Digital Skills for Job Seekers

Register for an online Digital Skills for Job Seekers class series.

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

CREATING RESUMES
Wednesday July 22 | 11 AM – 12 pM | Adults 18+

Librarian Linda Grodofsky leads a video workshop and discussion on how to make and update your resume. With tools from the Public Library Association’s Digital Skills Toolkit, and sponsorship from Grow with Google this interactive and timely workshop can help job seekers strengthen their position in the job market.

The session will include an overview of MassHire’s services for jobseekers by Konrad Rogowski, Director of Career Services.

ONLINE JOB SEARCHING
Wednesday July 29 | 11 AM – 12 pM | Adults 18+

Librarian Matthew Jaquith leads a video workshop and discussion on job searching online. With tools from the Public Library Association’s Digital Skills Toolkit, and sponsorship from Grow with Google this interactive and timely workshop can help job seekers strengthen their position in the job market.

The July 29th session will include an overview of Dress for Success’ jobseeker services by a representative from that local agency.

APPLYING FOR JOBS ONLINE
Wednesday August 5 | 11 AM – 12 pM | Adults 18+

Librarian Linda Grodofsky leads a video workshop and discussion on applying for jobs online. With tools from the Public Library Association’s Digital Skills Toolkit, and sponsorship from Grow with Google this interactive and timely workshop can help job seekers strengthen their position in the job market.


You may sign-up for individual classes or the whole series.  Please register by at least one week in advance of each class.

Please register by contacting
Linda Grodofsky at lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org or call 413-263-6836,
or
Matthew Jaquith at mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org or call 413-263-6828, ext. 221.

Participants will need access to the internet with a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Each class will include video, discussion, and a special guest speaker involved with employment and career exploration.


This series is made possible by a Libraries Lead with Digital Skills grant from the American Library Association, Public Library Association, and Grow with Google.  Virtual classes will be offered with tools provided by digitallearn.org, curated by Springfield librarians.


Press release about the grant can be seen here.

Chair Yoga for Special Needs

Yoga workshop designed for adults with special needs. | Adults

East Springfield Branch
Tuesday February 25 | 10 – 11 AM | Adults
Tuesday March 24 | 10 – 11 AM | Adults
Tuesday April 28 | 10 – 11 AM | Adults

Yoga can have many benefits including increased flexibility and focus, and building a sense of calm. This small-session workshop is designed for adults with special needs specifically, though the general public is welcomed to attend too.

Led by Bonni-Lynne Sandler of HeartnSoul Yoga, Bonni-Lynne is a certified yoga instructor and MSEd.

Space is limited, so please sign-up online or with a librarian. 18+

NOTE: This program runs before the building opens; please knock loudly for entry.

Registration starts January 28 – Register – February 25 Class

Registration starts February 28 – Register – March 24 Class

Now You’re Cooking! – Sixteen Acres

Share your favorite recipes in the Sixteen Acres Branch Library’s new cooking club | Adults

NOTE: While the Library is closed and programming is suspended, please join our online meetings! To register or join the email list for this group, contact Reggie Wilson at rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org.

Sixteen Acres Branch
Third Tuesday of the month, from 6:15-7:15 PM | Adults

Calling all cooks! Discuss and share your favorite recipes in the Sixteen Acres Branch Library’s new cooking club. Led by Springfield native Christina Raschi, the group will enjoy a new dish each month prepared by a different group member. Bakers and cooks of all levels and all types are always welcomed. Now You’re Cooking meets on the third Tuesday of each month. 18+

You’re Invited! Morning Meet-Up for Seniors

Grab some books, work on a project, or catch up with a friend over coffee while making new friends and checking out the library. | Seniors

Indian Orchard, Community Room
Tuesdays | 9:30-11 AM | Seniors 60+ and their caregivers

Stop by for a visit, and come for conversation, grab some books, work on a project or puzzle, or catch-up with a friend over coffee – or make a new friend. We’ll also have scheduled weekly events to keep you entertained and informed.  Project funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living. 60+

Funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office for Elder Affairs, and the Federal Administration for Community Living.

Knot Just Knitters

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

NOTE: While the Library is closed and programming is suspended, please join our Facebook group for Knot Just Knitters! Click and answer a few quick questions to be approved. We hope to see you in the group soon!

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.

Indian Orchard
Every Monday, from 1-3 PM
For more information, call Tricia at 413-263-6840

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

Central LibraryCommunity Room
Every Thursday, from 12-2 PM
For more information, call Matthew at 413-263-6828, x221

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

Mason Square
Every Friday, from 1-2:30 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6853

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

Forest Park
Every Saturday, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
For more information, call the Branch at 413-263-6843

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


Success with computers – january 2020

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.

Library Express at Pine Point
Thursdays 12 noon- 1:30 pm

January 16 – Part 1 – reviews standard Windows features, introduces the web, and editing documents

January 23 – Part 2 – continues with the web, introduces file management, and more

January 30 – Part 3 – continutes with file management, explores search engines, and introduces the Invisible Web


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.

Books & Brew Book Club

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion. | Adults

NOTE: While the Library is closed and programming is suspended, please join our online Book & Brew meetings! To register or join the email list for this group, contact Kat Good-Schiff at kgood-schiff@springfieldlibrary.org.

East Forest Park Branch
First Wednesday of the month, starting at 6:00 PM | Adults

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion. Library copies of each month’s book are available for checkout at the East Forest Park Branch. Adults.

No sign up is required, however, please email Kat at kgood-schiff@springfieldlibrary.org if you have any questions.

 

Write-up Springfield! Monthly at Central

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

NOTE: While the Library is closed and programming is suspended, please join our online Write-Up Springfield meetings! To register or join the email list for this group, contact Matthew Jaquith at mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org.

Saturday Central Library, Community Room
Second Saturday every month
January 11, February 8, March 14, and April 11
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.

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Groups

A traditional book discussion group where everyone reads and discusses the same book. | Adults

NOTE: While the Library is closed and programming is suspended, please join our online Afterthoughts book group meetings! To register or join the email list for this group, contact Lisa Lipshires at llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org.

Come join us for a lively discussion and meet others who also enjoy reading. We select a new book to discuss every month. New members are always welcome.

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group at the Central Library
Central Library, Community Room
Second Tuesday of each month, from 12 – 1 PM

Ask for a copy of the current book at the second level circulation desk. Click on this link for the 2020 Reading List. For more information, contact Lisa at 413-263-6828 ext. 395 or by email llipshires@springfieldlibrary.org.


Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group at the Raymond Jordan Senior Center
Fourth Thursday of each month, from 10 – 11 AM | Ages 55 and up

Library copies are available at the East Forest Park Branch Library in a variety of formats (large print, audiobook, etc.). For more information, contact Linda at 413-263-6836 or by email at lgrodofsky@springfieldlibrary.org.

Tai Chi for Everyone at East Springfield

Tai Chi is often referred to as “Moving Meditation” and can be practiced by almost anyone. | All Ages

East Springfield Branch
First Saturday of the month | 10 – 11  AM | Adults, Teens, & Children Ages 10+

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low impact form of exercise that is suitable for people of any age.  Event will take place outside on the lawn at East Springfield Library, weather permitting.