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Hi!Tech: Computer Basic Series – Central Library (Note: Location Change)

All of these workshops will be held in Central Library’s Computer Lab due to construction at the East Springfield Branch Library.

Hi!Tech: Beyond The Basics

Tuesday, February 27 , 10:30 – 12 noon

Introduction to Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, and other social media has changed the way we do play, socialize, and do business. Enjoy this overview of how they work to see why they matter to you and everyone. Having an active email account will let you take full advantage of this mid-level workshop.


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Hi!Tech: Computer Basic Series – Library Express

All four of these workshops will be at the Library Express and Read/Write/Now Center. Download the flyer in a pdf file.

Step 1
Wednesday, March 7 , 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Getting Started with Computers: This hands-on workshop reviews basic keyboarding and mousing, and more to get you comfortably started. No experience is necessary.


Step 2
Wednesday, March 14 , 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Continuing with Computers: 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
Wednesday, March 21 , 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Introduction to the Web: Develop the skill you need to explore and use the web confidently and competently. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed.

Hi!Tech: Beyond The Basics

Wednesday, March 28 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Introduction to Microsoft Word: Having good word processing skills is fundamental to achieving success with the computer. This workshop reviews the most popular word processing program, Microsoft Word, to help you sharpen your formatting and editing skills

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To Register: Use the sign-up links above, or register at any Springfield City Library branch and speak with a librarian,
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!

Questions: 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


Introduction to Microsoft Office

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All four of these workshops will be held in the Central Library’s Computer Lab. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in these workshops.

Need a tutorial on using a keyboard and mouse? Getting Started on a Computer

Introduction to PowerPoint
Saturday, February 24, from 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Microsoft PowerPoint is everywhere! This powerful software package is used at home and at work for organizing slides and photos, and helping people give great presentations. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll make multipaged, basic PowerPoint files complete with edited images and enhanced with stylish templates giving you the skill needed for success with this popular program. This class is for adults. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided.

This class is currently full.


One-on-One Computer Tutoring

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Please note that these sessions cannot replicate Hi!Tech computer classes. They’re ideal if you want to go over how to format a resume in Microsoft Word, if you’d like to set up an email account on your smart phone, or if you want help doing research for a school project. They’re not, however, what you’re looking for if you’re trying to learn how to use computers or Microsoft Office from scratch.

Book a Librarian at the Mason Square Branch Library

For one-on-one assistance with basic computing, job searching, homework, resume writing, trouble-shooting your computer, or just figuring out how to use different features on your smart phone, call for help from the Mason Square Branch Library. To reserve a half-hour session speak with Caitlin, Mason Square’s adult reference librarian, at the branch’s reference desk, or by phone at 413-263-6853.

Book a Librarian at the Indian Orchard Branch Library

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 an appointment at 413-263-6846.




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Career & Job Seekers’ Help


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




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Business & 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.

Funding Information Network – Grant Writing 101 series

All four of these workshops will be held at the Central Library.

Intro to Finding Grants
Tuesday, March 20, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Central Library Community Room

Learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including: who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations; what do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding; and how to identify potential funders and make the first approach.

This class is currently full. You may still register to be added to the waitlist.

Hands-On Workshop – Tips & Tricks: Searching Foundation Directory Online
Thursday, March 22, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Central Library Computer Lab

Learn how to identify grantmakers most likely to fund your project. Use the database tools to search for funders and recipients.

This class is currently full. See the same class offered on March 29.

Intro to Proposal Writing
Tuesday, March 27, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Central Library Community Room

A quick overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include: the basic elements of a proposal; the “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal; and how to follow up whether the answer is yes or no.

Hands-On Workshop – Tips & Tricks: Searching Foundation Directory Online
Thursday, March 29, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Central Library Computer Lab

Learn how to identify grantmakers most likely to fund your project. Use the database tools to search for funders and recipients.