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Books and Reading

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS

Discussion groups for teens through adults.


GENDERING THE HOLOCAUST—A FRANK TALK LECTURE SERIES PROGRAM

Shelly Cline, the Historian at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education in Overland Park, Kansas will be at the library to discuss the SS Aufseherinnen (female guards) in the World War II concentration camp system and the responsibilities of the women involved in the Holocaust. In the spirit of research Kline spent a year touring and sometimes staying in the concentration camps, "staying where the prisoners lived and died." Her ongoing research project is supported by grants from the University of Kansas and the Universtät of Hamburg. Frank Talk was created to honor the memory of Carol Franklin, a former assistant director of the library.  The intent of this series is to bring authors, illustrators and other book industry professionals to the community.

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):  1:30 p.m.
Day(s):  Sunday
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):  April 9
Registration deadline:  None


TALK ABOUT LITERATURE IN KANSAS (TALK)

Spring Theme: Kansas Literary Heritage
In this series, readers will discover the works of Kansas authors who help us discover the qualities that shape the Kansas character: hard work, humor, love of the land, small town pride (and sometimes prejudice), independence, tenacity, and faith. TALK is a program designed for those who enjoy reading and talking about books. The sessions are informal, and readers may share their ideas or simply sit back and enjoy the discussions. TALK books can be checked out at the library's front desk approximately one month before each discussion date. This program is co-sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Ages/Grades: Adults
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Mondays
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):  February 27—Trail of the Spanish Bit by Don Coldsmith
March 27—The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
April 24—Picnic by William Inge
Registration deadline: None

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Business and Finance

FIVE MONEY QUESTIONS FOR WOMEN

Women face unique financial circumstances, so a strong financial strategy is vital. Five Money Questions for Women is created specifically for women investors.

Instructor:  Lia Deibler-Miller—Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):/ Day(s):/Date(s):  12:00 p.m., Friday, February 17 (bring your own brown bag lunch)
7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 2
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: Two days prior to class date

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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):/Day(s):/Date(s):  7:00 p.m., March 16
1:00 p.m., May 11
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost:  None
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., January 25, March 15, or May 17
7:00 p.m. February 22 or April 19
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: By closing on the day prior to each class<


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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


WINDOWS 10

Offered as a compromise between the features of Windows 7 many users loved, and the flexibility and connectibility of Windows 8, Windows 10 promised to be the best of both worlds and more. If you have a new computer loaded with Windows 10, have recently upgraded to 10, or are unsure about switching from XP, Vista, 7, or 8, join us in this class to go over the exciting new features (and familiar old ones) Windows 10 has to offer.

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):/Date(s):  1:00 p.m., February 9
7:00 p.m., April 27
Day(s): Thursdays
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline:  By closing on the day prior to each class


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., January 31, March 28, May 23
1:00 p.m., February 28 or April 25
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

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): Saturday
Place: Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: $40.00
Date(s): January 21 or March 25
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 23 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
Place:  Hobby Haven, 716 North Adams
Cost: Materials fee varies with each project
Date(s):  January 23—Double Jelly Jar Basket $12
February 27—Irish Leprechaun Basket $20
March 27—Easter Basket $18
April 24—Spring Williamsburg Basket $20
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: $7 materials fee
Date(s): January 30—Papermaking
February 13—Homemade Valentines
March 6—St. Patrick's Day Decor
April 10—Egg Decorating
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to each class date 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): January 20 (Heart Canvas) or March 10 (Cross Canvas)
Registration deadline:  Two weeks prior to each class date including material fees payment


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):  1:00 p.m., March 8
7:00 p.m., April 12
Day(s):  Wednesdays
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline:  Two days prior to class date


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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
Date(s):  February 11 or April 22
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):January 27, February 17, March 24, or April 21
Registration deadline: One week prior to each class including payment of the materials fee


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Creative Free Time

DISCOVER YOUR ANCESTORS ONLINE

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):  1:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Wednesdays
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):  February 8 or April 12
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): 6:00 p.m.
Day(s): Monday
Place: Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s):  April 24
Registration deadline: April 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):  January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, and May 11
Registration deadline:  None


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Health and Wellness

EXPERIENTIAL MEDITATION

Join us for meditation programs using different forms of tactile experience. This will include adult coloring, drumming, movement, and working with crystals and candles. Participants are encouraged to use journals and prayer shawls or head coverings. Beginners to experienced meditators are welcome. Ideas about future meditation programs are also appreciated.

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):  7:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Fourth Wednesday of each month
Place:  Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s): January 25, February 22, March 22, and April 26
Registration deadline:  None


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Special Events

GENDERING THE HOLOCAUST—A FRANK TALK LECTURE SERIES PROGRAM

Shelly Cline, the Historian at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education in Overland Park, Kansas will be at the library to discuss the SS Aufseherinnen (female guards) in the World War II concentration camp system and the responsibilities of the women involved in the Holocaust. In the spirit of research Kline spent a year touring and sometimes staying in the concentration camps, "staying where the prisoners lived and died." Her ongoing research project is supported by grants from the University of Kansas and the Universtät of Hamburg. Frank Talk was created to honor the memory of Carol Franklin, a former assistant director of the library.  The intent of this series is to bring authors, illustrators and other book industry professionals to the community.

Ages/Grades:  Adults
Time(s):  1:30 p.m.
Day(s):  Sunday
Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Date(s):  April 9
Registration deadline:  None


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):  January 10—BFG rated PG
February 14—Star Trek Beyond rated PG-13
March 14—Nine Lives rated PG
April 11—Wild Oats rated PG-13
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):  February 3 and April 14
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):  First Session: February 21, 28, March 7, 21, 28 and April 4 (Register by February 20)
Second Session: April 18 and 25, May 2, 16, 23 and 30 (Register by April 17)


ONLINE LANGUAGE LEARNING WITH MANGO LANGUAGES

The Dorothy Bramlage Public Library subscribes to Mango Languages, a language-learning database that combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are available in two versions. Mango Basic teaches every day greetings, gratitudes, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to the beginner. Its courses require only two to five hours of time to complete and include forty-five foreign languages and fifteen ESL courses. Mango Complete offers one hundred lesson courses that are designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture and which are available in thirty-one foreign languages and fourteen ESL classes. To learn more about Mango visit the library's home page and click on the Mango Languages link under State Library Resources. 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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Science and Nature

RAISING CHICKENS I—STARTING OFF RIGHT

There seems to be an increased interest in chickens.  Whether you are looking at "homesteading," making Colonel Sanders happy, or simply love eggs, there are many things you should know to be successful.  Don't commit to poultry until you know these basics. If your chicken project involves children, bring them along.  This class will take you from the decision process to the baby chicks.

Ages/Grades:  Adults and families
Time(s):  7:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Wednesday
Place:  Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s):  February 15
Registration deadline: None


RAISING CHICKENS II—PUTTING MEAT AND EGGS ON THE TABLE

Your garage is filled with adorable chicks, now what do you do?  Panic and run! Don't be silly, the fun has just begun.  Let's turn your downy little friends into fried chicken, egg producing super girls, or just something novel and curious for the yard.  More importantly, if you play things right, you will get more entertainment from them in thirty minutes than you will get from watching TV all night...but it will not all be fun and games.  Come find out why.

Ages/Grades:  Adults and families
Time(s):  7:00 p.m.
Day(s): Wednesday
Place:  Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s):  March 15
Registration deadline: None


RAISING CHICKENS III—EVERYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO KNOW BUT FORGOT TO ASK

You've got your birds, and life is good, but what about housing, nest eggs, proper feed for adult chickens?  Should you panic regarding sickness or disease?  How about getting rid of waste?  What will you do with all those eggs?  This session will attempt to answer these questions and many more. Regardless, please remember, if raising chickens was as complicated as some authors suggest, no one could do it.  You will do fine.

Ages/Grades:  Adults and families
Time(s):  7:00 p.m.
Day(s):  Wednesday
Place:  Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street
Cost: None
Date(s):  April 19
Registration deadline: None