Podcasts For The Spirit

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The winter season can be a quiet, beautiful time, giving us the opportunity for thought and reflection.  Just pause and think about the beauty in nature.  During this time of year, look around you at the bright red holly berries, dramatically dark sky with shimmering stars, vivid sunsets with deep red, gold and purple hues, and finally stop and enjoy the comforting warm scent of fresh pine.  We hope you take some time out to relax and enjoy nature during this season.  What better way to improve your spirit than sitting and observing the quiet beauty found in nature?  Spending quiet time outdoors, at night, gazing at the stars can dramatically improve your mood.

Try these tips for coping with stress during this time of year:

  1. Try volunteering your time helping others.
  2. Seek community, religious or social events for support and comfort.
  3. Spend time outdoors.
  4. Remember healthy habits including a good diet, physical activity and getting a good night’s sleep.
  5. Accept family and friends for who they truly are.
  6. Remember your budget

Patrons often ask librarians for book recommendations, as well as movie and audio recommendations.  Now, with digital media, we can offer podcast recommendations.  Podcasts are audio, radio or video episodes available for free online.  They usually are one hour-long and come out about once a week.  You can subscribe to a podcast or download individual episodes to your computer, tablet or other mobile device.

I would like to recommend a few outstanding podcasts that deliver lessons on spirituality and creativity.  Listen to these podcasts for helpful discussions on thinking deeply, reducing stress, boosting your creativity, finding your true self, and discovering happiness.

The Daily Boost – This podcast is described as “the world’s most popular daily motivation program.”  Find inspiration, master life skills, reduce stress and stay motivated.  What better way to start the New Year?

A Quiet Mind with Robert Jackson – This self-improvement podcast will inspire, motivate and change the way you approach life.  Listen for practical ways to improve your well-being.

The Greater Good Podcast –  In this podcast, researchers and thinkers discuss the roots of morality, happiness and compassion.  This is an intelligent and inspirational podcast that will change your life approach.

Stuff To Blow Your Mind – This podcast explores the wonders of the universe including cosmic mysteries, neurological tidbits, evolutionary marvels and other science fascination.

I hope you enjoy listening to these podcasts and discover some new favorites.  Spend quiet time this winter season to remember what truly matters.

If you listen to podcasts, tell us about some of your favorites.

 

Registration Open For February 2016 Classes

Registration is now open for staff and the public for the February 2016 Classes.  During this month, we include our popular computer classes, such as Patent Basic and employment assistance classes.  All classes are held in the Regional Library Computer Center (RLCC) of the Central (downtown) LibraryPRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES.

Please note that registration does not necessarily guarantee you a spot in the class. You will receive an email confirming your registration for classes.  You may also call to confirm your registration.

To register for any class, please email us at cenrtc@bham.lib.al.us or call 205-226-3681.   You may also download and print a PDF copy of February 2016 Classes to bring to a Computer Commons staff member on your next library visit. Please note that the February 2016 Class Schedule pdf can be sent to us as an email attachment.

February 2016 Classes

Registration Open For January 2016 Classes

Registration is now open for staff and the public for the January 2016 Classes.  During this month, we include our popular computer classes, such as Patent Basic and employment assistance classes.  All classes are held in the Regional Library Computer Center (RLCC) of the Central (downtown) LibraryPRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES.

Please note that registration does not necessarily guarantee you a spot in the class. You will receive an email confirming your registration for classes.  You may also call to confirm your registration.

To register for any class, please email us at cenrtc@bham.lib.al.us or call 205-226-3681.   You may also download and print a January 2016 Classes to bring to a Computer Commons staff member on your next library visit. Please note that the January 2016 Class Schedule pdf can be sent to us as an email attachment.

January 2016 Classes

January 2016 Class Schedule

 

 

Registration Open For December 2015 Classes

Registration is now open for staff and the public for the December 2015 Classes .  During this month, we include our popular computer classes, as well as job search and employment assistance classes.  All classes are held in the Regional Library Computer Center (RLCC) of the Central (downtown) LibraryPRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES.

Please note that registration does not necessarily guarantee you a spot in the class. You will receive an email confirming your registration for classes.  You may also call to confirm your registration.

To register for any class, please email us at cenrtc@bham.lib.al.us or call 205-226-3681.   You may also download and print a pdf copy of the December 2015 Class Schedule to bring to a Computer Commons staff member on your next library visit. Please note that the December 2015 Class Schedule pdf can be sent to us as an email attachment.

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Registration Open For November 2015 Classes

Registration is now open for staff and the public for the November 2015 Classes.  During this month, we include our popular computer classes, as well as a variety of personal development classes.  All classes are held in the Regional Library Computer Center (RLCC) of the Central (downtown) LibraryPRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES.

Please note that registration does not necessarily guarantee you a spot in the class. You will receive an email confirming your registration for classes.  You may also call to confirm your registration.

To register for any class, please email us at cenrtc@bham.lib.al.us or call 205-226-3681.   You may also download and print a pdf copy of the November 2015 Class Schedule  to bring to a Computer Commons staff member on your next library visit. Please note that the November 2015 Class Schedule pdf can be sent to us as an email attachment.

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Registration Open For October 2015 Classes

Registration is now open for staff and the public for the October 2015 Classes.  During this month, we include our popular computer classes, as well as a variety of personal development classes.  All classes are held in the Regional Library Computer Center (RLCC) of the Central (downtown) LibraryPRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES.

Please note that registration does not necessarily guarantee you a spot in the class. You will receive an email confirming your registration for classes.  You may also call to confirm your registration.

To register for any class, please email us at cenrtc@bham.lib.al.us or call 205-226-3681.   You may also download and print a pdf copy of the October 2015 Class Schedule to bring to a Computer Commons staff member on your next library visit. Please note that the October 2015 Class Schedule pdf can be sent to us as an email attachment.

October 2015 Classes

Keyboarding and Computer Resources

Computer DownloadWould you like to learn to type or improve your typing skills for free?  We’ve provided a list of resources for free online typing lessons and instruction.  The list contains typing instruction for all ages and skill levels.

General Resources:

GCF Learn Free  This site allows you to learn what you want, when you want.  Free computer tutorials are offered in the technology section of the website.

keybr.com This free online typing tutorial lets you develop your typing skills faster.  The site generates readable random words using the phonetic rules of your native language.  This is also a great site for kids to practice typing skills.

Learn2Type.com  Learn to type online with typing test and free typing lessons.

Mousing Around Tutorial  This site provides a tutorial, exercises, and practice games for the mouse.

Peter’s Online Typing Course  A graphical and interactive typing tutorial that provides lessons, safety tips, and the ability to create customized typing lessons.

Power Typing  Free typing tutor online with free online typing lessons.  To begin, click on the “Qwerty” link, and then select your lesson from the choices on the right side of the screen. Then click on the start button at the bottom.

Rapid Typing Improve your typing skills with free typing tutors for adults and kids.

Typing.com This site provides free online typing instruction.  The site is perfect for all age groups.  You may even learn to type with games.

Typing Games Free typing games.

For Kids:

ABCya Online games for kids in K-5 sorted by grade level.  Kids may learn basic typing skills on this fun website.

Dance Mat Typing This site provides a fun way for kids to learn touch typing.  There are four levels to play, each divided into three stages.

Type-Type Revolution This site provides a game for kids to learn typing skills.

Senior Resources:

Mouse Exercises @ SeniorNet.org Simple mouse exercises for seniors.

Microsoft Accessibility The site suggests ways to customize your computer to deal with age-related impairments.

Skillful Senior A website for seniors to learn basic computer and mouse skills.

Meganga Free computer training lessons for beginners and seniors.