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Computer Classes at the Central Library


November 2014

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Getting Started with Computers:
Tuesday, November 4, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
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This hands-on workshop for computer novices reviews basic keyboarding and mousing, and introduces other introductory parts of the computer to get you comfortably started. No experience is necessary. Led by Karen.

Continuing with Computers:
Thursday, November 6, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
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This hands-on workshop builds on Getting Started with Computers by reviewing additional aspects of basic computing including icons, files, saving, standard applications, and more. Experience with a keyboard and a mouse is assumed, and completion of Getting Started with Computers is recommended. Led by Matthew.

Introduction to the Web:
Thursday, November 13, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
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Explore the web and how it is set-up by looking at popular websites; reviewing key web terms, navigation, and services including email; practicing effective searching, and more. Experience with a keyboard and a mouse is assumed. Led by Matthew.

Help with Online Shopping:
Tuesday, November 18, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
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Using the web for shopping can be fun & convenient, but has some complications too. Review key websites for online shopping, their good use, and security issues to help make sure your shopping experiences are safe. Experience with a keyboard and a mouse is assumed, and completion of Introduction to the Web is recommended. Led by Linda.

Introduction to Excel:
Thursday, November 20, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
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Excel can help manage household and small business budgets and with creating address books, membership lists, and much more. This class covers spreadsheets, formulas, and data entry. Basic computer knowledge is assumed. Led by Anna.

Computer Clinic, Focus Resumes:
Monday, November 24, 1-2:00 p.m. ~~ Special Location ~~
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Do you have a question about using a computer whether it be email, word processing, or something you saw on the web? Drop by the East Forest Park Branch Library and let Linda help you. The workshop begins with a twenty-minute overview of creating a resume, and then is opened to questions and free exploration. New and experienced computer users are welcomed.

These workshops are led using Windows XP Professional and Office 2010.

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! Contact librarian Matthew Jaquith for more details at 413-263-6828, x221.

Classes are held in the computer lab located on the ground level at 220 State St, unless otherwise noted. Use the State Street entrance. All classes 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

If you have any questions/suggestions/comments about Hi!Tech @ the Library classes at the Springfield City Library, please contact Matthew at 413-263-6828 ext. 221 or email

Communication Skills

Workshop: Effective Communication Techniques
Monday, November 10, 12 noon – 5 pm
Central Library Community Room

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Frustrated or angry about an interaction with a boss, client or someone providing services?
Anxious about a challenging situation getting even worse?
Feeling badly because you aren’t sure of what to say in the heat of the moment?

Then sign up for this free workshop on communicating in ways that make you and others involved feel heard using simple tools. You can find better strategies or solutions, and make your daily interactions more pleasant and productive.

The content of this workshop is based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg’s book, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, lauded by both individuals and organizations for its simple yet effective communication strategies. Each participant will receive a free copy of this book. Refreshments will be served. This event will be held in the Community Room at the Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield 01103. Registration is required.

To Register: Contact Emma Peterson, or call 413-263-6858 (ask for Emma), or Register online.

Small Business & Jobseeking

The library offers occasional classes and workshops for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and jobseekers. Watch this space for upcoming programs.



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 classes.