Free Computer Classes

Starting this month, WPL is offering classes in Office 2010. Join us for Intro. to Word, Intermediate Word, Intro. to PowerPoint, Intro. to Excel, and Mail Merge. Facebook Q & A is also offered in March. Register through our online Event Calendar. If you do not have a WPL card, you are added to the Waiting List. See our Computer Classes page for details, class descriptions, and requirements.

Intermediate Genealogy Classes

As a family historian, do you have stacks of paper from library research trips, letters, emails, family stories, documents, photographs, Internet downloads, and images from a digital camera? Do you search, yet not find expected results? How do you know when you’ve searched “enough?”

Three new genealogy classes take on these familiar situations Saturday afternoons, 1 to 3 PM, March 3, 17 and 31. They are File Organization, Tips for Searching and What is a “Reasonably Exhaustive Search?” You may attend any or all classes. Each class is $10, payable at the door. Please call 630-868-7520 to register for the March 17 class.

March 3 – File Organization
Information gathered from a multitude of sources–paper from library research trips, letters, emails, family stories, documents, photos, Internet downloads, images from digital cameras, and images scanned to computer–is most useful and easily found again when it’s organized in an orderly and logical way.

This class will demonstrate various ways to organize a collection, reduce piles of paper, and put information in a format that can be used as a foundation for a family history book or CD/DVD. Class meets in the large meeting room in the lower level.

March 17 – Tips for Successful Searches using Ancestry
Learn how to search Ancestry’s 6 billion records more effectively. This class offers online instruction using Ancestry’s Learning Center and hands-on experience. Guided instruction with a group leader is used with a handout.

Class meets in the computer lab on the second floor. Ten computers are available. Class limited to sixteen. Stations can be shared or bring a personal laptop.

March 31 – What is a “Reasonably Exhaustive Search?” 
How do you know when you’ve searched enough? Genealogy lecturer, Michael Hait, explains direct, indirect and negative evidence in a webinar format. A reasonably exhaustive search is demonstrated using an actual case study.

Handouts and a moderated discussion with a group leader will follow the webinar. Class meets in the large meeting room in the lower level.

Best Picture Nominees at WPL

Did you miss out on seeing some of the Academy Award nominees for Best Picture before they left theaters? Just check them out from WPL (or find a local showing for those still in theaters)! Is the DVD or Blu-Ray you want checked out? Place a hold and read the book while you’re waiting!

The Artist - Find in a theater
10 Oscar nominations

The DescendantsFind in a theater, DVD (coming soon), Blu-Ray (coming soon), Read the book
5 Oscar nominations

Extremely Loud & Incredibly CloseFind in a theater,  Read the book
2 Oscar nominations

The HelpDVD, Blu-Ray, Read the book
4 Oscar nominations

HugoFind in a theater, DVD (coming soon), Blu-Ray (coming soon), Read the book
11 Oscar nominations

Midnight in Paris - DVD, Blu-Ray
4 Oscar nominations

Moneyball - DVD, Blu-Ray, Read the book
6 Oscar nominations

The Tree of Life - DVD, Blu-Ray
3 Oscar nominations

War HorseFind in a theater, DVD (coming soon), Blu-Ray (coming soon), Read the book
6 Oscar nominations

Why are there nine Best Picture nominees this year? Read John Young’s article to find out!

Learn a New Language

Learning a foreign language? Take a look at the library’s Foreign Language site. You’ll find links to helpful library catalog searches, such as Recordings on CD and cassette and Videos and DVDs. You can also use Mango Languages, an online service provided by the Friends of Wheaton Public Library, that teaches practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world’s most popular languages. Create a free account on Mango Languages to keep track of your progress. Choose from a basic lesson or more in-depth language study lessons.

To access Mango Languages from outside the library, you need to log in with your library card number and PIN. If you have any questions, please call the Reference Desk at 630-868-7520.

Blu-rays are here!

The library unveiled our brand new Blu-ray collection this week. It has been extremely popular so far and almost all our Blu-rays are checked out already! Don’t worry though; you can place a hold on the Blu-ray you want and we will notify you when it is ready to be picked up. (Note: You must have a valid WPL card to place a hold. To place a hold from home, you must also have a PIN set up.) You will not be able to place a hold on a Blu-ray when the status is Check Shelf or Recently Returned. In that case, call the library at 630-868-7520 and ask that the copy be pulled for you and held at the Main Desk. There is a 50 cent rental charge for each fiction Blu-ray.

Not sure what Blu-rays are? Visit Blu-ray Disc’s FAQs page. It is important to note that Blu-rays cannot be played in regular DVD players. You must play the Blu-ray in a designated Blu-ray player or it will not work. Some computers and video game consoles have the ability to play Blu-rays as well. Questions? Call the AV Department at 630-868-7560.

Genealogy Help

Researching your family tree? The library has many great resources. If you’re stuck and need a little help, volunteers are available at certain times to help with your research or help you start your research if you’re a beginner.

A representative from the DuPage Genealogical Society is in the library every Thursday night from 7-9pm.

Volunteers from the Perrin-Wheaton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are in the library on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 9am-Noon.


Library Closing Dates

The library is closed Saturday, Dec. 24, Sunday, Dec. 25 and then will reopen for regular hours on Monday, Dec. 26 at 9am. The library is also closed Sunday, Jan. 1 and will reopen at 9am on Monday, Jan. 2.

December Computer Classes

Computer Class registration begins tomorrow (December 1) at 9am. Classes will not be offered in January, so make sure you sign up for December classes!

To register, go to our online Event Calendar and click on the class(es) you want. Register for each class separately. For full class descriptions and requirements, visit our Computer Classes page.

Intro. to Microsoft PowerPoint – Monday, Dec. 5 at 7pm

Intro. to Microsoft Excel – Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7pm

Microsoft Word I – Monday, Dec. 12 at 7pm

Microsoft Word II – Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7pm

Tech Question Drop-in – Thursday, Dec. 15 at 11am
No registration required for Tech Question Drop-in.

A Little Thanksgiving Music

I was just thinking about writing a Thanksgiving-related post when I noticed XRT‘s Marc Alghini’s, “The Essential Thanksgiving Playlist.” If you’re not familiar with WPL’s music collection, stop by and take a look!

Click the links below to find albums in our catalog that contain Marc Alghini’s Thanksgiving picks.

Big Star – “Thank You Friends”

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – “Home”

Fairport Convention – “Now Be Thankful”

Sly and the Family Stone – “Family Affair”

Phish – “Birds of a Feather”

Drive By Truckers – “The Thanksgiving Filter”

Patsy Cline – “Hungry for Love”

Bob Marley and the Wailers – “Give Thanks and Praises”

William DeVaughn – “Be Thankful for What You’ve Got”

For more ideas for your Thanksgiving playlist, check out our AV Department’s Feast of Songs list.

Friends’ Holiday Book and Art Sale Nov. 10-13

Find the perfect gift for book and art lovers of all ages. Much smaller in scale than the huge September sale, this event features like-new gift books, coffee table books, first editions, autographed books, collectibles, books in beautiful bindings and truly unique items. We have tiny treasures, and exquisite pop-up books as well as wonderful bookmarks. Many of the books were donated for the recent book sale, but were just too special for that general sale.

In addition to books, you’ll love browsing through the art pieces that have been donated for this sale. Original watercolors and oils, reproductions of famous pieces, metalwork, antique prints…we’ve got them all!

This sale is on the library’s first floor where we transform the East Reading Room into a delightful book store. All items are individually priced at bargain levels. Sorry, no previews.

Thu. Nov. 9 – 9am-9pm
Fri. Nov. 10 and Sat. Nov. 11 – 9am-5pm
Sun. Nov. 11 – 1-5pm