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January 2017 Classes at the East Springfield Branch Library

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Computer Basics Series

Step 1
Getting Started with Computers:
Tuesday, January 17 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

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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:
Tuesday, January 24 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

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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
Introduction to the Web:
Tuesday, January 31 from 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m.

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

This month’s workshops will be held at the East Springfield Branch Library and led by Shadd and Sarah.
21 Osborne Terrace – Springfield MA 01104 – 413-263-6840

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.

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

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

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.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments about Hi!Tech, please contact Matthew at 413-263-6828 ext. 221 or email him at


MGM Springfield Skillsmart Sessions
Central Library Computer Lab, every Monday from 5:30-7:30 PM; no registration required

The construction of MGM Springfield is well under way, and the casino plans on hiring new employees next year. MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart. Once you have a Skillsmart profile, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates. The Springfield City Library has partnered with Opportunity Services, Inc. to provide free Skillsmart registration sessions at the Central Library, located at 220 State Street. The sessions will be held every Monday from 5:30-7:30 PM; no registration is required.


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.



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


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.


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+.