Jacobs Technology Center

In 2008, the Chester County Library public computer center was renamed in honor of Mr. John W. Jacobs for his generous bequest to the Chester County Library Trust.  The Jacobs Technology Center (JTC) has 20 computers for use by the public for up to two hours.  A valid Chester County Library System card is recommended but not required. The Center is open during all library hours, but closes 10 minutes prior to the library closing.  The Center also includes a Digital Media Lab & Makerspace (DMLM).  Typically, there is no wait for a computer; however, you may reserve one in advance.  Please contact us at 610-280-2666 for more information.

The staff of the Jacobs Technology Center is highly skilled in the use of various software applications and offer free hands-on workshops for various skill levels to suit your needs.

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.
Sunday, September 29, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, October 23, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Sunday, October 27, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, November 6, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Sunday, November 24, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, December 4, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Sunday, December 29, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library

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. Attendees must be 18 years or older. Registration required.

Halloween Craft with ScanNCut
Wednesday, October 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 greeting cards, gifts and custom décor for your home. In this class we will make a Jack-O-Lantern candy/ gift bag holder for Halloween. The ScanNCut machine is available in the Digital Media Lab and Makerspace area. We will also show you how to use the ScanNCut design program on our computers or you can load at home, to create your own designs. After this class you can 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. Attendees must be 18 years or older. Registration required.


Step into the World of Virtual Reality


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.

Spooky Halloween VR and AR Event
Wednesday, October 30, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Struble Room, Chester County Library

We are excited to announce that Virtual Reality (VR) and Augment Reality (AR) have arrived at the library. Join us to experience this special spooky Halloween VR and AR event! No registration needed. First come, first serve.  The VR experience is made possible by the support and sponsorship of the Chester County Library Trust. The AR experience is made possible by the support and sponsorship of the Friends of Chester County Library.

Super Smash Bros for Switch - Tournament of Champions




Join us for a day filled with fun and games at the Library. Bring your family and friends to cheer you on in the tournament or just enjoy the competitive gaming and the social atmosphere.
All ages are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. Random drawings for prizes will be held throughout the day.

Super Smash Bros for Switch - Tournament of Champions Finals
Saturday, September 14, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Cheser County Library


Upcoming Computer and Technology Workshops at the Chester County Library

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.
Attendees must be 18 years or older.

Introduction to Publisher
Wednesday, September 25, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Friday, October 18, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Learn to use the basic tools in Publisher to create your own flyer, greeting card, and more.
Attendees must be 18 years or older.

Introduction to Excel
Wednesday, October 16, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, 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.
Attendees must be 18 years or older.

Intermediate Excel (Charts and Formulas)
Wednesday, October 30, 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.
Attendees must be 18 years or older.


In addition to our computers, the John W. Jacobs Technology Center is equipped with the following

Hardware:
One Black and White printer

One color printer
CD and DVD readers and writers
Two flatbed scanners
Three document feeder scanners

Software Applications:
Microsoft Office 2013 Suite
Internet Explore
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome
Adobe Photoshop CS on designated PCs
Adobe Photoshop Element on designated PCs

Resources
Learning Express Library database