Technology

Feeling a bit confused about Microsoft products on the computer? Want to brush up on your skills? Learn your way around Microsoft Office Word with Gale Courses. Start off with Introduction to Microsoft Word 2016 (the same product we have at the library). Once you feel comfortable, you can move on to the Intermediate Word 2016 class. Already feel comfortable with Microsoft Word? Gale offers classes on a range of Microsoft Office Products including Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and more! 

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, October 18th. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

"It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment; in these qualities old age is usually not poorer, but is even richer."--Cicero (106-43 BC).  More websites to check out:

Help with Aging    Export reporting on the finances of aging.                                     

Next Avenue     "Where grown-ups keep growing."                                         

Grown & Flown      Covers the range of issue relating to raising kids ages 15-25, lessons learned from o.ther Parents and Grandparents.                                    

Top Retirement Places     Find the best retirement communities, active adult communities, and places to retire.     

Sixty & Me (for Women)          Sixty and Me is an online magazine and a global community of over 500,000 women over 60.               

Silver Century      An international website promoting a positive view of aging.                                    

Need help navigating the daily glut of information? These books offer useful strategies, quick tips, and funny stories to help you determine truth from falsehood, likely from unlikely, and serious from silly. 

Have you read (or stumbled into) one too many irrational online debates? This handy guide is here to bring the internet age a much-needed dose of old-school logic (really old-school, à la Aristotle).

The bestselling author of Proofiness and Zero explains how to separate fact from fantasy in the digital world. Seife seeks not to rail against the Internet, but to act as a guide for the skeptic [with] a handbook for those who wish to understand how digital information is affecting us. Readers of this disturbing but entirely convincing account need to remind themselves that the Internet is pretty useful, but they will not deny that it teems with garbage.  -Kirkus Reviews

Computer Skills Lab for Beginners

If you are looking to build a foundation of strong computer skills, including Internet use and setting up an email account, please stop in to CPL's Internet Lab between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM on the second Saturday of each month. We will have guided activities for practice with mouse skills, copying/pasting, and more, with trusted experts on hand to answer any questions you may have or connect you to additional resources. The Computer Skills Lab for Beginners is a safe space to build confidence, and learn the things you need to feel “computer savvy” in the Digital Age.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, November 11 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Internet Lab
Saturday, December 9 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Internet Lab

New Digital Magazine App Available: RBdigital

RBdigital is bringing new and exciting upgrades to your experience. Starting Tuesday, June 27 accessing digital magazines with your library card will be streamlined with a new app and improved reading experience.

If you are new to our digital magazines service, click HERE to learn more about how to experience your favorite magazines on your computer, tablet or smartphone with the RBdigital app!

*Users of the Zinio for Libraries app will be able to continue using this app through the summer, after which it will eventually cease to be available. The Zinio for Libraries app will begin user notification about this change starting the week of July 10th. 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Solstice is upon us! Get your summer started with courses from Gale. Learn How to Start Your Own Edible Garden in a class that helps you pick the right produce for your space, understand fertilization and proper drainage, and learn how to spot pests before they take over your garden. Use your homegrown produce to create Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals, a course created and lead by a certified dietician. Continue your summertime self care routine through exploring Introduction to Natural Health and Healing, a course that focuses on relaxation, diet, and natural remedies for common ailments.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, June 14. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

A recent PEW study indicates older Americans (65+) are embracing technology; approximately two-thirds of them go online regularly and many now own smartphones. Not surprising that usage is greater among adults with higher income ($75,000) and are college educated.  Interestingly though, is some 34% of older internet users say they have little to no confidence in their ability to use electronic devices to perform online tasks, while 48% of seniors say that this statement describes them very well: “When I get a new electronic device, I usually need someone else to set it up or show me how to use it.” 

Super STEAM Summer Series

Let's think outside of the box for a second...What does STEAM mean to you? This summer CPL is deviating from the norm and providing innovative programming around the science, technology, engineering, art and math disciplines. This programming is developed for patrons aged 11-13 and registration is required. Topics are as follows...

  • Friday, June 23 -  HTML - In this first session you will learn the basics of HTML coding, and design your own website. Customize the font, content, colors, and more. Bring a flash drive so you can save it, take it home, and show off your work. Designed for students with no coding experience. Registration is required and begins May 25.
  • Thursday, July 6 - Industrial Design: Where Art Meets Science - What's your big idea? Learn how Industrial Design helps tell the story of science ideas. Sketch, draw and design away. Registration is required and begins on June 23.
  • Thursday, August 10 - Sound Frequencies of a DJ - Motown DJ and producer Mike Huckaby visits the library for a STEAM experience like no other. Learn the ins and outs of sound mixing as well as the science behind the sound. Registration is required and begins July 25.

[light and sound image by Derek Σωκράτης Finch shared under CC 2.0]

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Since 2010 we've heard "there's an app for that." So why not use an app that will help you accumulate and invest a penny here or there without the limits of a brick-and-mortar institution? There are numerous apps on the market that let you do just this. As always, make sure to research apps and websites before entering any personal information.

  • Mint - this app "brings together everything from balances and bills to your credit score and more. It’s your financial life, in one place that’s easy to understand." Mint is intended to give an overview of finances and help create a budget.
  • You Need a Budget (YNAB) - "Combines easy software with Four Simple Rules to help you quickly gain control of your money, get out of debt, and save more money faster." Similar to Mint but requires a fee and more hands-on management. 
  • Acorns - "Automatically invests your spare change." When connected to a checking account, this app collects the change left after rounding up your purchases and puts it into exchange traded investment funds.
  • Digit - "Saves for you so you don't have to think about it!" Digit is similar to Acorns but works by grabbing random amounts like $2.00 one day and $5.00 a few days later
  • Tip Yourself - "You tip everyone else, but what about yourself? Tip Yourself! You Earned it!" This app is works like a swear jar or a piggy bank except you transfer small amounts of money from a linked account. 

Check out these links for more info:

11 Apps to Automate Your Savings

These Apps Are the Perfect Money Saving Tools for Lazy People Like Me

Budgeting Software Showdown

Saving App Showdown

 

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