2nd Floor Computer Lab at the Faulk Central Library
Computer and Job Searching Lab
Get help with your job search and/or bring your questions about basic computer skills, including how to use the internet, e-mail, and Microsoft Word or other questions related to the use of programs or computers. No class prerequisites.
Monday, December 9
Ruiz Branch Library
1600 Grove Blvd.
Who: Adults interested in crafting
Please join us for our third annual ornament extravaganza! I'm not sure any of us can believe it is actually December (where did this year go?!) If you're anything like me, you're starting to panic because you haven't actually started your holiday shopping. Well, panic no more! Attend craft night to create a bevy of delightful ornaments that double as perfect homemade gifts.
This year we will experiment with glass ornaments, fabric scraps, and Modge Podge as well as our traditional focus on felt. We will have several templates available, but you are also able to design your own creations. As always, all supplies are provided. We hope you can join us.
Austin is certainly known for art in the musical form, hence the “live music capital” moniker. Though other art forms may not receive as much attention, anyone who resides in or visits the city will find cultural happenings abound. Night clubs, theaters, museums and the like have art to engage the sense of one’s choice; and at times, they can even be entered for free. But to find truly free art at any time, one need only explore that which is in public spaces. Again, Austin is not lacking in this area. From glorified graffiti to works on billboards can fill their free time with free art – sometimes without trying or going out of their way to do so. Here are some current, as well as a few ongoing visual art displays worth discover.
- East Austin Studio Tour – an annual fall event so popular it was expanded to include a West Austin Studio Tour in the spring. Once more EAST is upon us and can get your catalog through Big Medium or you can view it online. Then take to the streets where Austin artists open up their studios to the public. It is a unique experience where you can be simultaneously introduced to artists and their work. The Cepeda, Terrazas, Willie Mae Kirk and Windsor Park branches of Austin Public Library are proud to feature artists for the event.
- Women and their Work - which always allows free entry in to the gallery, has a very distinctive and poignant public art installation called Thirst. Perhaps you have spotted the piece that includes a white tree and thousands of white flags, whilst driving over or paddling under Lady Bird Lake.
- Not to be outdone, UT also has a public art program called Landmarks. According to the college of fine arts website the pieces that make up the collection serve as a way to "beautify the main campus and engage visitors". I personally agree and would add that the art makes for a far richer campus tour when you don't have a student guide showing you around.
- Austin Art Boards organization works to bring local artists to your everyday giant roadside signs. I am fortunate in that currently I get to see one on my way to work. However locations change as billboards are sold for advertising. To see the gallery of 2013 winners (and those of the previous two years), without having to search the cities landscape, and to find out more about this exciting organization visit the website at http://www.austinartboards.org/.
- The City of Austin also has a program entitled Art in Public Places (AIPP) with more offerings for the cultural explorer. From the website one can search the collection, find opportunities for artists and find upcoming events.
Whether you wait to take a visitor or decide to adventure out on your own you can’t go wrong with taking advantage of Austin’s Public Art.
Are you a small business owner in Austin? Would you like an opportunity to shape the revision of the City's Land Development Code as well as the Development and Review process associated with it? Austin’s Small Business Development Center is seeking input from the small business community. Participants in the Code Next event will be given a general introduction to the City’s code and then asked to form small collaborative groups to create feedback and forward suggestions. Space is limited so be certain to register. Don't miss your opportunity to have your voice heard and help imagine the future of small business in Austin for years to come.
Q. Does the Library have streaming or downloadable movies?
A. Yes again! We have those at the Virtual Library too. Just look under eVideo, and you'll see several options for entertaining or educational films for all ages.
Q. Can I download eBooks or Audiobooks from the Library?
A. Of course! We have eBooks and eAudiobooks from OverDrive, OneClickdigital, and other options at the Virtual Library. If you don't see the title you're looking for, suggest it!
Q. The end of the semester is coming up! Where can I get homework help?
A. At the Virtual Library, we have for eLearning tools such as Brainfuse online homework help and Atomic Training computer tutorials. You can also look into the VICTORY Tutoring Program for face-to-face help.
Q. How can I find out more about everything the Austin Public Library has?
A. There are weekly Maximize Your Library sessions at the Faulk Central Library on Wednesday afternoons. Can't make it in person? Use our Ask a Librarian service to ask us any question or make any recommendation.
So, how did you do?
Monday, November 18
Ruiz Branch Library
1600 Grove Blvd.
Adults interested in crafting
Washi Tape Crafts!
Please join us for this month's Adult Craft Night where we merge our love of paper with our love of washi tape. Come create envelopes, stationary, and wrapping paper. This is greeting card season after all!
As always, all supplies are provided. Hope you can make it!