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Schedule of Computer Classes: Spring & Summer 2015

Space is Limited and Preregistration is required. Register with your library card at the library’s website or by contacting the Reference Department pittsref@cwmars.org or (413 499 9480 ext 202) during regular library hours.

We accept your registration as a commitment to attend a session; and we hold a spot for you. If you later find you will not be able to attend, we request you let us know so we can alert someone on our waiting list. Those who habitually reserve a spot and then don’t show may be denied the opportunity to register for future sessions. Thank you.

Computer Basics: A two-part series (Taught by Katherine)
Tuesday, May 5 & Tuesday, May 12, 9:30 – 10:30 am – Registration opens April 14, 2015

Evergreen, Getting to Know You Better
 Tuesday, May 19, 9:30 – 10:30 am – Registration  opens April 28, 2015
Learn more about our upgraded catalog, your key to locating and requesting network items available throughout central and western Massachusetts. Registrants must be able to use a computer mouse/laptop. (Taught by Alex & Katherine)

QuickBooks for Beginners: A three-part series(Taught by Alex)
Thursday, May 14; Thursday, May 21; Thursday, May 28 – 9:30 – 10:30 am
 Registration opens April 23, 2015

QuickBooks for Experienced Users: A three-part series(Taught by Alex)
Tuesday, June 9; Tuesday, June 16; Tuesday, June 23 – 9:30 -10:30 am
Registration opens May 19, 2015

Funds for the purchase of QuickBooks software is from an LSTA grant, a federal source of library funding, administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Facebook: Getting started – Thursday, June 4, 9:30 – 11 – Registration opens May 14, 2015
For those who want to join in on the fun. We will create a Facebook account; practice logging in and logging out; review the Facebook app; learn about navigation; find friends. Registrants must have an established email account. (Taught by Madeline)

Facebook: Friends & Family - Thursday, June 11, 9:30 -11 – Registration opens May 21, 2015
Facebook: it’s about connecting! For those who have are on Facebook and want to reach out. We’ll review managing your news feed; status updates; sending photos; making comments; and why you won’t forget your Facebook Friends’ birthdays. Registrants must have an established Facebook account. (Taught by Madeline)

Facebook: More than Friends & Family - Thursday, June 18, 9:30 – 11
Registration opens May 28, 2015
Your Facebook account can be your entrée to information about your personal interests. We’ll review finding and liking organizations you love on Facebook; managing the pages you follow; events. Registrants must have an established Facebook account. (Taught by Madeline)

Facebook: I hate it! – Thursday, June 25, 9:30 – 11 – Registration opens June 4, 2015
If you’re feeling it’s intrusive – or silly – or not for you. We’ll look at some practical uses of Facebook: searching Facebook for information; sending private messages. For those with privacy concerns we’ll review managing access to your information and tagging. Registrants must have an established Facebook account. (Taught by Madeline)

Facebook: Joining in - Thursday, July 2, 9:30 – 11 – Registration opens June 11, 2015
Facebook can be a tool for connecting with those who have similar interests or hobbies. We’ll cover searching for groups; participating; creating a new group and inviting others to join. Registrants must have an established Facebook account. (Taught by Madeline)

Microsoft Word: A two-part series (Taught by Katherine)
Tuesday, July 21 & Wednesday, July 22, 9:30 – 10:30 – Registration opens June 30, 2015

Excel: A two-part series (Taught by Alex)
Tuesday, July 28 & Wednesday, July 29, 9:30 – 10:30 – Registration opens July 7, 2015

iOS for Beginners - Tuesday, August 4, 9:30 – 10:30 – Registration opens July 14, 2015
Congratulations! You have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod but it is so new to you that you do not know where to start. This open format class is geared towards first-time users who are having trouble with gesturing and orienting themselves around the device. We will cover topics like affiliating your tablet with an iCloud account, what apps are and other questions that are raised during class. This class is ideal for people who identify themselves as "extremely new to technology" users. (Taught by Andrea)

iOS: Next Steps - Tuesday, August 11, 9:30 – 10:30 – Registration opens July 21, 2015
Alright! This open class is geared towards those who are comfortable with the basic workings of an iPad, iPhone, and/or iPod. In this class, we will discuss topics like downloading apps, navigating the app store and other settings/troubleshooting issues that are raised during class. Please bring your questions; we will try and resolve some of them as a group. This class is ideal for people who identify themselves as "beyond the basics" users. (Taught by Andrea)

Android for Beginners - Tuesday, August 18, 9:30 – 10:30 – Registration opens July 28, 2015
Congratulations! You have an Android tablet and/or phone, but it is so new to you that you do not know where to start. This open format class is geared towards first-time users who are having trouble with gesturing and orienting themselves around the device. We will cover topics like affiliating your tablet with a Google account, what apps are and other questions that are raised during class. This class is ideal for people who identify themselves as "extremely new to technology" users. (Taught by Andrea)

Android: Next Steps - Tuesday, August 25, 9:30 – 10:30 – Registration opens August 4, 2015
Alright! This open class is geared towards those who are comfortable with the basic workings of an Android tablet and/or phone. In this class, we will discuss topics like downloading apps, navigating the Google Play Store and other settings/troubleshooting issues that are raised during class. Please bring your questions; we will try and resolve some of them as a group. This class is ideal for people who identify themselves as "beyond the basics" users. (Taught by Andrea)

 

You Need A Budget: Getting started with Flexible Personal Budgeting
Thursday, July 16 – Thursday, August 27, 10 am – 12 noon (7 weeks)
Registration opens June 25, 2015
Thanks to a partnership with the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, we are able to host a seven-week workshop on personal budgeting. CBHH Financial Empower Director Lin Schreiber will lead participants through consideration of financial goals; credit; debt; and designing a budget customized to meet personal needs. YNAB software is available on Athenaeum computers for further out of class work.  Participants will be expected to complete homework assignments. The workshop curriculum is based on a software and web-based program called You Need a Budget, or YNAB (youneedabudget.com)


Updated April 2015

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