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Computer Basics at the Read/Write/Now Center

Basic skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed to succeed in this series. Please see a librarian if you need help developing those skills before registering for this series.

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Introduction to Computers

Part 1:
Wednesday, September 20 from 1-2:30 p.m.
Read/Write/Now Computer Lab
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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 Matthew

Part 2:
Wednesday, September 27 from 1-2:30 p.m.
Read/Write/Now Computer Lab
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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, October 4 from 1-2:30 p.m.
Read/Write/Now Computer Lab
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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 Linda

Hi!Tech: Computer Basics Series


hitech Step 1:
Tuesday, October 17 from 10:30 a.m.-12 noon
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. led by Shadd

Step 2:
Tuesday, October 24 from 10:30 a.m.-12 noon
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 needed. led by Shadd

Step 3:
Tuesday, October 31 from 10:30 a.m.-12 noon
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 needed. led by Shadd

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!

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


Beyond the Basics

The ability to use a keyboard and mouse is needed for these two workshops.

Introduction to Excel

Saturday, October 14 from 10-12 noon
Central Library Computer Lab
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Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel, the world’s leading desktop spreadsheet. Excel is used both at home and in the office to help with a wide range of personal and business management services including basic bookkeeping and accounting, to maintaining mailing lists and more. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in this workshop. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided. This program is for adults. led by Matthew

Computer Clinic: Introduction to Email

Thursday, October 26 from 10-11 a.m.
Central Library Computer Lab
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From attachments and downloads to folders, spam, and more, this workshop can help you use email effectively and efficiently. Participants need an active email account to attend this workshop. led by Linda

Mason Square Branch

One-on-One Computer Tutoring

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.


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.


Indian Orchard Dome

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.






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.