21 Things Week 7: Declutter Your Digital Self

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Image courtesy of flickr user naevus

This week we learned about the ways in which we can declutter our computers and phones using learned techniques, and also library resources.

By participating in at least one of the Things below, you will be entered into this week's raffle, which is a copy of the book Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life by Stephanie O'Dea.

Thing: Attend our workshop on Declutting your Digital Self on Wednesday, February 26 at 12 noon. Register online.

Thing: Comment on this post about how you stay organized digitally and if you utilize any services like Dropbox, Google Drive, or others. 

Thing: Watch our playlist of TED Talks about Communication and post your thoughts below

21 Things Week 6: Twitter and Facebook

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Image courtesy of flickr user WonderColours Villa Nueva

This week we learned about the use of social media sites Twitter and Facebook.

By participating in at least one of the three Things below, you will be entered into this week's raffle, which is a copy of the book Age of Context by Robert Scoble & Shel Israel.

Thing: Like DL Parents on Facebook

Thing: Create a Twitter account and follow Darien Library Library

Thing: Tweet @darienlibrary with the book you are reading this week

Thing: Watch our playlist of TED Talks about Communication and post your thoughts below

21 Things Week 5: Blogs and Microblogs

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Image courtesy of flickr user beckie0

This week we learned all about blogs and microblogs. 

By participating in at least one of the three Things below, you will be entered into this week's raffle, which is a copy of the book National Geographic's Science of Everything. Perhaps it will inspire you to start your own blog or microblog!

Thing: Attend the Tumblr class

Thing: Participate in our Tweet Up on Thursday, February 6 at 10am, either from the library with the Librarians or from the comfort of your own home. We will use the hashtag #DLtweetup.

Thing: Visit at least 2 of the blogs discussed in the Tumblr workshop OR comment on this post with your favorite or another blog that you read frequently.
 

21 Things Week 4: Video and Photosharing Tools

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Image courtesy of flickr user dizzylizzy1227

This week's topic was Video and Photosharing Tools. Connectivity and interactivity with others has never been this simple. We wrote about how staying in contact with friends and family is now easier than ever, but along with that ease comes the issues of privacy and online security. 

By participating in at least one of the three Things below, you will be entered into this week's raffle, which is a Joby GorillaPod Camera Mount, compatible with all devices (Apple, Android, digital cameras, etc.) 

Thing: Comment on this week’s post about how you or your family members use social media platforms like Vine, Instagram, or SnapChat to share images and videos. Do you follow certain Instagram accounts that are kid-friendly, like @NASA, @CharityWater, @Keepsy, @TocaBoca, or @HarryStyles (One Direction’s Harry Styles), or do you mainly use Instagram, Vine, and Snapchat to post your own photos? Tell us about your Video and Photosharing experiences.

Thing: Share a video or photo on Instagram or Vine using #dl21things. Note: Private accounts should first follow @Darienlibrary - that’s our username on both Instagram and Vine - and we’ll follow you back so that we can see your content.

Thing: Attend our Online Security Workshop on Thursday, January 30th at 9:30am. We’ll have an encore session in two weeks on Thursday, February 13th at 6pm.

Register for the January 30th session

Register for the February 13th session
 

21 Things Week 3: Gaming and Minecraft

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Image courtesy of flickr user Kevin Jarrett

This week's topic was Gaming and Minecraft. We talked about the Darien Library's Minecraft server, MMO's (Massively Multiplayer Online games), other gaming systems, and the ways in which gaming has evolved since it became popular in the 1980's. By participating in at least one of the three Things below, you will be entered into this week's raffle (a Minecraft calendar for 2014).

Thing: In the comments below, tell us about the way your family uses games. Does your child play games online like Minecraft, or another type of game like Plants VS Zombies? Does your family use a Wii to play together? Tell us about how digital games are used by your family, or if you prefer another type of gaming like board games, card games, etc.

Thing: On Tuesday, January 21st at 9:30.m., Darien Library will host Understanding Your Tween's Online World. Guest speakers include town resident Nancy Sheed, a social media strategist and online manager and trainer, and Darien Library’s own John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience. Co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness.

Thing: Come to the library and try out the Children's Library's Wii or Xbox Connect. Just email us at childrenslibrary@darienlibrary.org to set up a time.

21 Things Week 2: eBooks and Devices

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Image courtesy of flickr user Brian Sawyer

This week's topic was eBooks and devices. We talked about tablets available today and access to eBooks and other content through the Library. By participating in at least one of the three Things below, you will be entered into this week's raffle (a $25 Amazon gift card).

Thing: In the comments below, discuss your favorite tablet or ereader device. What do you use? What does your family use?

Thing: On Tuesday, January 14th at 5p.m., Darien Library will host Family Tech Night. Join us to learn more about eBook, eAudio, and magazine access through the Library's catalog.

21 Things Week 1: Makers

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Image via www.cainesarcade.com

This week's topic was Makers and Maker Culture. From soldering to 3D printing to cooking and home improvement, we learned that everyone has a bit of a Maker in them. By participating in at least one of the Things listed below, you will be entered into this week's raffle (a gift from Darien's own Etsy shop owner, Jen of ITTY BITTY BAG!)

Thing: Attend our TED Talks on Monday, January 6 at 11am, or watch the playlist here. Be sure to tell us in the comments below what you thought about the videos.

Thing: In the comments section below, respond to the following: We are all Makers of some kind. What have you and your family “made” together? Do you fix or repair things on your own? Have you explored Make Magazine, Pinterest, Instructables, or another online “Do It Yourself” website? 

Thing: Attend the Etsy 101 Workshop on Friday, January 10 at 10am. Register here.

Thing: Take a tour of the Children's Library's T|E|A Room. Stop in on your next visit and ask a Librarian for more information.

 

App Questionnaire

Let us know about the apps your family uses and tell us what type of app you'd like to know more about.

21 Things Week 4: Gaming

photo courtesy of the examiner
photo courtesy of the examiner

This week our topic is gaming. In our email we talked about the first appearance of video games, the popularity of online gaming and console generations. We also talked about what new gaming consoles like the Wii U have hit the market. Participation in at least one thing will enter you in this week’s raffle. Week four’s prize is a two month subscription to GameFly. (GameFly is like Netflix but for video games)

Thing: Attend a screening of Video Game Revolution. We will screen Video Game Revolution on Monday February 4th at 10 am. Video Game Revolution explores video game inception,popularity, violence and impact. We will have an encore screening February 7th at 7pm.


Thing:  Try out one of our gaming consoles in the Children’s Library before each screening of Video Game Revolution and Friday, February 8th at 5pm, as part of our weekly Wii’ve Got game program.


Thing: Attend the Start Your Own Website or Blog program Tuesday February 5th at 9:30am. You will need to register for this program as seating is limited.
 

21 Things Week 2: Makers

A 3D printer, similar to the one Darien Library has in the Digital Media Lab. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Creative Tools.
A 3D printer, similar to the one Darien Library has in the Digital Media Lab. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Creative Tools.

This week's topic was Makers and Maker Culture. From robots and 3D printing to knitting and home improvement, we learned that almost everyone has a bit of a Maker in them. By participating in at least one of the Things listed below, you will be entered into this week's raffle (a giftcard to Etsy!) 

Thing: In the comments section below, respond to the following: Everyone is a Maker of one kind or another. What kind of Maker are you? Have you explored Pinterest yet? What do you think?

Thing: Attend the Etsy Workshop on Tuesday, January 22 at 10am. Register.

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