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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
TED Talk Marathon @ the Library
Main Library
Saturday, Jul. 26, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
TED Talk Marathon @
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.  Today we'll focus on innovations in science and technology --all around the world.   The links for the talks we will be showing are listed below.

 TED Talk List
William Kamkwamba:
How I harnessed the wind
https://www.ted.com/talks/william_kamkwamba_how_i_harnessed_the_wind

Fabian Oefner:
Psychedelic science
https://www.ted.com/talks/fabian_oefner_psychedelic_science

Theo Jansen
 My creations, a new form of life
http://www.ted.com/talks/theo_jansen_creates_new_creatures

Amos Winter
The cheap all-terrain wheelchair
https://www.ted.com/talks/amos_winter_the_cheap_all_terrain_wheelchair

John Lloyd
An animated tour of the invisible
https://www.ted.com/talks/john_lloyd_an_animated_tour_of_the_invisible

Paul Pholeros
How to reduce poverty? Fix homes
https://www.ted.com/talks/paul_pholeros_how_to_reduce_poverty_fix_homes

Doris Kim sung
Metal that breathes
https://www.ted.com/talks/doris_kim_sung_metal_that_breathes

Suzanne Lee
Grow Your Own Clothes
http://www.ted.com/talks/suzanne_lee_grow_your_own_clothes

Cuddy, Amy
Your body language shapes who you are
http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are

Hadfield, Chris
What I learned from going blind in space
http://www.ted.com/talks/chris_hadfield_what_i_learned_from_going_blind_in_space

Kamal Meattle
How to Grow Fresh Air
http://www.ted.com/talks/kamal_meattle_on_how_to_grow_your_own_fresh_air

Marco Tempest
The Electric Rise and Fall of Nikola Tesla
http://www.ted.com/talks/marco_tempest_the_electric_rise_and_fall_of_nikola_tesla

Rives
If I Controlled the Internet
http://www.ted.com/talks/rives_controls_the_internet

Ron Gutman
The Hidden Power of Smiling
https://www.ted.com/talks/ron_gutman_the_hidden_power_of_smiling

Jack Horner
Building a Dino from a Chicken!
http://www.ted.com/talks/jack_horner_building_a_dinosaur_from_a_chicken

Noah Wilson-Rich
Every City Needs Healthy Honey Bees
http://www.ted.com/talks/noah_wilson_rich_every_city_needs_healthy_honey_bees

Neil Harbisson
I Listen to Color
http://www.ted.com/talks/neil_harbisson_i_listen_to_color

Bill Ford
A Future Beyond Traffic Gridlock
https://www.ted.com/talks/bill_ford_a_future_beyond_traffic_gridlock

Marco Tempest
And for my next trick, a robot
http://www.ted.com/talks/marco_tempest_maybe_the_best_robot_demo_ever

Louie Schwartzberg
Hidden miracles of the natural world
https://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_hidden_miracles_of_the_natural_world
 


F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Teen Chess Club
Main Library
Saturday, Aug. 2, 2:00pm
Register Online
Join us from 2-4pm in the YA Fiction Room for CHESS CLUB!
All skill levels wecome!
 



F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Back to School: Organizing for Parental Sanity
Main Library
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 6:30 pm
Back to School: Orga
Parents and students, are you ready for the annual onslaught of worksheets, artwork, newsletters and other information headed your way when school starts?  Do you have a good system in place for staying on top of school events, deadlines, and extra-curricular activities?  How about an organized homework area that helps your kids stay focused on assignments?  Sara Skillen of SkillSet Organizing will offer advice and tips for all of the above and more with her program Back to School: Organizing for Parental Sanity on Tuesday, August 5 at 6:30 pm.


F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Monopoly Tournament
Main Library
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2:00pm
Register Online
Join us for our end-of-summer Monopoly Tournament!
2-4pm
This event will be held in the Children's Activity Room

 



F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Teen Advisory Group
Main Library
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Register Online
Want to help us with special projects including bots, social media, & gaming?

We want to chat with you!

Join us for our Teen Advisory Group meeting on Saturday August 23 from 2-4pm

Meeting in the Teen Fiction Room on the 2nd floor

 



Introduction to Microsoft Excel Basics II
Main Library
Saturday, Jul. 26, 9:30am-11:30am
Register Online
Introduction to Microsoft Excel Basics II is for participants with some experience with basic spreadsheets. This class offers an introduction to simple formulas as well as cell references. *Prerequisites: “Introduction to MS Excel Basics I” or equivalent skills; experience with Microsoft Word is preferred.

 
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Introduction to Microsoft Word I
Main Library
Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2pm-4pm
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This class is for people with limited experience using word processing software.  Participants will become familiar with the Word 2010 Ribbon, learn the basic MS Word tools, how to type, save and print documents, basic formatting commands and how to cut and paste text.  This is not a typing or keyboarding class.  *Prerequisites: “Introduction to the Computer” or the equivalent skills.
 
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Introduction to Microsoft Word II
Main Library
Thursday, Jul. 31, 2pm-4pm
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This class is for people with some experience using word processing software. Participants will learn how to insert clip art, create lists, make columns, format paragraphs and create tables. This is not a typing or keyboarding class. *Prerequisites: "Introduction to MS Word I" or the equivalent skills.

 
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Twitter 101
Main Library
Saturday, Aug. 9, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Registration required, begins Aug 1.

Learn about Twitter, what it is, how it works, and how you can use it to your advantage personally or for your business. Class includes step-by-step site navigation and account set-up and maintenance.

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Introduction to Microsoft Excel Basics I
Main Library
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Registration required, begins Aug 1.
This class is an introduction to Excel. Participants will create a basic spreadsheet, perform simple formatting (alignment, numbers, font style and size), sort, print, and save a spreadsheet.  *Prerequisites: “Introduction to the Computer” or equivalent skills; experience with Microsoft Word is preferred.
 
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Introduction to Microsoft Excel Basics II
Main Library
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Registration required, begins Aug 1.

This class is for participants with some experience with basic spreadsheets. This class offers an introduction to simple formulas as well as cell references. *Prerequisites: “Introduction to MS Excel I” or equivalent skills; experience with Microsoft Word is preferred.

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Editing Digital Photos
Main Library
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Registration required, begins Aug 1.
Learn basic digital photograph terminology, uploading and downloading, editing tips and tricks and explore the free online photo editor PicMonkey.  Be sure to bring your digital camera and connector, or a USB or CD with photographs so that you have a photo to practice with during the class.
 
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Reception for Janice Keck Literary Award winners
Main Library
Friday, Aug. 22, 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Join us as we celebrate the winners of our first annual Janice Keck Literary Awards, to be published under the library's Academy Park Press.   The presentation of the awards will be at 6:00. The winning authors, all Williamson County residents, are: 

Jean Simmons -- Children’s Literature
“Willy the Panther Cat”
 
John Neely Davis -- Fiction
“Bear Shadow”
 
Brad W. Hoover -- Nonfiction
“Tears of Hope (Hero in a Bandanna)”
 
Sandy Coomer -- Poetry
“The Presence of Absence”

This award is named in honor of our previous director who loved literature in all forms.  Stop by and meet the authors, have some of the refreshments and visit with other literary fans!
 
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Introduction to the Computer
Main Library
Monday, Aug. 25, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Registration required, begins Aug 1.
Can't tell your hardware from your software or your mouse from your monitor?  Beginners can learn about the parts of computers and the Windows operating system – the basics needed to start using a computer.  This class is for those with very limited or no experience with computers.  It is not a typing or keyboarding class.
 
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Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint
Main Library
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Registration required, begins Aug 1.
Do you have a public speaking engagement or presentation?  Learn how you can use PowerPoint to enhance it.  This class will show participants the basics in creating a PowerPoint slide show, from changing the slide background and colors to adding clip art and sounds.  *Prerequisites: "Introduction to the Computer" or equivalent skills; experience with Microsoft Word is preferred.
 
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R.E.A.D.S. eBooks: eREADER 101
Main Library
Friday, Aug. 29, 10:00am-12:00pm
Registration required, begins Aug 1.
There are thousands of eBooks available for you to borrow from the library through our R.E.A.D.S database for FREE!  Library staff will introduce you to R.E.A.D.S. and show you how to download books to your Kindle, Paperwhite, Nook or other eReader.  Be sure to bring your eReader if you have one.
 
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Facebook Profiles 101
Main Library
Saturday, Aug. 30, 10:00am-12:00pm
Registration required, begins Aug 1.

This class covers creating an individual profile, the newsfeed, networking, privacy settings, creating an avatar, navigation, applications and status updates.

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