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February 2017: Introduction to Microsoft Office at the Central Library

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Introduction to Word
Saturday February 4, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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Having good word processing skills is fundamental to achieving success at the computer. Come to this two-hour, hands-on workshop for an introduction to the most popular word processing program, Microsoft Word, and sharpen your skills with standard formatting and editing tools. 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.

Introduction to Excel
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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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.

Introduction to Publisher
Saturday, February 18, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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Create simple yet attractive flyers and brochures with Publisher, a convenient desktop publishing software package. We’ll look at making multipaged handouts and multifold brochures using Publisher’s powerful templates. 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.

Introduction to Powerpoint
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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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. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is assumed. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided.


Computer Clinic: Focus on Email at East Forest Park Branch
Monday, February 27, 2017, 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
East Forest Park Branch

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Do you need an email account, or have questions about how to better manage the one you have? From organizing folders to keeping spam in check, this workshop can help you use email effectively and efficiently. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are needed. Participants earn a chance to win this month’s Hi!Tech raffle. Led by Linda.

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.

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

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BASICS

Introduction to Computers
Part 1:
Wednesday, March 15 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 22 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, March 29 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.

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

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Qigong and Tai Chi for Everyone
February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2-3 p.m.
Library Express at Pine Point

Qigong and Tai Chi are ancient healing practices popular throughout Asia and beyond. Proponents of the exercises claim that they release the natural powers of self-healing by strengthening the spirit and balancing in the body. Qigong and tai chi are easy to learn and perform, and these exercise sessions are designed for all ages, 7-70 years old. People with physical limitations can practice seated, though others may prefer a traditional standing stance. Dr. Emanuel Brown is certified and trained in both from the Kripalu Center in Lenox, Mass.

To register, call the branch at 413-263-6855 or sign up online.



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Relax to the Max with a Chair Massage
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 1 – 4:30 p.m.
East Forest Park Branch

In this fast paced, hectic world treat yourself to some TLC during this cold season. Get rejuvenated and release your stress. Do something special for yourself and come in for a free, relaxing 10-minute chair massage. There are many health benefits of a chair massage; some of the benefits are: increases circulation, lowers anxiety, boosts your immune system, improves sleep quality and lowers blood pressure. First-come, first-serve basis. Age 18+.