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Monday, September 15, 2014

Free Computer Classes at The IPL

It's time for some tech-knowledge, the Independence Public Library has multiple classes available for anyone hoping to brush up on their computer skills or pick a few new ones up.

First in September is the Windows 8 class. This class is great for someone looking to get settled into their new computer, or anyone looking to get more familiar with the library's public computers. If you have a Windows 8 laptop, we encourage you to bring it along. (September 16th and 30th)

Next up is the Computer Basics Class. This class is for anyone who just starting with a computer. You'll learn terminology and basic operations such as using the mouse, and keyboard. (September 17th and 18th)

The Formatting Basics class introduces you to making text documents. Here you'll learn how to alter fonts, text size and color, paragraphs, and much more. (September 24th and 25th)

In October we have File Management Basics, for keeping your documents organized. (October 1st and 2nd)

Then Internet Basics, for anyone looking to get moving on the world wide web. (October 8th and 9th)

There's a little bit of something for everyone. If you have questions, feel free to call us at 334-2470 or stop in at the circulation desk the next time you're in the library. All of the computer classes are free to the public, but registration is required.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Past & Present At The IPL

The "Mini Face Lift" is taking shape and most of it can be seen now at the Independence Public Library. We have new computers, new shelving, and more space. Stop in and tell us what you think. While you're here, pop into the Community Room and take a look at history. The Artist Showcase will feature art from the collection of the Buchanan County, Iowa Historical Society. The Artist Showcase runs tomorrow (Spetember 13th) from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Sunday (September 14th) from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Sunday will also be the reception, with members of the historical society in attendance.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Story Time & Rhyme Time

Here in Independence, the big kids have just settled into their fourth week of school. But little kids, worry not. The IPL has something for you too! Vonnie, one of our fabulous librarians, plans for fun with little ones each week. You're never too young to enjoy the library with programs like Rhyme Time and Story Time. Rhyme Time runs year round on Thursdays at 9:30 AM, and is perfect for anyone who hasn't quite hit the two year mark. Already two years old? Don't worry, that's where Story Time come in. Story Time runs during the school year on Wednesdays at 9:30 AM for ages two to five.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Memoirs on Mondays!

Record your history at the Independence Public Library!
Local writer Jacquie McTaggart will launch The Memoir Project in the library’s Community Room at 10:00-11:30 am. This workshop will meet for one and a half hour sessions each week for six weeks, from September 8 to October 13.  The purpose is not to write beautiful prose, but rather to make a written record of the people and events that have shaped our lives.
Register once for all six classes. Each class will be self-contained, so if you miss one you won't be behind.
To Register, stop in at the IPL or give us a call at 334-2470.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Making Changes!

 We've been mixing it up here at the IPL. The book shelves have been doing a little bit of moving, and so have some of our computers, even the Community Room is in on the act with fresh paint and new carpet. If you haven't seen the new computer stations, stop in and tell us what you think. If you've already been in, don't be alarmed by the empty computer stations near the circulation desk, we aren't quite done with our change up. Next week (September 9th & 10th) the library will be closed to the public so we can work in a little more new. Be sure to stop in on September 11th and see the new look at the library.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Theater and Film at the Independence Public Library

Today is the 75th anniversary of the premiere of The Wizard of Oz, a movie based the book series writen by Frank L. Baum. Celebrate by checking out the movie or one of the books it was based off of, at the IPL.
And don't forget to take in some live theater here at the Independence Public Library, tonight (Aug. 15, 2014) at 7:00 PM. VANG! is a two-person play highlighting the challenges and successes of present-day immigrant farmers in the Midwest.This presentation is free and open to the public though a free-will donation will be accepted for LACES.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Going The Distance With Audio Books

The Summer Reading Program rolled into a big finish on July 25th, and so did our resident scientists, Dr. Fizz and Prof. Boom. Our two Mini-Scientists traveled a grand total of 1499.26 MILES! That's enough to get from the IPL all the way to Flagstaff, Arizona. With that many hours on the road you could listen to Frankenstein, The Phantom of The Opera, and To Kill A Mockingbird from start to finish on audio book.
In fact, with all the travel we're squeezing into the last few weeks of Summer, you could fit in a lot more reading listening. Just stop in at the IPL and browse our selection. We have audio books for all ages. You can even download digital audio books through NEIBORS. With an audio book, you always have time for reading; even if your eyes need to be somewhere other than a page. And if you do have time to sit with the pages, try reading with the audio book, you can improve your reading comprehension. (A great way to start the kids off right for the school year)