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.
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

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.

Thanksgiving Candy Bowl with ScanNCut
Monday, November 11, 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 decorative Fall/Thanksgiving candy dish with movable handle. This would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving table or 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.

Winter Snowflake Gift Box with ScanNCut
Tuesday, December 10, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.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 decorative Holiday/Winter Snowflake gift box. This can be used for holiday gift cards or small keepsakes or a candy box 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. Registraion required.


We are excited to announce that Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) have arrived at the library. Join us to experience these VR and AR events! 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.

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


Experience VR and AR @ Your Library
Stuarday, November 16, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Stuarday, November 16, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Wednesday, December 11, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library


Digital Device Clinic
Saturday, October 19, 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Reference, Chester County Library
Saturday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Reference, Chester County Library
Saturday, October 19, 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Reference, Chester County Library
Saturday, October 19, 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Reference, Chester County Library
Do you have questions about your e-reader, tablet, or smartphone? Would you like help downloading and using eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, music, or apps? Tech-savvy students will be available to assist with device questions in a walk-in format. This clinic is for handheld devices only, not laptops. Registration is optional.


Upcoming Computer and Technology Workshops at the Chester County Library

Introduction to Word
Wednesday, November 20, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 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. Prerequisites: Experienced in PC basics and ability to use a mouse and keyboard in a Windows environment. This is not a typing class.
Attendees must be 18 years or older.

Mail Merge
Friday, November 22, 10:00 a.m. to 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.
Attendees must be 18 years or older.

Introduction to Publisher
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
Wednesday, December 11, 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.

Introduction to eBay
Friday, November 22, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Many people are surprised to discover that they can make a quick buck off their old stuff, unwanted holiday presents, 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.
Note: eBay strongly encourages its sellers to use PayPal; to retrieve your payments from PayPal you will need to connect it to a bank account, or credit card.
Attendees must be 18 years or older.


Upcoming Computer and Technology Workshops at the Henrietta Hankin Branch

Introduction to Excel
Wednesday, October 2, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Annex, Henrietta Hankin Branch
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 2, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Annex, Henrietta Hankin Branch
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.

Intermediate Excel (Tables and Printing)
Monday, October 7, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Annex, Henrietta Hankin Branch
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.
Attendees must be 18 years or older.

Microsoft Excel - Advanced
Monday, October 7, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Annex, Henrietta Hankin Branch
Learn about advanced features of Excel including Macros, Database Functions, and collaboration with Others, Pivot Tables, Charts & Graphics, and more. Participate in class exercises using our lab computers. Attendees must be 18 years or older.

 
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.