The Hernando County Public Library System announces the formation of two Socrates Cafés, one to meet the second Thursday at Spring Hill Branch Library from 5 pm to 7 pm; the other, the third Thursday at the West Hernando Branch, also from 5 pm to 7 pm.
What is the Socrates Café? Simply a group of people getting together for a couple of hours and, with the help of a facilitator, applying the Socratic method to some question that troubles them.
A Socrates Café is nontechnical, and though it may become erudite, it welcomes folks who've never read a word of philosophy in their lives. What is important is that you come to the meetings with questions and a willingness to search for answers wherever they may be. When in doubt, just ask yourself: "What would Socrates do?" Remember, Socrates presented himself as a perplexed inquirer who knew only that he knew nothing; by example, he showed that the proper business of the philosopher-and, by extension, a Socrates Café facilitator is to help us see that we don't know nearly as much as we think we know, yet more than we suspect.
Do Socrates Café participants ever arrive at an answer to their questions? Sometimes, but it's not about coming up with answers but finding a way to ask the questions.
Hernando County Public Library's Learning Services program offers multiple educational opportunities to the county's residents andvisitors. From computer lab classes to improve your technology skills to instruction on using the Overdrive ebook and audiobook services to indivdual assistance supporting library user research, whatever you need to learn at the library, Learning Services is here to support you. Of course this includes help with online learning services such as Testing and Education Research Center, Mango Languages, and Universal Class.
We're posting the handouts for our lab classes so if you've been our student and lost your handout, you can retrieve it here. If you haven't been our student, you're still welcome to download these handouts and use them. Perhaps one of these handouts will move you to take a class with us.
File Management Basics
Pictures on the Web
Web Browser Basics
Word 2007 Basics
Word Next Steps
Here are copies of the documents used in our File Management: Basics class, Word: Basics class, and Word: Next Steps class. These documents are in PDF format, so you'll need to copy and paste the contents into a blank Wordpad file to edit it. Instructions on how to do that are available on pages 16 through 20 of the "Windows: Basics" handout. You'll find that handout elsewhere on this webpage.
Hope you find these helpful!
Review of To Kill A Mockingbird
Samuel Success Work in Progress
Samuel Success: Example
Word Next Steps - Notes for Four of July Cake
Word Next Steps - Recipe Page
The state of Florida missed this one, even though HCPL and Stephen Colbert didn't. EdX is a non-profit organization created by founding partners Harvard and MIT. Their goal is to bring the best of higher education to students of all ages and backgrounds all around the world. EdX offers MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and interactive online classes in subjects including law, history, science, engineering, business, social sciences, computer science, public health, and artificial intelligence (AI)
Take courses from some of the best university instructors in the world for free. Don't forget, you heard it here first. Click here to get involved with a learning opportunity of a lifetime.
Whether you're looking for work or not, the state of Florida has provided an exceptional collection of free online education sources. Not only does it mention GCFLearnFree.org, a site we've already pointed out, but many others, from sources as diverse as Alison Online Courses to MIT and Purdue to Microsoft and Adobe to the BBC. The classes cover learning foreign languages, computer skills, vocational training and testing, and much more. Click here to see all the opportunities, or type https://www.employflorida.com/learning.asp into the Navigation Box on your browser.
Hernando County residents now have improved access to the Creation Stations, as we have moved one of our MacPro workstations to the Spring Hill branch. These MacPros permit all sorts of multilmedia production as they have iMovie, Garage Band, Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro installed. The workstations also have Adobe Photoshop Essentials for your still photography editing. Other tools for your creative computing needs include a Bamboo pad, a wireless headset with microphone, a Cisco flip cam, and a multicard reader, making getting your imagination onto the MacPro easier. And now you can get to a Creation Station on the weekend! Come on in and take it for a spin.
And if you're worried you won't know what to do when you get there, download these handouts and at least you'll be able to create a trailer in iMovie and play Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in Garage Band.
Garage Band Basics
Whenever we find reliable free resources on the Web, we can't wait to share them. This page is terrific. Sponsored by Goodwill Industries, GCFLearnFree.org creates and provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life. The style of class differs based on the material being taught, and may be presented as a reading, a video, an interactive exercise, or a simulation. Many of the classes are instructor supported, meaning that at the other end of you computer connection is a real person, ready and willing to help you and support your needs.
Give it a try. We have. Just click here.
Universal Class demonstrates that web classes don't have to be cold boring readings carried out alone and without input. Instead, Universal Class creates an environment of fun, with easy stimulating readings, multiple choice and essay tests with a real teacher to provide insights on your work and a social network, enabling the user to have a real campus experience. Learning the way it should be, filled with fun yet with an eye to responsibility. Try Universal Class.
Whether you're looking for work or not, the state of Florida has provided an exceptional collection of free online education sources. Not only does it mention GCFLearnFree.org, a site we've already pointed out, but many others, from sources as diverse as Alison Online Courses to MIT and Purdue to Microsoft and Adobe to the BBC. The classes cover learning foreign languages, computer skills, vocational traing and testing, and much more. Click here to see all the opportunities
Still wondering if a library class might be for you? Read this!
Top 10 Benefits Of Lifelong Learning
according to Nancy Merz Nordstrom
10. Lifelong learning helps fully develop natural abilities.
“We all have innate natural abilities,” says Nordstrom. “Some of which might not be readily apparent. Once we’re no longer working full time, we have the opportunity to fully explore and develop these abilities.”
Education is the process of becoming a member of a society. The more complete and well-rounded our education, the more complete and capable a member of our society we can become. We cannot afford to think of any one of our roles in the society – citizen, worker, and parent – as the most important. Each role influences and overlays the others. The educator, the person who leads us into society, has to remember this when educating. Our approach to educating is our approach to our society.