Computer Workshops

The John W. Jacobs Technology Center offers computer training classes for Microsoft Office. We also offer other technology related classes.

Upcoming Computer and Technology Workshops at the Chester County Library

Digitizing Photos
Friday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Friday, June 1, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Tuesday, June 20, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Join us to learn how to preserve your personal and family photos. In this workshop, you'll learn how to scan your photos and your options to save files. You’ll also learn the equipment offered in the Library's Digital Media Lab/Makerspace. We encourage you to bring one or two photos to practice in this workshop.
**This project is made possible by a grant from the Institution of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.**

Introduction to Word
Wedensday, June 7, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
This workshop is a basic introduction to Microsoft Word.  Participants will learn the basic tools of Microsoft Word including selecting and modifying text, cutting and pasting, and opening and saving a document.

Introduction to Excel
Wednesday, June 7, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
This workshop is a basic introduction to Microsoft Excel. Learn the Excel environment, entering and editing data, using basic functions, formatting worksheets and creating charts.

Intermediate Excel - Tables and Printing
Wednesday, May 24, 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
This workshop is designed to help the participant to begin using some intermediate Excel level table and print commands.

Intermediate Word
Wednesday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
This workshop is designed to develop an Intermediate skill level using Microsoft Word. Participants will learn the intermediate tools of MS Word including inserting photos and other graphics, bullets and numbering, adjusting line spacing and margins, adding headers and footers, working with tables and columns.

Intermediate Excel - Charts and Formulas
Wednesday, June 21, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
This workshop is designed to help the participant to begin using some intermediate Excel level charts and formula commands. Topics include: Multiple charts from a single worksheet; appearance and location of charts; selected date, autosum, logical and lookup functions; simple links to other files; and relative/absolute cell addresses.

Introduction to PowerPoint
Friday, June 23, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
From this workshop, you will learn how to create a simple presentation. Topics include: overview the PowerPoint environment, inserting clipart and images, and creating animations.

Mail Merge
Friday, June 23, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
This Word Mail Merge workshop includes the following topics: create an address table in Word and automate the merge into letters, labels, and envelopes. The steps for the mail merge wizard will be presented, as well as a review of the mailings ribbon group of commands and features.


STEAM @ Your Library
Make it with Makey Makey
Wednesday, June 7, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Tuesday, June 13, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Tuesday, June 17, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Join us to explore basic electronics. Create circuits and switches, light up LEDs, and invent something out of the everyday objects around you. Ever wanted to make a working game controller out of play doh, or a banana piano? Makey Makey is a small kit that allows anyone to be an inventor!
Attendees must be between the ages of 6 to 12 years old.

Circuit Scribe
Tuesday, June 7, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Learn to use the Circuit Scribe conductive ink pen to draw your own circuit.
Attendees must be 8 years or older.

Introduction to Arduino
Wednesday, June 14, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Tuesday, June 27, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Arduino is an open source microcontroller platform designed to make it easy for hobbyists to use electronics in homemade projects. In this workshop, you will learn the overview of Arduino system. Use an Arduino starter kit to create and build a project.
Attendees must be 13 years or older.

Photography Studio Equipment
Monday, June 5, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.- Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Monday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Monday, June 19, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Reserve your time to use our studio equipment. Please visit Jacobs Technology Center for usage guidelines and a list of the equipment.

Badge of Honor: Make Your Own Buttons!
Wednesday, June 14, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Thursday, June 15, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Tuesday, June 27, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Learn how to use the Button Maker to make pinned buttons. Ages 10 and up.

**This project, STEAM @ Your Library, is made possible by a grant from the Institution of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.**


Basic Computer Tutoring

One-On-One Tutoring at the Chester County Library
Basic Computer Training:  This is designed to assist people who have never used a computer.  Meet with a volunteer tutor for two hours and you will learn to use the mouse, keyboard and basic skills including navigating the Internet.  To request a tutor, please fill out the One-on-One Basic Computer Tutor Request Form and submit it in person at the John W. Jacobs Technology Center.  You can also submit it online.

Facebook:  This is designed to help people learn about social networking on Facebook.  Meet with a volunteer tutor for two hours.  You will learn how to upload photos, tagging, instant messaging, account security, privacy and more on your current Facebook account.  If you don't have a Facebook account, you can also learn the basics of creating a new profile.  To request a tutor, please fill out the One-on-One Facebook Tutor Request Form and submit it in person at the John W. Jacobs Technology Center.  You can also submit it online.

One-On-One Tutoring at the Henrietta Hankin Branch
Information about one-on-one tutoring is available at the Digital Discovery Center.