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August Classes at the Central Library

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Computer Basic Series

Step 1
Getting Started with Computers:
This hands-on workshop reviews basic keyboarding and mousing, and other introductory parts of the computer to get you comfortably started, plus more. No experience necessary. Tuesday, August 4, 10-11:30 a.m. led by Karen Sign up online

Step 2
Continuing with Computers:
Our step 2 workshop builds on the first by reviewing basic aspects of computing including saving, printing, file organization, and more. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is assumed. Thursday, August 6, 10-11:30 a.m. led by Alison Sign up online

Step 3
Introduction to the Web:
Explore the web and consider standard web conventions to help you find and understand the information you need. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is assumed. Tuesday, August 11, 10-11:30 a.m. led by Matthew Sign up online


Beyond the Basic

Movies, Music, eBooks & More for Your Cellphone or Tablet:
The library has thousands of downloadable songs, movies, and ebooks available to you. Let staff help you navigate the choices to load free songs, movies, or ebooks onto your device. Wednesday, August 5, 1:30-3 p.m. led by Reggie at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library Sign up online

Introduction to Ancestry.com:
Discover your family’s history! See how Ancestry.com can help you find relatives, trace birth, death, and marriage records, and more in this hands-on workshop. Monday, August 10, 6-7:30 p.m. led by Donna Sign up online

Intermediate Word:
This hands-on workshop quickly reviews basic word processing, and explores other more complex aspects such as adding page numbers, changing spacing, working with tables, and more. Experience with a keyboard and a mouse is assumed. Tuesday, August 18, 10-11:30 a.m. led by Matthew Sign up online

Introduction to Social Media:
Enjoy an introduction to the leading social media websites including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Skill with a keyboard/mouse is assumed. Tuesday, August 25, 10-11:30 a.m. led by Anna Sign up online

Computer Clinic, Focus on Online Shopping:
This open session starts with a 20-minute lesson on safe online shopping, and then proceeds to free exploration or guided instruction as needed. East Forest Park, Monday, August 31, 1-2 p.m. led by Linda Sign up online


September Classes at the Branches

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The Basics in three parts:

Step 1:
Getting Started with Computers:
This hands-on workshop reviews basic keyboarding, mousing, and other introductory parts of the computer to get you comfortably started.

Step 2:
Continuing with Computers:
Our step 2 workshop builds on the first by reviewing standard aspects of basic computing including saving, printing, file organization, and more. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is assumed.

Step 3:
Introduction to the Web:
Explore the web and review standard web conventions to help you better find the information you need. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is assumed.

Beyond the Basics:

Computers for Jobseekers:
The library has some excellent computer resources designed especially for jobseekers. This workshop introduces their special features, and will help jobseekers improve their chances for finding work. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is assumed.

  • East Springfield, Wednesday, September 23, 10-11:30 a.m. Sign up online

Computer Clinic, Focus on Email:
Create a new email account, or learn how to better manage your existing one. Beginner & experienced computer users are welcomed.

Introduction to Excel:
Excel, the leading spreadsheet software, can help you manage household and small business budgets, membership lists, and much more. This workshop covers the basics of spreadsheet formulas, formatting, and data entry. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is assumed.

  • East Springfield, Wednesday, September 30, 10-11:30 a.m. Sign up online

Classes are held in the Central Library’s Computer Lab which is on the ground level unless otherwise noted. All are free and open to the general public.

To Register: Use the sign-up links above, or register at the Reference Desk in Wellman Hall at 220 State Street, call 413-263-6828 ext. 213, or e-mail askalibrarian@springfieldlibrary.org.

Attendance Raffle: Earn a chance to win a $15 gift card for a local retailer for each Hi!Tech workshop you attend. The more Hi!Tech workshops you attend, the greater your chances are to win. Join us, learn, and win!

One-on-One Sessions Available: You can schedule a one-on-one computer tutoring session with Peggy at the Indian Orchard Branch Library for help with basic computer skills. Call her during regular library hours to review that service, and to make that appointment at 413-263-6846.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments about Hi!Tech, please contact Matthew at 413-263-6828 ext. 221 or email him at mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org.

 

Consumer Help

Consumer Protection and Advocacy: A Set of Presentations for Tenants, Seniors, and More

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
Wednesday, August 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Indian Orchard Branch Library

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Identity theft is a serious crime with real costs. Victims of identity theft may lose significant money or time, and may find their reputation or credit rating damaged. Learn how to protect yourself, and avoid being a victim.

Elder Fraud
Friday, August 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
East Forest Park Branch

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Financial abuse and scams against the elderly are on the rise, but you can protect yourself. The Mayor’s Office of Consumer Information will review common financial tricks and scams that target the elderly, and point you towards resources that can help you avoid or report abuse.

Tenancy Rights and Responsibilities
Thursday, August 13, 6-7 p.m.
Brightwood Branch Library Community Room

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Tenants have rights, and enjoy protections in Massachusetts. From sanitation codes to discrimination laws and more the Commonwealth helps tenants maintain safe, clean, and fair housing.

All programs are led by Milagros Johnson of the Mayor’s Office of Consumer Information.

Small Business & Jobseeking

The library offers occasional classes and workshops for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and jobseekers. Visit our Resources for Jobseekers page.

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Nonprofits

The Springfield City Library is a member of the Foundation Center Funding Information Network housed at the Central Library. Free classes and workshops for the local nonprofit community are offered two to three times per year, and are listed in the online calendar. Email notification of upcoming classes is sent to members of the library’s Funding Information Network mailing list.

Health and Fitness

No scheduled programs.