Tech Tuesdays

I will be assisting with tech questions and troubleshooting all day Tuesdays! Drop by the library anytime from 10AM to 7PM for one-on-one help.

While continuing to evolve the way I offer answers to questions about technology, I have come to the conclusion that a more flexible time schedule for tech support would better suit our patrons.
The benefits of this will include:
•Patrons can drop in or leave at any time that the library is open
•Because fewer people will arrive at once, I, and other staff members, will be able to give more one-on-one support.
•The extra time will allow me to better help patrons with extensive or complex problems and questions.

All questions are welcome, from the simple to the complex.
Questions I’ve successfully answered in the past include:

•Why does my computer run slowly? How can I speed it up?
•Why won’t my computer start? How can I fix it?
•What is hardware? What is software?
•How do I install new hardware or software?
•What should I look for when shopping for a new computer, phone, or tablet?
•What does all this computer jargon mean?
•How do I read, or listen to books and magazines through legal and free databases?
•How do I access the library’s catalog, order items, and check my account information from home?
•How do I move files from my phone, tablet, or computer to another device that I own?
•What can I do to protect my computer/mobile from viruses? How do I remove a virus?
•How do I use a specific program (Word, OpenOffice, MS Paint, Windows Explorer, cmd.EXE and PowerShell, Audacity, and many others)
•How do I Update my computer to Windows 10 or confirm that my current operating system is up to date?
•How do I make those cool looking bullet points with just a keyboard?
And many more!

I hope to see you there!

Tech Workshops and Story Times are back in action!

If you haven’t heard yet, two programs that were suspended during Summer Reading Program are back up and running: Story Time and Tech Workshops!

Story Time is designed for children ages 2-6 and their families. We read several books, make a craft, and end it with a snack! This recently started program is quickly grow so come in an enjoy the fun! Wednesdays at 3:30 in the downstairs auditorium.

Tech Workshops are designed for anyone, young or old, who has technology related questions or problems. We answer questions openly and encourage hands-on practical experience. Typically people bring in their laptop, computer, cell phone, smartphone, or tablet and we answer question directly relating to participants’ needs. Tuesdays 10:00 AM -6:00 PM in the downstairs auditorium. Update: we will be available from 10 AM – 6 PM

What a summer we’ve had!

This year’s Summer Reading program was hosted, organized, and staged by our new children’s librarian, Beth Sisler, who did a marvelous job at it! She was able to gather almost 200 young readers to the library who checked the majority of the almost 7,788 items circulated during the six week period. This wouldn’t have been possible without the generous donations we received from our wonderful community!

In the past, the Summer Reading program has been the only large program that we hosted regularly. That’s changing this year! Tech Workshops, Story Time, Book Clubs (for both kids and adults!), and other interest groups are going to start blooming at the library!

Tech Workshops
In the past, Tech Classes have been somewhat formal with focused agendas each week but people seemed to find the open questioning / troubleshooting more helpful than other sessions. I’m glad to work one-on-one with folks who have tech questions, too! Future Tech Workshops will all be exclusively focused on the individual needs of patrons. We had previously been meeting from 6PM to 8PM but we will be meeting earlier from this point on.
Open questioning, troubleshooting, conceptual explanations, and more will be available Tuesday evening from 5:00 PM 10:00 AM till 7:00 PM, free to anyone who wants to join! Bring your own device or work on one of ours!

Tech workshops

Story Time
This program will be designed for kids ages 2-6 years and their families, but everyone is welcome! Starting September 9th at 3:30 we will meet every week for a story, craft, and snack.

Book Clubs and other special interest groups
The staff at Stinson have been discussing all kinds of clubs as of late. Books, movies, board games, Lego, Robotics, and other clubs are hot on our minds. If you can think of any kind of group you’d be interested in leave us a comment here or in the Suggestions Box in the adult fiction room! We’ll keep the site posted once plans become more concrete.

Book sales
Is 21 days not long enough for you? Would you like to keep the book forever? No problem! In addition to the three annual book sales hosted by the Friends Of Stinson, there are like-new books for sale year-round. The hardbacks sell for $3 each and the paperbacks are only $1 or buy 5 get 1 free!
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We’ve reorganized our level readers for youngsters who are just learning to read!

Our Level readers (easy readers) have been re-cataloged and re-organized into 8 distinct groups base on how difficult they are to read. Level 0 for the easiest books all the way up to level 5+, some of which are almost like chapter books! Let us know if this is beneficial to your browsing experience. We’ve already gotten some positive feedback about it 🙂

☀Summer Reading registration is happening now at the library☀

Come into the library and fill out a registration form, or print one out and bring it in. Children who will be going into Pre-K through 8th grade next school year are all welcome to join in the fun! Registration ends June 19th so hurry in and claim your place.  Programs begin on June 24th (for Pre-K through 4th grade) and June 25th (for 5th through 8th grade).
If there are any questions at all don’t hesitate to call or stop by and ask Beth Sisler, our children’s librarian.

Printable versions of the registration sheets are here: Pre-K through 4th grade and 5th grade through 8th grade.

Our site is waking back up!

I have just yesterday been granted editorial privileges for our website and I hope to start adding cool and interesting things to our site, in addition to responding to comments that people make on here.

Here is a list of the changes I’ve made to the site so far:

•Expanded “Links” page of our site to include more than one link
•Cleaned up the PAC page a little
•Added a “Staff” page with a list of employees and their position at the library
•Added a “Digital Library” page that links you to online books and more

I have plans to add digital tutorials, an events page (done!) and a children’s section. Can you think of anything that you’d like to see on our site?