Getting a Technological Edge

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, I’m sure you know that the library offers so much more than books (not that the books are anything to sneeze at, you understand). For many years, we have tried to open access to the online world by teaching basic classes in computer use, social media, email, online job searching, and many more.

In fact, if you or someone you know would like a guided tour of the internet – what it’s used for, how to move around and explore it – consider registering for our upcoming Introduction to the Internet Class on January 19th at 2 pm.

But we see more and more people in search of advanced skills, and we’re rising to that challenge! We have a few classes scheduled in the coming weeks that can help take your skills to the next level.   These classes will inevitably fill up, but as of this writing, there is space in all of them – so sign up, or add your name to the waiting list to be notified if we get cancellations.   All of these classes require registration, and registration opens 3 weeks before the class date.

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Intro to Programming with Python | Thursdays 1/31-3/7 (6 weeks) | 6:30-8 pm

This is a short course for those who have little or no experience in computer programming. You will gain insight into programming ideas and goals using Python, a very popular and powerful programming language. The aim of the class is to help you decide if further programming study might be right for you. You will have the opportunity to do some actual programming, as this is where the “feel” of programming can be experienced. Participants must bring their own laptop computers and have rudimentary computer skills such as powering on, creating and modifying text files, and browsing the Internet. Laptop must be able to connect to Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/2821636776) for sharing work.

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Web Develpment with WordPressThursday, 1/24 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Do you want to build your own website but don’t know where to start? Start with WordPress! WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) for creating websites, currently powering 31% of the World Wide Web. It’s free and open source, which means you’ll always retain control over your data and never have to worry about the creators of WordPress going out of business. Learn more about building an attractive, functional website with this user-friendly software in this workshop.   Our instructor, Ken Gagne, is a Technical Account Engineer at WordPress.com VIP, a popular podcaster, and a freelance writer for Computerworld.com

Cloud Storage 101Tuesday, 2/5 | 6:30-8:30 pm

Running out of space on your hard drive or device? Tired of misplacing your tiny USB drive? Move your files to “the cloud” and access them from anywhere!  We’ll cover best practices (including security) and several different cloud storage options.    Join us and stop worrying about storage space for your data!

Stream and Download eBooks and AudiobooksWednesday, 1/23 | 6:30-8:30 pm

Stream and Download  Movies, Music, and More! | Wednesday, 1/30 | 6:30-8:30 pm

There’s a world of books, movies, music, audiobooks, and graphic novels that are available to our library patrons through online streaming services – and we want to share them all with you!

To get the most out of this class you are encouraged to bring your own laptop/tablet/smart phone, and your up-to-date library card and PIN with you.

Plan to come to one or both sessions, and then clear your calendar:  you’ll want to stay home and stream all the things!

Getting to know Lynda.com | Monday, 1/25 | 2:00-3:30 pm

And finally, if you want to learn more about computers, programming, IT, privacy, security, e-commerce, virtual reality gaming, or any of hundreds of other tech topics, please come to our class on Lynda.com.   Lynda is a powerful learning tool available to all Watertown residents, and can help you learn most anything!

There’s a big wide world of technology out there, and we want to help you master it! Come explore with us!

– Jill, WFPL Adult and Reference Services Supervisor

 

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