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July 2017 at the Central Library

COMPUTER BASICS SERIES

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Step 1
Getting Started with Computers:
Thursday, July 13 from 10 -11:30 a.m. at the Central 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. Led by Anna.

Step 2
Continuing with Computers:
Thursday, July 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Central Library

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Our step 2 workshop reviews basic aspects of computing including saving, printing, file organization, editing, and more. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed. Led by Alison.

Step 3
Introduction to the Web:
Thursday, July 27 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Central Library

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Develop the skills you need to explore and use the web confidently and competently. Skill with a keyboard and a mouse is needed. Led by Lisa.

BEYOND THE BASICS

Computer Clinic, Focus on Email:
Monday, July 24 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the East Forest Park Branch Library

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Do you need help with your email account? From organizing folders to keeping spam in check and more, this workshop can help you use email effectively and efficiently. Led by Linda.



August 2017 at the Central Library

Introduction to Microsoft Office

Introduction to MS Word
Saturday, August 5, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Central Library Computer Lab

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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 MS Excel
Saturday, August 19, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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. Led by Anna

Introduction to MS Publisher
Monday, August 21, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Central Library Computer Lab

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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. Led by Matthew

Introduction to MS PowerPoint
Monday, August 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Central Library Computer Lab

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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. Led by Matthew



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.



SmartPhone Privacy and Security

For the iPhone
Wednesday, August 2, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Are you concerned about privacy and security on your iPhone? Do you ever feel uneasy when paying bills with your phone? Would you like to securely manage your passwords and your iCloud account? Come to this class to learn how to keep your iPhone and the information on it as private and safe as possible. For ages 18+

Since the class will be held when the library is closed, please enter by the lower (ground floor) door on the right.


For the Android Phone
Wednesday, August 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Are you concerned about privacy and security on your Android smartphone? (Androids include almost all smartphones except iPhones.) Do you ever feel uneasy when paying bills with your phone? Would you like to securely manage your passwords and your Google account? Come to this class to learn how to keep your smartphone and the information on it as private and safe as possible. For ages 18+

Since the class will be held when the library is closed, please enter by the lower (ground floor) door on the right.

Mason Square Branch

Book a Librarian at Mason Square Branch!

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 gosh-darn smart phone, call for help from the Mason Square Branch Library.

To reserve a half-hour-long 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.

Please note that these sessions cannot replicate HiTech 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

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.



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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Corn, Cow, Plate: A Documentary Series on Food in America
Mason Square Branch Library
Thurdays, July 27, August 3, August 10, 6-8 p.m.

The Mason Square Branch and the Mason Square Health Taskforce (MSHT) are partnering to present a three-part documentary series that focuses on nutrition and the food industry, as well as farming and food production in America. Before the movies begin, the Taskforce’s Peer Health Advocates will talk about the outreach that they do in the community promoting healthy eating, physical activity and advocating for the Tobacco 21 policy.

Thursday, July 27th
Plant Pure Nation: A doctor and his son promote plant-based diets and their potential health benefits.

Thursday, August 3rd
Fed Up: A look at the food industry examines whether it is responsible for an increase in childhood obesity around the globe. The documentary also explores the industry’s public-relations efforts and lobbying pressure.

Thursday, August 10th
Farmland: This documentary profiles the current and future generations of farmers and ranchers, and explores the present state of agriculture.

Healthy snacks will be provided!