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Free program demystifies technology

If you want to better understand what your computer and the Internet can do for you, please join us for a free event, called “Technology Petting Zoo,” on Thursday, Feb. 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the library. No advance registration is required.

You will have an opportunity to see and demo several technological marvels that are just a few clicks away:

• From 5-5:30 p.m., explore OverDrive, a digital media library that allows you to check out digital audiobooks, eBooks, videos and music for your personal computer and/or portable device.

• From 5:30-6 p.m., learn about Universal Class, offering more than 500 online classes in subjects such as computer skills and software, home schooling, cooking, self-help, genealogy and many more.

• From 6-6:30 p.m., test BYKI, which stands for Before You Know It. It offers language instruction in more than 70 languages, including Spanish and English for Spanish speakers.

• From 6:30-7 p.m., study three of the library’s most popular online research data bases to access newspaper articles, scholarly journals, magazines, business listings, the U.S. standard White Pages and more.

Biographies and memoirs

“Andrew Johnson” by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed tells the story of the unwanted president who ran afoul of Congress over reconstruction and was nearly removed from office. “I Love a Broad Margin to My Life” by Maxine Hong Kingston — writer, peace activist, teacher and mother — uses poetry to reflect on aging as she turns 65.

Other nonfiction

“Little Princes” by Conor Grennan chronicles one man’s decision to reunite children in Nepal with their families after they had been the objects of child trafficking in their war-torn country. “The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom” by award-winning historian Douglas Brinkley documents the heroic fight waged by the U.S. federal government from 1879 to 1960 to save wild Alaska from the extraction industries.

New novels

“The Red Garden” by Alice Hoffman takes us to Blackwell, Mass. and presents us with 300 years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty and redemption. “The Sweet By and By” by Sara Evans with Rachael Hauck is the first novel by this multi-platinum recording artist.

Mysteries and suspense

“Strategic Moves” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington mystery series. “Tick Tock” by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge features New York City Detective Michael Bennett as the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria and the Mad Bomber are all back terrifying the city. “The Officers’ Club” by Ralph Peters explores the murder of Lieutenant Jessie Lamoureaux in the post-Vietnam era.

Quotable quote

“Our chief want is someone who will make us what we know we can become.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American lecturer, essayist and poet.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Medora Bass, Kathee Ferris, Teri Frazier, Bamma Laizure, John Mathis, Kenneth Samela and Glenn Woodruff.


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