Library urges its users to take the ‘ePlunge’

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Upcoming events at Bud Werner Memorial Library

■ Community Cinema: “The Eyes of Me,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday

“The Eyes of Me” is a documentary following four students at The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Watch the movie trailer for the film at www.exploresteamb.... Local organizations Access Anything and Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports will give presentations at the event. Learn more about the presenting organizations at www.steamboatlibrary.org.

■ Community classes for mind-body awareness, 10 to 11:15 a.m. Saturdays

Saturday: Patty Zimmer teaches 7 Spiritual Laws of Yoga; donations benefit the Steamboat Springs Arts Council

Feb. 20: Beth Boyd teaches Yoga Nidra Meditation; donations benefit relief efforts in Haiti

Feb. 27: Carrie Nelson teaches Satyananda Yoga; donations benefit North American Gurukul

March 6: Steamboat Dance Theatre teaches a series of 20-minute sets in belly dance, hip-hop yoga, Zumba and West African dance; donations benefit the Steamboat Dance Theatre scholarship fund

March 13: Christy Borden teaches Strength & Flexibility through Yoga, Pilates and Resistance Stretching; donations benefit Cards for Calcutta

■ “ePlunge Series,” noon and 6 p.m. Mondays

Systems Librarian Alysa Selby and the library reference staff will offer tips for setup and use of NetLibrary and OverDrive, two software platforms that allow downloading of electronic audio books, books, movies and music. Classes are at noon and 6 p.m. Mondays starting Feb. 15 and running through March 8. Choosing a class depends on what device you want to use and what kind of computer you have; see a chart of class descriptions at www.steamboatlibrary.org.

Note: Admission to all library events is free. The benefiting organization is listed for events where donations are encouraged. All events are in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library, except for the March 8 “ePlunge” classes, which will be at The Mac Ranch. Call 879-0240.

A new platform that offers twice the amount of electronic material to patrons of Bud Werner Memorial Library has inspired an upcoming series of “ePlunge” classes.

The series of free community classes starting Feb. 15 offers library users instructions about how to download electronic audio books, books, music and movies using the two software platforms offered for free in the library collection.

Choosing a class will depend on what you want to download, what kind of handheld device you would like to use, and what type of computer you have, systems librarian Alysa Selby said. The classes are at noon and 6 p.m. Mondays through March 8.

Through NetLibrary and OverDrive, the library has about 5,800 electronic items in its collection, Selby said. NetLibrary and OverDrive are “software platforms that allow you to download library materials in a digital format,” she said.

In 2009, library patrons had 2,282 checkouts from the OverDrive collection, Selby said. The library acquired access to about 3,000 more e-books when it added NetLibrary to its offerings in January, Selby said.

Figuring out how to set up a personal computer to be able to use OverDrive or NetLibrary is one of the biggest hurdles to using the services, Selby said. At each “ePlunge” class, participants will learn how to navigate music, movie and book catalogues while they learn how to set up their computer or handheld device, she said. Anyone taking a class can set up their system during the event or take a free CD to go through the process at home, Selby said.

To determine which class best suits your electronic setup, see the “ePlunge” schedule at www.steamboatlibrary.org.

Free yoga starts Saturday

After an initial five-week round of free Community Classes for Mind-Body Aware­ness attracted more than 400 people to Library Hall, library adult programs coordinator Jennie Lay has put together a second series.

Patty Zimmer teaches “7 Spiritual Laws of Yoga” to start the series from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday in Library Hall. Admission is free; donations are encouraged with this week’s proceeds going to the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.

Topics for the weekly classes also include yoga nidra meditation; Satyananda yoga; strength and flexibility through yoga, Pilates and resistance stretching; and dance styles including Zumba, hip-hop yoga, West African dance and belly dance.

“I think what’s really cool about this is that these are all volunteer teachers, and it’s a completely different set of teachers than the last round,” Lay said. “All of these classes are by donation, and all of these teachers have picked charitable causes that they want to teach for.”

"The Eyes of Me" movie trailer

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