Technology Instruction

Who can attend? Classes are for learners of all ages. Class size is limited to 10 and each participant will have their own workstation. Individual sessions take place with one of our technology instructors.

Where are the classes? Group classes occur at the Victoria Avenue Library in our fully equipped media lab, and at Stamford Centre Library. One-to-one sessions have availability at all locations.

What is the cost and how do I register? Free. Registration required. For more information, call 905-356-8080, email askus@nflibrary.ca, or check the calendar below.

Special 3D Print Event - We the Rosies

For women, non-binary makers, artists and the technologically inclined - we will be participating in a massive art project, helping to build a 6-foot-tall monument of Rosie the Riveter. Each participant will order a part of the Rosie statue; the parts will be printed on NFPL's 3D printers, and we will mail your parts to the official shipping address of the sculpture.

Check out the crowd-sourced We the Builders site for more information. You log into this site with your google account, click "Download This Part" to get the file for your claimed part, then Order your claimed part from NFPL.

You'll also have a chance to find out about the different services in our Oakes Room Media Lab. Staff will be on hand Monday, May 14th, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. to help you order prints, and to answer your questions. 

Oakes Room Media Lab, Victoria Avenue Library.

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Computer Basics Series

PC1 through PC4 are a series of beginner courses which are meant to be taken in order. This is not mandatory, and each class must be booked individually. Consult with a staff member if you are unsure about your needs. These classes run for 2 hours. Click here to view the complete calendar of scheduled dates.

PC1 Basic Computer Use

 

 

For those with little or no experience. Through hands-on instruction, you will become acquainted with the basic physical components of a computer, input and controls, and the Windows operating system and filing structure.

 

PC2 Internet & Web Essentials

 

 

For those with little or no web experience, but a basic understanding of computers and Windows. You will be introduced to the World Wide Web, its structure, and how to navigate it through the use of common browsers and their features, security practices and how to avoid mal-ware and pop-ups, information searches using Google, and other essential online tools.

 

PC3 Intermediate Windows 10 Skills

 

 

Requires a basic understanding of computers and the Windows environment. Gain further understanding into the file system, safety settings, and learn various tips and tricks such as tiling windows, creating shortcuts, customizing your desktop, copying files to and from a flash drive, and the settings within the Control Panel.

 

PC4 Word Processing & Office Tools

 

 

Requires a basic understanding of computers and the Windows environment. You will learn to use the basic tools available for word processing and typical workplace tasks, including formatting text and paragraphs, cutting and pasting, and saving documents.

 

Specialty Classes

Advanced Word Processing Tools

 

 

For those with a good understanding of computers and Windows, and some experience with typing and productivity tools. Rethink skills including selecting, cutting and pasting, formatting and modifying text, paragraphs, and documents. Learn how to create and edit tables, numbered lists, tables of contents, citations, images, shapes, frames, borders, clipart, etc.

 
Introduction to Email

 

 

Requires a basic understanding of computers and the web. You will learn ; to compose, send, forward, and delete messages, attach and download files, create and manage folders, labels, and the contacts list, and understand email terminology, etiquette, and conventions.

 
Getting started with Spreadsheets & Excel

 

 

For those with some knowledge of Microsoft Office tools. Learn how to perform common tasks associated with spreadsheets and become familiar with Excel and its wide array of features (sorting tools, functions and equations, charts and graphs, etc.). 

 
Introduction to Facebook

 

 

Learn to set up a Facebook account and gain understanding in basic settings, uploading media, liking, commenting, chatting, groups and pages, and other essential features. Account security and privacy will also be clarified. You will need an active web-based email account (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.), and may bring photos in an electronic format to upload.

 
 
Internet Safety

 

 

Using the internet opens up a world of possibilities, but also exposes one to many potential risks. The purpose of this class is to give learners the confidence and tools they need to experience the online world to the fullest extent—while staying safe. We will discuss best practices and safety strategies, clarify misconceptions, and examine various tools available to help keep one’s internet use safe and secure.

 
Tech Time

 

 

One-to-one sessions for assistance with portable devices or general technology use issues.

  • Come in with anything that you are getting started with or trying to learn more about. There is no set curriculum—attendees should arrive with questions to be answered or problems to be solved.
  • Detailed set-up walkthroughs for eReading (books and magazines) and digital library services can also be provided.
  • Hardware should be ready to use before the program. Please be familiar with powering on your device and any required passwords.
  • The NFPL does not make changes to your property, and as such does not perform virus removal, disk restoration, etc., or any hardware repair services.
  • Sessions are for education or consultation and run for 55 minutes.
 

*If you are looking for the program formerly known as “eReading & Digital Library Discovery,” you are in the right place—all one-to-one sessions now take place in Tech Time slots.