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  • Posted on 08/01/2014 - 4:12pm

    Congratulations to Bonnie Martin, the winner of the Friends of the Library Ice Cream Gift Basket!

  • Posted on 07/28/2014 - 2:01pm

    Anna Call has joined the library staff as our new Adult Services Librarian.  Anna is enthusiastic about technology and helping patrons find good books to read. Check out Anna's reading blog.

  • Posted on 07/24/2014 - 3:30pm

    Last night, we held a Microsoft Word 2010 introductory class. We went over "The Ribbon" and all the fun stuff you can do with a Word Document. So much stuff can you do, that it can be overwhelming.

    So as a way to focus on a few features, and get some hands-on exercise, we walked through create a recipe. It helped to familiarize everyone with such features as:

    • Bold/Italics
    • Font style/size
    • Font alignment
    • Bulleted/numbered lists

    More importantly, it got folks navigating from The Ribbon to different parts of the document. For those of you that wish you were there, or those of you that wish you had a way to brush up on your Word skills, I've uploaded the exercise. You can find it here. Print it out and then open up Word. Then you can go through the steps to create the recipe for yourself!

  • Posted on 07/14/2014 - 10:46am

    The internet is full of good data...once you get passed all the Justin Beiber updates. But there's a big difference between data and information.

    Data is a blog post by a sociology professor describing what Anthropology is. Information is a course on Anthropology by that professor. But who had the time (or the money) to take a course? You usually have to get accepted to a degree program before you can even take one. Then there's the whole needing-to-pay-the-bills thing. So work will get in the way of classes. Even if you could finagle your schedule and take a night class, the commuting will wear on you fast. Believe me, I speak from experience. So what's a person interested in getting some information to do? Why take a MOOC, that's what!

    "What on Earth is a MOOC?" you ask? It stands for Massively Open Online CourseOk, I realize that didn't clear much up. Allow me to elaborate. 

    • The Massively part refers to the fact that there is often 1000s of students signed up for a course.
    • The Open part refers to the fact that it's FREE! (Be warned, though, it seems there's a trend making some courses cost.)
    • The Online part refers to the fact that all course materials are on the internet.
    • The Course part refers to, well, the fact that it's a class; complete with readings, homework, tests, etc.

    As with everything on the internet, you must be careful when you sign up for one of these. Just because it's freely available doesn't mean it's worth your time. You can't trust everything you read on the internet. Luckily, such universities as Standford and MIT were at the forefront of MOOCs. The majority of the MOOC sites will contain courses from professors of reknowned universities. So the information in a MOOC is usually trustworthy.

    That said, these courses are not for college credit, though another trend is playing with the idea of making MOOCs for credit. That's where the whole non-open trend comes into play as well. It's still a new enough technology trend that MOOCs are changing constantly. The course themselves, how they're offered, what they're worth are all in flux. But if you're interested in learning for learning's sake, then it can't hurt to check out some of the sites. And we can help.

    If you go here: http://www.wilmlibrary.org/databases and expand the Online Courses section, you'll see two examples of MOOC sites: Coursera and EdX. If you have taken a MOOC, or know someone who has, please leave a comment and let us know how it went.

  • Posted on 07/03/2014 - 4:55pm

    Thanks to the  2013 Friends of the Library Annual Appeal, the Children's Room has a new activity play table in the preschool area. Children are having fun and learning while building and creating with legos, train and other toys.

  • Posted on 06/30/2014 - 4:17pm

    Pam Gardner has joined the library staff as our new Marketing Librarian. Pam will be creating our  promotional materials and getting the word out about all the library has to offer the community.

  • Posted on 06/24/2014 - 3:39pm

    We're always on the lookout for new resources to pass along and we're happy to have found Digital Learn. Founded by the Public Library Association with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, it was created to serve as "an online hub for digital literacy support and training." Right now the topics covered are:

    • Getting Started on the Computer
    • Using a PC
    • Using a Mac
    • Basic Search
    • Navigating a Web Site
    • Intro to Email (2 parts)
    • Online Job Searching
    • Cloud Storage
    • Intro to Facebook

    The topics are delivered in classes with slides accompanied by audio. Each class is covered in a series of "chapters" if you will. You can stop and replay the chapters whenever you need.

    The time each topic will take to complete is listed as well as how long each chapter will take. That way if you only have 10 minutes to spare, you know that you can complete the 6 minute Navigating a Web Site class. 

    Lastly, you can download a pdf of the class. It comes will all the slides and a transcript of the audio. That way if you're stuck on something you can refer to the pdf for the answer without having to hop back on the site.

    So try it out by going to Research & Learning on the left and then clicking the Spotlight: Digital Learn under Online Resources.  Or you can go there directly by clicking this link:  http://digitallearn.org/

    Let us know what you think! (Contact Us)

  • Posted on 06/23/2014 - 4:52pm

     The Friends of the Library have put together an Ice Cream Gift basket with some nice treats for ice cream lovers  including a Cuisinart ice cream maker. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn on August 1. All proceeds benefit the Wilmington Memorial Library.

  • Posted on 06/23/2014 - 3:15pm

    Long gone are the days when the library offered just physical materials. That's a boon to everyone because our building isn't all that big. By offering digital materials through such EBookrealdatabases as Overdrive and Zinio, we can provide more materials than ever.

    However, accessing those materials can be challenging. No two databases are exactly alike, so being comfortable with one doesn't guarantee comfort with another. Plus, a database can undergo an upgrade in a moment's notice, dashing familiar ways of accessing the materials. But have no fear, we are here to help.

    Below is a series of links to documents that will provide a brief introduction to four of our digital collections. Each document includes some general facts and some navigational tips to help you make sense of what you're seeing and how to move around. They also include either a checkout process or, in the case of OverDrive, links to the checkout process broken down by the type of eReader. If you find anything is missing, or one of those upgrades happened and rendered the documentation obsolete, please let us know: tech@wilmlibrary.org

     

  • Posted on 06/20/2014 - 3:21pm

    Due to a family emergency for the henna artist, the Teen Summer Reading Kickoff/Henna program has been cancelled for tomorrow, Saturday 6/21. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to see you at some of our other great Teen and Tween Summer events!

     

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