Library tech workshops online keep you learning

Every year the library’s tech help team answers thousands of questions ranging from “How do I use the library’s ebooks?” to “How do I find the email my sister sent me?” and beyond.

As many of us are turning to technology for social connecting during these times of physical distancing, you may have encountered similar issues or need help. You can book a one-on-one lesson by emailing techhelp@peclibrary.org or calling (613) 476-5962 and leaving a message. We can help you over the phone, via email or in a video chat format.

Over the next weeks, we will hold workshops on Wednesdays at 2p.m. All are welcome to join. These are held in a video chat format, but if you haven’t experienced a video chat before don’t fret – we will help you. Be sure to reserve your space by emailing or calling the tech team in advance.

On Wednesday, April 15 at 2 p.m., join us for Photo Management for Windows 10. With the recent upgrade to Windows 10, the process with which you manage your photos may have changed. Learn how to use the Windows 10 photo management feature to download, sort and edit all of your photos.

If you are interested in learning more about using technology to stay connected, on Wednesday, April 22 at 2 p.m., we will have an overview of social media with a focus on how you can stay in touch with friends and family using the internet including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and options for video chat.

On Wednesday, April 29 at 2 p.m. join us as we discuss home entertainment systems. Learn the basics of setting up your television and sound systems. Learn the answers to such questions as: What is HDMI? What are A/V Cables? What’s a SmartTV? What are Apple TV and Chromecast?

We have all encountered websites, emails, social media posts and more that are providing suspect information. Ever wonder how to evaluate the posts you read? Join us on Wednesday, May 6 for Internet Security and Spotting Fake News. Learn to distinguish between safe and accurate information and “fake news” or scams. Join us to learn more about how to stay safe online.

On Wednesday, May 13 we will reprise a workshop that was popular in our last series of talks. Instagram for Business will teach you how to keep your business visible during these days of physical distancing. This workshop includes topics like marketing strategies, how and when to best reach your audience, creating unique advertisement posts, maximizing the use of hashtags, as well as other concepts and ideas for Instagram posts.

If you are already using Facebook, you may want to join our new group, “Prince Edward County Book Chat”. Chat with others, share what you have been reading and share recommendations. If you would like to join a book club that will meet by videochat, contact Megan at msmith@peclibrary.org or leave a message at (613) 476-5962.

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-Liz Zylstra