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Russell Library Computer Class: Excel 1

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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Microsoft Excel 2010 for beginners, including opening and closing documents; navigation; and selecting and manipulating columns, rows, and cells. Read more about Russell Library Computer Class: Excel 1

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Russell Library Computer Class: Microsoft Word 1&2

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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Microsoft Word 2010 for beginners, including opening and closing the program, navigating in the program, opening and closing documents, and selecting text.  Learn text formatting, paragraph formatting, page formatting, and beginner use of graphics.

Free. Registration required. Read more about Russell Library Computer Class: Microsoft Word 1&2

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Russell Library Computer Class: Email Basics

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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Learn the basics of sending and receiving messages and attachments, using an account you already have or one you can get for free. Read more about Russell Library Computer Class: Email Basics

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Russell Readers Bookclub

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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9781101627358
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Khaled Hosseini
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And the Mountains Echoed

After his triumphant novels The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini gifts us with a poignant story of love, loss, and recovery across several families and over several generations. Like an intricately woven tapestry, And the Mountains Echoed pulls us into the lives of disparate children, men, and women in Afghanistan, France, Greece, and California, showing us how the choices they and other make resonate over decades. A masterpiece; superlative early reviews. Read more about Russell Readers Bookclub

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Lovers of Lit Bookclub

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Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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9780743291484
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A.J. Jacobs
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The Year of Living Biblically

From the bestselling author of The Know-It-All comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible. A.J. Jacobs chronicles his hilarious and thoughtful year spent obeying―as literally as possible―the tenets of the Bible.

Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to play a ten-string harp; to stone adulterers.

The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you see history’s most influential book with new eyes.

Jacobs’s quest transforms his life even more radically than the year spent reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica for The Know-It-All. His beard grows so unruly that he is regularly mistaken for a member of ZZ Top. He immerses himself in prayer, tends sheep in the Israeli desert, battles idolatry, and tells the absolute truth in all situations—much to his wife’s chagrin.

Throughout the book, Jacobs also embeds himself in a cross-section of communities that take the Bible literally. He tours a Kentucky-based creationist museum and sings hymns with Pennsylvania Amish. He dances with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn and does Scripture study with Jehovah’s Witnesses. He discovers ancient biblical wisdom of startling relevance. And he wrestles with seemingly archaic rules that baffle the twenty-first-century brain.

Jacobs’s extraordinary undertaking yields unexpected epiphanies and challenges. A book that will charm readers both secular and religious, The Year of Living Biblically is part Cliff Notes to the Bible, part memoir, and part look into worlds unimaginable. Thou shalt not be able to put it down. Read more about Lovers of Lit Bookclub

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Russell Readers Bookclub

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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9780061673696
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Bill Bryson
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Shakespeare: The World as Stage

William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

Bryson documents the efforts of earlier scholars, from today's most respected academics to eccentrics like Delia Bacon, an American who developed a firm but unsubstantiated conviction that her namesake, Francis Bacon, was the true author of Shakespeare's plays. Emulating the style of his famous travelogues, Bryson records episodes in his research, including a visit to a bunkerlike room in Washington, D.C., where the world's largest collection of First Folios is housed.

Bryson celebrates Shakespeare as a writer of unimaginable talent and enormous inventiveness, a coiner of phrases ("vanish into thin air," "foregone conclusion," "one fell swoop") that even today have common currency. His Shakespeare is like no one else's—the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and a gift for storytelling unrivaled in our time. Read more about Russell Readers Bookclub

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Lovers of Lit Bookclub

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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9780312571658
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Daniel Black
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Perfect Peace

When the seventh child of the Peace family, named Perfect, turns eight, her mother Emma Jean tells her bewildered daughter, “You was born a boy. I made you a girl. But that ain’t what you was supposed to be. So, from now on, you gon’ be a boy. It’ll be a little strange at first, but you’ll get used to it, and this’ll be over after while.” From this point forward, his life becomes a bizarre kaleidoscope of events. Meanwhile, the Peace family is forced to question everything they thought they knew about gender, sexuality, unconditional love, and fulfillment. Read more about Lovers of Lit Bookclub

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S'mores Friday

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Friday, March 28, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
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Come enjoy the ooey, gooey, goodness of this awesome treat. Free! Read more about S'mores Friday

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Rubber Band Loom Session

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Come join us in making cool rubber band bracelets! Free. Ages 7 and up! Read more about Rubber Band Loom Session

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Health Insurance Marketplace Sign-Up

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm
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Join us at the Bessie K. Russell Library for this for this free event provided by Central North Alabama Health Services, Inc. for assistance in signing up for Health Insurance either with an online application or on paper.

What to Bring:

1) Email address for online application.

2) Names, birthdates, and Social Securtiy Numbers for all who need insurance.

3) Household income information.

To register call the Bessie Russell Library at 256-859-9050, or contact Albeta Parker or Daphne Dalton 256-533-6311 Read more about Health Insurance Marketplace Sign-Up

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