Small Zoo Technology Enables Library Users to Manage Devices and Learn About Their Use | Entertainment / Life
The Technology Petting Zoo, an innovative way for guests to explore new technology at their leisure, is available at the East Rim Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., in Metairie.
The Tech Kids Zoo is a collection of tech devices made available to patrons and library staff to test out so they can learn how they work. Common devices included are e-readers, tablets, laptops, and digital audio devices.
“There is a dizzying array of devices available,” says Riccardo Mesa, the library’s computer network supervisor. “It’s a great way for customers to compare and manage different options so they can buy the device that’s best for them. “
Many people already own many devices, but may be underutilizing them. Others may consider buying new technology but are not sure what they want. Yet others are terrified of the technology, but understand that they will have to learn. A petting zoo is one way to serve all of this.
Customers can touch the devices, use them and ask questions. Customers can also drop in to ask questions about library technology, catalog, courses, and digital resources.
The tech petting zoo will be available until September 29. The times are as follows:
- From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
- From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The tech exhibit can be found near the gift shop in the main library lobby.
BUTTERFLY MIGRATION: Kathy McCrocklin, a retired teacher and longtime member of the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans, will discuss the fall migration of butterflies, especially monarch butterflies, at 6 p.m. on August 16 via video conference.
The monarch is one of North America’s best-known butterflies and is considered an iconic pollinator species.
McCrocklin will discuss ways to support fall migrating monarchs, including how to choose backyard plants, how to plant for continuous flowering, how to avoid insecticides, provide a resting place for butterflies, and encourage caterpillars.
Visit www.jplibrary.net/adults for more details, including how to join the discussion.
COMIC CON: The Jefferson Parish Library Comic Con, a free comic book mini-convention that focuses on superheroes and comic book culture for kids and teens, will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 14 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. , in Métairie. Costumes and cosplay are encouraged.
The event will feature a “How to Draw” workshop (10 a.m., Christin Zelenka on manga drawing; 11 a.m., author and artist Mike Artell on comics; noon, artist Samantha Hallenus will teach the basics of creation of a comic page).
There will also be a superhero training academy for kids in which they will create their own superhero alter egos, creating a superhero ID card, mask, shield, and electric cuffs.
They will also develop their super skills with an obstacle course, feats of strength, agility and endurance and a special treasure hunt to develop their observation skills.
COMPUTER COURSE: Receive free computer training at the East Bank Regional Library and West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Places are limited and online registration is required. Visit the Computer Classes page at www.jplibrary.net/training and click on “East Bank Regional Schedule” or “West Bank Regional Schedule”.
Upcoming East Rim courses include:
- Internet initiation: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on August 12.
- Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2: 10 a.m. to noon on Monday August 16.
- Introduction to PowerPoint 1: 10 a.m. to noon on August 17.
- Introduction to PowerPoint 2: 10 a.m. to noon on August 20.
- JPL Digital Content Exploration: 10 a.m. to noon on August 24.
- Introduction to Microsoft Word 1: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on August 26.
- Introduction to Microsoft Excel 3: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. August 30.
Upcoming East Rim courses include:
- Introduction to Microsoft 1:10 a.m. to noon on August 13.
- Introduction to Microsoft 2: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. August 13.
- Basic computer skills: 10 a.m. to noon on August 16.
- Basic computer skills: 10 a.m. to noon on August 27.
- Basic computer skills: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on August 27.
- Basic computer skills: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on August 30.
IT’S A MYSTERY: The Old Metairie Mystery Book Club will discuss “Pale King and Princes” by Robert B. Parker from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm on August 17th at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road. The group will discuss “The Kill Artist” by Daniel Silva at 2:00 pm on September 21, and members will determine which books to read and discuss at future meetings.