Press Release - Detail
Linda Wilson
Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library
(205) 226-3746

The Birmingham Public Library is Hosting Tech Tuesdays, Beginning in March and Going Through May

March 10, 2008, Birmingham, AL—Do you ever get that not so technologically hip feeling? You’re not alone. Technology is moving at a break neck pace and it is difficult to stay informed about what is happening.

The good news is that the staff at the Birmingham Public Library has teamed together to create a series of programs that will show you how to use some of this new technology. Classes will show the public how to use instant messaging, how to use a digital camera and then what to do with the pictures you take, how to create your own blog, and social networking for parents.

These technological services and resources are called social software and they need not be the “I’m clueless” in your life. The library wants to define what each of them is and how these resources can help you. We also want to show you how to use them. Each class in Tech Tuesdays will focus on a different subject.

These programs will be available at the Central Library Arrington Auditorium, Springville Road Regional Library, or Five Points West Regional Library. Four of the programs will be live at the Central Library and two will be live at other locations. Check the schedule below for the location of the live broadcast. The other locations will have a simulcast of the program. Take advantage of not having to travel so far to get great information and a free class.

Below is the list of all the programs:

Tuesday, March 11 - Your Google on iGoogle

With Google, you can design your own custom search page complete with local weather, email, bookmarks and more. Join us as we explore some of the innovative ways Google is making search more personal. Noon. Live @ Central

Tuesday, March 25 - Getting Started with Blogs

Are you looking for a fun, creative way to communicate with others online? If so, a blog may be just the thing for you. Blogs can be used for a variety of purposes including corresponding with family and friends; promoting activities of your business, organization, or church; or sharing your personal interests and ideas with fellow bloggers around the world. In this program, you will learn how to locate and use blogs that relate to topics that are of interest to you. 6:30 p.m. Live @ Central

Tuesday, April 8 – Basic Email Instruction

This PowerPoint presentation gives a general introduction to email, explaining the basic aspects of addressing and features found in most email systems. It is mostly designed for people who have little or no experience of using email. Participants will learn the steps for applying for an email account using HOTMAIL. Noon. Live @ Springville Road

Tuesday, April 22 – Digital Photography

Do you have a digital camera but have no idea how to use it? Learn how to take great shots with your digital camera and take advantage of the benefits offered by going digital with your photography. 6:30 p.m. Live @ Five Points West

Tuesday, May 6 - Get the IM Craze

Instant messaging or IM lets you communicate in real time with another person over the Internet. Come learn about this fast, fun way of talking and how easy it is. Noon. Live @ Central

Tuesday, May 20 – Social Networking for Parents: What you need to know about what your children are typing.

KPC, LOL, POS, and the list goes on and on. Join us for look at the internet shorthand used by children of all ages as they chat, text and connect themselves to the outside world. 6:30 p.m. Live @ Central
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