Geocaching is a free and fun way to use the Global Positioning System, or GPS, that is funded with your tax dollars. This cooperative game was started in 2000, when the GPS satellites were upgraded for better accuracy. The rules are simple, a container, or cache, is hidden and the GPS coordinates are noted onto the geocaching site. The rules of etiquette are easy but a bit complex. The website, geocaching.com, has information about getting started, on the page, Geocaching 101.
Geocaching is a great way to use the internet connection on your mobile phone. But, a simple GPS device and a computer will work as well. The Syracuse Library is hosting two Geocaching classes. Both meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The first meeting, on Aug. 6, will show how to join the Geocaching game. From the library the participants will locate a Geocache site, so wear walking shoes. The class is free and open to anyone interested in using online e-sources to have a fun time looking for hidden objects. Registration help is provided at the meeting or individuals can register themselves at www.geocaching.com Using new devices is the best way to build confidence. Mark your calendar to come to the library at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 6.
Adult Book Club is Reading a Popular Book Club Book
Many book clubs have read Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. Three hundred years after the bubonic plague first ravaged Europe the disease was again introduced to rural Britain. Brooks loosely follows real life events of a town that chooses to quarantine itself to stop the spread of the disease. The magic of the story is that the characters are looking for hope even as the people in the village succumb to the ultimate futility of the plague.
The book discussion group meets on at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. Request a copy of the book through Evergreen or call the library for assistance. Everyone is welcome to join a friendly discussion of any of the several themes presented in Year of Wonders. The library can be contacted at 574-457-3022 or view the events at the library on www.syracuse.lib.in.us .