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September 21, 2018

Public Computing Center Offers Internet Safety, Genealogy, Sketchup and Pinterest Workshops in July


OSWEGO, NY – The Internet is a great resource for all kinds of things, but it can be dangerous for kids.  Parents and kids can learn together what measures to take to ensure safety on the Internet at home and elsewhere by attending a three-part series, Internet Safety for Parents and Kids, at Oswego Public Library’s Public Computing Center.

The workshop series, held from 10 a.m. to noon on July 14, 21 and 28, provides opportunities for parents and children to participate in learning about Internet safety together.

Instructor Crystal Wilcox, standing, helps a student during a class in the Public Computing Center at Oswego Public Library.

Instructor Crystal Wilcox, standing, helps a student during a class in the Public Computing Center at Oswego Public Library.

Internet Safety for Parents and Kids is presented by Shannon DeSantis, who is currently a graduate student in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies.

DeSantis is a young woman with great enthusiasm for her subject who relates well to kids and parents alike.

For a fun and engaging family activity, sign up for Internet Safety for Parents and Kids by calling Oswego Public Library at 341-5867 or visit the main desk in the library to register.

Many people have an interest in searching for their ancestors.

Amy Starr Zuch of North Country Library System is not only such a person; she is also an expert in how to find what you’re looking for in your own genealogy search.

To help people who want to research their roots, Oswego Public Library is offering a two-hour genealogy workshop with Zuch on July 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Community Room.

In the Genealogy Resources workshop, Zuch will give a basic overview of genealogy terms, how and where to find documents in New York State, the federal census, online resources, and the HeritageQuest database.

Beginners will get a good idea of how to search out interesting facts about their ancestors.

To sign up, please call the library at 341-5867 or visit the main desk of the library.

Do you like to design things? Do you like to see your designs come to life? Would you like to reimagine your living space and be able to see what it would actually look like?

In the Sketchup workshop on July 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. participants will learn the basics of a fun and easy modeling tool to picture anything in 3D, to create and share their own three-dimensional models or to use pre-made designs to accomplish their goals.

Pinterest is a new and exciting social networking website that helps you organize and share all of the things that you like on the Internet. Brides are using Pinterest to help plan their weddings. People with hobbies are using Pinterest to share with others who have the same interests. Pinterest has a million uses for those who enjoy surfing the web and sharing.

You can learn the ins and outs of creating your own Pinboard on July 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Pinterest workshop.

The full schedule of Saturday workshops includes:

July 7, 10 am to noon – Facebook

1 to 3 p.m. – Research Tools and Portable Apps

July 14, 10 a.m. to noon – Internet Safety for Parents and Kids Session 1 of 3

1 to 3 p.m.  – Genealogy

July 21, 10 a.m. to noon – Internet Safety for Parents and Kids – Session 2 of 3

1 to 3 p.m.  – Sketchup

July 28, 10 a.m. to noon – Internet Safety for Parents and Kids – Session 3 of 3

1 to 3 p.m. – Pinterest

Computer workshops for beginners, Introduction to Computers and Internet Basics are offered every month at the Public Computing Center for eight sessions each.

In July, Introduction to Computers is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning on July 3.

Internet Basics is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. also beginning on July 3.

Digital Media Club will continue on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. throughout the summer.

Digital Media Club provides fun and safe computer activities for young people in grades 5 through 8, supervised by Instructor Jessica Galvin and AmeriCorps volunteer Jennifer Blanchard.

Activities usually involve being creative and playing games with computers and Wii, but Digital Media Club recently branched out to include planting and raising vegetables in the Oswego Community Garden.

Blanchard has much experience and knowledge in organic gardening that she is sharing with members of Digital Media Club as part of her AmeriCorps assignment to help young people with nutrition and fitness.

The Public Computing Center at Oswego Public Library is open daily except Sundays, with computer and job skills classes and someone to help members of the public with anything related to computers, technology or job searches.

Please call the library at 341-5867 or go to the main desk in the library to sign up for classes and workshops.

All programs are provided free of charge through a Broadband Technology Opportunity grant.

As a reminder, Oswego Public Library and the Public Computing Center are closed on Independence Day, July 4.

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