Cyber crime – how safe are you online?

 

mouseFind out more about cyber crime and how to avoid it at a free event hosted by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. They’ll be joined by a representative from Police Scotland and will give information on internet security including:

  • Current cyber scams
  • Advice about safe surfing
  • How prosecutors consider cyber scam cases.

The event is being held at Central Library at 2pm on Thursday 16 February 2017 and may be particularly useful to people aged 50+.

Reserve your free place via EventBrite  or contact Laura Connell for more information.

The Magic of Mathletics

Want to help your children or grandchildren improve their maths? Why not mathleticsget them signed up to use Mathletics through Edinburgh Libraries. Mathletics is a fantastic website that teaches children maths in a fun and addictive way. You sign them up at their Scottish school level so you know they will be learning exactly what they need for school. They can work towards “medals” and can compete against each other in online maths games.

mathletics-love-learning-featured-image-400pxThere are almost 5 million children of primary and secondary age using Mathletics around the world including many who use it in their schools. A study at the University of Oxford recently found that pupils regularly using Mathletics outperformed non-users in Primary 6 Standard Attainment Tests in terms of attainment and progress.

Many parents pay a subscription for their children to use Mathletics, but you just need to sign up through Edinburgh Libraries to use it for free.

Build a Robot!

robocode01Want to learn how to program your own virtual robot? Are you aged 10-17 and familiar with the basics of programming?

edinburghdojoIf yes, then sign up for Edinburgh CoderDojo’s new Robocode project. Robocode is an easy-to-understand, fun way to learn more about programming! The project starts on the 14th November and will take place at Stockbridge Library – it will last several weeks so make sure to book the first 4 week block now.

It’s Digital Reading Week!

digital-reading-week-logoAt Edinburgh Libraries we are having a week long celebration of digital reading!  With your library membership you can download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers all for free. So make the most of your tablet, smart phone or computer and get reading today! We’ll be doing a new blog post every day this week highlighting our digital reading services for you.

We are running two competitions as part of our celebration! Simply borrow an ebook or audiobook on OverDrive to be entered into a prize draw to win a Fire Tablet. Borrow an audiobook on BorrowBox and similarly you can win an iPad. These competitions will run from the 31st October till the 14th November.

So give yourself a treat (and maybe a new tablet!) and try out some of the following resources this week –

OVERDRIVE – over 10,000 ebooks and audiobooks for adults, teens and children to borrow 24/7

ZINIO – a great range of 116 popular magazines for men and women

PRESSREADER & PRESSDISPLAY – over 4000 Scottish and international newspapers and magazines to download

ONECLICKDIGITAL – great range of audiobooks for adults, teens and children

BORROWBOX – new and growing audiobook service for adults

Need help getting started –

1. Find Out How – download an instruction leaflet for your device from our Help Pages that will take you through using each of our services

2. Drop Into An Event – we’re running lots of digital events this week where you can come along and find out about our resources. Drop-in Surgery sessions are happening at Portobello, Sighthill, Newington, Wester Hailes, Blackhall, Craigmillar, Piershill, Stockbridge, Central and Colinton Libraries. Check out our Events Calendar to find out more.

3. Ask Us How – if you need a bit more support contact us on informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk or tel 242 8047

Get Them Learning Online!

Recent research by the National Literacy Trust into technology and reading suggests that alongside books technology can play an important role for children in supporting early communication, language and literacy.

Edinburgh Libraries has got a brilliant range of online resources for children and teens to help them do just that! They are all available to use from home or the library. So get them started on –

  • OverDrive Kids & Teens – an ebook and audiobook site just for kids, filled with a fantastic array of titles and authors. Favourites include ebooks by Roald Dahl and the Harry Potter audiobooks read by Stephen Fry. As well as using a website version of OverDrive you can also use a range of easy-to-use apps.
  • GridClub – set them loose on this huge website with over 500 fun educational activities. Covering activities for children aged 5-12 years you’ll find lots of material on English, but also maths, science, history, languages, geography, health, art, music and more.
  • Spellzone – provides a full online course to improve your grammar and spelling and is suitable for ages 10 and above. Spellzone can also support pupils who are dyslexic or for whom English isn’t their first language.

If they need some support with maths as well get the best online help from –

  •  Mathletics – access the world’s most used mathematics website covering all aspects of maths with 1000 different learning activities for students aged 5 up to adults. Register your child at their Scottish school level so they are getting work at exactly the right level for them. As well as a huge variety of fun but educational maths activities, learners can also compete against others from all over the world in live maths games of speed and skills.

Let’s Get Online launch at Westerhailes Library

Libraries, clubs and community organisations across the country are supporting the campaign offering older people the opportunity to join classes, showing them how to go online and get the most from the internet.

Westerhailes 2The Scottish Government held the re-launch of their ‘Let’s Get Online’ campaign at Westerhailes Library. The campaign is being run in partnership with organisations from the public and volunteer sector under the overall Digital Scotland brand.

Scottish Govt minister Jeane Freeman was joined by TV celebrity Carol Smillie at Westerhailes Library to meet with a group of recent learners from the Libraries’ ‘Get Online’ service and they enjoyed a very positive chat about the benefits of the course they had attended and the things they are now able to do online (including email, Skype and shopping).Westerhailes 3The Libraries ‘Get Online’ courses have groups at libraries across the city where learners receive 1:1 support on their own device. Groups run for two-hourly slots each week for five weeks and training is delivered by volunteers some of whom were present at the ‘Let’s Get On’ launch.

There was general agreement that taking up new technology and being able to use the internet are more important than ever for older people to remain in touch with family, friends and the world in general, but also not to be left out of the other considerable benefits to be gained from being online.

Westerhailes 1If you are interested in getting help with computing find a course near you at the ‘Let’s Get On’ website. Or contact Kenny Sharkey regarding groups run by the Library ‘Get Online’ service – tel: 07809 320432 or email: kenneth.sharkey@edinburgh.gov.uk

How safe are you online? Find out at this free event

scammingCentral Library is hosting an event provided by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to raise awareness of cyber / internet scamming on

Thursday 12th November 2015 at 2pm

The event may be most useful for people aged 50 and over.

Representatives of Police Scotland will be in attendance to highlight the known scams and offer advice on how to keep safe online and avoid becoming a victim.

Staff from COPFS will also explain how these cases are dealt with when reported.

Reserve a free place or for further information contact Laura Connell on laura.connell@copfs.gsi.gov.uk or 0844 561 3000.