Thursday, October 22, 2009

Beginning Knitting

Central Library recently hosted a 2 part beginning knitting class. It's part of a year long crafts series that is solely for adults. The teacher for this class was Linda, the owner of Rumpelstiltskin, a wonderful yarn store right here in downtown Sacramento. The fourteen ladies (and one gentleman) who attended were very enthusiastic and ranged in ability from total beginner to former knitters who needed a review. The two meetings of the class were each 1 1/2 hours long and so enjoyable that no one wanted to leave. Everyone had fun, learned how to knit and purl and improved on what they knew about knitting when they first entered the room.

Our next class, crocheting, will be November 14th & 21st.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Zoho Success

A couple of days ago a woman using our Public Access computers wanted to type something, save it to the computer, then send it somewhere else. Since that can't be done on our system, we needed another "place" to put it.
Flash, it came to me: Zoho!
And Gues What? It worked. How cool is that?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The 27th Thing

The "27th Thing" asked that we blog our experiences and feelings about technology. First of all, even though I was very dubious when I started, I'm very happy I participated. What a great way to learn about the uses of the many tools we explored.

For example: Zoho will enable us to share work over the Internet. I'll be able to create something at work and finish it at home on a rather old and cranky computer.

I'm a podcast lover. Wouldn't it be cool if we recorded Steve Lopez' program and podcast it? And YouTube. Everytime I look for something on YouTube, I find it. It's good for recreation, publicity (and I'm thinking of a children's program here)and can illuminate and bring to life what might otherwise seem boring. A video stream is easily worth a tousand words.

As a library user, I would love to be on a Twitter list for program announcements or for a reminder of the preschool story time that I normally attend or a class I signed up for. How great would that be?

I'm not into Technorati, but Yelp is another great site that I like and use. There are reviews of SPL there. It's a good place to get unedited feedback for the library to tap into. Yelp also looks to be very useful for finding businesses on a local basis. I checked the ratings for several in Woodland where I live and they seemed spot on.

That's enough for now. I think I'll keep this thing going. Maybe it will lead me to more discoveries.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Blogging Zoho

Right now I'm using Zoho writer to do my blog entry. This seems like a really good idea. Create a document or presentation and save within the site. Seems like this would be ideal for collaboration or travel. Functionally it seems like a pretty normal word processor and looks a whole lot like the current Word that we use here at SPL. I also noticed that it posts to a blog. I'm going to try that in a minute.

OK, it's been more than a minute and it's not published yet. Hmmmmm.....

Oh! There it is!

I think Zoho would be very useful for "transporting" docs between home and work. Unfortunately, my home computer no longer understands the young whippersnapper sitting on my desk in the library. I want to create documents in both places and edit them elsewhere. It's not possible for me to do that right now unless I save stuff in either .txt or .rtf formats.

I found this on facebook - I think it's stunning!