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December Computer Classes At EBPL

December Computer Classes At EBPL

Posted November 18, 2016

East Brunswick Public Library has released a full schedule of computer classes for the month of December. Classes cover a variety of topics, including computer basics to the Microsoft Office programs.

East Brunswick Public Library  has released a full schedule of computer classes for the month of December.

Classes cover a variety of topics, including computer basics to the Microsoft Office programs. The complete list of programs is:

PC Literacy I (Monday, December 6, 6:30 pm)
An introduction to basic computer use: includes keyboard and mouse skills, clicking and scrolling, and an introduction to computer terminology. There are no prerequisites.

PC Literacy II (Monday, December 13, 6:30 pm)
Continuation of computer basics from PC Literacy I. Participants will learn how to execute basic computer tasks including copying and pasting, creating, editing and saving documents, print preview and printing. Students will also receive an introduction to the basic layout and components of program toolbars.
Prerequisite: PC Literacy I class or the ability to use a mouse and basic keyboarding skills.

LEAP Home Computer: Magnification (Wednesday, December 7 and 14, 1 pm)
The Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) provides FREE training in the use of assistive technology to adults 55 years of age or older with vision problems. This moderately advanced class will show you how to download a free program, Zoom Text and Ease of Access Center, and how to use it to navigate your computer and the internet.

LEAP Home Computer: JAWS Screen Reader (Wednesday, December 21 and 28, 1 pm)
The Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) provides FREE training in the use of assistive technology to adults 55 years of age or older with vision problems. This moderately advanced class will show you how to use JAWS to navigate your computer and the Internet.

Intro to Excel (Thursday, December 6, 6:30 pm)
An introduction to the popular spreadsheet program.  Learn how to create, edit and save spreadsheets, how to use formulas and print, along with tips and hints.
Prerequisite: MS Word class or equivalent PC experience.

Excel II (Thursday, December 13, 6:30 pm)
Students will build upon the skills learned in Excel Basics.  They will learn how to create equations, use AutoSum, freeze/unfreeze panes, hide/unhide columns, sort & filter data, format their document’s appearance and more.
Prerequisite: Excel Basics class or equivalent PC experience.

Excel III (Thursday, December 20, 6:30 pm)

Students will continue advancing their intermediate skills in Excel. They will learn how to use the data tab to import data, do more work with formulas, create simple macros for repetitive tasks and explore more of the page layout options. As time permits, students will also explore Excel templates and conditional formatting in Excel 2013.

Prerequisite: Excel II or equivalent PC experience. Introduction to the new Microsoft Office is recommended.


Excel IV (Thursday, December 27, 6:30 pm)

Students continue their mastery of Excel in this class offering. They learn how to create and modify pivot tables, to protect cells and worksheets, to create and use the payment function, to create and use forms for data entry, to use the VLookup function, learn the advantages for defining data as a table, and how to use Excel as an architectural design tool. In addition, the class will offer an overview of best practices for spreadsheet design

Prerequisite: Excel III or equivalent Excel experience.


Intro to PowerPoint
Saturday, December 3, 9:30 am) Learn basic PowerPoint skills for creating and editing presentations; how to add excitement with images, animations, & transitions; & tips for viewing and saving. Presentation software guidelines used by professional trainers to create a professional looking slideshow will also be shown. 
Prerequisite: Students MUST be comfortable using MS Word.


PowerPoint II (Saturday, December 10, 9:30 am)
Learn a variety of advanced tasks to embellish your PowerPoint presentations. This will include creating Slide Masters, detailed skills for adding images (clipart, shapes, WordArt and more) and manipulating them and how to insert charts. Animations and transitions basics will also be covered as well as a miscellaneous array of tips and hints for better navigation.
Prerequisite: Intro to PowerPoint or equivalent experience. Students must be comfortable with the basic PowerPoint framework and navigation.

PowerPoint III (Saturday, December 17, 9:30 am)
Students will continue with the advanced topics learned in PowerPoint II. Topics covered include creating custom designs, dimming text, using SmartArt graphics, rehearsed timings, looping, hidden slides, quarter screen viewing and more as time permits.
Prerequisite:  PowerPoint II or equivalent PowerPoint experience.

The Intro to Word, Intro to Excel, Intro to PowerPoint, Email Basics and LEAP iPad classes are free. All other classes are $10 for LMxAC cardholders and $15 for non-LMxAC cardholders. All class fees are nonrefundable.

To sign up for any class, visit the online library calendar call the Information Desk at 732-390-6767.

EB Con comes to EBPL

EB Con comes to EBPL

Posted November 08, 2016

Join the East Brunswick Public Library for EB Con! It will be an afternoon celebrating comics, fandoms, cosplay, gaming and more!

Join the East Brunswick Public Library on Saturday, December 3 for EB Con! It will be an afternoon celebrating comics, cosplay, gaming and more! It's a day for everyone to celebrate all of our favorite fandoms. The event is from 12-4 pm and features several different programs throughout the day. Check back often, as we finalize our schedule!

Guest of Honor: Fred Van Lente

Our featured guest is Fred Van Lente, the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning writer of comics like Archer & Armstrong (Harvey Award nominee, Best Series), Action Philosophers! (American Library Association Best Graphic Novel for Teens), and Cowboys & Aliens (with Andrew Foley), the basis for the feature film. His many other titles include Resurrectionists, The Comic Book History of Comics, The Incredible Hercules (with Greg Pak), Taskmaster, Marvel Zombies and The Amazing Spider-Man.

Fred is the writer of The Comic Book History of Comics, and will discuss his book at 1 pm in our meeting room. Ever wonder about the history of comics? Fred will be giving a quick, fun look at all you need to know about the incredible story of how comics, graphic novels and manga came to be. And if you have questions about comics, the comics industry, or comics history, come and get 'em answered! 

Harry Potter Trivia

Come test your Harry Potter knowledge at 2:30 pm. All books, movies, and plays will be covered, so spoilers ahead! Bring your own team or be matched with others! Tickets will be given out 30 minutes before the event.

Lego Master Builder Amado Canlas Pinlac

Amado Canlas Pinlac (also known as ACPin on Facebook, Flickr, Google+ and YouTube) has been building LEGO creations in various themes for over fifteen years. His works have been featured/blogged in various online LEGO fan sites/forums and published in the Lego Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, Steampunk Lego books and BrickJournal magazines.

He's been an active member of local/international Lego forums/sites and has exhibited his works in Lego stores, public conventions/shows most recently in BrickFair Virginia (August 2016) at Dulles Expo Center and in PlayFair NYC (February 2016) at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

David Rin of Bit-Journal Games

Indie game developer David Rin is showing off Bit-Journal Games latest project Eternal Jupiter. This sci-fi game is a vertical shooter that mixes in some hack and slash elements for good measure, allowing you to save the planet Jupiter from a tyrannical government enslaving its inhabitants. You can find more information about Eternal Jupiter here

Writer Deanna Destito

Deanna got her start in comics working for Wizard: The Guide to Comics interviewing many comic professionals and researching, writing, and editing articles for the magazine. From there, she worked as a freelance editor for Dreamwave Productions, working specifically on their Transformers line of comics. Her most recent work can be found in Rusty Metal Media's The Dark Reaches Volume 1, a horror anthology graphic novel in which she collaborated with The Walking Dead's Rus Wooton. Her articles and short stories have been featured in print and online publications in various industries and genres. She has also served as copy editor for many independent comic books, magazines, websites, and role-playing game books. She has an obsession with all things horror, specifically the lowest budget horror movies available.

Read Furiously

Based out of Central New Jersey, Read Furiously began as a reading blog that soon took on a life of its own as it's creators discovered that they wanted to do more than just read stories. They wanted to celebrate stories and to help bring them to life. This led Read Furiously to expand into its own publishing house featuring graphic novels, prose, poetry, zines, all with a focus on high quality storytelling from a diverse cross section of creative talents. 

At Read Furiously, it is the company's goal to create a new generation of readers - furious readers - who view reading as a necessary part to living in this busy world. It is their belief that reading isn't a chore or something we do to show off to others; reading is an activity that brings people together and helps us to make sense of where we come from and where we are going. Each title that Read Furiously publishes is carefully curated to reflect these values. Learn more about Read Furiously here

Geek Crafts

  • Comic Book Magnets
  • Comic Book Buttons
  • Harry Potter Wands
  • Elf Ears

Video and Table Top Gaming

Comics and hoopla digital

Kids Activities

  • DIY Cape Making
  • Comic Cooking
  • Making Comics With Your iPad
  • Makey Makey Lightsaber Jedi Battle Training
  • Face Painting

Cosplay Rules

  1. EB Con is a family-friendly event.  No nudity, and the semblance of nudity is not allowed.  Please ensure that all costumes are properly secured at all times and are not prone to “wardrobe malfunctions” or “indecent accidents.”
  2. For safety reasons, please wear footwear at all times. 
  3. Weapons (or prop weapons) are not allowed.  Swords, knives, or any other metal objects with an edge are prohibited.  Guns, or anything that shoots a projectile are prohibited.
  4. For the safety of you and others, anything with wheels, except for wheelchairs, is not allowed inside the building.  This includes skateboards, scooters, bicycles, roller skates, rollerblades, etc.
  5. Mock or play-fighting is not allowed in the hallways or in the building.
  6. Large costumes must be no more than 2 feet in all directions, due to the blocking of traffic flow and other hazards.
  7. Be nice to each other. It is great to play as our character, but be mindful of others. If you come dressed as the Joker and find someone dressed as Batman, please don’t harass Batman, especially if he doesn’t want to play along.

We reserve the right to ban or remove any attendees who do not follow the above rules or are creating a disturbance or hazard for other attendees.  Please be courteous and respectful to others, and most of all have fun!

Special thanks to the Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library for sponsoring EB Con!