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Are you and computers not always on the same page?  We can help! Attend one of our free computer classes, or come for 1-on-1 computer instruction.  If you missed Monday’s Intro to MS Excel 2007, the class is repeating later this month.  We also have an Internet basics class this month.

Registration is required for all computer classes and instruction as class sizes are strictly limited.

1-on-1 computer instruction is available several days this month at our Franklin Park location, which you can see on our calendar.  Register for one hour one-on-one instruction on the library computers. Training can include an introduction to using the mouse, navigating the Internet, and using email. Please specify your training interest when registering. Call the Franklin Park branch to register, 732-873-8700, ext. 5.  Attendance is limited to one hour long session per month.

Internet Basics is on Monday, May 18 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.  This class will include a brief history and description of what the internet is and how to navigate it using a web browser.  We will do some basic searching and learn what makes up a good website. You are expected to know how to use a mouse before taking this class.

Intro to MS Excel 2007 is Saturday, May 30 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.  Learn the basics of this popular software program designed for storing, organizing and manipulating data. This class will discuss the parts of a spreadsheet, including columns, rows and cells. Participants will create a basic spreadsheet during class.  You must be able to use a mouse and be familiar with basic computer concepts such as opening, closing, and re-sizing windows before taking this class.
Don’t forget to register!
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Selma

May 8, 2:00-4:15 pm

Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Selma tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.
Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language; 2 hours and 7 minutes.
Registration is requested; sign up today.
AMERISNIPER
May 22, 2:00-4:15 pm
U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname ‘Legend.’ However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, becoming emblematic of the SEAL creed to ‘leave no man behind.’ But upon returning home, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind. Based on the true story.
Rated R for strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout including some sexual references; 2 hours and 14 minutes.
Registration is requested; sign up today.
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This week’s staff pick is by Mireille Guiliano, and was read by a staffer for the Read Harder Challenge.  She particularly enjoyed French Women Don’t Get Facelifts and found it full of great advice, stories, and recipes.

The author of the bestselling French Women Don’t Get Fat shares the secrets and strategies of aging with attitude, joy, and no surgery.

With her signature blend of wit, no-nonsense advice, and storytelling flair, Mireille Guiliano returns with a delightful, encouraging take on beauty and aging for our times. For anyone who has ever spent the equivalent of a mortgage payment on anti-aging lotions or procedures, dressed inappropriate for their age, gained a little too much in the middle, or accidentally forgot how to flirt, here is a proactive way to stay looking and feeling great, without resorting to “the knife”-a French woman’s most guarded beauty secrets revealed for the benefit of us all!


French Women Don't Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude

Mireille Guiliano

Published: Dec 24, 2013 by Grand Central Life & Style
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It’s the end of April and we’re a quarter through the year already!  We hope you’re joining us in our 2015 Read Harder Challenge (flyers at Circulation and Reference), where we are challenging ourselves and you by reading books based on place, author, subject, etc.  Why? Because we’re stretching out of our reading comfort zones and trying some new things.

Don’t know where to start? We offer a variety of reading recommendations:

– Staff Pick Bookmarks (located at the Circulation and Reference desks) These change frequently and are always stocked

– Staff Pick of the Week : blog post and added to our Facebook album (one for 2014 and one for 2015) and Pinterest page

– This challenge has a support group on Goodreads.com where you can get reading suggestions for each category, and tell others what you think

-Check out our Pinterest Book Recommendations board – we’ve posted tons of lists of all kinds. There is definitely something you’ll love here!

-We have a book recommendation page where you can get newsletters on your favorite types of books sent straight to your email

It’s never to late to start, and anything you’ve already read this year that fits into a category counts! Join us in diversifying our reading, and check out some new books today.

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Sadly, National Poetry Month is almost over.  Hopefully you’ve taken some time to enjoy your favorite poets or find some new ones like Rumi, Billy Collins, e.e. cummings, an anthology of poets, or one of the many other famous and not-so-famous poets we have in the collection.  Don’t like poetry?  Not a problem.  Try a novel in verse, you might be surprised at how much you like it.  Some of the novels in verse in our collection are:

  • The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber (secret identities, faked murder, and enough drama for at least three Shakespeare plays)
  • Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge (modern true stories behind fairy tales)
  • Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski (a topsy-turvy modern Romeo and Juliet tale)
  • After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy (two high school seniors getting through their last semester)
  • The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones (a novel of middle age, motherhood, marriage and mayhem)

… the list goes on.  Try something new this month and tell us if you like it.  You can find more on the “Something Different” bookmarks at Circulation too.  You can find Novels in Verse and Poetry books in the catalog.

Have you check our our Poets of the Week this month?

There are tons of events, support and ideas for National Poetry Month as well.  Check out some of these from ReadingRockets, ReadWriteThink & Scholastic.  The National Poetry Month official website has a lot of great resources as well including a poem a day, Dear Poet project, poem in your pocket day, and more!

Don’t forget, we always have poetry available, along with all our other great materials.

Also, do you like our haiku (see image)? Let us know!

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