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Public Computing Center Announces December Course Schedule

It may be getting late in the year, but it’s not too late to learn something new. The Public Computing Center at Oswego Public Library is open every day except Sundays, with computer and job skills classes and someone to help members of the public with anything computer, technology or job search related. In addition, the library has online tutorials to help people develop skills to become employed or to improve their employment status. Programs are provided free of charge through a Broadband Technology Opportunity (BTOP) grant.

To sign up for classes and workshops at the Public Computing Center, please call Oswego Public Library at 341-5867 or visit the Main Desk in the library.

The December schedule of classes includes two courses for beginners just learning to use computers. “Introduction to the Computer” is held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, December 6. “Internet Basics” is held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. beginning on Thursday, December 8. The Public Computing Center also offers “Internet Basics” at Hannibal Free Library on Wednesdays in December from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. To register for the Hannibal course, please call 315-564-5471.

For job seekers, a series of two part workshops is held on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to noon. “Talk the Talk” is scheduled for December 6 and 7. “Talk the Talk” is about communications skills and will help you understand the impact of words and impressions, improve one-to-one and group communication skills, and provide practice exercises to gain experience in communicating. The next title in the series is “Putting your Best Foot Forward,” on December13 and 14 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. “Putting Your Best Foot Forward” helps job seekers find hidden skills and interests, define short and long-term job goals, and outline a personal job plan. “Legwork” reviews the parts and purpose of a resume, explores local and online job resources, and covers applying, interviewing, and following up on job opportunities. Job Skills workshops are taught by Instructor Mary Fran Yafchak and are provided through Literacy Volunteers. Please call LVOC at 342-8839 at least a week in advance to register for a Job Skills workshop.

Another program for job seekers is Job Club, which is open time on Monday afternoons to use computers and the internet. Help is provided by PCC Director Theresa Slosek with creating a resume, writing cover letters, finding job openings, completing online applications, and anything else related to finding a job or finding a better job.

On Saturdays, the Public Computing Center offers one time workshops, taught by Instructors Jessica Galvin and Sue Hansen. On Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. to noon Ms. Galvin will teach people to create holiday cards using the Photoshop Elements program. On December 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, Ms. Galvin teaches about all the uses of Craigslist.

For prospective college students who want to apply for federal aid, Ms. Hansen will provide individual assistance with filling out the online application on Saturdays, December 3 and 10, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Students must sign up ahead of time for a 30 minute session with Ms. Hansen.

On December 17 “Create Professional Presentations with PowerPoint 2010” will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon and “Networking with Wikispaces,” a way to share photos on the internet without fear of having your privacy invaded, will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

On December 24 from noon to 3:00 p.m. the Public Computing Lab will be open for anyone who wishes to complete projects begun in other workshops or to use computers for any other purpose, and on December 31, Ms. Galvin offers “MS Word 2010 for Business – Letterheads, Invoices, and more” from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

“Digital Media Club” is a program for students in grades 6 through 8, offered in partnership with AmeriCorps, and held on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. In “Digital Media Club” students are introduced to fun and educational websites and computer programs appropriate for their age. An emphasis is also placed on fitness and nutrition, and students will use Wii fit one Wednesday each month in “Digital Media Club.” Participants must have a library card with parental permission to use library computers. If parents have questions, they can call or visit the library or email Instructor Jessica Galvin at [email protected]

All programs at the Public Computing Center are free of charge and provided with funding from the New York State Library through a Broadband Technology Opportunity Program. To register, please call the library at 341-5867 or visit the Main Desk in the library.