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February 2016 Classes at the Central Library

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Computer Basics Series

Step 1
Getting Started with Computers:
Thursday, February 4, 1-2:30 p.m.

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This hands-on workshop reviews basic keyboarding and mousing, and other introductory parts of the computer to get you comfortably started. No experience necessary.

Step 2
Continuing with Computers:
Tuesday, February 9, 1-2:30 p.m.

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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.

Step 3
Introduction to the Web:
Tuesday, February 16, 1-2:30 p.m.

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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 assumed.

Beyond the Basics

Introduction to Social Media:
Tuesday, February 23, 1-2:30 p.m.

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Social media is changing the world. Come see how it works in this introduction to the leading social media websites including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed.

Introduction to Publisher:
Thursday, February 25, 1-2:30 p.m.

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Learn the basics of home-based desktop publishing in this hands-on workshop. Explore Publisher’s powerful templates to help you make professional looking handouts. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed.

Computer Clinic, Focus on Spreadsheets:
Monday, February 29, 11:30-12:30 p.m. at the East Forest Park Branch Library

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Practice the basics of Microsoft Excel to learn how spreadsheets work. Excel is great for maintaining mailing lists, managing household budgets, and more. New and experienced computer users are welcomed.


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.


March 2016 Classes at the Branches

COMPUTER BASICS SERIES

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Step 1
Wednesday, March 2 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Read/Write/Now Computer Lab at Library Express at Pine Point
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Thursday, March 3 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. East Springfield Branch Library
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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 9 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Read/Write/Now Center at Library Express at Pine Point
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Thursday, March from 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. East Springfield Branch Library
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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 assumed.

Step 3
Wednesday, March 16 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Read/Write/Now Center at Library Express at Pine Point
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Thursday, March 17 from 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. East Springfield Branch Library
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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 assumed.

BEYOND THE BASICS
The ability to use a keyboard and a mouse is needed for all of these workshops.

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Wednesday, March 23 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Read/Write/Now Computer Lab at Library Express at Pine Point
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Continuing with the Web:
Discover what Google cannot find for you, and learn special searching tricks to maximize your results. Practice completing online forms, and more in this interactive exploration of web services.

Thursday, March 24 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. East Springfield Branch Library
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Computers for Jobseekers:
Review finding online job advertisements, building good resumes, and more in this interactive workshop introducing you to many of the library’s resources for jobseekers.

Monday, March 28 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. East Forest Park Branch Library
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Computer Clinic, Focus on Email:
Need to set-up an email account? Do you want to better manage your current email account including saving messages or creating folders, etc? Attend this small class and get answers to all of your email questions.

Wednesday, March 30 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Read/Write/Now Computer Lab at Library Express at Pine Point
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Introduction to Word:
Practice basic word processing to give your papers and reports style and strength. Skills covered include centering, bold, alignment, cursor control, and more.

Thursday, March 31 from 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Sixteen Acres Branch Library
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Resumes and More with Brainfuse:
There are excellent, free online resources designed especially for jobseekers available on the Springfield City Library’s website. This session will show you how to use Brainfuse to create resumes that will open the door to your employment. The powerful program links job seekers to an expert online tutor who will send back valuable feedback to help you create a perfect, targeted resume and cover letter. The program also provides updated nationwide and local job listings. Brainfuse also includes many easy to follow skill-building videos to improve your word processing and Excel skills. Basic skill with a mouse and keyboarding are needed.

To register, please visit any Springfield City Library branch and speak with a librarian, call 413-263-6828, ext 213, or use our online calendar.

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!

Mason Square Branch

Open Lab at Mason Square: On Friday, January 8th and and Friday, January 22nd the Mason Square Branch will open early, at 11:30 a.m., to patrons who want to work on computer projects, learn about the library’s digital offerings, work on a resume, try using a new program, or troubleshoot their devices.

Librarians will be available for assistance and coffee and munchkins will be served for free!


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.


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.

 

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

Eat for the Beat: Heart Health and Nutrition
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Mason Square Branch Library

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February is Heart Month! Though there are a number of risk factors for coronary heart disease, many of them can be controlled. Learn more about it at the Mason Square Branch Library. We’ll be hosting free blood pressure screenings, discussing heart-healthy eating, and providing patrons with information about health insurance.

Baystate Medical Center’s Community Outreach Librarian, Margot Malachowski, will be on hand to talk about healthy eating, local food, trustworthy health resources, and stress-free meal planning as technicians from Walgreens conduct free blood pressure screenings. Participants will receive a meal planning guide full of heart-healthy recipes.

In addition, representatives from Caring Health Center will offer Navigator services for those seeking Health Connector or Mass Health insurance for themselves and their families. They will be on site to answer questions, schedule appointments, and will have information readily available for those that need it.

Participants will receive a meal planning guide full of heart-healthy recipes.

The Friends of the Library will provide a nutritious snack and one lucky participant will win a door prize!


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Introduction to Line Dancing for Exercise and Fun
Sixteen Acres Branch
Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 4-5:00 p.m.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
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Come to the Sixteen Acres Branch Library on Tuesday, March 8 for a free class that combines healthy exercise and fun. Line dancing is a class led by a certified instructor with 25 years of experience. It provides a low impact workout that is good for the mind and body as you move to the rhythms of county, Latin, traditional, and popular music. Solid footwear like well fitting sneakers is recommended.

This program is being offered twice on March 8.