We’re featuring free apps for Earth Day to use year round that focus on Green Living as well as a few that are great for getting out into nature and identifying plants and trees.
Good Guide helps you find “safe, healthy, green and socially responsible products”. You can use Good Guide to search for products, or it has a feature to scan bar codes to get information about products while you’re shopping. Android/iPhone
Seafood Watch From the folks at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, this app helps you identify sustainable seafood and sushi options that are ocean-friendly. Users can interact and add locations of restaurants and stores where they’ve found sustainable seafood. Android/iPhone
Joulebug is a brand new app that helps you discover ways to be more green and sustainable. It allows you to earn points as you make changes in your own habits toward becoming more green. Android/iPhone
Leafsnap was created by researchers at Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. Use the app to snap photos of plants, trees and flowers, which it will then help you identify based on visual recognition software. This one is great for when you’re walking through Prospect Park now that the weather is nice. iPhone
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Adobe Illustrator can be insanely useful for creating graphics for web, print, signage, or anything! Unfortunately it’s not very intuitive for beginners to learn. In this seminar we’ll show you the fundamentals of Illustrator in a way that makes them approachable for someone who’s just getting started. Experience with another Adobe graphics app will help, but is not required.
Here is a sampling of the great stuff we’ll demonstrate in this seminar:
A password is like the key to your home. There are weak locks and strong locks, but neither does any good when a pickpocket swipes your key. Security is always about the weakest link.
Most identity thieves don’t bother with trickery. They pick the low-hanging fruit—the passwords easiest to guess. One recent study found that nearly 1 percent of passwords can be guessed in four tries.
Brooklyn Public Library offers free advanced business English conversation classes that will prepare you for success in the workplace and in business. If you are an immigrant professional with a university degree, a business owner or just exploring new career options, these classes are for you.
Registration is required on the first day of class. Applicants will be screened for intermediate or advanced English proficiency. Visit one of the participating branches for more information and also check out this flier with the upcoming dates and locations.
The Fiber Arts Group has met since September 2009. They typically meet in the Trustees Room on Wednesday evenings, but the die-hard members use the Info Commons on Thursdays for extended projects. It gives them time to complete special projects like when they crocheted blankets for Super Storm Sandy victims in 2012.
Photos from top left: Patricia Taylor, Kayfrances Frye; Arlene Greaves; supplies; Donna Rae; Karen Simon; Close-up of crocheted scarf by Simon.
Fiber Arts Group, meets on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00pm, in the Trustee’s Room on the 3rd Floor. (Note: The room may sometimes vary, check with the Art & Music division at 718-230-2183 to confirm the location.)