Digital Skills for Job Seekers

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


This is a three-part, teleconference series for job seekers. Sign-up for one or all three, the series is perfect for those new to the job market, or recently returning to the job-seeking process.

Thursday October 22 | 11 AM – 12 pM | Adults 18+

Register for October 22 Class

Thursday October 29 | 11 AM – 12 pM | Adults 18+

Register for October 29 Class

Thursday November 5 | 11 AM – 12 pM | Adults 18+

Register for November 5 Class

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 the librarians at, or call 413-263-6828, ext. 213.

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 supported by United Personnel, and the Friends of the Library.

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 buildings are closed and in-person programming is suspended, please join our online meetings! To register or join the email list for this group, contact Reggie Wilson at

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+

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

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!

Calling all creative writers! Join a group to workshop your writing. | Adults

NOTE: While the Library buildings are closed and in-person programming is suspended, please join our  Write-Up Springfield meetings online! To register or join the email list for this group, contact Matthew Jaquith at

Saturday Central Library, Community Room
Second Saturday every month
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 so we can properly plan.

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

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.

Checkmate! – Central Library

Improve your chess skills! Adults

Central Library
By Appointment | Adults

Learn to play chess, or if you want a refresher, schedule a session with a librarian. These lessons are perfect for beginners; more advanced players may want to check out the Chess Club at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library.

To schedule a beginner’s coaching session, contact Gary Pysznik at, or 413-263-6828 ext. 213.

Introduction to Microsoft Office

Free 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

Introduction to Microsoft Word

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

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

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

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.

Chair Yoga – East Springfield

Chair yoga is suitable for all fitness levels and physical conditions.

East Springfield Branch
Second Tuesday of the month | 10 – 11 AM | Adults

Chair Yoga is a unique yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative use of a chair. The chair replaces the yoga mat, and becomes an extension of the body. The student is able to warm up the body safely, and perform yoga poses with more support and stability. Poses are done seated on the chair, or the chair is used for support during standing poses such as bends, extensions, and stretches. Suitable for all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions, this class is instructed by Certified Yoga Instructor Nicole Ferraro. 18+

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

Chair Yoga For Seniors – Indian Orchard Branch

Come experience the gentle art of yoga. | Seniors

Indian Orchard Branch
First Tuesday of every month | 10:00 – 10:45 AM | Seniors 60+ and their caregivers

Increase well-being, flexibility, and balance during this relaxing half-hour session. Chair yoga is perfect for those with limited mobility.

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