Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Portage Library to host Wilderness Survival, Internet Safety, Student Travelogue programs this week

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will offer three evening programs -- each one from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. -- this week: a Wilderness Survival program for children and adults TONIGHT, Tues., Aug. 2; an Internet Safety Program Wednesday, Aug. 3; and a Student Travelogue on Guatemala Thursday, Aug. 4.

On Tuesday, Aug. 2, David Talaga, founder of the Houghton Primitive Skills and Wilderness Survival School, will teach children and adults what to pack in an emergency survival bag.

Talaga will guide participants through the steps of choosing what is useful in a survival bag as well as what would not be too helpful in an emergency situation. This program will cover everything a person needs to survive including what to take to easily start a fire and build a shelter. Talaga will have two different types of survival bags on display: a small, easily carried bag and a full survival bag.

Talaga has been learning and teaching wilderness survival and primitive skills for over nine years. He studied at the Tom Brown, Jr. Tracker School and also studied under Dave Canterbury, co-host of "Dual Survival," a wilderness survival documentary television series on the Discovery Channel.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit www.pldl.org.

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, the Portage Lake District Library will offer a one-hour introduction to internet safety for the complete newbie.

Robbie Emmert will present "Internet Safety: The Common Sense Defense." Participants will learn about different types of intrusions, hijacking, viruses and spam, and learn how to protect themselves. They will get useful tips on free programs that can keep a person safe without slowing a computer down and learn ways to maintain security as computing evolves.

Emmert will explain the different types of intrusions and how to identify them -- including information stealing and scamming through online hijacking, fake emails and websites generated by phishing, the inundations of garbage that come via spam, and viruses and hacking.

He will also describe how to identify scams and viruses and explain how to use prevention tools that keep computers safe such as locks, passwords, antivirus, and firewalls. Emmert will also discuss what to do about each type of intrusion and talk about cloud computing and what it means for the future of computer security.

Emmert has been learning about computers and figuring out how they work since he was a young boy. Since then, he has learned web design, studied computer programming, and has solved numerous computer issues for members of the community. In his spare time, he researches new products and tries out the latest programs and websites. He also led the "Surfing in the U.P." computer project at the Portage Lake District Library while working towards his Eagle Scout Rank in Boy Scouts. You can see some of his work on his websites: www.robbysblog.com and www.pcmole.com. Emmert is a sophomore at Calvin College and is majoring in Chinese Language and Media Production.

The program is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit www.pldl.org.

On Thursday, Aug. 4, the Portage Lake District Library will host Houghton High School student Cassie Van Dam for her presentation about her recent travels to and studies in Guatemala.

Van Dam will show slides of her three week trip to Antigua, where she went to study Spanish and learn about the country. Participants will see pictures of La Merced, Las Capuchinas, the Plaza and Market, museums and ruins, the parade of Corpus Christi, small pueblos outside of Antigua, and many other landmarks including her climb on the active volcano Pacaya. Antigua is unique in that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is considered to have outstanding universal cultural and natural value.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit www.pldl.org.

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