Edgar Award — winning author C.J. Box, author of 11 novels (including the Joe Pickett series), has agreed to do a program at the Muskogee Public Library!

In this day and age when various sporting events, concerts, and other formats are being made accessible to people all over the world via remote technology, your library is following suit.

C.J. Box will make an appearance at 7 p.m. Dec. 6, via the Internet. Similar to a teleconference the library will use special software to project a live video feed of Mr. Box onto a large screen. Attendees will be able to interact with Mr. Box with the assistance of a moderator. There isn't any pre-registration or cost to attend the event.

But wait, there’s more! New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry also has agreed to appear remotely at the Muskogee Public Library at 7 p.m. Jan. 6. Attorney and novelist, Mr. Berry brings a love of history and meticulous research to his thrillers involving conspiracies spanning the globe. The format will include a live video feed of Steve Berry and a question and answer period.

Given the advancements of Internet technology resources and ease of accessibility the library has worked diligently over the past year to help the community improve the technology literacy as well as provide online tools to improve quality of life. The Muskogee Public Library doubled the number of technology classes it offered this year over last year.

MPL has also created a one-on-one computer instruction service whereby the public can call ahead to make an appointment to visit with trained staff to learn more about a particular aspect of a computer or online service at no charge.  Library staff has gone out to local schools and civic organizations to discuss Internet Safety and the emerging problem of youth using technology to bully (cyber bullying) others. Staff has also spoken at non-profit and business forums about the value and how-to of online social marketing.

Recently the library provided a free online language learning service to the community entitled Mango. For those in the community seeking career assistance the library offers an online service (Help Now) where the public can practice interviewing with a live interview coach or submit a resume for a job coach to review and make corrections and suggestions. Another online service (Learning Express) the library provides is access to professional license practice exams (ex. police officer, Realtor).  Students in kindergarten through high school can take advantage of online tutoring across a number of subject topics using the Help Now resource.

The online resources mentioned are a sample of the technology outreach offered this year at the Muskogee Public Library. While public computer classes for this year will end in November classes will resume in February 2011. For more information about the classes and/or how to use any of the mentioned online resources please contact the Muskogee Public Library at 682-6657, or visit us on the Web at www.eok.lib.ok.us.

Questions and comments can also be sent to the library at muskpublib@eok.lib.ok.us.

Thank you for your continued support of Muskogee Public Library!

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