Now, where to begin?
Did you get a new iPad, laptop or Android tablet?
Maybe a new smart phone?
These devices are great in today’s world and have many, many wonderful uses. That said, they can also be a bit overwhelming. You may be hearing of new ‘apps’ (or applications) that you can use, or websites to visit. Many services are available online and can be confusing for someone who is just learning.
You may have had a relative help you set up your new device; maybe they installed Facebook or Twitter. But there are other apps that are easy to use and helpful for just about anyone. If you like to listen to radio stations in your community or throughout the world, try Tune in. If cooking is more your thing, try Epicurious for an array of recipes. There are, of course, lots of gaming and memory apps like Luminosity, Solitaire, and Sudoku, to name a few. Saving money is always nice; with Groupon you can get coupons for products and activities nearby. To help you with your New Year’s resolution download the app Couch to 5k or Yoga for beginners.
Did you know your smart phone could serve as a flashlight, calculator and an alarm clock? Simply swipe from the bottom of your iPhone for these options, or for Android, swipe from the top. Or did you know you can text just by speaking into your phone? On both iPhone and Android, tap the microphone icon beside the space bar on your keyboard, enable dictation and start texting like a pro!
To help you on your way to technology greatness, check out some material we have available at the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, such as “Windows 10 for seniors for the beginning computer user: get started with Windows 10” by Visual Steps, or from the popular “…for Dummies” series, “Facebook and Twitter for seniors for dummies” by Marsha Collier. Check out our online magazine app, RB Digital and our online audio and eBook collection on Overdrive. Information on both of these apps can be found on our website www.parl.ns.ca.
Starting in early February, the regional library will be offering one-on-one and group technology training sessions in the New Glasgow, Stellarton, Westville, Pictou and River John branches. A Technology Trainer for the library will soon be hired, and will be located at our Westville branch. Please check with your local branch for training appointments and group sessions.
There are many other services available for technology at the library. Do you have home videos you would love to watch again? Or is your favorite band on cassette, and you can no longer listen to in the car? At the River John, New Glasgow and Antigonish branches we offer Memory Labs. You can convert your VHS tapes, cassette tapes and vinyl records to DVD, CD or memory stick. We also offer Silhouette vinyl cutters and 3D printers at these branches, if you really want to tap into your creative side.
Libraries are much more than books, so what are you waiting for? Come check us out today.
For more information on these or other upcoming library programs, special events and services, drop by your local library branch, follow us on Twitter, find us on Facebook, or visit us online at www.parl.ns.ca.
Melanie Pauls is Community Technology Access Manager for Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library.