Learning New Tricks
February 13, 2013
My husband downloaded Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator on my computer for me to use to work on family photos that I plan on scanning and to help me with my card designs. I went into a slight panic mode at first. Here were two complicated programs for me to learn to use. Then I began to scold myself after thinking about all of the computer programs and various gadgets I’ve learned to use over the years. At my age, it may be a little harder to learn new things, but it is more important for me to try. Learning new things and keeping my brain active is a great way to help fight off Alzheimer’s disease.
The Library has a lot of information to help people learn new "tricks." Of course, there are the traditional books and magazines that we carry. We also have a large number of databases. You can learn about art, music, history, technology, how to set up a business, fix your car, take various tests, and a whole lot of other fun stuff.
The Library also has a resource called Online Learning, where you can take actual online classes. You can learn things like "High Speed Project Management," "Microsoft Word 2010," or "Job Search and Networking Skills."
Don’t forget about our programs! The Blue Ridge Branch is starting a monthly program called Needlecrafters the third Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Beginners and experienced people alike can get together and share tips and techniques on knitting, crocheting, quilting, and any other type of needle craft. On the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., we have a Basic Computer Skills class. Be sure to get one of our program brochures or check out all of the programs that are available online.
Challenge yourself to learn something new.
Blue Ridge Branch