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ICPL announces May Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 29th, 2016

May is National Historic Preservation month and the Iowa City Public Library will celebrate by honoring local historian, Irving B. Weber. To honor your personal history, join us for computer classes that focus on genealogical research, and photo preservation and restoration.

Join us for a two-part class where you can learn how to restore a scanned image by using GIMP, a free, open source software similar to Adobe Photoshop. Part one, to be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 13, will focus on using the GIMP software and doing basic skills in the program like cropping and resizing images.

Part two of this series focuses on photo correction. Learn to transform the original item by filling small areas of damage like water spots or balancing faded colors. In order to participate in the second part of this series, participants should have a good understanding of GIMP’s interface and tools. Class for Restoring Scanned Images Part II will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17.

Want to learn how to take care of your digital photo collection? On Saturday, May 2, come to another two-part class beginning at 10:30 a.m. Begin by getting crash course on important terminology and digital photo file types. Then at 12:30 p.m. learn the key steps needed to preserve your digital photos using metadata and tools like Picasa, Apple Photos, and Adobe Lightroom.

Finally, the month wraps up with an Introduction to Genealogy at 4 p.m. Monday, May 23. A librarian will help you get started by talking about what questions to ask, how to keep track of your research, and places you might want to search.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 10 people per program, so patrons should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

Celebrate Local History in May at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 27th, 2016

Get ready to learn more about local history with the Iowa City Public Library’s Weber Days.

Our annual celebration of local history is held every May in honor of Iowa City’s unofficial historian, the late Irving B. Weber. May also is National Historical Preservation Month. This year’s lineup of programming is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about the community they call home.

Realizing Stephen Smith: His Conscience and Conflict

Wednesday, May 4, noon to 1 p.m. in Meeting Room A

University of Iowa student Steve Smith (1944-2009) encountered violence as a civil rights worker in Mississippi, led a hunger strike in downtown Iowa City, and burned his draft card in the Iowa Memorial Union in protest of the escalating war in Vietnam – all before his 21st birthday. UI Archivist David McCartney recounts Smith’s life and efforts in the UI Archives to document his ideals and his struggles.

History of the UI School of Music

Wednesday, May 4, 7 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Since 1906, there has been a School of Music at the University of Iowa. Come hear Music Librarian Katie Buehner discuss the evolution of this 110-year-old program as evidenced in documentation from the University Archives and the collections of the Rita Benton Music Library.

First United Methodist Church Organ Concert

Wednesday, May 11, 7 to 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Iowa City, 214 East Jefferson St.

A local history display and organ concert featuring Dr. Melanie Sigafoose.

Restoring Scanned Images Part I

Friday, May 13, 11 a.m. to noon in the Computer Lab

Learn to restore a scanned image by using GIMP, a free, open source software similar to Adobe Photoshop. In this class learn how to get around in GIMP, import a scanned photo, save your project, straighten a photo, and crop and resize it. Registration is required.

Restoring Scanned Images Part II

Tuesday, May 17, 10 to 11 a.m. in the Computer Lab

Learn to restore a scanned image by using GIMP, a free, open source software similar to Adobe Photoshop. In this class learn how to get around in GIMP, import a scanned photo, save your project, straighten a photo, and crop and resize it. Participants must have good mouse and keyboarding skills, and need to demonstrate familiarity with GIMP or have taken Restoring Scanned Images Part I to participate. Registration is required.

The Secret Lives of Houses: How to Research your House’s History

Wednesday, May 18, noon to 1 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Learn how to research the history of your home or a building from Alicia Trimble, Executive Director of Friends of Historic Preservation.

Maintaining and Preserving Digital Photos Part I

Saturday, May 21, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Computer Lab

Want to learn how to take care of your digital photo collection? Begin by getting familiar with important terminology and file types. Then learn the key steps needed to preserve your digital photos. Come with your questions. Registration is required.

Maintaining and Preserving Digital Photos Part II

Saturday, May 21, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Computer Lab

Want to know about the various tools and software which can help you organize, store, and edit your digital collection? Part II of this series will show you how to use metadata to organize photos. Then we will discuss and talk about tools like Picasa, Apple Photos, Adobe Lightroom, and many more products. Bring your questions! It may be helpful to take Part I of this class depending on your familiarity with digital photos. Registration is required.

Introduction to Genealogy

Monday, May 23, 4 to 5 p.m. in the Computer Lab

Have you ever wondered about your family tree? Not sure how to start searching for your ancestors? Come join us for an Introduction to Genealogy. From what questions to ask and where to start searching to how to keep track of the information you find we’ll get you started on your search. Space is limited register online or by calling 356-5200.

Old Post Office Brass

Wednesday, May 25, noon to 1 p.m. in the Lobby

Old Post Office Brass reflects the home base in the Senior Center, formerly the Iowa City Post Office, and is a part of the New Horizons Band. This traditional brass quintet (two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba) performs a large variety of music, including classical, ragtime, Dixieland and popular (show tunes, etc.) for a variety of audiences in different venues.

Making Sense Out of Iowa City Streets

Wednesday, May 25, 7 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room A

Why can’t we seem to drive directly from place to place in Iowa City? Why are there no churches on Church Street? Why are some street signs in Iowa City blue, instead of green? Why do the streets First Avenue through Seventh Avenue go from east to west? How did we get all of those streets named after movie stars? And, what is with those strange-sounding names of St. Mathias Alley and St. Clements Alley? This presentation by citizen historian Thomas Schulein will explain the layout and naming of the streets of Iowa City. Historic Foodies will provide street food after the presentation.

Click here to register for classes or call the Library at 319-356-5200. If the class is full, you can add your name to the waiting list.

Click here for more information about Weber Days.

ICPL announces April Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 26th, 2016

Spring is a busy time of the year for everyone, including the Iowa City Public Library. In April, the Library will begin wrapping up its programming related to music for the Music is the Word campaign and will celebrate Money Smart week. Join us for one of our adult computer classes to compose music and learn about ICPL’s money management resources.

At 2 p.m. Monday April 4, and again at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, you can create music of your own using one of our iPads. Garageband is an app that is easy to use regardless of your musical experience. Together we’ll create a song and have fun recording and learning about music composition.

Want to know more about digital music? Join us at 10 a.m. Friday, April 22, or 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, to understand the difference between online music providers Spotify, ICPL’s Local Music Project, Pandora, streaming radio services, and subscription streaming services.

Wrapping up the month is Money Smart Week. Be Money Smart with Value Line and MorningStar will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 26. MorningStar and Value Line are two leading resources for investment research. We’ll demonstrate how to use these databases so you can get the information you need to be a smarter investor.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 10 people per program, so patrons should register early. Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL announces March Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 25th, 2016

Are you creative? Do you enjoy learning new computer skills? The Iowa City Public Library will be teaching classes on GIMP, free graphic design software, and YouTube which has a built-in video editor in March. When you learn how to use these tools, you can edit and create personalized videos, or make cards, invites and other graphics on the computer.

Our Beginning Graphic Design: Part I class will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, and again at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 19. Learn to use the GIMP interface by creating a project in which you download a picture from a website, import a picture from the computer, and resize and crop an image.

Part II of the Graphic Design class will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19. Participants will learn how to draw a shape, color a shape using different editing tools, draw a line, and edit simple shapes captured from the internet. In order to take part in this class, registrants must have taken Beginning Graphic Design I or have previous experience with GIMP.

If Graphic Design isn’t part of your creative niche, attend one of our YouTube classes. Learn to use YouTube’s video editing tools to improve your own digital videos by adding transitions, trimming clips, adding titles, adding filters, and more. This class is offered at 10 a.m. Friday, March 25, and 2 p.m. Monday, March 28.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited, so patrons should register early. Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL announces December Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 24th, 2015

December’s computer classes for adults at the Iowa City Public Library will tackle popular social media sites Facebook and Twitter.

Our Facebook Basics and Beyond class will discuss the Facebook interface, go over privacy settings, and help attendees get a feel for how to connect and stay connected with friends, family and organizations. This class will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3.

Adults who have a Twitter account, or are thinking about getting one, should attend our Twitter Basics and Beyond class from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8. This session will show attendees how Twitter is used by followers and tweeters to stay up on the news, stay current in their career, or simply connect with friends and family. We’ll go over the Twitter interface and privacy settings, too.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 15 people per program, so patrons should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL to host “What Should I Buy?” tech class

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 3rd, 2015

Are you thinking about purchasing one of the latest and greatest devices for the holidays? Do you want to know the difference between a tablet and an eReader before you hit the stores? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you should attend the Iowa City Public Library’s What Should I Buy? eReaders and Tablets Class.

Join us from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, as one of the Library’s technology specialists provides information about the most popular devices on the market and answers your questions. This program is part of the Library’s classes for adults lineup.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 15 people per program, so people should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL announces October Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on September 25th, 2015

October’s computer classes for adults at the Iowa City Public Library bring users back to the basics. Investigate how the hardware in your computer makes it such a powerful machine, and learn how to empower yourself to surf social media and the internet safely.

Our Internet Safety: Protecting Your Privacy class will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Learn how to protect yourself and your privacy when browsing the internet, making a purchase or doing online banking.

Our Social Media Safety: Protecting Your Online Privacy class will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12. This class will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of using privacy settings on several social networking sites. Learn how to adjust your privacy settings and discover what information is already out there online about you.

Two classes are scheduled for The Computer: Let’s Talk Hardware course. One will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The other will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Get ready and roll up your sleeves for some hands on activities which will help you explore the inside of a computer.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 15 people per program, so patrons should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL Announces September Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 27th, 2015

Get creative with digital tools! September’s classes will help you develop the skills you need to edit movies, organize your photos, write HTML code, and create graphics. These classes are meant to be interactive with a lot of great hands-on experience. Roll-up your sleeves and warm-up your keyboard and mousing skills – it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Learn to upload and use YouTube to safely edit and share your videos online. Join us on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 2 p.m. for our Editing Digital Video class.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a. m., the library will offer Beginning Graphic Design. Learn how to use GIMP, a free, graphic design and photo editing software, to create shapes, cut out photos, and insert great fonts.

Digital Photos: Organizing, Sharing, and Basic Editing will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21. Getting all of your digital photography organized and in print worthy condition can be pretty daunting. Learn about the various tools you can use to store your photos, edit them or share them online.

To round out all of this digital creativity, join us on Friday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon for HTML Coding Basics. Every website you visit relies on an HTML as the skeleton that gives the site’s pages their structure. Learn how to add paragraphs, headings, images, links, and basic formatting to create a webpage.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 10 people per program, so patrons should register early. Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL announces June classes for adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 27th, 2015

Getting back into the workforce? Trying to land a summer job? The Iowa City Public Library’s classes for adults will focus on resume and cover letter skills in June.

The library will kick off the month with LinkedIn for Beginners. Learn the basics by creating a LinkedIn profile, adding new contacts, joining groups, and searching for jobs. This class will be taught at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, and again at 5 p.m. Monday, May 29.

Unsure of how to begin writing a resume? Join us at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, for Writing your Resume, a how-to on getting started. A librarian will give you helpful brainstorming tips for thinking about the content of your resume and provide methods to organize it after the brainstorming process.

At 10 a.m. on Friday, June 19, learn what a successful resume should look like by registering for the Overview of Resumes & Cover Letters. We will review the different types of resume sand discuss tips and tricks for catching an employer’s eye.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 10 people per program, so patrons should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL announces May Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 23rd, 2015

May is National Historic Preservation month and the Iowa City Public Library will celebrate by honoring local historian, Irving B. Weber. In conjunction with the many Weber on Wednesday events, the computer classes for adults will focus on history through genealogical research.

Have you ever wondered about your family tree? Not sure how to start searching for your ancestors? Come join us for an Introduction to Genealogy on Friday, May 8, or on Tuesday, May 19, beginning at 10 a.m. A librarian will help you get started by talking about what questions to ask, how to keep track of your information, and places you might want to search.

At 10 a.m. on Monday, May 11, and Friday, May 29, find out how to use the library’s genealogy resources at Using Ancestry.com for Genealogy. Find out how both Ancestry and Heritage Quest, two leading, genealogical databases, can help you solve your family tree mysteries.

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but space is limited to 10 people per program, so patrons should register early.

Visit www.icpl.org/classes to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at (319) 356-5200.




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