Computers | Small Business & Jobseeking | Nonprofits | Health & Fitness
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April Classes at the Central Library

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BEYOND THE BASICS

Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed for the following workshops.

Introduction to PowerPoint
Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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Add style and pizzazz to your presentations with this powerful and popular program It’s useful for basic imagine editing too. Led by Matthew.



May 2016 Classes at the Central Library

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Computer Basics Series

Step 1
Getting Started with Computers:
Thursday, May 5, 10-11:30 a.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. Led by Matthew.

Step 2
Continuing with Computers:
Tuesday, May 10, 10-11:30 a.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. Led by Alison.

Step 3
Introduction to the Web:
Thursday, May 19, 10-11:30 a.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 assumed. Led by Lisa.

Beyond the Basics

Computer Clinic, Focus on Resumes:
Monday, May 23, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m
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Refine your existing resume, or learn how to make one from scratch in this interactive workshop. New and experienced computers users are welcomed.
Led by Linda at the East Forest Park Branch Library.

Introduction to Word:
Tuesday, May 24, 10-11:30 a.m.

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Learn basic word processing to give your papers and reports style and strength. Topics covered include italics, bold, alignment, highlighting, and more. Skill with a key-board and mouse is needed. Led by Matthew.

Introduction to Excel:
Thursday, May 26, 10-11:30 a.m.

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Build a basic spreadsheet and see how Excel can help you with household budgeting, record keeping, and data organization. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed. Led by Anna.


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.


June 2016 Classes at the Branches

COMPUTER BASICS SERIES

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Step 1
Getting Started with Computers:

Wednesday, June 1 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Read/Write/Now Computer Lab
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Thursday, June 9 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. East Springfield Branch Library
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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:

Wednesday, June 8 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Read/Write/Now Center
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Thursday, June 16 from 10 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. East Springfield Branch Library
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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 assumed.

Step 3
Introduction to the Web:

Wednesday, June 15 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Read/Write/Now Center
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Thursday, June 23 from 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. East Springfield Branch Library
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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 assumed.

BEYOND THE BASICS

The ability to use a keyboard and a mouse is needed for these workshops.
Download our flyer

Computer Clinic, Focus on Excel:
Monday, June 20 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. East Forest Park Branch Library
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Learn the basics of spreadsheets to help you with home accounting, mailing lists, and more. This workshop is perfect for jobseekers, small business owners, and others.

Continuing with the Web:
Wednesday, June 22 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Read/Write/Now Computer Lab
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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.

Introduction to Word:
Wednesday, June 29 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Read/Write/Now Computer Lab
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Practice basic word processing to give your papers and reports style and strength. Skills covered include centering, bold, alignment, cursor control, and more.

Using Library Ebooks:
Thursday, June 30 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Forest Park Branch Library
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Did you know that the library has free ebooks for you to use with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer? Let us show you what we have and how to use them in this quick tour of our digital collections.


To register please visit any Springfield City Library branch and speak with a librarian, call 413-263-6828, x213, or sign up online.

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 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

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Bug Off! Dealing with Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Insects
Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Mason Square Branch Library

With warm summer days come insect pests that can impact your health, your home, and your garden. Luckily, with a little bit of knowledge, you can protect yourself from bugs and their ill effects. Join us to learn about the health risks posed by bugs, the natural ways to repel them, and how to differentiate between good bugs and bad ones.

Baystate Medical Center’s librarian Margot Malachowski will be on hand to talk about bug-borne illness spread by ticks and mosquitoes, including the Zika Virus and Lyme Disease, and Sister Anna Muhammad, of the Springfield Food Policy Council, will discuss different recipes for natural bug repellent and describe which “pests” are worth keeping around.