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March 2017 Classes at Read/Write/Now Adult Computer Lab

BASICS

Introduction to Computers
Part 1:
Wednesday, March 22 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Read/Write/Now Center

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Learn the basics of desktop computing. Part 1 covers how to open, close, move, and resize windows as well as printing, saving, and basic text editing, and working with multiple files, and more. Experience with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this hands-on workshop. Led by Peggy

Part 2:
Wednesday, March 29 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Read/Write/Now Center

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The Web is everywhere and skill with it is needed for much of what we do in work and at play. Learn the basics in this hands-on workshop on how to find the websites you want, use search engines effectively, work well with web forms, and more. Experience with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this practical workshop. Led by Lisa

Part 3:
Wednesday, April 5 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Read/Write/Now Center

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Learn the basics of word processing to help you get an advantage at work and at home. Practice formatting resumes, basic signs and handouts, and other print-based documents to help give your reports, letters, and signs good style, balance, and attractive editing. Experience with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this hands-on workshop. Led by Matthew

BEYOND THE BASICS

Computer Clinic, Focus on Spreadsheets:
Monday, March 27 from 11:30-12:30 p.m. at East Forest Park Branch Library

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Spreadsheets like Microsoft Excel help us with basic budgeting, tracking numbers, organizing mailing lists, making charts, and more. Working with them can be tricky, though, so let librarian Linda Grodofsky help you get started. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are needed.



April 2017 Classes at the Central Library Computer Lab

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Gaining Confidence with the Web
Tuesday, April 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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The Web is everywhere and skill with it is needed for much of what we do in work and at play. Learn the basics in this hands-on workshop on how to find the websites you want, use search engines effectively, work well with web forms, and more. Led by Lisa.

Use the Web Like an Expert
Tuesday April 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Search the web with confidence, and find better results quickly. Bring your skills up a notch with improved searching strategies, stronger search results, and greater skill in getting the information you want. The workshop also covers working with images so you can import web pictures into your social media easily, and tips for managing email efficiently is included to help you handle email messaging like a pro. Led by Arlene.

Examining Your Health Online
Thursday April 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Finding reliable information on the web can be tricky with aggressive advertisements, and hard-to-detect biases. Let the librarians help you identify some of the best health and medical information online in this interactive workshop. Together, the group will explore health topics that interest them in a variety of quality websites including some of the library’s subscription services. Register early so staff can identify the best resources for you. Led by Ellen.

The Web for Fun and Entertainment
Thursday April 20, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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Need a break from the grind? Have a little fun on the web! In this workshop we’ll take a look at some of the leading recreational websites like Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram as well as one of the library’s free services for getting online movies, music, and more. You’ll need a library card in good standing, as well as an active email account in order to take full advantage of this interactive and fun workshop. Led by Sarah.

The Web and Work: What You Need to Know
Thursday April 27, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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Are you looking for work or a new job? Let the web help you. This workshop reviews online job advertisements, where to find them, and how to take advantage of their many features. It’ll also introduce some of the library’s online resources for jobseekers that can help you get a competitive edge, and more. Led by Matthew.



May 2017 at the East Springfield Branch

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COMPUTER BASICS SERIES

Step 1
Getting Started with Computers:
Thursday, May 11 from 10:30 a.m.-12 noon

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This hands-on workshop reviews basic keyboarding and mousing and more to get you comfortably started. No experience is necessary.

Step 2
Continuing with Computers:
Thursday, May 18 from 10:30 a.m.-12 noon

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Our step 2 workshop reviews basic aspects of computing including saving, printing, file organization and editing, and more. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed.

Step 3
Introduction to the Web:
Thursday, May 25 from 10:30 a.m. -12 noon

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Develop the skills you need to explore and use the web confidently and competently. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed.

BEYOND THE BASICS

Computer Clinic, Focus on Email:
Monday, May 22 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the East Forest Park Branch Library

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Do you need help with your email account? From or-ganizing folders to keeping spam in check and more, this workshop can help you use email effectively and efficiently.



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!

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.



Mason Square Branch

Book a Librarian at Mason Square Branch!

For assistance with basic computing, job searching, homework, resume writing, trouble-shooting your computer, or just figuring out how to use your gosh-darn smart phone.

To reserve a one-on-one session, speak with Caitlin, Mason Square’s adult reference librarian. She can be reached at the branch’s reference desk or by phone at 413-263-6853.



Indian Orchard Dome

One-on-One Sessions Available at Indian Orchard Branch: 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.



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Drop-In Resume and Writing Assistance
Weekly on Fridays from January 27th through April 21st, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Mason Square Branch Library

Need help writing a resume? A cover letter? Do you want help proof-reading an essay for school or a scholarship application? Come down to the Mason Square Branch Library on Fridays between 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. for one-on-one writing assistance with library intern, Samantha.

Writing a resume or cover letter from scratch? We’ll get you set up on a computer in the branch.

Already have something written out? Save the document to your email or bring it to the library on a flash drive. (Limit 6 pages.)



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 classes scheduled.