Monthly Archives: December 2009

Computer Resources at CADL

As we approach a new year, CADL would like to remind you of some of our great computer resources:

Did you know that the Capital Area District Library offers free computer classes on numerous computer related topics? The Downtown branch offers classes on Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. Additionally, we teach classes on setting up an email account, learning to use the Internet, blogging, downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks, photo editing, job searching, and online research. Many of these classes are offered on a monthly basis. To find out more about the classes, registration, days and times, please visit our events calendar at The events calendar link can be found in the Events Calendar module on the right side of the page.

With the coming New Year, we would like to highlight several of our great classes. The Google class offered at the Downtown branch explores the things Google can do, other than a simple Internet search. You can convert currency, find movie reviews, get dictionary definitions and a lot more. However, there are many things Google won’t do. For that, we offer the Online Research class. This class will help you learn how to find articles and information from magazines, newspapers and journals that cover a wide variety of subjects such as health, automotive repair, test preparation, politics and history.

One of our most popular classes is Microsoft Word basics and its companion, Intermediate Word. Word Basics gives a person the chance to start learning Word from scratch. How do I enter and delete information? How do I save a document? What is the difference between copy and paste and cut and paste? You then build on those basic skills in Intermediate Word and learn to format a large piece of text. You will learn to change margins, add borders and shading, insert pictures, format pictures, etc.

If Word isn’t cutting it for your newsletter or flier, or if you’re just unable to arrange items on the page like you would like them, then check out our Microsoft Publisher Basics class in January. Publisher is a wonderful program for creating newsletters, signs, business cards, brochures, award certificates and other specific documents. Publisher allows you to better control the placement of objects on the page, such as text and pictures. You can make those holiday letters much easier with Publisher!

In February, we are offering a two-part Intermediate Excel class that will teach you how to use Excel’s many useful functions. A large list of information is difficult to look at, but you can use Excel’s sorting and filtering commands to change how a list is displayed. You can perform simple A-Z (alphabetical) or Z-A (reverse alphabetical) sorts or create custom sorting lists. You can learn to filter out information by one or more criteria. We will cover even more functions beyond these in the Intermediate Excel class.

Another great way to learn about computers and technology is to use the CBT Nuggets video database. The library subscribes to this resource and it provides streaming video tutorials on how to use Microsoft Office applications and many technical topics such as iNet+, A+, SQL, JAVA, PHP 5, Windows Server, SharePoint Server and many exam packs for CISCO and Microsoft. These videos require a high speed Internet connection and your library card number.

Perhaps you are interested in a more traditional method of learning, the book. We have plenty of those at the Capital Area District Library!  The easiest thing to do is to go to our website,, and search our catalog for a title, author or keyword. You can find books on Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and programming languages (PERL, C++, Apache, etc).  We also have books on learning to use your iPod, Blackberry, Facebook, Photoshop and much more. If you have not visited us in awhile, please stop by and see all that we have to offer.

New Year’s Resolutions & CADL

In the New Year, you can lean on CADL for assistance for everything from locating health and tax information to learning to use a computer. Here is some information on upcoming library programs and items in our catalog to help you keep those resolutions going!

Get Organized for the New Year

Make organizing your space a reality, not just a resolution! We all have some degree of excess clutter in our lives, be it at home or on the job. On Monday, January 11 and again on Saturday, January 23, the Capital Area District Library presents Rita Wilhelm of Cluttergone.

Monday, Jan. 11 – Dansville Library
6:30 pm
January is “Get organized” month. Rita Wilhelm of Cluttergone will help you get organized!

Saturday, Jan. 23 – Williamston Library
1 pm
January is Get Organized (GO) month! Join us for some clutter-busting advice and tips from expert Rita Wilhelm of Cluttergone.

Leading a Healthier Lifestyle in 2010

If your New Year’s resolutions include improving your health, the Capital Area District Library has many resources that can help.  Besides books, we also subscribe to magazines that you can check out for 3 weeks and have movies for exercise, weight management, and cooking.  Listed below are some of the items we offer for your use.

Recently, National Public Radio (NPR) announced their list of the 10 best cookbooks of 2009.  Because healthy eating is so critical, it’s nice to have resources that encourage and teach healthy cooking.  While not all of the titles on the list qualify strictly as health food collections, they all contain recipes and instructions that enable the cook/reader to make careful choices.  The best part of this list is that all titles are available (or on order) from the Capital Area District Library.  They’re listed below, in random order, with their call number and branch location.  So, bon appetit!

The Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith Jones; Asian Dumplings:  Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More, by Andrea Nguyen; Clean Food:  A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source by Terry Walters; Gourmet Today by Ruth Reichl; **Stir:  Mixing it Up in the Italian Tradition by Barbara Lynch; **Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo; **Savory Baking by Mary Cech; **Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day by Peter Reinhart; **The Craft of Baking by Karen Demasco and Mindy Fox; and, Rose’s Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum.

**on order

Here are some of the magazines we have available:  Living Without (allergies), Maximum Fitness, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, Prevention, Weight Watchers, Yoga International, Cooking Light, Gourmet, Vegetarian Times, Diabetes Forecast, Nutrition Action Health Letter.

When searching for movies in CADL’s catalog, select “find movies” from our catalog menu and then specify which format you want.  We offer VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, and eVideos.  In the search box, type a title or subject you are interested in.  Try subjects such as cooking, exercise, weight management, Pilates, and walking to discover what’s available.

Good luck with those resolutions and don’t give up!

Get Your Geek On! |

Geek the Library is a community-based public awareness campaign aimed at spreading the word about the vital and growing role of your public library, and to raise awareness about the critical funding issues many U.S. public libraries face.
It does this by encouraging contributors to write about any subject they are passionate about and how a public library helps them pursue this passion. From Vampires to Nutella, whatever you’re interested in is probably mentioned on this site.
Who can contribute? You can. Everybody is encouraged to sign up and share what they are passionate about and how the public library can help them with this.

Your Story & Mine: A Community of Hope

During the month of January, the Downtown Lansing Library will display a traveling exhibit on the theme of generational poverty and homelessness. It features art, stories, poetry and photography created by formerly and currently homeless adults. Read more about the exhibit, see a sampling of the artwork, and find a complete tour schedule here.

Plan to join us at a special event on Sunday, January 10, from 2 to 3, when some of the contributors will be here with a presentation about their struggles and triumphs on the journey to stability.

Holmes for the Holidays

Sherlock Holmes is back this Christmas, in the first serious attempt to bring the legendary detective to the big screen since 1979’s Murder by Decree. This time, Holmes is played as more of an action hero by Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man) with Jude Law (Road to Perdition) as the stalwart Dr. Watson. At the library, you can find out how they originally met in Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet. Then get caught up with some of the best Holmes stories of all time in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. If you REALLY want to bone up, check out The Complete Sherlock Holmes, which includes all 56 stories and 4 novels written by Doyle.

But the adventure doesn’t stop there! Authors have been writing their own, new Sherlock Holmes stories for decades. The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a new collection of supernaturally inspired Holmes stories, written by authors such as Stephen King. That’s just one of dozens of examples! And if you’re in the mood for a fresh perspective on Holmes’ world, try the young adult novel The Case of the Missing Marquess, a mystery by Nancy Springer which introduces Holmes’ defiant younger sister Enola, who is not quite ready to be squeezed into a corset and sent away to a Victorian finishing school!

You can view a trailer for the upcoming film below.

— John

Winter Break Got You Down?

Come to the library for some fun and free entertainment… and time with people your own age. The library‘s not just about books anymore, and our events prove it. Here are some happening during the winter break.

Pizza & Pages Book Discussion (Grades 4 & up)
Date: Monday, December 21, 2009
Start Time: 5:00 PM
Library: Aurelius Library

Bring a favorite book that you have read and discuss it with other readers. Pizza or other snacks will be provided. Runs 1 hour.

Page to Screen
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Start Time: 1:00 PM
Library: Dansville Library


Watch the 2009 movie based on J.K. Rowling’s book about the Order of the Phoenix. Free popcorn while supplies last.

Teens & Tweens Holiday Bash
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Start Time: 6:00 PM
Library: Leslie Library

An hour and a half of holiday activities and refreshments just for teens and tweens.

Guitar Hero Tournament (grades 4-8)
Date: Monday, December 28, 2009
Start Time: 12:00 PM
Library: Mason Library

Put your Guitar Hero skills to the test!For grades 4-8.

Page to Screen
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Start Time: 1:00 PM
Library: Dansville Library

Watch the 2009 movie based on J.K. Rowling’s book about the half blood prince. Free popcorn while supplies last.

Teen Wii Night
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Start Time: 4:00 PM
Library: Aurelius Library

Join us for a fun night of Wii games, plus snacks. Runs 1 hour.

Live at the Library Coffeehouse Presents: Viking Dad
Date: Sunday, January 03, 2010
Start Time: 2:30 PM
Library: Stockbridge Library

Our featured performers, Viking Dad, will play alternative rock, covers and originals on guitar, bass and drums. Open mic will be at 2:30 pm and featured performers begin at 3 pm. This program is part…

Click here for a full list of upcoming Teen & Tween events at the Capital Area District Library. Don’t forget that all CADL branches are closed December 24-25 & December 31 – January 1.

“Off the Shelf” Lets You Know What to Read

During these long winter evenings, there’s nothing better than curling up with a great book. Not sure what to read? Consult Off the Shelf, a collection of book recommendations by our Adult Selection Specialist, Sarah Redman. You can also subscribe to the Off the Shelf e-mail newsletter to receive reviews in your inbox. Check out the latest Off the Shelf review below.

Water, Stone, Heart by Will North

A love story from the male perspective

North offers a love story from the male perspective with the same light but deeply romantic touch readers found so captivating in The Bridges of Madison County and Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook.
Although he teaches architectural theory at a Philadelphia university, Andrew Stratton has never actually built a structure. Divorce from his caustic wife leaves him feeling unmoored and he enrolls in a course on building stone walls in Cornwall, England. The colorful, strongly-connected community he finds there includes American expatriate and artist Nicola Rhys-Jones. Her history makes her equally wary of a relationship, but Nicola and Andrew cannot deny their strong attraction. Equal parts love story and tribute to the beautiful countryside of Cornwall, this is an intelligent, sensitive novel about second chances.

Check this item out in our catalog.