MYSTIC, Conn. – The Mystic & Noank Library announces upcoming programs offered virtually. You must call or visit the website, www.mysticnoanklibrary.org to register for these programs. You can find more resources, technology tutorials, and assistance on the Mystic & Noank Library's website, YouTube channel, and on social media platforms.

Book A Librarian: Tech and research help appointments

Need help using your computer, smartphone, or tablet? Uncertain of where to find information about health, jobs, or that new computer program you subscribed to? Book a librarian for free, accessible, and helpful guidance on these and other research topics. Appointments are a half hour long and can now be requested either in person at the library or virtually via Zoom. Book your half-hour appointment on Tuesdays at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or noon; Wednesdays at 1, 1:30 or 2 p.m.; and Thursdays at 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m.

In Person

To protect staff and library patrons from risk of COVID-19 infections, the following safety measures will be taken: (1) only one patron per appointment (2) socially distanced appointments will be conducted with a plexiglass divider (3) exchange of devices will be limited without direct person-to-person contact and (4) devices must be sanitized prior to and after appointments.

Virtual

You can opt for a virtual appointment via Zoom or phone and receive assistance with screen sharing or remote viewing tools. After signing up, you will receive the Zoom invite link the morning of your appointment time. Provide an indication of what you need help with prior to the appointment.

Registration is required to attend this program. You may register by calling the Library or visiting our website.

Preventing Identity Theft Online

We are living in a digital age. From social media to banking and shopping, to applying for a job or signing up for classes, we are all using mobile devices and computers to share our personal information. More than ever, we need to protect this information and ensure that we are being safe online. Join us with the Connecticut Department of Banking, Nov. 2 from 6 to 7 p.m., to learn important tips to protect your personal information from scammers who want nothing more than to steal your identity. We will discuss how identity theft occurs and what to look out for so that you can rest assured you are being safe online.

Find more helpful information about these and other topics from the Connecticut Department of Banking's website or from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

You must call or visit our website to register for this program.

State Historian Lecture: Connecticut and the Pandemic of 1918

Join us with Walt Woodward, State Historian and Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut, to learn about the deadliest disease to ever hit Connecticut, Nov. 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. The influenza pandemic of 1918, like COVID-19, stopped life as people knew it in its tracks.

This topic was the subject of Woodward's recent podcast episode of "Grating the Nutmeg," and asks questions we're asking about today's pandemic to the pandemic of a century ago. Where did it come from? How did it spread? Who did it affect the most? How did the medical community, state, and local governments respond to the threat? What social distancing measures were taken? After his presentation, there will be time for a question and answer session with participants.

You must call or visit our website to register for this program.

Zoom Program Series: Digital tools for workplace collaboration

If you have a Gmail account with Google, you also have access to helpful digital tools like Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Drive. These applications can help you work with a team in a workplace or remotely from home, and each of them are free to use. Join us for this three-part series to get an introduction to using these tools to collaborate with other workers for business, nonprofit work, organizing, and more.

Intro to Google Docs

Learn how to create and format text on this word processing program, Nov. 9 from 4 to 5 p.m. Similar to Microsoft Word, you can use Google Docs to make letters, formal documents with a table of contents, resumes, and more. Work with a team on the same document by sharing editing rights and inserting comments for your team's review.

Intro to Google Forms

Sometimes you may want to survey staff, customers, or organization stakeholders. Use Google Forms to easily collect and analyze survey data that may be helpful for you to begin a new project, adjust your operations, or offer new services. Learn the versatile ways you can use this tool in any workplace, Nov. 16 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Intro to Google Slides

A presentation can make a lecture or webinar more engaging and memorable to participants. It also allows you to share information in a visual medium that lasts longer than an hour-long talk. Similar to Microsoft PowerPoint, learn how to create slides, use templates, arrange visual images without violating copyright laws, and more, Nov. 23 from 4 to 5 p.m.

You must call or visit our website to register for this program.

Free Digital Cooking Workshop for Kids throughout the school year

The Mystic & Noank Library is pleased to host Food Explorers, who will conduct, hands-on cooking workshops for kids remotely via zoom throughout the school year. These programs take place online. Participants can call or email the library to request information about how to attend digital programs. Registration is required on our website to attend. A secure join link will then be sent to participants the day of the program. A shopping list is provided on our website at mysticnoanklibrary.org. Please have ingredients available for the workshop.

Digital Program: Food Explorers®

Apple Crumb Bars Baking Workshop for Kids! Nov. 7 at 3 p.m.

Gingerbread Cupcakes Baking Workshop for Kids! Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.

Cinnamon Rolls Baking Workshop for Kids! Jan. 16 at 10 a.m.

Homemade Pasta Cooking Workshop for Kids! Feb. 6 at 3 p.m.

Maple Scones Baking Workshop for Kids! March 13 at 10 a.m.

Homemade Pizza Cooking Workshop for Kids! April 10 at 3 p.m.

Tortillas with Guacamole Cooking Workshop for Kids! May 1 at 3 p.m.

You can find more resources, technology tutorials, and assistance on the Mystic & Noank Library's website, YouTube channel, and on our social media platforms.

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