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*Please note that the redesign does not include the library's catalog or the event & class registration system.

June 1, 2013

Volume 8 Issue 12

What's New

» Camp Savvy - Technology Classes for Kids

Are you up to the challenge? Learn about new and exciting computer programs this summer and become the savviest of them all! Have fun while becoming Computer Savvy and be eligible to WIN COOL PRIZES! Camp Savvy is a program designed for children ages 6-12. Classes for Kids include Computer Explorer, Easy Typing, The Virtual Painter, Animated Talking Books, Exploring Electronics, Building 3D Models and many more fun and exciting programs.

Check out some of the new classes in store this summer!

  • Create a 2D Video Game
  • Make 3D Animated Movies
  • Simple Computer Programming
  • Hack-a-tronics: Basic Electronics Using Snap Circuits
  • Hack-a-tronics: 3D Printing
  • Hack-a-tronics: Machines, Motion and Engineering Using K'nex

Family Focus Classes
Look for Family Focus versions of the Camp Savvy classes for fun and learning the whole family can enjoy together.

For branch locations, dates, and times, please visit our online calendar or call 407.835.7323.

» TechKrew: Technology Classes for Teens

Are you techie or do you wanna be? Join the Krew in a fun environment where you can unleash your creative genius. Build your own apps and video games, mix music, design graphics, record, edit and add special effects to movies, build 3D models, explore electronics and much more!

Check out some of the new classes for teens this summer!

  • Intro to Mobile Web App Development
  • Basic Computer Programming
  • Create a 2D Video Game
  • Basic Electronics Using Snap Circuits
  • Hack-a-tronics: 3D Printing
  • Hack-a-tronics: Machines, Motion and Engineering Using K'nex

Other TechKrew classes include film editing, designing graphics, building a website and creating a 3D video game, as well as and resume writing and job interview skills courses. For branch locations, dates, and times, please visit our online calendar or call 407.835.7323.


» Adobe Illustrator Fundamentals

Create complex and attractive designs using shapes, images and text with special effects. Build your new business logo, advertisements, marketing flyers and other illustrations with ease using the vector tools. You will learn to draw and manipulate simple shapes, custom shapes, brush strokes, and text in unique ways.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or visit our online calendar.

» Job Seeker Workshop and Computer Classes

Workforce Central Florida (WCF) is continuing their partnership with the Orange County Library System to provide Employability Skills Workshops and computer classes at various library locations. WCF representatives will present a one-hour Employability Workshop, which will be followed by a one-hour Job Seeker computer class. Re-employment Assistance claimants may substitute workshop attendance for their required five weekly job search contacts. WCF staff will provide participants with a Re-employment Activity Tracking form to document participant attendance. This month's workshops will take place at the Alafaya Branch June 4-5 and the North Orange Branch June 13-14. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or go to www.ocls.info/classes.



» Computer Classes in English, Español, and Kreyòl

The Library offers computer classes in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole at various locations throughout Orange County. For more information, please visit our online calendar or call 407.835.7323.

Orlando Public Library
English | Español

Alafaya Branch
English | Español

Eatonville Branch

Edgewater Branch

Herndon Branch

Hiawassee Branch
English | Krèyol

North Orange Branch
English | Español

South Creek Branch

South Trail Branch
English | Español | Krèyol

Southeast Branch
English | Español

Southwest Branch

Washington Park Branch
English | Krèyol

West Oaks Branch
English | Español

Windermere Branch

Winter Garden Branch


Did You Know?

» Featured Database of the Month

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

If you are writing a position paper, giving a speech, making a presentation, or just want to get a better grasp of current controversies, Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a great place to start. This dynamic resource provides multiple information sources such as:
Features include:

  • Pro and con viewpoint essays on current issues
  • Overviews of controversial topics
  • Full-text articles from magazines, newspapers, and academic journals
  • More than 300 primary source documents
  • Biographies of people in the news
  • Court-case overviews
  • Reference materials including statistical tables, charts, and graphs
  • Images and a link to Google Image Search
  • Podcasts including NPR segments

The sources in Opposing Viewpoints in Context are full-text. It is searchable by keyword or use the advanced search to filter your results.

» Staff Spotlight! Loida G.

How long have you worked for the library?
I've been working at the library for five years.

What do you like best about being a Technology Trainer?
The relationships you develop as a teacher are amazing. I meet people at different points in their lives. Some are looking for a job while others are retired. As a Technology Trainer, I have a chance to build into their lives. It's fantastic!

What new technologies are you most interested in?
The topic of technology is incredibly broad and ever changing. One of the new technologies I am currently most interested in is 3D Printing.

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and traveling (especially on the Disney Cruise).

» Tech Tip of the Month!

Keyboard Shortcut: ALT + Tab

The ALT + Tab shortcut can help you quickly and precisely navigate between open windows.

  • Switch easily to the previous window by pressing Alt+Tab.
  • Cycle through open windows by holding Alt and repeatedly pressing Tab. Release Alt to show the selected window.
  • After pressing Alt-Tab, hold Alt and use the arrow keys or your mouse to choose your window. Release Alt to show the window.

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