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

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
August 22 – Part 2 – Search engines, and file management
August 29 – Part 3 – Continue working on file management, explore the Invisible Web, and more

Registration Opens July 19

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

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

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
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.

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 – July

Central Library, Computer Lab Registration opens Monday, June 24

Introduction to Microsoft Word
Saturday, July 20| 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.

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint
Saturday, July 20| 1 PM-3 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.

Introduction to Microsoft Publisher
Saturday, July 27 | 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.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel
Saturday, July 27 | 1 PM-3 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.

Stargazing 101: Find Objects in Outer Space – June 24

Ways to find planets, stars, and constellations in the night sky!

Sixteen Acres Branch
Monday, June 24 | 6:15 – 7:30 PM | Ages 13 and up

This, the second in the Stargazing series, introduces ways to find planets, stars, and constellations in the night sky using top-rated planetarium apps. We’ll use a finder scope to lock onto night sky objects, and, weather permitting, we will view the night’s sky using a Dobsonian telescope. This program introduces some of the best websites to learn more about our solar system too.

This is an after-hours program.

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.

Genealogy For Beginners

Do you want to know more about your family’s history, but don’t know where to begin? Adults 60+

Indian Orchard, Community Room
9:30 – 11 AM | Adults Age 60+ | Registration Opens March 4

This four week series is the perfect starting point and includes:

April 9: Introduction to Genealogy | Register
April 16: Focusing on census records | Register
April 23: Immigration and Migration | Register
April 30:  Military, wills, probate, and DNA | Register

Attend one workshop or all four. Led by genealogist Hillary Schau, this series is perfect for the beginner and is geared toward adults age 60+ and their caregivers.

This project is funded through Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Federal Administration for Community Living.