Stargazing 101, What You Need to Know to Get Started

Considering a new hobby? Come learn about some of the equipment involved. | March 20

Sixteen Acres Branch
Wednesday, March 20 | 6:15 – 7:30 PM | Ages 15 and up

If you are thinking of participating in the out of this world hobby of stargazing, we have the perfect program for you. Branch Manager Reggie Wilson will describe various types of telescopes, mounts, and eyepieces to help you select the proper equipment. Stargazing can be a very expensive hobby and newcomers often make unnecessary, costly purchases. The program will also cover what you can realistically see with a telescope by cutting through manufacturers’ inflated claims.

Library staff member Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe will talk about her experience using a bargain telescope. Are they worth buying or is it just better to save for a better first scope? On display will be many middle and upper end telescopes to help you figure out what makes sense for you.

This is an after-hours program.

Write-up Springfield! Monthly at Central

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

Central Library
Second Saturday or every month –   Mar 9, Apr 6, May 11, Jun 8 | 1 – 3 PM

Here’s your opportunity to network on creative writing opportunities, techniques, and styles. The group meets once a month, and always welcomes new members. Funding provided by the Friends of the Library. | 18+

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 | For Adults, Teens, and 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.

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 Computers – February

All of these workshops will be held at the Central Library, Computer Lab. Registration Opens January 15.

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, using email, 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, February 14 |  10:30 AM–12:00 PM | Adults 18+ | Register
Part 1 –will focus on using the Internet and editing documents.

Thursday, February 21 |   10:30 AM-12:00 PM | Adults 18+ | Register
Part 2 – will focus on good email and file management.

Thursday, February 28 | 10:30 AM-12:00 PM | Adults 18+ | Register
Part 3 – will focus on complex online resources, forms, applications, and more.


The Internet, Email, and More:
Computer Skills for Adults – March

All of these workshops will be held at the Central Library, Computer Lab. Registration Opens February 15.

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, using email, 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.

Tuesday, March 12 | 10:30 AM–12:00 PM | Adults 18+ | Register
Part 1  – will focus on using the Internet and editing documents.

Tuesday, March 19 | 10:30 AM–12:00 PM | Adults 18+ | Register
Part 2 – will focus on good email and file management.

Tuesday, March 26 | 10:30 AM–12:00 PM | Adults 18+ | Register
Part 3 –  will focus on complex online resource, forms, applications, and more.


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.

Getting A Job After 50

Searching for a job when you’re over age 50 can be challenging! | March 9

Mason Square, Community Room
Saturday, March 9 | 11 AM – 1:30 PM | Adults | Register Online

In this interactive workshop you’ll learn:

  • Up-to-date resume writing techniques
  • Applying for a job with online applications
  • Strategies to combat age discrimination
  • How to answer difficult (and possibly ageist) interview questions
  • Tips for staying motivated

Lots of helpful resources for over 50 job applicants!

Is It Time to Downsize Your Home? A Presentation for Seniors

Moving can be overwhelming. Join us for some tips on coping with this transition. | March 23

Sixteen Acres Branch
Saturday, March 23 | 1-2:30 PM | Adults 50+

Seniors often look around and don’t know where to start as they begin to sort through their possessions. From deciding how to start the process of selling their homes to what they need to have in place legally for downsizing can be a daunting task. This event will provide valuable takeaways areas that seniors can use as they prepare to sell their home and move to a new residence. It will give a broad overview of possible legal matters in the process of handling the real estate transaction. Rashmi Lis, a Senior Real Estate Specialist will talk about the process of selling your home. Atty. James F. Gregory will speak about the importance of having basic legal documents in place, such as a will, power of attorney, health care proxy and homestead.

Introduction to Microsoft Office

Get started with the basics – Microsoft Office computer classes including: Word, Publisher, PowerPoint and Excel | Adults

These classes are for adults. Skill with a keyboard and mouse is needed for success in these workshops.  Light refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be provided.

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


Introduction to Microsoft Office – April

Central Library, Computer Lab Registration opens Monday, March 4 at 9 AM.

Introduction to Microsoft Word
Saturday, April 6 | 10 AM-12 PM | Ages 18+

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.

Register

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint
Saturday, April 13 | 10 AM-12 PM | Ages 18+

Microsoft PowerPoint is everywhere. PowerPoint 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 PowerPoint. This class is for adults with keyboard and mouse skills.

Register

Introduction to Microsoft Publisher
Saturday, April 20 | 10 AM-12 PM | Ages 18+

Create simple yet attractive flyers and brochures with Microsoft Publisher, a convenient desktop publishing software package. We’ll look at making multipage handouts and multifold brochures using Publisher‘s powerful templates and explore basic aspects of working with images, shapes, layout, and more. Skill with a keyboard is needed for success in this hands-on workshop.

Register

Introduction to Microsoft Excel
Saturday, April 27 | 10 AM-12 PM | Ages 18+

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 hands-on workshop.

Register


Free Citizenship Classes

The Read/Write/Now Center is accepting reservations for free citizenship classes.

Library Express at Pine Point

A new round of Free Citizenship Classes will be starting soon. The Read/Write/Now Center will provide the study materials and instructional support. Please contact Rae Holmes for more information at 413-263-6839 or email rholmes@springfieldlibrary.org

These classes are brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.