Back by popular demand, our Ancestry class on genealogy research is being taught again on Friday September 4, 2015 at noon. If you would like to learn about Ancestry.com and how to do family history research for free, be sure to join us. As with all our computer classes, it is free but registration is required.
This class fills up very quickly so be sure to register soon – online, in person at the circulation desk, or by calling 563-1200.
Are you comfortable with the basics of MIcrosoft Word (typing, bold/italics/underline, changing font and size) but would like to learn more tips and tricks to format your documents? We can help you out on Thursday August 27th, 2015 at 1:00pm.
There are a few spots left in our Microsoft Word Tips & Tricks class and we invite you to join us. The class is free but you must register. You can do so online, in person at our circulation desk, or by calling 563-1200 and reserving your spot.
Our Public Computing Center will host its Open Hours for the month of August on:
- Wednesday August 5th, 1 – 3pm
- Thursday August 13th, 12 – 2pm
- Monday August 24th, 2 – 4pm
Come to the PCC, downstairs in the Sidney Library, for help with your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or e-reader. You are also welcome to use the computers for genealogy research. No registration is required – help is given on a first come, first serve basis.
If you would like to change the settings on your iPhone but are not sure where to start…
If you want to know how to set up your new laptop…
If you would like one-on-one assistance with your tablet…
If you would like to use the laptops for genealogy research…
…Join us in the PCC (Public Computing Center, downstairs in the library) on Monday July 27th, 2015 from 11am – 1pm for Open Hours.
Did you know that Google can do more than just search? It is a very powerful search engine that has a variety of tricks to make your life easier. Join us for a computer class on this topic Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 1pm in the Public Computing Center.
This class is free but registration is required. Sign up online, call 563-1200, or let us know when you are visiting the Sidney Library.
Are you interested in researching more about your family’s history but don’t have $200 to spend on a subscription to Ancestry.com? Sign up for our Researching Family History class on Monday 6/29 at 2pm. We will help you get set up with an Ancestry account, learn the basics of the site, and show you how you can access information usually reserved for paid members.
UPDATE: this class is now full but there is a waiting list. We will also be offering this class again in August! Sign up for the waiting list by registering online, calling 563-1200, or let us know when you are visiting the Sidney Library.
In addition to the large selection of books in our library, patrons can also borrow ebooks or audiobooks through the 4CLS Download Zone. You can search by category (historical fiction, fantasy, etc), see what’s new, or search for a particular author. Any ebook or audiobook that is unavailable can be put on hold, and you will receive an email when it is ready for you.
Many people listen to downloaded audiobooks on their smartphones, through the Overdrive app. Check it out on your own, or stop by the library to learn more.
If you’ve always wanted to change the settings on your iPhone but are not sure where to start…
If you want to know how to program your new laptop…
If you would like one-on-one assistance with your tablet…
If you would like to use the library’s high-resolution scanner to scan old photos…
…Join us in the PCC (Public Computing Center, downstairs in the library) on Tuesday June 16th from 4-6pm.
- Would you like to learn how to design posters or greeting cards on the computer? Join us on Wednesday 6/17 at 4pm for an introduction to Microsoft Publisher, a computer program that is used for designing print materials.You will learn skills like inserting photos and changing fonts. You will leave with a file for a simple poster or greeting card.
- Interested in learning more about your family history? Our workshop on Monday 6/29 at 2pm will help you get started with genealogy research using Ancestry.com. We will show you how to access free clues and more information about your heritage, rather than having to pay for them.
All workshops are free but registration is required. Please sign up online, call 563-1200, or register in person at the library.
Also in June…
- We will have Open Hours, where you can get one-on-one help using your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or e-reader. We’ve helped people customize their new laptops, set up privacy protection and back up their smartphones, and set up their new Kindle e-readers. Just bring in your device and your questions, and we will help you out. Open Hours are on Monday 6/1 from 4-6pm, and also on Tuesday 6/16 from 4-6pm.
Our free computer classes for the month of May will teach the following topics:
- Basic Budgeting with Excel – learn the basics of Microsoft Excel including how equations work and how to format cells. Leave with a personal or family budget that will automatically recalculate totals as new information is entered. Monday 5/4 @ 4pm
- Pinterest for Crafters, Cooks, and Teachers – Learn the basics of website Pinterest, including how to save recipes, patterns, and photos for future reference. Wednesday 5/20 @ 4pm
These classes require registration since there is limited space. Please call 563-1200, stop in to the library, or reserve your spot online by clicking here.
We also offer Open Hours, when you can get one-on-one help with your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or e-reader. You are also welcome to stop by and use our scanner or try an iPad. The dates for May and June are:
- Wednesday 5/6, 4-6pm
- Saturday 5/16, 2-4pm
- Monday 6/1, 4-6pm
- Tuesday 6/16, 4-6pm
No registration is required for Open Hours – just stop in at our Public Computing Center, in the basement of the library.