Public Computing Center Announces Winter Course Schedule

Make a New Year’s resolution to learn something new. Enter the world of digital literacy in 2012 by taking a course at Oswego’s Public Computing Center, located at Oswego Public Library, 120 East Second St., Oswego.

If you are not using a computer in your daily life, you are missing out! It’s time to take advantage of everything that computer technology has to offer. For example, learning about social media, such as email, gchat, Facebook, LinkedIn, Wikispaces, and blogs will help you communicate with your children, grandchildren, and other loved ones. Other programs like RSS feeds, podcasts, and Google Earth will keep you in touch with the world. If you like music, you can learn to create and edit music using free programs.

Using computers helps people feel less isolated because computers connect us to the rest of the world. Computers and the internet provide opportunities to engage in fun activities and play games, take courses, read books, magazines, and news sources, research one’s ancestors, visit other places, and view multi-media materials such as movies and film clips. One can learn, be entertained, write and post articles, essays, and books, and connect with others using computers.

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 winter schedule of classes includes two courses for beginners who are just starting to use computers. If you are not a computer user, “Introduction to the Computer” will teach you everything you need to know to be comfortable using a computer.

Some people are afraid of computers, fearing that they will break something on the computer. The staff at the Public Computing Center will help you overcome any fears you might have, and guide you to be comfortable using a computer. “Internet Basics” expands your use of computers to connect you with the world. Both courses consist of 8 sessions of 2 hours each. The winter course schedule is:

Introduction to Computers on Tuesdays and Thursdays
• January (8 sessions) from 10 – noon on January 3, 5 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.
• February (8sessions) from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. on February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28.
• March (8sessions) from 1 – 3 p.m. on March 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29.

Internet Basics on Tuesdays and Thursdays
• January (8 sessions) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on January 3, 5 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.
• February (8sessions) from 10 – noon on February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28.
• March (8 sessions) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on March 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29.

The Public Computing Center also offers one-time 2 hour workshops on Saturdays to help people learn more advanced skills. They are:

Jan. 7 – Creating & Editing Music Using Free Software, 10 a.m.-noon
FAFSA Online (Free Application for Student Aid), 1 – 3:30
Jan. 14 – Creating Calendars using Publisher, 10 a.m. – noon
MS Word 2010, 1 – 3
Jan. 21 – Practicing MS Word 2010, 10 a.m. – noon
FAFSA Online (Free Application for Student Aid) 1 – 3:30
Jan. 28 – Facebook for Business 10 a.m. – noon
Sharing Photos Online, 1 – 3
Feb. 4 – MS Word: Functions for Your Small Business 10 – noon
Health Information Using Library Databases 1-3
Feb.11 – Repairing Damaged Photos with Photoshop Elements 10 – noon
Make a Newsletter in Publisher, 1 – 3
Feb. 18 – Introduction to Excel, 10 – noon
FAFSA online (Free Application for Student Aid), 1 – 3
Feb.25 – Practicing Excel, 10 – noon
Wikis, 1 – 3

For middle school students in grades 5 through 8, the Public Computing Center offers Digital Media Club on Wednesdays from 4 – 6 p.m. To join, young people need to have a library card with parent permission to use computers in the library. Digital Media Club activities include using safe websites, digital media, and video to have fun and be creative. Members also play Wii fit once month.

Please call 341-5867 or visit the main desk in the Library to register for classes, workshops and Digital Media Club. Visit the library home page at and consult the calendar to find out what courses and workshops are offered in the future.

The staff of the Public Computing Center is also available to help people with anything technology related whenever classes and workshops are not in session. All classes and assistance are free and are provided through a Broadband Technology Opportunity (BTOP) grant.