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 610-344-4395 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

For the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers and patrons, effective March 14, all public programs at the Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch are being cancelled until Monday, April 6.

Tinkering Club
Calling all inventors, builders, creators, makers and tinkerers. This meeting is an excellent opportunity for you to collaborate with others and build something new and exciting. Follow along with the guided project or work on your own! Our innovative platforms, including Makey Makey, Circuit Scribe, Ozobots, Little Bits, Arduino, Scratch and more, will be available for you to learn, create, and share.  We are excited to offer a new Tinkering Kit including Brackitz, Buddha Board, 3Dux LED Kit, Turing Tumble, Paper Circuits, Chromebooks, iPads, and Silhouette Cameo.  Many thanks to the Bureau of Library Development, Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the PA Department of Education for the new kit.
Each meeting is designed for different age groups.  No registrations needed. 
Grades ≤ 8: Sunday, March 22, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library -- Cancelled
Grades ≥ 9: Sunday, April 26, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Grades ≤ 8: Sunday, May 31, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Grades ≥ 9: Sunday, June 28, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library


Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League


Diabolical dangers await in this adventure for the world’s greatest role playing game! Join us for a Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League!
Meetings will be held in the Teen Zone on the second floor, every Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:30. Players that want to work on character development, leveling up, etc. can come in at 5:00 to collaborate on that, but we also have premade characters to hand out.  Existing characters (levels 1 through 4 at the DM's discretion) are welcome, as long as they abide by Adventurers League season 9 standards! No registration is necessary.


Pokémon League

Sunday, April 19, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library

Minecraft Free Play

Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library -- Cancelled


Super Smash Bros Tournament for All Ages


Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library -- Cancelled


Easter ScanNCut Workshop

Wednesday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library -- Cancelled
Join us to create a cute Easter card and learn how to use the ScanNCut die cut machine. There will be time for hands-on demonstration to become familiar with the basics of the ScanNCut machine. After the class you can bring your own materials to the library where you can turn your own creative ideas into custom greeting cards and DIY home decor and gifts. The ScanNCut machine is available in the Digital Media Lab and Makerspace area. Attendees must be 18 years or older.

Cutting the Cord: Alternatives to Cable TV
Wednesday, March 26, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library -- Cancelled
This class will explore the various options to Cable TV. We’ll review the requirements, relative costs, advantages and disadvantages of each alternative. Prior experience with a TV remote is useful but not required. Attendees must be 18 years or older.


ScanNCut Workshop - Vinyl Project

Wednesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Join us to learn how to use vinyl to create DIY projects for your home or a loved one at a fraction of the costs associated with art workshops. In this class we will demonstrate how to cut vinyl using the Library’s Scan N Cut machine and transfer the vinyl to the end product for a cute home décor project to keep for yourself or a loved one. (maybe Mom’s day?) Two classes are offered for same project as space is limited due to time and tools needed. Each participant will choose one of two designs offered, select their color scheme (up to 2 colors) and cut their own vinyl. The ScanNCut machine is available in the Digital Media Lab and Makerspace area for patron usage.
Attendees must be 18 years or older


Upcoming Computer and Technology Workshops at the Chester County Library

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.  VR/AR Open House are held weekly.  You can find all of VR/AR Open House hours on our Computer Workshops calendar.
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.



Experience the VR & the AR featuring "The Enormous Potato"
Monday, March 16, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library -- Cancelled
Monday, May 4, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
This Longwood Gardens Community Read Event features the children's book The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis.  Join us in this event to experience the Virtual Reality and the Augmented Reality.  Software experience available for this event are Crazy Farm: VRGROUND, Moondust Garden, and more. This program supports Longwood Gardens Community Read- a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation. A limited number of Family Day Passes for four to Longwood Gardens will be raffled. A photo booth will be set up to help you record your VR/AR experience. Light refreshments are provided. First come, first serve. All ages are welcome.

Experience the Virtual Reality & the Augmented Reality featuring "Weird Plants"
Wednesday, April 15, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Monday, May 18, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
This Longwood Gardens Community Read Event features the nonfiction book Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood.  Join us in this event to experience the Virtual Reality and the Augmented Reality.  Software experience available for this event are Fujii, Seedling, and more. This program supports Longwood Gardens Community Read- a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation. A limited number of Family Day Passes for four to Longwood Gardens will be raffled. All ages are welcome. A photo booth will be set up to help you record your VR/AR experience. Light refreshments are provided. First come, first serve.

Experience the Virtual Reality & the Augmented Reality featuring "Semiosis"
Monday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Thursday, May 28, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
This Longwood Gardens Community Read Event features the science fiction book Semiosis by Sue Burke.  Join us in this event to experience the Virtual Reality and the Augmented Reality. Experience software available for this event are Sky, Stranglets, and more. This program supports Longwood Gardens Community Read- a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation. A limited number of Family Day Passes for four to Longwood Gardens will be raffled. All ages are welcome. A photo booth will be set up to help you record your VR/AR experience. Light refreshments are provided. First come, first serve.
   
Digital Device Clinic
Saturday, March 21, 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Reference, Chester County Library -- Cancelled
Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Reference, Chester County Library -- Cancelled
Saturday, March 21, 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Reference, Chester County Library -- Cancelled
Saturday, March 21, 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Reference, Chester County Library -- Cancelled
Saturday, April 18, 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Reference, Chester County Library
Saturday, April 18, 10:00.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Reference, Chester County Library
Saturday, April 18, 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Reference, Chester County Library
Saturday, April 18, 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.

Introduction to Excel
Wednesday, April 15, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 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.  Attendee must be 18 Years or older.

Intermediate Excel (Tables and Printing)
Friday, March 20, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library -- Cancelled
Wednesday, April 15, 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.  Attendees must be 18 Years or older.

Intermediate Word
Wednesday, March 25, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Stuble Room, Chester County Library -- Cancelled
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.   Attendee must be 18 Years or older

Digitizing Your Photos
Wednesday, April 8, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 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. Photo editing will not be a part of the presentation. You will not need to bring a computer or personal photos.  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 Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome
Microsoft Edge