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Friends of the Libraries: Libraries a spot for lifelong learning

February 06, 2014|By Mary Ellen Goddard

In my last missive, I said I would talk more about the four core missions that Howard Besser mentioned in his "The Shape of the 21st Century Library." One of the things he mentioned was "continuous educational development."

If we are talking about adults, this might take place with an adult literacy program or simply with the provision of Internet access. But it is more likely to occur with adult lifelong learning programs. And what are they? Well, book and film discussions and cultural performances, like play reading, travelogues and speaker series. Or "how-to" programs, everything from making your own soap to financial planning to health concerns to parenting skills.

And these are just a few things for adults. More on other age groups later.

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At the Costa Mesa Technology Library

Learn all about the technology and services available at the Costa Mesa Technology Library at the next general meeting of the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.

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It is possible to scan photos and documents, download free eBooks and eAudiobooks, learn basic computer skills taught by volunteer tutors, make color prints on the printer used by the public and get free access to the genealogical database Ancestry.com at this library. It may be that some training you get there will be on the new laptops and projector that were received in a grant from Google.

The meeting will be held at the Technology Library at 2263 Fairview Drive, Suite A. Because there is limited space in the library, please RSVP early to Bob Ooten at (714) 545-9613 or email bobbyooten@aol.com. Also, for $4, you can get a Subway meal— a sandwich, chips, cookie and drink — to keep those hunger pangs away while you are gathering all this information.

Also at the Tech Library, 4- to 8-year-olds can participate in an English- and Spanish-language Video Storytime on Tuesdays in February from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Because of space and equipment constraints, this is limited to eight participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are interested in meeting with the library's volunteer tutors to learn basic computer skills, navigate the Internet and create and use email accounts, sign up for a one-on-one learning session by phone at (949) 515-3970 or on site.

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At the Mesa Verde Library

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