Special Sessions - Spring 2014

Introductory Computer Skills at the Library - NEW

Whether you have no experience or just need to brush up on your computer skills, this series is designed for you to become a confident computer user. The seminar will be hands-on at the Dayton Main Library, and Windows computers will be provided. Topics and schedule include the following:

  • Mouse basics: Tuesday, March 18
  • Computer basics: Wednesday, March 26
  • Internet basics: Wednesday, April 2
  • Email basics: Wednesday, April 9
  • Internet searching: Wednesday, April 16
  • Computers in action: Wednesday, April 23

1 Tuesday, March 18
5 Wednesdays, March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 232 – 4 p.m. at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St., 2nd Floor Computer Lab
Seminar Limit: 18

Metered parking is available on surrounding blocks of the Main Library. Parking lots are available off St. Clair Street for $2 - $3 a day. Questions, please call 937-463-2665.

Craig Arnold and Thomas Underwood are the current technical reference assistants for the adult services department of the main branch of the Dayton Metro Library. Combined, Arnold and Underwood have more than 30 years of experience within the field of technical reference services. They are currently responsible for providing assistance for patrons who access technical reference services and offering computer training classes.

Monsters, Women and Kids - NEW

We ponder the living of our own lives by reading and discussing these four different works of fiction: a great rendering of the epic Beowulf, a novel by the woman who wrote more ambitious novels — 93 — than any other 20th century author, a long-forgotten but now widely read and admired feminist novel, and a famous midcentury novel by a very private author recently deceased. Each book is, in its own different way, a window on the soul and a cautionary tale.

Monday – Thursday, May 12 – 15 (4 days)
12:30 – 3 p.m. Room to be determined
Seminar Limit: 36

Required Texts: Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf; Kathleen Thompson Norris’s The Rich Mrs. Burgoyne; Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland; and J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. All are available from the Internet and in bookstores and libraries. The Norris and Gilman books are available for free download at gutenberg.org.

Preparation: Participants should read all the books before the four-day seminar begins. However, those unable to read them beforehand are still welcome.

Frank Henninger has spent decades looking for ways we can learn about and from cultures distinct from ours because of geography or time or both. He has taught many UDLLI seminars over the past years.