Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Originally published in the California Focus Feb, 2012

Greetings from the California Area Public Library.

Last month I mentioned one of our goals for 2012 was to increase programing and services.  This month I wanted to stay with that theme and introduce you to a few ways we are going to meet that goal.

First is our newly redesigned website created by Matt Peteritis at www.calpublib.org.  This will serve as a portal to the library and what we have to offer.  You can check our hours, access electronic resources like Power Library, or find links to the community.  The events section will be especially helpful in finding out what is going on; you can even follow the link and friend us on Facebook.

OverDrive in next.  I mentioned it before and am excited to say that it is available to our patrons.  As part of the Washington and Greene Greater Information Network, with state funding, our members can now download eBooks and audiobooks form our website.  Using your library card you can now access digital media anytime, anywhere on to devices like your computer, smartphone, or eBook readers.  It is easy and convenient, perfect for days when the weather just does not want to cooperate.  Get started by visiting our website and look for the link on the main page.  If you are interested in learning more about how the service works we are looking to schedule some information sessions, call us for details.

A lot of people have been asking about computer classes.  We are in the process of scheduling them for March. There will be an introduction to computers class and another that will teach you how to use word processing and spreadsheet software.  If you are interested let us know.  We will be announcing the dates and times in the next few weeks.

Finally, we are proud to have Susan Chernay R.N. providing information sessions on nutrition to our community. Stop by to speak with her one-on-one about living a healthy life and have your blood pressure taken.  She is generously making herself available to the community.  You can also see the schedule of when she will be available by visiting the events section of our website or the Facebook page.

We are always looking for fun and interesting ways to reach out to you, so if you have an idea for events or programs you would like to see let us know.

~Brian K. Dawson
                                                  Library Director

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