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Friday, May 10, 2013

Organize Your Inspiration with Pinterest

Pinterest has become an incredibly popular way of doing what librarians love to do best—organize things. We want to help you dive into this great social network too. We regularly offer classes that will introduce you to the basics of setting up an account, pinning, sharing and more.

Why Pinterest?

If you haven't seen it or used it, Pinterest allows you to create virtual boards for different topics to matter to you. The images and the stories that people post come from different sites around the web. Think of it as fancy bookmarks for the visually inclined.

Pinterest for you

People use Pinterest for a wide variety of things. On the library's Pinterest board staff member Heather Imhoff creates boards for everything from our great free, online resources, to cool ways to display books in your house. And so much more.

Using Pinterest is like sitting down with a never-ending magazine

Heather compares the site to a magazine, only one where you are the editorial director: “Using Pinterest is like sitting down with a never-ending magazine or book stuffed full of photos, articles and information, selected by you to match all of interests and tastes. It’s really, really easy and great free resource.”

Learn the ways of Pinterest

There so much to see on Pinterest and so many ways to use it. So, where do you begin? Start by signing up for one of our classes. Heather will take your through the process of creating an account, creating boards, and other tips and tricks.

Most importantly, you'll learn how to make Pinterest work for your interests. As Heather puts it, “Many people who come to our class come wanting to learn how to pin and organize recipes and then discover that they can also use Pinterest to track holiday shopping, pursue hobbies, assist in keeping all kind of projects organized, collaborate on planning events with friends and family and more.”

So, don't wait! Sign up now and add a little visual flair to your online life. Also don't forget to follow the library on Pinterest. We can't wait to see how you use it.

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