Friday, April 18, 2014

We're taking a break from PreSchool StoryTime

There will be no PreSchool StoryTime at the Visalia Branch in May.

PreSchool StoryTime will resume on Wednesday, June 11th.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First Tuesday Book Club Meeting, May 6

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

Tulare County Welcomes Two New Librarians

Have you noticed a few new faces at our Visalia Branch? We recently welcomed two new Librarians to our staff. Follow the link below to read more from the Visalia Times-Delta:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

May Computer Classes!

Here is the schedule of our free computer classes for May. All classes are absolutely free to anyone, and registration is required! You can register now by calling (559) 713-2719 or by stopping in the library.  If you find that you are not able to attend a class you have registered for, please call and let us know.

Thursday, May 1: 10:00am – 12:00pm: Introduction to Email
Basic Introduction to e-mail functions. Set up personal e-mail accounts. Practice in composing, sending and receiving e-mail. Must set up a Yahoo e-mail account prior to class.
Thursday, May 8, 10:00am – 12:00pm: Word Processing for Beginners
Beginning introduction to WORD. Topics discussed include opening and saving a document, typing and modifying text, and basic formatting of document. Must have basic keyboarding and mouse skills.
Thursday, May 15, 10:00am – 12:00pm: Introduction to ExcelBasic introduction to the Excel spreadsheet. Topics discussed will include the toolbars, worksheet, and formulas. Must have basic keyboarding and mouse skills.

Thursday, May 22: 10:00am – 12:00pm: Mouse Basics & Introduction to the PC
Basic introduction to the use of the mouse. Topics discussed will be parts of a computer and a mouse tutorial.

Thursday, May 29: One-on-One appointmentsCall to make an appointment for a one-on-one appointment for the topic of your choosing! (559) 713-2713.

All classes are held in the Public Computer Lab of the Visalia Branch Library. For more information, or to register for any of these free classes, please call the Computer Lab directly at (559) 713-2719.                                                    


Friday, April 11, 2014

Free Movies During Spring Break at the Visalia Children's Branch

Join us for free movies to celebrate Spring and National Library Week

Tuesday, April 15th @ 2pm: Frozen
                                      4pm: It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

Wednesday, April 16th @ 2pm: The Nut Job
                                           4pm: Rise of the Guardians

Thursday, April 17th @ 2pm: The Croods
                                        4pm: Alvin & the Chipmunks: Easter Collection

Friday, April 18th @ 2pm: Hop
                                   4pm: The Nut Job
(+ XBox Kinect for Family Fun Friday, 3 - 5pm)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Additional Library Teen Program Orientation Sessions Scheduled for April and May

Additional orientation sessions have been scheduled for the "Your Tulare County" teen program, a partnership between Tulare County Library and ValleyPBS. Teens ages 14 through 18 can check out an iPad mini from the library to record, edit and post their "Day in the Life" video at the ValleyPBS ByYou website. Teens who wish to participate are invited to attend, with a parent, one of the upcoming orientation sessions: April 19 at 12:00 pm and May 3 at 12:30 pm at the Visalia Branch Library, and May 2 at 5:00 pm at the Dinuba Branch Library.

For further information, contact Teen Librarian Faythe Arredondo at 559-713-2703.

Free Computer Classes at the Tulare County Library!

Did you know that your Tulare County Library offers free computer classes? That’s right: free computer classes are available right here at your library to absolutely anyone!

Each class is a one-day session, and because space is limited, we require pre-registration.

Classes for the rest of April are already booked up, but check back around the 15th of the month (every month) to learn the new class schedule. This is also the first day you can register for upcoming classes.
Additionally, if there’s a class in particular you’re interested in, you can indicate the name of the class(es) you're interested in taking on the Interest List clipboard located in the Computer Lab, and we will contact you when we offer that class (or classes). Some classes we offer include Mouse Basics, Intermediate Word, Internet Job Searching, Identity Theft, Internet 101, Resume 101, and one-on-one help. For more information on Tulare County Library computer classes, call the Computer Lab at (559) 713-2719.
Be sure to check this blog next week when we'll be posting an update with information about computer class offerings for May, or you can always stop by the library and ask us in person!