While most of us were asleep at 3 a.m. EST on April 10 (midnight at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA), Sonja Vloeberghs, Head of Lending Services at Princeton Public Library was placing her order of an Apple Watch. When I asked why she would disrupt a good night's sleep to place one of the first orders, she proudly admitted she loves the hype of new technology.
The library's technology instructors are a talented group who are experts in the topics they teach. They come from a variety of backgrounds including librarians, a private school technology teacher, a college level information technology instructor, media specialists in private industry and at an Ivy League school, and a social media consultant. Always enthusiastic to show the public what new trends are emerging, the instructors frequently develop new classes.
The library has several upcoming opportunities for middle school student to put their screen time toward something new. During the week of March 30, we are offering sessions for building a blog site. Middle school students will build a Wordpress website on a topic of their choice. Each session will include instruction, as well as hands-on experimentation. Session topics include planning your site, WordPress basics, incorporating pictures and other media, and more.
If you want to learn more about cloud computing or searching online securely, visit the library. Led by our very own PPL IT gurus, we are offering various sessions that highlight the new technologies to help you decide what's right for you.
The spring series of technology classes begins next week with an introduction to Evernote on Monday, January 12th at 7 p.m. With many students starting college classes in mid-January, we know this class will be a popular one. If you're interested in keeping digitized notes (or pictures, recipes, links to vacation destinations and more) but don't know how to get started, this class is for you.
During moments of quiet, which are fleeting this time of year, I reflect on what I'm thankful for in life. We say we're thankful, but what does thankful really mean? I decided to look up the definition of thankful in The Oxford English Dictionary. Here's what resonates:
It's time to mark those calendars, as the library's fall technology education series is in full swing! New this season, we are offering several sessions that are great for those who want to learn more about designing, blogging, tinkering, branding, and email:
As my daughter packs for her first semester of college, I've become a little sentimental and have thought about some of the special times we've spent together recently. We have visited The Guggenheim Museum, The Frick Collection, the Cape May Zoo and downtown Cape May. We've gone out to eat, walked in parks, and, of course, done more than a little shopping together.
The summer tech series kicks off with Capturing Campus, starting with a guided walking tour of Princeton University to take pictures of some especially photogenic sites. Back at the library, we'll gather in the Tech Center to learn how to move digital images from devices to iMac computers. We will also practice simple editing and photo sharing techniques.
We are excited to offer you a new collection, hoopla, that includes thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks. In addition to the fantastic variety, hoopla offers an attractive format, ability to stream or to use an app for temporary downloading and an easy check out process. Another great feature is that the content is always available! No holds!