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Discover Chromecast by Google

Chromecast

Thursday, January 31
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Innovation Center

Explore the Chromecast, a versatile device from Google that enables you to stream videos on a TV.

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Infographics with Canvas

Thursday, January 17
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Main Library

Innovation Center

Learn to create an infographic using Canva.com, a free online source for turning information into a pleasing visual representative of information for printing, social media, or digital format.

Be sure to create your Canva account prior to class. You may bring in your digital images on a USB storage device to use on your infographic creation.

Register today 

RBdigital Introduces New Feature

RBdigital’s New Magazine Feature

“In the coming weeks, RBdigital will introduce a new feature for patrons which automatically checks out new issues to magazines as soon as they are available. This will allow your patrons to always have the latest issues of their favorite magazines waiting for them in their RBdigital account.”

Contact any SCDL location to learn more about Stark Library’s digital magazine opportunity. Or visit our 24/7 page to discover our entire digital collection available to all our card holding members.

Don’t have a card, no problem. Use SCDL’s online application to get your free library card and begin downloading today.

Dee

 

Windows 10 Speech Recognition

Typing can be a daunting task for many people. Microsoft has provided a basic Speech Recognition program in the Apps section of Windows 10. Once the settings are turned on you will be able to use the Speech Recognition app as an alternative to typing a document or email.

Instructions to turn on Speech Recognition:

  1. Make sure your microphone is plugged in and turned on.
  2. Using the Search Windows option at the bottom of the screen type in Speech Recognition.SR 1
  3. When the list appears select Windows Speech Recognition. It will be under the Apps section.
  4. Follow the step by step instructions as they appear. SR 2
  5. Select the type of microphone you will be using. SR 3
  6. Teach your computer you natural speaking voice by reading the required sentence. SR 4
  7. When you have finished an icon will be added to your desktop. To activate the speech recognition simply state “start listening.”
  8. To use Speech recognition to type a Word document, open Word and tell the Speech Recognition to “start listening.”  When it begins listening, start talking. Your words will be typed in the Word document.SR 6.png

If you have any questions, please let us know. Call your SCDL locations for tech training assistance.

Dee

Convert VHS Videos to DVD Using VIDBOX

If you have home videos recorded on VHS tapes, you might be wondering how you can play them if you don’t have a VCR anymore. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to convert VHS tapes to DVDs and other digital formats using a VIDBOX converter.

A VIDBOX converter is a small unit that takes analog video input from a VCR and outputs it to your computer. All you need is a VCR with RCA (red/yellow/white) cables and a computer with a USB port. VIDBOX converters can be purchased online from retailers like Amazon.

The process for converting a video is simple. You just install and launch the VIDBOX software, specify the length of the video, put the VHS tape into your VCR, and press record. When finished, the video is saved to a digital file on your computer that you have the option of burning to a DVD.

Stark Library will demonstrate how to use a VIDBOX converter and allow patrons to convert their own videos at our upcoming Makers Studio event on Tuesday, November 27 from 2-3 pm at the Main Library.

SCDL Makers Studio

Welcome one and all,

SCDL has launched a Makers Studio series that will be offered the 4th Tuesday of each month from 2-5 pm. Exceptions are December, May, and August. These will be special edition Makers Studio on the 2nd Thursday of those months from 5-7:30 pm. Both will be types will be held at the Main Library in downtown Canton.

The Makers Studio opens up the usage to the public of Makers Stations. Each Maker Station consists of a specific piece of equipment for the patron to use during the Makers Studio. All stations will be a first come first serve bases, open to all patrons respectful of the equipment, and can be throughout the duration of the Makers Studio event.

Makers Stations consist of Sewing: Brother sewing machines;  Paper: Elis Dies and Silhouette machine, Digitalizing: Converting VHS to digital or DVD formats; and Button Maker; Alternative Printing; Printing on Fabric.

Additional news includes Makers Studio Spotlight session that will occur the first hour of each Markers Studio dates. Unlike the open forum of the Makers Studio, the Spotlight is a training session that will include one of the Maker Stations and a make and take project excluding the VHS to Digital Spotlight. Registration is required.

Contact Technology Training Services @330-458-3150 or trainer@starklibrary.org

Dee

Using Learning Paths on Lynda.com

We recently began offering access to Lynda.com to Stark Library patrons—all you need is a library card! If you’ve been using Lynda, you’re probably already familiar with the wide selection of high-quality training videos on all sorts of different topics.

What you might not be familiar with, however, are Learning Paths. Learning Paths are sequences of courses designed to structure your learning on a particular topic in a logical way. They also provide a great sense of motivation and achievement as you can see how much progress you’re making.

To find and join a Learning Path:

  1. Go to the top of the Lynda.com homepage. You’ll see a section titled Popular Learning Paths.
  2. Click See All.
  3. You can filter paths by subject using the Filter Paths button at the top. When you find a Learning Path that matches your interests, click on it.
  4. Once you’ve selected a Learning Path, you can view the individual courses that are part of it and how many hours it will take to complete.
  5. Click Start Learning to begin.

Once you begin watching courses in a Learning Path, you’ll see a progress indicator at the top of the Lynda homepage. This is great for staying motivated and being able to see the progress you’re making.

If you ever want to leave a Learning Path, just click on its title at the top of the homepage and select Leave Path.

Once you’re done with a Learning Path, you’ll receive a certificate of completion you can show to employers. In many cases, you’ll find that there are other, more advanced Learning Paths you can complete once you’ve finished one of the basic paths for a given skill.

Have fun learning!

New Databases at Stark Library

Hi Everyone,

This week the Stark Library added three additional databases to the collections: Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center, Home Improvement Reference Center and Small Business Reference Center. Each database can be found on the Stark Library Databases A-Z page. All you need is a Stark Library card and a device with internet connection.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas for virtually every hobby enthusiast. It featuring magazines, books, videos, recipes, patterns, and more in topics like scrapbooking, model building, crafts, and cooking.

Home Improvement Reference Center provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects. This is a great resource for learning remodeling, electrical work, home decorating, plumbing, and more.

Small Business Reference Center is a great resource for those running their own business. It offers exclusive full text of many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes business videos, state-specific resources, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans.

Enjoy these databases as well as our other databases.

Dee

Learn how to use Libby with Libby Academy

If you use the Libby app on your smartphone or tablet to read ebooks and listen to audiobooks, you might want to check out Libby Academy. Libby Academy was recently added to the app as a way to teach you how to use Libby. It’s composed of short video tutorials that give you step-by-step instructions for topics like returning items early and playing audiobooks.

To access Libby Academy, you’ll first have to locate the menu. This is represented by the Libby icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

Tap the icon to open a sidebar. Within the menu sidebar, you’ll see a section that says Explore the app…. Tap the Learn Libby button.

You’ve now opened the Libby Academy. You’ll see a list of videos on a variety of different topics.

Find a topic you’d like to learn more about, then tap the video to begin playing it.

Libby Academy is a great way to learn more about how to use Libby. Give it a try on your device!

Check out Mango’s redesigned user interface

If you use Mango Languages to learn a new language through Stark Library, be sure to check out the newly redesigned user interface. This has been accessible from a link at the top of Mango’s website for some time, but now it’s the default interface when you access Mango from starklibrary.org.

The new user interface is consistent across the web version of Mango and the mobile apps available for iOS and Android. For users accessing Mango through a web browser on a desktop or laptop computer, one advantage of the new interface is that it doesn’t require Flash Player to be installed anymore.

Access to Mango is provided to library cardholders free of charge—all you have to do is use this special link from our website and enter your library card number and PIN. You can also find the link listed on the Databases A-Z page at our website.

Once you authenticate with your library card, you’ll have the option to create an account. Don’t want to sign up for one? Just click Use Mango As A Guest. You can always create an account later to save your progress.

Mango offers courses to help you develop conversational skills in over 70 languages. If you haven’t yet, try it out today!