Library Focus: Embrace the New Year with your library

— Hope you all had a lovely holiday season, but here we are again with another year of classes, programs, materials and services dedicated to making your lives just a little better. Be sure to drop in soon and often to see what your library can do for you.

Hobbies for habits?

Trying to break some bad habits or establish some better ones. Sometimes a new hobby is just the ticket. Put down that cigarette or cookie and put your hands to better use adding a little beauty or utility to your world. We offer you lots of opportunities to do just that starting with the monthly meeting of Pulling Threads, a group dedicated to helping you get those sewing, knitting and handwork projects finished, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 4 and 18.

Learn to earn

We still have just for fun computer programs but this month we’re a little more focused on learning new and useful skills that can really improve your bottom line. These hands-on workshops are limited to 10 students and registration is required. Wired Wednesdays are designed for beginners and are all offered at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Upcoming topics include: New Computer, Now What (Jan 4); Windows 7, Part I (Jan. 11); Windows 7, Part II (Jan. 18); and Learn about eBooks (Jan. 25). Intermediate to Advanced Classes include a four-week series on learning Open Office at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26. This useful Office Suite is a well-established free alternative to Microsoft Office suitable for running many small home businesses. The rest of the month’s classes include a full day session on MS PowerPoint 2007 Level I from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10; How to Get EBooks from the library at noon Friday, Jan. 13; and last but never least, How to Present Photos (with or without PowerPoint) at noon Friday, Jan. 20.

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