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I'm looking for work and need to brush up on my computer skills. How can the library help me?

One option we have for you is a collection of online computer skills tutorials through the Learning Express database. These are self-paced tutorials with beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of the most common software products you'll need to know to improve your marketability for a new job, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook, WordPerfect, Windows XP and Vista, and Mac OSX Leopard desktop.

2011 Man Booker Prize Winner by Nick

The first thing one notices when reading Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize winning novel, The Sense of an Ending , is the impossible elegance of the writing. Henry James elegant. The subject matter certainly lends itself to the tasteful, somber, sometimes playful writing.

Did you make a New Year's resolution to learn a new skill or try out some different hobbies? Then take a look at our Universal Class database!

The Universal Class database offers a wide variety of online classes that you can apply to your career, your home life, or your leisure time. Crafts, entrepreneurship, accounting, real estate, pet care, mathematics, cooking and writing are just a few of the many subjects that are offered. Classes are generally divided up into several lessons, and include outside links to helpful websites, instructor feedback, and assignments and exams to put your newfound knowledge to the test.

Favorite Reads of 2011 by Laura

Fiction

The Old Romantic by Louise Dean

This was one I wanted to read again the moment I finished it – indeed, as I was reading it, I wanted to read it again, if that makes any sense. It clips along at a galloping good pace, with excellent dialogue, oddball yet believable characters, and some of the funniest scenes I’ve read related to family and class, ever. Good show!

Endless Obsession by Nick

I recently heard a fascinating interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” program with author Scott Spencer. He spoke candidly and thoughtfully about his latest book A Man in the Woods which focuses on a man on a hunting trip who accidentally kills another man. Aside from one of Gross’s personal idiosyncrasies (her penchant to utter dryly ‘that’s funny’ rather than simply chuckling when she finds something humorous) there was something else that I couldn’t ignore.

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