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.

Upcoming Computer and Technology Workshops at the Chester County Library

Introduction to Word
Monday, July 30, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, August August 8, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, 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.

Intermediate Word
Tuesday, July 31, 10:00 a.m. - 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, working with tables and columns.

Introduction to Excel
Tuesday, July 24, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, August 15, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Learn the Excel environment, entering and editing data, using basic functions, formatting worksheets and creating charts.

Digitizing Photos
Tuesday, July 31, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Join us for a demonstration on photo digitization. You will be shown to how to preserve your personal and family photos by using the scanners and equipment that are available here at the Chester County Library’s Jacobs Technology Center. This is a demonstration only. You will not need to bring a computer or personal photos.
This demonstration covers photo digitization only, photo editing will not be a part of the presentation.

Intermediate Excel (Charts and Formulas)
Tuesday, July 24, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Friday, August 24, 2:00 p.m. - 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)
Monday, August 20, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 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.

Digitizing Photos, 35mm Slides & Negatives at Your Library
Thursday, August 9, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Tuesday, August 21, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
You will learn how to preserve your personal and family photos, 35 mm slides, and negatives (remember them?) by using the scanners and equipment that are available at Jacobs Technology Center.  This is a demonstration only.  You will not need to bring a computer or personal photos.
*This demonstration covers photo, 35 mm slides, and negatives digitization only, photo editing will not be a part of the presentation.*


STEM @ Your Library

Make it with Makey Makey
Tuesday, July 24, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Tuesday, July 31, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Tuesday, August 7, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Monday, August 13, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Struble Room, 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. Have 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
Wednesday, July 18, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Tuesday, July 31, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Tuesday, August 7, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, August 15, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Learn to use the Circuit Scribe conductive ink pen to draw your own circuit.
Attendees must be 8 years or older.

Coding Events

Binary Bracelets
Monday, July 23, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Monday, August 13, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Use your birthday or your initials to generate a bead pattern based on binary.
Attendees Must be 6 Years or order.

Minecraft Coding
Wednesday, July 25, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Thursday, July 26, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Thursday, August 9, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Monday, August 20, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Monday, August 20, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Minecraft, the popular video game, can also be used to learn coding. You will learn how to code by using Redstone, Minecraft’s version of electrical wiring.
Attendees Must be 9 Years or order.


Upcoming Computer and Technology Workshops at Henrietta Hankin Branch

Introduction to Computers
Thursday, July 19, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Annex, Henrietta Hankin Branch
A very gentle introduction to computer basics, including building blocks (hardware and software), core functions, kinds of computers (and their pros and cons), and tips for buying. Lecture only.


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 contact the John W. Jacobs Technology 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.