work area.

Available classes include the basics, for those with little experience with computers or the internet, and more advanced classes, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and Powerpoint are available. There is also Photoshop Elements and a 3D Design with Tinkercad class for printing on 3D printers.

The library has several resources for genealogists, including a subscription to Ancestry.com, so watch for Basic Genealogy classes, which will teach how to use the databases, in addition to the materials out in the stacks. This four-hour class is taught by a long-time genealogist with the local organization here in San Angelo.

There is no charge for any of these classes; however you do need to make a reservation by calling the main number, beginning the second Monday of the preceding month. 

If you haven’t heard, STEAM Central’s Discovery Nights are a great success! They are at 4:30 p.m. on first and third Tuesdays at Stephens Central. The theme for this Tuesday, Nov. 7, is “Blinded by Science.” If you’ve ever wanted to control someone else, this is your chance, and on the Nov. 21, the theme will be “Cut it Out.” Learn to use tools such as the laser cutter and die cutters to make and take Christmas ornaments.

 

November is National Novel Writing Month; NaNoWriMo, for short.

Teen Republic will have write-ins every Wednesday this month to help young writers get that 50,000 word novel done. They will work on proofing, reading, and encouraging each other to keep going.

The West Branch Library will host Barry Jackson, an Edward Jones Financial Advisor, at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 as he presents “Foundations of Investing.” His 30-minute educational program is geared toward people who want an overview of investing, including key terms and types of investments. “Foundations of Investing” covers the basic features of bonds, stocks, and packaged investments, and the importance of asset allocation.

Tom Green Co. libraries will be closed three weekdays this November.

On Friday Nov. 10, all County offices will close in observance of Veterans Day, and again on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25 for Thanksgiving, and remain closed Saturday following the holiday.

Go to www.tgclibrary.com for more information about these and other library events, and also to download audio and e-books, use Lynda.com, learn a language and also for library account care such as renewing books, viewing your saved lists or to check which books you have read. Stay current at your library!

 

Marcy Bosequett is the community relations coordinator for the Tom Green County Library.

 

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