Computer Workshops

The John W. Jacobs Technology Center offers computer training classes for Microsoft Office. We also offer other technology related classes.
You can find all of our computer workshops on our Computer Workshops calendar.

Featured Programs

Tinkering Club
Calling all inventors, builders, creators, makers, and tinkerers to join us at the Tinkering Club. All the innovative kits and tools will be available for you to learn, create, make, and share. Kits and tools include Makey Makey, Circuit Scribe, Ozobots, Little Bits, Arduino, Scratch, and maybe more. This is an excellent opportunity for you to collaborate with others and earn points for great rewards. A variety of guided projects are also provided.  No registrations needed--just show up! The Tinkering Club meets twice a month.  All ages are welcome.
Tuesday, July 2, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Sunday, July 21, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, August 7, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Sunday, August 25, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, September 4, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Sunday, Septbmer 29, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library


ScanNCut All Seasons Projects: Make it and Take it

Monday, August 26, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Come celebrate all holidays and all seasons with our Make it and Take it craft program. We will provide materials from previous classes to create various projects we had available throughout the year. While in the class, you will also learn how to use the ScanNCut die cut machine to create custom gifts and décor for your home. The ScanNCut diecut machine is available for use at the Library in the Digital Media Lab Makerspace area. Specific project availability is a first come, first serve basis; however, there will be plenty of materials on hand for everyone that signs up to create a project.
This class is for adults ages 18 and up only. Registration required.


Creating Custom Décor for Your Home with ScanNCut
Monday, September 16, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library

Join us to learn how to use the ScanNCut die cut machine to create custom décor for your home. In this class we will make a functional sticky note pad holder for use in your home, office or to give as a gift to a loved one. The ScanNCut machine is available in the Digital Media Lab and Makerspace area. After this class, you can use the techniques you learned to bring your own materials and creative ideas to the Digital Media Lab and Makerspace area to create any greeting card or paper crafting ideas on the ScanNCut machine.
All materials for this class are provided without fees. This class is limited to attendees ages 18 and up only. Registration required.

Step into the World of Virtual Reality

Gaming....Virtually
Wednesday, July 31, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Come to join us to play VR games!  We are excited to announce that Virtual Reality (VR) has arrived at the library. No registration needed. First come, first serve.
This experience is made possible by the support and sponsorship of the Chester County Library Trust.

Travel to Mars....Virtually

Thursday, August 8, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
We are excited to announce that Virtual Reality (VR) has arrived at the library. Let's travel to Mars with our VR goggles. No registration needed. First come, first serve.
This experience is made possible by the support and sponsorship of the Chester County Library Trust.

Virtual Reality Event
Monday, September 30, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Your pick from our new VR software list.
This experience is made possible by the support and sponsorship of the Chester County Library Trust.


Upcoming Computer and Technology Workshops at the Chester County Library
Introduction to Word
Wednesday, July 24, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Struble Room, Chester County Library
This workshop is an introduction to Microsoft Word. Participants will learn the basic tools of Microsoft Word.

Intermediate Word
Thursday, July 25, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Struble Room, 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, and working with tables and columns.

Mail Merge
Friday, August 23, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Participants will learn to 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.

Introduction to Excel
Wednesday, July 24, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, August 14, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Friday, September 6, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Learn the Excel environment, entering and editing data, using basic functions, formatting worksheets, and creating charts.

Intermediate Excel (Charts and Formulas)
Wednesday, July 24, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Friday, September 6, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Struble Room, 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.

Intermediate Excel (Tables and Printing)
Wednesday, August 14, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
This workshop is designed to help the participant to begin using some intermediate Excel level table and print commands. Topics include: using tables, filters, automatic table formats, and the sorting feature; inserting a pivot table based on sample table information; printing Excel worksheet information by means of print ranges and other range names; and reviewing some of the Excel print options.

Introduction to PowerPoint
Wednesday, September 25, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Struble Room, 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.

Introduction to Publisher
Friday, August 23, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, September 25, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Learn to use the basic tools in Publisher to create your own flyer, greeting card, and more.

 
Computer Tutoring

Walk-In One-on-One Computer Training Sessions at the Chester County Library
The John W. Jacobs Technology Center offers free walk-in computer training sessions.  Options are Basic Computer Skills, Basic Adobe Photoshop and Learn to Use ScanNCut.  First come, first served.  One attendee per session and must be 18 Years or older.  Two hours per session.  For more detailed information, please contact the Center at 610.280.2666.

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