21 Things for 21st Century Parents     January 14 to March 15

This 8-week online course for parents introduces the latest and most influential new technologies, from Twitter and Instagram to maker culture and apps.  Participate at your own pace by completing mini-assignments ("Things") online for the chance to win weekly raffle prizes.  Participants will also have opportunities to meet each week in person and take hands-on classes.  Topics will include eBooks and Devices, Facebook and Twitter, Maker Culture, Gaming, Blogs, Apps, Photosharing, and Homework 2.0. 

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Monday Matinee Film Series: Connected     Monday, January 14 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, January 17 at 7 p.m.

Tiffany Shlain embarks on a journey of the visible and invisible as she tries to unravel the ways technology, population growth, human rights, and global conditions contribute to connectedness in the modern family.  Employing imaginative animation and archival footage, Shlains memoir-like documentary is unique, uplifting, and thought-provoking. (Unrated, 60 minutes)

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Etsy 101 Workshop for Parents     Tuesday, January 22 at 10 a.m.

Are you crafty? If you've ever thought about opening your own online store, Etsy may be the place to start.  It's the world's most vibrant marketplace for buying and selling handmade or vintage items.  Learn how to run an Etsy shop from Jennifer St. Jean of the Itty Bitty Bag Company.

 

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Twitter and Facebook for Parents     Wednesday, January 30 at 9:30 a.m.

Tweeting's not just for the birds anymore!  Learn the basics of two of the world's most popular social media networks: Twitter and Facebook.  Find out how to set up and effectively use an account and how to navigate and control privacy settings for young users.

 

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Monday Matinee Film Series: Video Game Revolution     Monday, February 4 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m.

Video games have influenced the way children live and play, forever altered the entertainment industry, and even affected the way wars are fought.  See how it all began and what it means for our future.  (Unrated, 120 minutes)

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Start Your Own Website or Blog     Tuesday, February 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Have you ever wanted to start a website of blog of your own?  In this workshop, learn how easy it is to create a Wordpress.com website.  All you need is an e-mail address to get started.

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Tumblr for Parents     Thursday, February 14 at 10 a.m.

Learn about the Tumblr community and how parents can benefit from joining.  Find out how to set up your own Tumblr account, find users to follow, and discuss Tumblr vocabulary such as "reblogging."

Register online

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TEDxDarienLibrary     Every Monday in March at 10 a.m.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, "Ideas Worth Spreading." Parents are invited to enjoy some of the most jaw-dropping and fascinating talks on technology and the future. 

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App Chat: Apps for All Ages     Tuesday, February 26 at 10 a.m.

Pull up a chair and learn all about the latest and greatest apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android devices.  This program will be held in the Children's Library.

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Tweet Up: Apps for All Ages     Thursday, February 28 at 8 p.m.

Join the conversation on great new apps from the comfort of your home or while on the go.  Using Twitter and the hashtag #DLTweetUp, you are invited to chat with the librarians and other parents.

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Photosharing Workshop for Parents     Tuesday, March 5 at 10 a.m.

In this technology class, parents will be introduced to photosharing websites and applications such as Flickr, Instagram, and Photogene.  Bring your digital photos and smartphone for some photo fun! 

Register online

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App Chat: Homework Help Apps     Tuesday, March 12 at 10 a.m.

Pull up a chair and learn all about the latest and great apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android devices.  This program will be held in the Children's Library.

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Tweet Up: Homework Help 2.0     Thursday, March 14 at 8 p.m.

Join the conversation on 21st Century research resources from the comfort of your home or while on the go.  Use Twitter and the hashtag "DLTweetUp", and chat with the librarians and other parents about this very important issue.