Computer Classes and Help

We offer a number of introductory computer classes and are always looking for suggestions as well.  We also have computer labs every Wednesday afternoon from 2-4pm where anyone can come in and get help. We help with everything from setting up an e-mail address to using Skype, Facebook or Tablets. Our librarians are patient, kind, and happy to help you figure out how to get the most from the technology.

 

Get comfortable and confident with computers at the Bangor Public Library's Computer Lab sessions
Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. 

Struggling with that new tablet? Need help setting up an email account? Curious about using our online catalog of ebooks and audio books? Come on by with your questions; bring your laptop, e-reader, tablet, or smart phone; or we can use the library computers to get you up and running. These classes have covered Gmail 101, Facebook, Skype, How to use Cloud Library, and How to use Transparent Language. 

ALL CLASSES ARE FREE. 
Questions? Call the Reference Department at 947-8336 ext 126.

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Social Security Benefits Class

When: Wednesday, October 11th from 4-5:30 pm

Do you need to apply for Social Security Benefits? Do you need a replacement Medicare card, benefit verification or want to get a retirement benefit estimate? Register for this free workshop and receive guided instruction from the staff of the Social Security Administration on how to access benefits and information on their web site. 

For more information on applying for Social Security visit the Social Security Administration website: https://www.ssa.gov/

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Google Drive 101

When: Tuesday, October 24th from 2-4 pm

Take your basic skills to the next level with Google Drive. You will learn how to save files online using your Gmail login and see how to access Google's word processor so you can create documents on any computer/tablet and even your smart phone.

You must have a Gmail address prior to the class. 

Please call the reference desk at 947-8336 ext 126 to register for the class.
 

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Tools for Online Shopping

When: Tuesday, November 21st from 2-4 pm

The holidays are fast approaching and with that comes the thrill (and frustration) of shopping for new technology, whether it’s a gift for someone else or yourself. This class will look at comparison shopping between devices like smart phones, tablets, and laptops as well as comparing phone plans using Consumer Reports and other resources. We won’t tell you what to buy but we’ll give you ways to decide on your own!

Please call the Reference Desk at 947-8336 ext 126 to register for this free class. 

Finding Your Winter Reads

When: Tuesday, December 19th from 2-4 pm

Join us for a class that will help you find your winter (and spring and summer and fall!) reads. Using resources like NoveList, Goodreads, and the new books option on the Bangor Public Library website you'll be able to find books by favorite authors as well as make new discoveries. And not only can we show you how to find new (to you!) books we'll show you how to keep track of what you've read and what you're reading-it's both useful and terribly satisfying.

Please call the Reference Department at 947-8336 ext 126 to register for this free class.

Helpful Handouts

Shopping Safely Online

Downloading the Transparent Language (BYKI) Mobile App

Users Guide for Cloud Library for ebooks and audiobooks

Using Cloud Library for ebooks and audiobooks on Kindle Fire

Using Novelist to find your next great read!  

Using Flipster: read new magazines online
 

Do you have an idea for a computer related class? Are you interested in collaborating with us to teach a class or have a librarian come to your organization?

Please email us at reference@bpl.lib.me.us or call 947-8336 ext 126.

We'd love to hear from you!