The mission of the Cathlamet Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, promote literacy, and improve the quality of life in Wahkiakum County.
The GADGET MENAGERIE
is now at the library through
Friday January 30th
If you want to feel more comfortable with the latest tech gadgets, or compare different kinds of gadgets to see what they can do, an assortment of tablets, notebooks, Kindles, and Nooks are available to explore all this week during library hours.
Joe Olayvar and Evelyn Lindberg from the Washington State Library will be back this Friday from 2:00-4:00pm to answer more tech device questions. Patrons may bring their own device or explore one from the Washington State Library.
The Cathlamet Public Library and Cathlamet Community Center’s
new PRESCHOOL STORY and CRAFT TIME
Thursdays at 4:00 pm
Librarian Carol Blix, has announced that the Cathlamet Public Library is shifting their Preschool Story Time to 4:00pm Thursdays, and in conjunction with the Cathlamet Community Center, providing a story-related craft downstairs immediately following the story.
“Ginger Hake, of the Community Center, offered the use of that space for a story time craft, which is larger and more flexible than the library’s children’s area.” she explained.
Parents need to accompany their children, toddler to kindergarten-aged, to the Community Center to help them with the crafts, or to send a responsible family member to assist with projects that may involve cutting and gluing.
“It is so important for children to hear variety in the vocabulary of spoken language to promote learning. Pictures also provide that great link for them to connect new words with their meanings.”
“Story time also familiarizes kids with notable children’s authors and illustrators, and increases a child’s listening skills, while craft time helps them to develop fine motor skills and explore creativity.”
Preschooler’s parents are urged to bring their youngsters to story and craft time regularly to foster a love of books and reading that will last a lifetime.
IT Academy Computer Training
Local residents needing to learn new information technology skills for their current job, a new career or just wanting to add some skills for personal enrichment can do so through Cathlamet Public Library thanks to a partnership between the Washington State Library and Microsoft.
Microsoft’s IT Academy program offers free training to participating Washington residents to help prepare them for jobs and careers in a global economy that is becoming more tech-dependent.
Cathlamet Public Library patrons will be able to access 250 courses offered on three basic levels: digital literacy, for those who need basic skills such as using a mouse or sending emails; e-learning courses that support Microsoft Office suites; and courses leading to professional technology certifications. Certification is available but at cost to the participant.
Many Washington public libraries launched IT Academy in October of 2013, but the Cathlamet library postponed starting IT Academy until the remodel was finished and new computers and fiber optic Internet were available.
Librarian Carol Blix invites patrons to come and sign up for IT Academy, which can also be accessed on home computers that have the necessary software installed.
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