Introduction to Gmail

Learn about the power of Gmail to keep organized and elevate your email game. | Adults

Central Library, Computer Lab
Tuesday July 9 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM| Adults 18+

Improve your use of Gmail to keep organized and to write professional looking messages. Skills covered in the hands-on workshop include working with attachments, configuring your inbox, assigning labels, forward vs. reply, and more. Space is limited, so sign-up early and include your Gmail address.

Having a Gmail address and the ability to use a keyboard and a mouse is needed for success in this program.

Free coffee and tea compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Register

Scratch the Surface, a Display on Disabilities – July 22-31

An interactive art display celebrating the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act | All Ages

Central Library, Rotunda
July 22 – July 31 | During Open Hours | All Ages

Celebrating the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act is Scratch the Surface, a display created by people living with disabilities. Do you have a condition that makes it harder to get by, and you wish people understood it better? SCRATCH THE SURFACE!

Use our scratch-art paper to let your colors shine through! Tell us about your condition(s) and experiences with disability. Responses will be tacked onto the display, which will be on view throughout the week. Share your experiences, and come learn about your neighbors!

Crafts, Snacks, and Podcasts

Learn about and listen to podcasts while you craft! | Children

Central Library, Children’s Activity Room 
Thursdays – July 11, 18, 25 and Aug 1 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM | Children

Come join us in the Children’s Activity Room at the Central Library as we explore what podcasts are and listen to a variety of different topics from fictional stories to the workings of science. There will be crafts to make and snacks to eat as we listen.

It’s Shark Time! – July 23

Celebrate sharks with singing, dancing, and crafts | Children

Central Library, Children’s Program Room
Tuesday July 23 | 12 – 1:30 PM | Children

Join us at the Central Library in the Children’s Activity Room as we celebrate sharks! Come and devour snacks, craft your own fin, hear about the Shark Lady, and dance to our favorite shark song.

Art Central Shows Ice Cream – July 1 – August 21

See the display of colorful photos of ice cream signs and advertisements | All Ages

Central Library
July 1 – August 21 | During Open Hours | All Ages

Art Central Ice Cream Sign PhotoDiane Savioli-Chase captures whimsical depiction of ice cream in this colorful display of ice cream signs and advertisements. With photographs from around the world, the viewer sees advertising at its creative best with delightful installments that double as public art.

Come-in, cool off, and enjoy the eye candy! All ages.

Discover Geocaching

Geocaching is a real life treasure hunt to find a cache hidden at a secret location. | Children

June 17-August 17 during Open Hours | Central LibraryChildren’s Program Room

Geocaching is a real life treasure hunt! Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find a cache hidden at that location. Geocaching is a family friendly way to exercise both your mind and body. Ask a librarian for a Quickstart Guide and find your first cache here at the library!

Visit www.geocaching.com for more information and to download the app (iOS and Android).

 

Knot Just Knitters

Grab some needles and yarn, then come join us! Newcomers always welcome. | Adults

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or crewel, this is the place for you. New members are welcome and current members are willing to teach their skills. Some yarn and needles are provided, but donations of such items will always be welcome. Many of the finished items are donated to charitable causes. Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Sixteen Acres
Every Wednesday, from 1-3 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6858

Central Library
Please note this will be held in the Community Room starting July 11
Every Thursday, from 12-2 PM
For more information, call Matthew at 413-263-6828, x221

East Forest Park
Every Friday, from 1-2:30 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6836

East Springfield
Every Friday, from 10-12 PM
For more information, call Tricia at 413-263-6840

Free Computer Classes For Adults

Hands-on workshops including: Using the Internet, File Management, and Online Resources. | Adults

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


IntrOduction to GMAIL – aUGUST

Central Library, Computer Lab
Thursday August 8 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM| Adults 18+

Improve your use of Gmail to keep organized and to write professional looking messages. Skills covered in the hands-on workshop include working with attachments, configuring your inbox, assigning labels, forward vs. reply, and more. Space is limited, so sign-up early and include your Gmail address.

Having a Gmail address and the ability to use a keyboard and a mouse is needed for success in this program.

Free coffee and tea compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Register

 


Computers For Today – August

All of these workshops will be held at the Central Library, Computer Lab.

Computers are changing and so are our uses of them. Take this 3-part, introductory series to strengthen your computer skills and gain confidence with using the Internet, organizing your files, editing documents, and more.

Sign-up for all three and get the most out of what this program has to offer. Free coffee and tea compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Thursday mornings, 10:30-12 noon

August 15 – Part 1 – Using the Internet, and text editing

Register

August 22 – Part 2 – Search engines, and file management

Register

August 29 – Part 3 – Continue working on file management, explore the Invisible Web, and more

Register


To Register: Use the sign-up links above, or register at any Springfield City Library branch. To speak speak with a reference 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

More Computer Resources

Computer Tools & TutorialsFree resources to help you learn and expand your technology skills.

Write-up Springfield! Monthly at Central

Calling all creative writers! A new group has started to workshop your writing. | Adults

Central Library, Community Room
Saturday, September 14
Saturday, November 2
1:00 – 3:00 PM | Adults

Creative writers of all types are invited to join Write-Up Springfield at their monthly meeting of networking, writing exercise, and creative sharing. Here, writers share their creative work for feedback and constructive comments from others in the group in this interactive, adult-only workshop.

Newcomers welcomed, though please preregister at 413-263-6828, x221 or mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org so we can properly plan.

Funding comes from the Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.