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Job Seekers: Boost Your Computer Skills

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Are you looking for work? Do you need basic computer skills to help you apply for jobs?

If so, you might want to attend the Troy Public Library free, two-week program, Computer Skills for the Job Seeker, which runs from 10 am to 2 pm, January 24 through February 4. This program includes 30 hours of hands-on computer training to help you bring your skills up-to-date and improve your job search. You will learn how to

• use a mouse and keyboard;
• organize your computer files;
• create an electronic resume in Word;
• communicate with employers via email;
• apply for jobs online; and
• stay in contact using social network websites.

There will also be plenty of time for individualized one-on-one assistance, and a comprehensive workbook. The training is limited to 16 students per session, and taught by the Library's Technology Department staff.

Click here to print an application, or click here to fill out an application online.

For more information, contact the Phillip Kwik, Head of Public Services, at kwikpj@troymi.gov or phone 248.619.7577.

Computer Skills for the Job Seeker is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Troy Public Library. For more information about the Friends, go to www.friendstpl.org.

Learn More with Mango Languages 2.0

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If you use Mango Languages, the online language learning program offered through the Troy Public Library, you will notice some changes have recently been made. In addition to Mango Complete and Mango Basic, Mango Languages now offers a new program called Mango Complete 2.0.

Mango Complete 2.0 is available for 12 foreign languages, and for those studying English as a Second Language. Using Mango Complete 2.0, you will learn basic introductions, how to make purchases, how to ask for directions, and much more. The program  uses a flashcard system to introduce you to new words and phrases, and also features quizzes to help you test your learning. It also features grammar and cultural notes to give you greater understanding about the language you are studying. For more information, see our blog post here.

If you have never tried Mango Languages, now is a great time. To access Mango Languages, you will need a Troy Public Library card. Click eResources on the left under Library Links. Click on Language Learning, then Mango Languages. Try it and let us know what you think.

Download Free eAudiobooks with SYNC

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SYNC logoAre you interested in downloading free eAudibooks this summer? Now you can, thanks to Audiobook Community's SYNC campaign.

The SYNC campaign is designed to get more young adults listening to audiobooks. From July 1 through September 1, two audiobooks will be available each week for download: one best seller and one classic. Each week, both books will share a common theme. All audiobooks used in the SYNC campaign are in the MP3 format and will work with both PCs and Macs. They can be transferred to a wide array of mobile devices.

Additionally, OverDrive is distributing all of the SYNC titles. To download titles, you will need to install the OverDrive Media Console. After you have downloaded your titles from SYNC, be sure to check out other free OverDrive downloadable ebooks and eaudiobooks that are available from the Troy Public Library here.

For more on SYNC, including the release schedule for free eAudiobooks, go here. To download this week's selections, go here.

NetLibrary eAudiobooks Unavailable After July 1

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NetLibraryThe Troy Public Library will be discontinuing our subscription to downloadable eAudiobooks from NetLibrary starting July 1 due to recent budget cuts. NetLibrary eBooks will still be available. Additionally, OverDrive will still have eAudiobooks available for download.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Library's Technology Department at  techroom@troymi.gov or 248.524.3542.

Library CARD Helps You Obtain Oakland County Records Online

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Laptop ComputerDo you need to get a copy of your birth certificate? Applying for a marriage license? Looking for court records? Thanks to the Oakland County Clerk & Register of Deed's Office, you can save a trip to Pontiac by ordering these documents online and having them delivered to your home.

To help spread the word about this service, the Troy Public Library is participating in the Oakland County Clerk's Office Library CARD (Convenience & Access to Records and Documents) Project. This Project distributes brochures and manuals to libraries in Oakland County to help show computer users how to access and order records online.

If you need help obtaining a record, come to the Library to pick up a brochure or ask Library staff, who will be happy to assist you.

Win a Sony Reader from OverDrive

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Sony ReaderDo you check out downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks supplied by the Troy Library through OverDrive? If so, you have a chance to win a Sony Reader! All you need to do is take a short survey about your OverDrive use. The survey is available by going here, and then clicking on the "We want your feedback!" link along the right-hand side. The survey only takes five minutes to complete.

If you haven't tried downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks before, now is the perfect time. For more information, click on the Downloadable Audiobooks, Video link under Library Links, on the left side of our home page.

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