When it comes to technology, some people want to plug into as many devices and download as many apps as possible.
Others want to unplug and get away from the digital world that is growing every day.
In January, the Grove City Library will offer programs for both sets of its patrons.
Digital Detox is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 10. This program is for patrons who have discovered they rarely read an online article from beginning to end anymore, they bump into things because they keep staring down at screens while they walk and they panic if their phone batteries die. They want to step away from technology for a little while.
The program will begin with a short quiz. The higher your score, the more likely unplugging will be helpful.
Staffers will offer practical suggestions on how to unplug, whether it is to get away for a couple of days, a few weeks or longer. There will be handouts covering topics such as what happens to one's eyes when looking at a digital screen, and the group will talk about the 30-day social media detox challenge.
For those who don't need a break, who perhaps received a new device this holiday season and want to put it to good use, the library has a program for that, too.
Overdrive Ed, which will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 30, will teach how to download free eBooks and audiobooks on a device using the Overdrive and Libby apps, which can be accessed with an SPL library card number and PIN.
Staffers will show, via step-by-step instruction, how to use these apps. The process varies slightly depending on the device, and Overdrive and Libby have different features. Overdrive has a larger collection and more advanced features, including dyslexic font. Libby functions as a condensed version of Overdrive; it does not have as many features but is simpler to use.
Those who plan to attend Overdrive Ed should bring their own device. This is a good opportunity not only to see how these apps work but also to ask questions and discover new and useful tools.
Children can also get linked into technology. The next Tinker Lab will be at 3 p.m. Jan. 20. Children in grades 4-7 are invited to think outside the box, figure out how things work and problem solve. The theme will be "Robo Hands."
Mark Dubovec is communications manager for Southwest Public Libraries. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.