Message to the community from Luren E. Dickinson:
Our new Computer Center and Training Lab on the second floor of the Main Library are now open to the public. The Computer Center has 25 public workstations and the Training Lab has an additional 12 workstations, which can be used when classes are not in session. The new computers are equipped with the Windows 7 operating system and are loaded with Microsoft Office 2010 programs, such as Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, and OneNote. In addition, each of them will have WinWay Resume, the leading resume software.
While we have moved most of the adult workstations to the second floor of the Main Library, we still offer six 15-minute “Express Stations” on the first floor for those who need quick access to email or to print documents. Main Library has 11 workstations for children and seven for older students in the Teen Center. Bertram Woods Branch has eight workstations for adults and four for children.
Computers have become an essential part of our daily life and the library is happy to be able to provide free access for all. This year for the first time, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority had an online only registration for its housing lottery. Shaker Library was one of many libraries standing by to offer computers and help in the process.
The Shaker Schools use an online system called ProgressBook, and they will soon schedule training sessions in the library to teach parents and caregivers how to track their students’ progress in school by checking grades, attendance, and lesson plans online. Through a school-library partnership, the Library offers access to SuccessMaker, the tutoring software used by the schools for students to help them improve their grades.
Our staff continues to teach Every Citizen Online (ECO) classes for those seeking to learn how to use computers and to navigate the Internet. These classes are free and begin with basic computer literacy skills such as using the mouse, operating Windows, and using and maintaining files and folders. Classes also focus on using the Internet, using search tools, and setting up and using a free email account. ECO classes are offered in three 2-hour sessions or two 3-hour sessions.
Our ongoing free computer class offerings range from learning basic word processing to resume writing and online job hunting to more advanced classes in word processing, learning spreadsheet construction, PowerPoint presentations, and creating and managing databases.
September is back-to-school time and Shaker Library has planned an interesting line up of educational and informative programs this month. Joe, “The Coupon Guy” will offer his savvy shopping tips at 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 20 at the Main Library and on Wednesday, September 21, we will hold our Annual Constitution Read Aloud at 7 p.m. at the Main Library. As an added component to this year’s celebration, Friends of the Shaker Library is sponsoring a poster design contest for children.
Looking for an appraisal on that pocket watch your uncle left you or your mother’s painted curio cabinet? Friends of the Shaker Library’s “What’s It Worth?” antique appraisal program will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, September 22 at the Main Library, when experts will help evaluate your “invaluable” items. Considering travel plans? George Shinas, a member of the Road Scholar program (formerly Elderhostel), will speak about how to become a member of the Road Scholar program at 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 27 at the Main Library.