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


Hi!Tech – Computer Basics Series – June

All of these workshops will be at the Central Library.

Step 3 – Introduction to the Web:
Thursday, June 21, 10-11:30 a.m.

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

Thursday, June 28, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel: 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



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Hi!Tech – Computer Basics Series – July

All of these workshops will be at the Read/Write/Now Center. Registration opens June 15.

Step 1 – Getting Started with Computers:
Thursday, July 12, 10–11:30 a.m.

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

Step 2 – Continuing with Computers:
Thursday, July 19, 10-11:30 a.m.

Our step 2 workshop reviews basic aspects of computing in-cluding saving, printing, file organization and editing, and more. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed.

Step 3 – Introduction to the Web:
Thursday, July 26, 10-11:30 a.m.

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

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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


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


Introduction to Microsoft Office – July

All of these workshops will be at the Central Library. Registration opens June 15.

Introduction to Word
Saturday, July 7, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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. This class is for adults. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided.

Introduction to Publisher
Saturday, July 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Create simple yet attractive flyers and brochures with Microsoft Publisher, a convenient desktop publishing software package. We’ll look at making multipage handouts and multifold brochures using Publisher’s powerful templates and explore basic aspects of working with images, shapes, and more.

Introduction to PowerPoint
Saturday, July 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

MS 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 with keyboard and mouse skills. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided.

Introduction to Excel
Saturday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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 adult workshop. Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided.


Book A Librarian
Librarians are available for one-on-one sessions for adults ages 18+

One-on-One Computer Tutoring

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

Librarian are available for one-on-one sessions to help with your computer needs. To schedule an appointment, call or visit the Springfield City Library location most convenient to you.

Librarians are available for one-on-one sessions to help with:

  • Resumes
  • Cover Letters
  • Online Applications
  • Essay Submissions
  • Setting up Email Accounts
  • Basic Proofreading
  • Using eBooks
  • Using the Library’s Online Movies & Music
  • Using Social Media

This service is available to adults ages 18+. To schedule an appointment, call or visit any of our nine Springfield City Library locations.





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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.




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Writing Workshops


Write-Up Springfield!
Central Library, Community Room, Saturday, July 14, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Calling all creative writers! A new group has started to workshop your writing, and network on creative writing opportunities, techniques, and styles The group meets once a month, and always welcomes new members. Funding provided by the Friends of the Library. 18+