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Books and Reading

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS

Discussion groups for teens through adults.


DISCOVERING YOUR NEXT GREAT READ

Are you stumped about what to read next? Is your "to-read" list dwindling quickly? Maybe you have an impending vacation and no good book in sight. This class will teach you about online resources that can help point you in the right direction toward books you'll love.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 2:00 p.m.
Day(s): Wednesdays
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): May 24 or August 9
Registration deadline: By closing on the day prior to each class


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Business and Finance

BRING BALANCE TO YOUR BUDGET

Bring Balance to Your Budget is a presentation designed to help you sharpen your spending and saving strategy. You'll learn more about: setting your personal goals; balancing saving, spending, and borrowing; strategies for controlling debt and improving your credit scores; and practical saving options for now through retirement.

Instructor: Lisa Deibler-Miller—Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Thursday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): June 22
Registration deadline: June 20


RÉSUMÉ REFRESH—CLASS & WORKSHOP

Whether you're starting a job search or seeking to change positions, most employers will request a résumé. This class will cover the basics of building a resume and the dos and don'ts. Then students will have time to type up or work on their resume and ask questions. Students will need basic computer skills and a written or printed version of their job and education history.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s):/Day(s):/Date(s):
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 14
2:00 p.m., Friday, July 28
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 23
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: By closing on the day prior to each class


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Computers

COMPUTER CARE AT HOME

Keep your Windows-based computer running smoothly and protect your sensitive information from being tracked or stolen. Learn the tricks to watch out for and the tools to make your time on the computer safer. Save time and money by learning the skills to try before calling for help!

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 1:00 p.m.
Day(s): Thursday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): May 11
Registration deadline: May 10


EMAIL ESSENTIALS

Signing up for email is easy. It's keeping up with it that's the trick. This class will cover the basics of using your new (or old) email account to its full potential: Deleting multiple emails at once, sorting and organizing the emails you want to keep, blocking spam and unsubscribing from newsletters, recovering passwords, printing documents, and more.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 2:00 p.m.
Day(s): Wednesdays
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): May 10 or July 12
Registration deadline: By closing on the day prior to each class


EXCEL 101

Excel spreadsheets can be used to efficiently and quickly manage, sort, and organize data and therefore have many practical, everyday applications. You can create address and contact lists, track your expenses, balance your checkbook, and more. This class will give an overview of Microsoft's Excel program including vocabulary, sizing columns and rows, formatting cells, and how to use the Formula Bar and AutoSum. Students need basic mouse and keyboarding skills for this class.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s):/Day(s):/Date(s):
1:00 p.m., May 17
7:00 p.m., June 21
1:00 p.m., August 16
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: By closing on the day prior to each class


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LEARNING WITH LYNDA.COM

Lynda.com is an online resource featuring high-quality video tutorials that help anyone learn or improve business, software, technology, and creative skills. Lynda resources are free with your Dorothy Bramlage Public Library card. Come learn how Lynda.com works and what it has to offer you.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Wednesdays
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): June 28 or August 30
Registration deadline: By closing on the day prior to each class


PUZZLED ABOUT TECHNOLOGY?  ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE AT YOUR LIBRARY

Is technology leaving you behind? Do you want to brush up your computer skills? Would you like tips on the best way to do research or find what you need online? If so, call the library to schedule instruction with a member of the library's reference staff. We are available to assist you with:

Basic Computer Skills
Includes basic computer operation, navigating with a mouse, setting up and using an e-mail account, and beginning word processing. Instruction is also available for those wanting to archive or preserve their photos.

Getting the Most out of Library-Offered Databases
Includes instruction on AtoZ Databases, Lynda.com, Learning Express, Mango Languages and research-based online options available through the State Library of Kansas.

My Device 411
Receive assistance with your new smartphone, tablet, or e-reader. Learn how to use your device or use it more efficiently. Find out how to select, use and close apps, and discover how to checkout free e-books, movies, and music for your devices. Also learn about the digital resources that the library offers through Hoopla and Sunflower eLibrary.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): Call 785-238-4311 to schedule a session (Note: One-on-One Basic Computer Skills is only available 8:15 to 9:00 a.m., Monday–Thursday)
Registration deadline: None


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SMARTPHONE AND TABLET ASSISTANCE

Having trouble with your smartphone or tablet device? Want to get better acquainted with your digital device (without feeling embarrassed)? The Dorothy Bramlage Public Library offers a free service assisting individuals on their smart devices and helping them learn the major functions of that device from setting up email to downloading applications. Please come in or call us at 785-238-4311 and ask for Emily. She will set up a time to work one-on-one with you and your device.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s):/Day(s):/Dates(s): By appointment
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: None


WORD 101

Microsoft Word is a word-processing software used to write letters, make lists, take notes, create resumes, generate invoices, etc. And even if you are not planning on doing a lot of writing, word processing will come in handy when you are composing an email. This class will provide you with the information you need to use Microsoft Word to: copy, cut, and paste; to underline, center, change font sizes and styles; to save your documents, and use spell check. Students need basic mouse and keyboarding skills for this class.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s):/Date(s):
7:00 p.m., May 23
2:00 p.m., July 11
Day(s): Tuesdays Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: By closing on the day prior to each class


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Creative Arts

ARTS & MEMORIES

Let your wish be my design with paper art and wood burning. All projects will be made from the instructor's original designs.

Instructor:  Rita Kraushaar from Riley, Kansas
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 3:00 p.m. (except August at 1:30 p.m.)
Days(s): Thursdays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: Materials fee varies with each project
Date(s):
May 11—Pyro (wood burning) quilt block $15
July 13—Christmas in July Old World Santa $18
August 24—Adult Color & Cut Paper Dolls $10
Registration deadline: One week prior to each class including materials fee payment


BARN QUILT BLOCK CLASS

Learn the history of one of America's treasures and make your own Barn Quilt Block at the class. All the supplies you will need are provided. Please bring snacks and/or lunch with drinks.

Instructor:  Helen Haynes
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Day(s): Saturdays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $40.00
Date(s): June 17 or August 5
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to each class including payment of the materials fee


BASKET MAKING

Students will learn the basic techniques of basket weaving by completing a project each time the class meets. This is also an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to renew or hone their weaving skills. Class size is limited, so register early.

Instructor: Helen Haynes, owner of Hobby Haven, has over 24 years of basket weaving experience.
Ages/Grades: Ages 15 and older. Anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Time(s): 6:00–9:00 p.m. (ending time approximate)
Day(s): Fourth Monday (except June on Wednesday)
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: Materials fee varies with each project
Date(s):
June 28—Flag Basket $25
July 24—Market Basket $25
August 28—Hanging Key Basket $18
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to each class date including payment of the materials fee


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CREATE IT YOURSELF

Learn new skills and techniques and explore a variety of different types of art media in this hands-on class. A new project will be created each month.

Instructor: Helen Haynes
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 6:00 p.m.
Day(s): Mondays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $10 materials fee
Date(s):
June 12—Papermaking
July 10—Flower Pot Decorating
August 14—Wine Bottle Painting
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to each class date including materials fee payment (except June class on 5/30 due to Memorial Day holiday)


KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS

In this class you will learn the basics of knitting: casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off.  You will be provided with tips that will help you to successfully create knitting projects.

Instructor: Sue Carpenter
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 1:00 p.m.
Days(s): Saturdays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $10 per class
Date(s): July 8 or August 12
Registration deadline: One week prior to each class including materials fee payment


MIXED MEDIA CANVAS ART CLASS

Learn how to use several mixed media techniques—stenciling, layering, stamping, various texture applications, gesso basics, decoupage and more. In each class you will create a themed 8" x 16" canvas that is ready to hang in your home or give as a gift. No prior experience is required and all supplies will be provided except pattern papers which allow you to customize to your own preference and décor.

Instructor: Heather Scott
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 6:30 p.m.
Days(s): Fridays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $25
Date(s): July 14 or August 25
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to each class date including material fees payment


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PHOTOGRAPHY FOR BEGINNERS

In this class you will learn the basics of composition. You will learn about the different types of cameras and how to choose one for yourself. You will learn the basics of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity. Most importantly, you will learn how to enjoy photography!

Instructor:  Photographer, Abbie Goyette
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s):/Date(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Thursday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): June 15
Registration deadline: June 13


TATTING—MAKING LACE

Tatting is a Victorian method of crafting handcrafted lace. It is constructed by creating a series of knots and loops on a tatting shuttle or tatting needles. Join us to learn this ageless technique.

Instructor: Sue Carpenter is an experienced tatter who learned how to tat from her grandmother at the age of eight.
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 1:00 p.m.
Days(s): Saturdays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $10 per class
Date(s): June 24, July 22, or August 26
Registration deadline: One week prior to each class including materials fee payment


UN-WINED AND PAINT

It's so simple and so much fun! Bring your own bottle of wine to share and paint a picture. Canvas and paint provided.

Instructor: Emily Vieyra
Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Fridays
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $25.00 per class
Date(s): June 16, July 28 or August 18
Registration deadline: One week prior to each class including payment of the materials fee


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Creative Free Time

GENEALOGY WEBSITES FOR BEGINNERS

Research your family history online without using Ancestry.com. Learn tips and strategies that will assist you in searching through millions of genealogical records including census, military, birth, and death records. Family history searches will be conducted using various free online sources. Students are welcome to bring their own laptops to the class.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 2:00 p.m.
Day(s): Fridays
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): May 26 or July 7
Registration deadline: By closing on the day prior to each class


GET STARTED—WRITE!

Get start with writing. Learn how to pick a subject, develop your story, and create your characters. Learn how to conduct research and write about places you've never visited. Learn how reading relates to writing and why daydreaming isn't always a bad thing!

Ages/Grades: Teens and adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Monday
Place: Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s): July 24
Registration deadline: July 21


WRITING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

Interested in writing your family history, but don't know where to start? Join an established writing group meeting twice a month at the library that uses the techniques developed by Kansan Charley Kempthorne, author of A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History. Work on techniques that will assist you in remembering your past; in writing the narratives of your life; and in publishing your history for your family and friends. 

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 1:00 p.m.
Day(s): Second Thursday of each month
Place: Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s): May 11, June 8, July 13, and August 10
Registration deadline: None


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Special Events

RECENTLY RELEASED—MOVIES @ THE LIBRARY

The library has developed a new film series which features recently released movies on DVD. Titles being offered this spring were issued in DVD format in the fall of 2016. So, if you missed that movie that you wanted to see in the theater, or you are tired of waiting for your name to come up on the reserve list, come to the library to enjoy a free movie showing on our big screen. (If a movie is rated PG-13, children younger than 13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult).

Ages/Grades: Families and adults
Time(s): 6:30 p.m.
Day(s): Tuesdays
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):
May 9—Man Called Ove rated PG-13 (Swedish film with subtitles)
June 13—Sing rated PG
July 11—A Dog's Purpose rated PG
Registration deadline: None


TRIVIA NIGHT

Challenge yourself and test your knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening and light snacks will be served. Trivia questions are all presented in a multiple choice format. Come and join the fun!

Ages/Grades: High school age and adults
Time(s): 6:30 p.m.
Day(s): Fridays
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s): June 9 or August 11
Registration deadline: None


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Language Arts

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

This class gives non-native speakers of the English language the opportunity to develop their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Space is limited, so sign up for this series of classes early.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Tuesdays
Place: Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s): July 18, and 25; August 1, 15, 22, and 29
Registration deadline: July 17


ONLINE LANGUAGE LEARNING WITH MANGO LANGUAGES

The Dorothy Bramlage Public Library is your gateway to Mango Languages, a language-learning database that combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. It includes instruction for seventy-two different languages, from American Sign and Egyptian Arabic to Vietnamese and Yiddish. Instruction for English as a Second Language is also available from twenty-one different first languages. The courses are available in two intensities, Mango Conversations and Mango Premier. To learn more about them, just visit the library's home page and click on the Mango Languages link. Those who would like a one-on-one guided tour with a member of the Reference staff can call 238-4311 or send an email to reference@jclib.org to make an appointment.


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