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What is streaming TV?

Hulu. Sling. Netflix, A la carte TV. These names are popping up more and more when it comes to in-home TV viewing. Want to get the lowdown on the current trend sweeping American homes? Want to know how easy can be to ditch the cable and take control of what channels and content you get? Want to learn how to CUT THE CORD?

The Maud Smith Marks Branch Library will be offering a new class geared towards getting patrons up to date on the latest streaming TV services and technology. Our CUT THE CORD class will cover what services off and what you need to get started. Come join us and learn the basics of A la Carte TV and streaming.

Microsoft Office Training and Tutorials

microsoft office logoIf you need to brush up on your Microsoft Office skills, try these free training tips and tutorials from Microsoft and GCFLearnFree. Learn at your own pace and skip to the skills you need now.

Rainy Cafe Sounds for Studying

Rainy Cafe sceneIf you are anything like me then you love the thought of spending a rainy fall evening studying in a lively cafe! If you feel more productive amid the ambient sound of rain or a bustling cafe then try this website out the next time you need to get some work done. Rainycafe.com lets you personalize the level of noise to suit your study or relaxation needs...

Learn Computer Science at Home!

CPU InteriorAre you familiar with how to use computers but don't have any idea about how they actually work? If you think it's time for you to explore the "technical" side of computers then try your hand at these free helpful Basics of Computer Science learning modules from the University of Tennessee. Who knows, you may just learn a thing or two!

Early Voting: October 20-31, 2014

voting imageEarly voting for the November 4, 2014 General and Special Elections is open from October 20-31, 2014.

Where can you early vote?
"Any qualified voter may vote in person at the main early voting polling place or at any other designated early voting branch location during designated times." -- Harris Votes

Cool Sites for Kids and Parents too

 Navigating through the World Wide Web can be difficult; you can't always trust that the information provided is true or correct.  When working with children, you also want to ensure their safety.  I would like to encourage you to take a look Great Websites for Kids. [It provides] a compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. Suggested sites are evaluated by the Great Websites for Kids Committee using established selection criteria. The committee is made up of members of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

 

TED Talks

ted logoStarted with a focus on technology, entertainment and design (TED), TED Talks (or presentations) now encompass a variety of subjects and topics by innovative, forward-thinking speakers who share their ideas with the world.

View more than 1500 talks that can spark ideas and start a dialog at work, school or home.

No Excuse List

no excuse listStart the new year by learning something new with the NoExcuseList free resource directory. Take a free online class from Yale or Stanford (no credit), learn how cook from the Reluctant Gourmet, build a bookshelf and more with Instructables, or write computer code courtesy of Codeacademy. Visit the NoExcuseList and discover more than 50 free online resources.

 Remember, it's all FREE. So, no excuses, it's time to get started.

Name that Tune!

tv pictureDo you ever find yourself watching a television show when suddenly you hear a great song playing in the background or you hear a new song on the radio and you keep driving around the block to discover the artist?

Well, the next time that happens, check out a few free apps and websites that will find the song and artist in just a few clicks. You can even find songs you hear in advertisements.  

 

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