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
Wednesday, June 6, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Monday, July 30, 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
Wednesday, June 6, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
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.

Mail Merge
Tuesday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Struble Room, 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.
Prerequisite: Must have knowledge of Basic Microsoft Word including hands-on experience with the basic layout of a Word document, ribbons, entering text and modifying formats, task panes, and opening/saving files.

Introduction to Excel
Wednesday, May 23, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, June 13, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Tuesday, July 24, 10:00 a.m. - 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.

Digitizing Photos
Wednesday, May 30, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, June 6, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
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)
Wednesday, May 30, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, June 13, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Tuesday, July 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)
Wednesday, May 23, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Friday, June 22, 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 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.

eBay
Friday, May 25, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Many people are surprised to discover that they can make a quick buck off their old stuff, and it isn’t even that hard. In this workshop you will learn the basics of eBay, i.e. setting up an account, using PayPal, listing your stuff, transferring payments, and leaving feedback. Bring an item or three to get started if you want, or just watch and learn. You may also want to bring a camera or smartphone, and you will definitely need one for eBaying at home.


STEM @ Your Library

Make it with Makey Makey
Tuesday, May 1, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Friday, May 25, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Tuesday, June 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Friday, June 22, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 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, May 23, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Tuesday, June 12, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 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.

Arduino
Wednesday, May 30, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, June 13, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Struble Room, 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 16 Years or older.

Coding Events

Binary Bracelets
Monday, June 11, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Monday, June 11, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Tuesday, June 19, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Tuesday, June 19, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 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
Thursday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Thursday, June 14, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Tuesday, June 26, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Tuesday, June 26, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 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.

Make It at Your Library
Friday, June 15, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Join us in celebrating the National Week of Making to create and make your own Father's Day cards and buttons. Learn how to crochet, and more!
Attendees Must be 6 Years or older


Upcoming Computer and Technology Workshops at Henrietta Hankin Branch

Advanced Word
Monday, May 21, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Annex, Henrietta Hankin Branch
This class will cover advanced Microsoft Word topics including Templates, Field Codes, Hidden Characters, Macros, and inserting Table of Contents, Screen Shots and Excel Tables.

Introduction to Word
Tuesday, June 5, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Annex, Henrietta Hankin Branch
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
Thursday, June 7, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Annex, Herietta Hankin Branch
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.


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.