Computing At Our Library THE SKY IS THE LIMIT TO WHAT YOU CAN LEARN ! It may change the way you see the world around you !
Computing At Our Library YOU ARE NEVER TOO YOUNG ……OR TOO OLD TO LEARN ! OUR AGE RANGE HAS BEEN BETWEEN 10 AND 87
Computers at our Library The Barbara Bush library has over 70 computers available for use by its customers. You can also use YOUR laptop at the library to access the internet. A wireless connection is available at this branch for customers to use their laptops to search the online catalog, access the library databases, and use the Internet.
Wi – Fi Connectivity There is no charge for using the Library’s high speed network connection.
High Speed Wi-Fi We recently did a fiber optic upgrade. This upgrade increased communications capacity at Barbara Bush from 1.5 Mb/s to 10 Mb/s SPEED COMPARISONS : Dial-Up Modem 56 Kbps DSL, Cable, T1 1.5 Mbps ( 1500 Kbps ) Previous Library Rate 1.5 Mb/S Library Upgrade 10 Mb/S T3 45 Mb/S
CONNECTION SPEEDS Consider a project that requires downloading a 5 minute movie clip of a lesson on tax forms OR a 5 minute movie clip of actual live footage of the 911 homicide attacks on our citizens. Using a dial-up modem it would take about 15 minutes to download it Using a T1 connection it would take about 30 seconds to download it.
Library Laptops Need a Laptop ? Laptops can be checked out for use inside the libraries for 2-hour loan periods
ADULT CLASSES AT OUR LIBRARY Classes are available to adult folks in the community
Class Descriptions Internet : This class covers viewing web pages, conducting searches on the Internet, downloading text, files and images and printing. Prerequisites: Introduction to Computers or the ability to use the Windows desktop.
Class Descriptions Email : Participants will learn about creating an address book and how to create, send and receive electronic mail (e-mail). Prerequisites: Introduction to Computers or the ability to use the Windows desktop.
Class Descriptions Word : Topics include editing, copying and moving text; varying margins on the document and individual paragraphs; character formatting (boldface, underlining, font and size changes); saving and retrieving files; labels; and printing.
Class Descriptions Powerpoint : A presentation graphics slide program as you have been watching! Create attention- grabbing slides quickly. Great for doing a slide show of family photos or for business / training presentations.
CLASS DESCRIPTIONS Publisher : Great for creating business cards, greeting cards, posters, signs, banners, certificates, newsletters, etc.
Some Computer Basics Items ! How do I protect my computer against viruses ----- there are over 100 new viruses per week !! How do I back up my computer data – computers do crash !!
Have you ever said the following to yourself : I wish I knew what that computer salesman was talking to me about at the store. I wish I knew how to take full advantage of the features of this new computer. My family members live so far away. I hate messing with stamps, stationery and envelopes. I wish I knew more about using email.
Have you ever said the following to yourself : If only I knew how to use the Internet. I could find a map and motels to plan the route to our next vacation. It is 11:00 at night April 15th. I have until midnight to get to the Post Office with my tax forms. I am missing just one form. Now what am I going to do!!? I wish I had a way to automatically show the correct balance in my checkbook ledger when I make deposits and withdrawals.
Have you ever said the following to yourself : I would sure like to make my own personalized greeting cards. I really need to have a family budget.
Have you ever said the following to yourself : I can’t stand those hash marks in those emails I get - like the ones below!! >>>>>>> This email has been forwarded >>>>>>> to you. At least seven have received it >>>>>>> and now you are the next one - >>>>>>> good grief!!!
Have you ever said the following to yourself : I wish I knew how this slide presentation I am watching works !! I could put photos from my vacation in it!
COMPUTING AT OUR LIBRARY PROGRAMS ON OUR SYSTEMS : Microsoft Office ( Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) Microsoft graphic programs ( Publisher, Paint) Accessories ( Calculator)
COMPUTING AT OUR LIBRARY PROGRAMS ON OUR SYSTEMS : Utilities ( Adobe Acrobat Reader, WinZip, Media Player) Barbara Bush Library Catalog Barbara Bush Children’s Catalog Magazines and Online Databases