Connect with Tech Week

sfpl.org/connectwithtech
Access. Teach. Learn. Empower. May 7 - 12, 2018

San Francisco still has a digital divide! It’s time to get connected. Attend free classes (Connect with Tech program guide PDF), a tech expo and engaging panel discussions to help build your skills and take the next step into the world of tech. During May 7–12, tech training programs (Connect with Tech program guide PDF) (ranging from basic computer skills to beginning coding classes) are offered throughout the Library system and partnering locations. Library staff, tech workers and industry professionals are on hand to help bridge the digital divide and improve your quality of life.

View the Connect with Tech program guide (PDF) or scroll below and click on an event for more information.

Connect with Tech Week (program guide PDF) is a citywide initiative comprised of events spearheaded by the San Francisco Public Library to promote online access and technology skill-building and to reduce digital disparities in our communities. The programs are free and open to the public. There’s something for everyone!
Questions? Want to get involved?
 For information, contact Kate Eppler or call The Bridge at Main at (415) 557 4388. For accessibility requests please call (415)-557-4557 (voice) 415-557-4433 (tty) 415-625-9082 (vp).

Connect with Tech'd Out

  • Phase II of the Library's Tech'd Out laptop and wireless internet lending program begins during Connect with Tech Week. Visit the Main, Bayview, Ocean View, Visitacion Valley, Chinatown or North Beach libraries starting Monday, May 7 for a chance to check out a mobile hotspot with your library card.

Connect with Tech Week Program Guide (PDF)

Monday, May 7

Job Seekers' Drop-In Lab

  • 5th Floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 10 a.m.-12p.m.
    Join us for Job Seekers' Drop-In Lab for help with emailing resumes, navigating online job applications and searching online for employment. Staff are available to share resources and provide general support. Bring a flash drive or log into your email to save your files.

Basic Computer Skills 

  • Tenderloin Tech Lab, 10 a.m. -12 p.m.
    A multi-session course that runs from May 7-25, designed to teach beginning skills for new computer users. Topics include physical components of the computer, Microsoft Windows navigation, MS Word basic commands, introduction to the Internet and email, file management and typing. All students are expected to attend every class. Visit www.tenderlointechnologylab.org for more information.

Applying for City Jobs through ACE

  • 5th Floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 12:30- 2 p.m.
    Learn how to apply online for City Employment through the Access to City Employment program, which provides a route to city employment for disabled individuals.

WeChat Drop-in

  • Portola Branch Library, 1-2 p.m. 
    Learn the basics of WeChat and stay connected with your family and friends. Instruction available in Chinese and English.

iPhone/iPad EZ PZ

  • Western Addition Branch Library, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    Enhance your iOS finesse! Library staff demonstrate easy ways to gain comfort and delight with your Apple iOS device. This class is part of the Bolder Adults Tech Time series.

Tech SF Coding Drop-in

  • Main Library, 5th Floor Computer Training Center, 2-5 p.m.
    Learn how to code, design and be more tech savvy at a drop-in lab from Tech SF. Through sfpl.org you can access Treehouse, an online training platform that teaches coding, career skills and entrepreneurship.

Google Drive and Gmail

  • Tenderloin Tech Lab, 2-3:30 p.m.
    A workshop teaching the basics of Google Drive. Learn to create, save and share documents and how to upload and download files. We’ll also teach you how to create and use a Gmail account, send an email with an attachment and more.

Stop Motion Animation

  • Bernal Heights Branch Library, 3-4 p.m.
    An introduction to stop-motion animation using iPads, the iMotion HD app and iMovie. Participants will get the opportunity to use a variety of props in their films and also learn basic paper and clay circuitry. The curriculum will cover preproduction, storyboarding, shooting and editing. This is an adult program. Space is limited. Please call (415) 355-2810 or visit the reference desk to sign up.

Learn Online! 

  • Main Library Learning Studio, 5th Floor  3-4 p.m.
    Learn about free or low cost online learning options to further your career and your personal goals. Presented by Upwardly Global.

Everyday Accessibility Tools

  • Independent Living Resource Center, 4-5:30 p.m.
    Do you have questions about how Assistive Technology can increase your quality of life? Are you interested in trying out some cool Assistive Technology before purchasing? Walter Delson from the ILRCSF talks about the Nick Feldman Device Lending Library and other services available at the ILRCSF.

Tuesday, May 8

Online Job Application Tips and Tricks

  • 5th Floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 10 a.m. -12 p.m.
    Do you get frustrated trying to fill out online applications? Do you have trouble deciding what to say? In this introductory workshop, learn how to navigate online applications, answer questions clearly and strategically and identify ways online applications screen applicants. You will fill out a master application so bring a copy of your resume to this workshop. Presented by Jewish Vocational Services.

Select The Right Tech

  • Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    If you’re blind or visually impaired, finding the right piece of access technology can be a big, and sometimes daunting undertaking, but knowing what options can meet your needs is the first step. Back by popular demand, here’s a chance to experience firsthand the latest and greatest in access technology. A variety of access technology vendors showcase magnification, Braille displays, hand held devices, apps and more. Chat with a LightHouse technology specialist to get tips on selecting the right technology to meet your individual needs. For questions, or to RSVP, contact Shen Kuan, skuan@lighthouse-sf.org or (415) 694-7312

Computer Basics Help

  • 5th Floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Bring your computer questions to this friendly drop-in event and get individual help with e-mail, websites and more.

iPhone/iPad EZ PZ

  • Ocean View Branch Library, 1-3 p.m.
    Enhance your iOS finesse! Library staff demonstrate easy ways to gain comfort and delight with your Apple iOS device.  This class is part of the Bolder Adults Tech Time series.

Google Maps and Calendars

  • Tenderloin Tech Lab, 2 -3:30 p.m.
    A workshop teaching the basics of Google calendar and maps. Learn how to set reminders, print calendars, find and print directions and explore google maps street view.

Microsoft Accessibility Features

  • Learning Studio, 5th Floor, Main Library, 2 -3:30 p.m.
    Learn about built-in accessibility in Microsoft365 for people with disabilities. Microsoft offers experiences that are usable hands-free, eyes-free or without a mouse; easy ways to create and share accessible content; how to simplify IT environments by leveraging built-in assistive technologies and support services; and how to reduce legal risk by procuring inclusive and compliant technologies. Presented by Megan Lawrence, PhD Microsoft’s Accessibility Technical Evangelist.

Everyday Accessibility Tools

  • 5th Floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 3-4:30 p.m.
    Do you have questions about how Assistive Technology can increase your quality of life? Are you interested in trying out some cool Assistive Technology before purchasing? Walter Delson from the Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco talks about the Nick Feldman Device Lending Library and other services.

Girls Who Code

  • Excelsior Branch Library, 4-6 p.m.
    Girls learn to code in an open and accepting environment. Projects include learning how to code animations, games and websites. Open to 6th-12th grade girls. Sign-up required. For more information or to register, contact Marla at marla.bergman@sfpl.org or (415) 355-2868.

Digital Device Drop-In

  • Mission Branch Library, 5-6 p.m.
    Tech-savvy helpers provide basic support in getting to know your digital device. Please have your device fully charged and know your sign-in information and passwords.

LinkedIn for Job Search

  • 5th Floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 6-7:30 p.m.
    LinkedIn is the biggest online professional network, and whether you’re currently looking for a job or looking to grow in one you already have, having an active account on LinkedIn can be a big help. In this workshop tailored for beginners, a social media expert will take you step-by-step through the process of creating a LinkedIn account and profile. You will also get special tips for how to connect with people on LinkedIn and use it for your professional development.

Why Coding? A Workshop for Parents

  • Bayview Branch Library, 6-7:30 p.m.
    What is coding and why all the hype around teaching your child to code in pre-K and beyond? In this hands-on workshop focused on early elementary school learners, we will define computational learning, discuss why it is important and create a small program with Scratch, the most popular free resource to teach programming to youth. 

Apply for City Jobs Online

  • Visitacion Valley Branch Library, 6-7 p.m.
    Learn how to search and apply for San Francisco city jobs through the online portal.

Personal Digital Archiving

  • West Portal Branch Library, 6:30-8 p.m. 
    Want to organize your digital files and photos for the future? Learn to identify what you have and where it is, decide what you want to keep, organize and backup your files.

Net Neutrality: Present and Future

  • Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 6-7:30 p.m.
    Join us for an illuminating discussion of the meaning and future of 'net neutrality.' Our panelists will be Ernesto Falcon, Legislative Counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Conor Kennedy, Deputy Broadband Project Director at the SF Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation; and Dane Jasper, CEO of Sonic. Bring your questions!

Wednesday, May 9

Online Job Application Tips and Tricks

  • Excelsior Branch Library, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Do you get frustrated trying to fill out online applications? Do you have trouble deciding what to say? In this introductory workshop, learn how to navigate online applications, answer questions clearly and strategically and identify ways online applications screen applicants. You will fill out a master application so bring a copy of your resume to this workshop. Presented by Jewish Vocational Services.

Digital Parents

  • Twitter Neighbor Nest, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Become more confident about parenting in the digital age! In this workshop, you will become familiar with parental controls and privacy settings, and you will be introduced to technology tools and resources to assist your children. Free childcare is provided. Space is limited, call (415) 557-4388 to reserve a spot.

Apply for City Jobs Online

  • 5th floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
    A workshop focusing on how to apply for City employment which includes: Reviewing the JobAps website, different appointment types (PEX, TEX, PCS), signing up for job notifications and reviewing the job announcement and contact information.

Don’t Fret the Tablet

  • Portola Branch Library, 1-3 p.m.
    Take a tour around the tablets! Library staff demonstrate the basics of using tablets like iPads and Kindle Fires. This class is part of the Bolder Adults Tech Time series.

Digital Parents (en español)

  • Twitter Neighbor Nest, 1-3 p.m.
    This program is presented in Spanish. Become more confident about parenting in the digital age! In this workshop, you will become familiar with parental controls and privacy settings, and you will be introduced to technology tools and resources to assist your children.Free childcare is provided. Space is limited; call (415) 557-4388 to reserve a spot.

History, Here and Now

  • Golden Gate Valley Branch Library, 1-3 p.m.
    Get the latest on the past!  More and more historical documents are being digitized and can be found online–if you know where to look. Learn how the San Francisco History Center (located on the 6th floor of the Main Library) and sfpl.org can help you to discover digital (and physical) treasures of times gone by.

Let Us Amaze You! Digital Tools for Your Job Search

  • 5th floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 2-4:30 p.m. 
    An introduction to digital resources that will help you become a more informed and empowered job seeker. Presented by TechSF and BAVC.

Health Portals and Online Tools

  • Learning Studio, 5th Floor, Main Library, 2-3:30 p.m.
    Local health experts discuss the benefits of patient portals and other online health tools. Learn which portals are available in San Francisco, how they can be used to manage health, and how to find other online health tools.

Preserving Memories

  • Ocean View Library, 2-4 p.m. 
    Learn how to use a digital scanner to turn your cherished photos, letters, recipes, (even 3D objects!) into digital images. Pair up with a computer coach to learn how to share your images with family and friends. Space is limited to 30 people. To sign up, call (415) 355-5615.  Sponsored by the SF Tech Council and the Community Living Campaign.

Anatomy of a Computer

  • Excelsior Branch Library, 4-5 p.m.
    Curious about how a computer runs from the inside? Take apart a desktop computer and learn what makes it tick. Join us in this STEM adventure in which we provide a detailed description of all the parts of a desktop computer, followed by a Q&A.

Computer Help for Adults and Seniors

  • Richmond Branch Library, 4-6 p.m. 
    Trouble with technology? Receive help from a Teen Computer Corps volunteer. Bring your own device or use one of our laptop computers. 

Digital Payments and Online Safety

  • 5th floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 4:30-6 p.m. 
    Former Special Agent Dave Griesba talks about spammers, the mechanics of paying online and other insider internet safety tips.

Community Tech Network's Third Annual Digital Leaders Awards

  • (Ticketed event)
    Twitter HQ, 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
    Join us for inspirational stories, fine wine and good food in the company of people doing amazing work to bridge the technology divide and raise levels of digital literacy within our City's underserved communities. Purchase tickets for Community Tech Network Awards.  

Build Software with Python

  • 5th floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 6-7:30 p.m.
    This class begins a five-week series for beginning designers using Python. No experience necessary. Classes presented by Louis Rawlins. Space is limited, register by emailing Donya at donya.drummond@sfpl.org.

SaverLife: Buy Into You

  • Learning Studio, 5th Floor, Main Library, 6-6:30 p.m. (SaverLife Session One) and 6:30-7 p.m. (SaverLife Session Two)
    Join local non-profit EARN to learn about our online savings program, SaverLife. SaverLife is a free web-based program that helps individuals kick-start their savings habits. It combines cash incentives, timely nudges, and empowering financial coaching resources from certified financial coach Saundra Davis. Through SaverLife, individuals can earn up to $60 in match rewards plus additional prizes for saving. Individuals in this workshop will learn about this unique program and will have the opportunity to sign up and join the national SaverLife community of over 100,000 members.

Film: Screenagers

  • Ortega Branch Library, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Screenagers is a documentary that will likely strike a chord with many parents. It explores how teens interact with each other using electronic devices and looks at whether parents can -- or should -- try to limit or control this behavior. It's sure to prompt conversations about family communication and responsible tech use if kids and parents watch together. (2016, TRT: 70 minutes, NR)

Film: Cyber Seniors

  • Merced Branch Library, 7-8:30 p.m.
    Celebrate Older Americans Month by viewing this humorous and heartwarming documentary. Cyber-Seniors focuses on a group of senior citizens who take their first steps into cyber-space under the tutelage of teenage mentors. The film expertly renders a thought-provoking look at a spirited group of men and women who are enriched by digitally re-connecting with their families and each other. Finding their footing rather quickly, the group moves on to compete for the most YouTube views while swiftly building their online inventory of friends. (2014, TRT: 74 minutes, NR) Popcorn will be served.

Thursday, May 10

Passport to the Digital World Party

  • Learning Studio, 5th Floor, Main Library, 12-1:30 p.m.
    Seniors and people with disabilities: are you new to surfing the internet? The Digital Passport project is a fun way to learn about the many things you can do online. Drop by for food, fun and to pick up your Digital Passport. Also available: a guide to senior and disability-friendly computer classes. To RSVP, contact passport@sftechcouncil.org or call (415) 557 4388. Sponsored by the SF Tech Council.

Computer Basics. 

  • 5th floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 1-2 p.m. 
    Learn to make lists and bullet points in Microsoft Word. This program is presented by The Arc San Francisco, who serve people with developmental disabilities by promoting self-determination, dignity and quality of life.

Digital Device Drop-In

  • Ortega Branch Library, 1-2:30 .pm.
    Tech-savvy helpers provide basic support in getting to know your digital device. Please have your device fully charged and know your sign-in information and passwords.

Tech Expo

  • Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 1-3 p.m.
    Meet providers and tech organizations, learn about City programs and resources and see the latest products and services in action. Check out classes, one-on-one help and other tools can help you cross the digital divide, enhance your tech skills, enter the tech industry and improve your quality of life. We will have device giveaways and raffle prizes for participants, hands-on demonstrations and interactive presentations. All levels of technology users are welcome, including seniors and people with disabilities. Last year, hundreds of people attended and had fun with tech!

Free Chinese eBooks from UDN! (in Chinese)

  • Sunset Library, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    United Daily News allows you to access popular titles covering business, health, travel, current events and more. Learn to access eBooks from UDN in this introductory session. Bring your iPhone, iPad or other mobile device to the training.

Internet Safety Basics (in Chinese)

  • Chinatown Library, 2-4 p.m.
    Learn tips for staying safe online, including how to use private browsing, identify phishing scams, safely download software, keep your connection safe with antivirus software and more. Space is limited. To register, call (415) 355-2888.

Microsoft Word: Tables and Editing Tools

  • Tenderloin Tech Lab, 2-3:30 p.m.
    A workshop that explores Microsoft Word to edit and create tables for resumes, legal documents, book writing, flyers and more.

Craigslist Basics

  • 5th floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    The classifieds have moved online! Learn how to use Craigslist, the largest online classified ad website, to search, buy, sell, trade and more.

Use Tech to Grow Your Business

  • Learning Studio, 5th Floor, Main Library, 3-4:30 p.m.
    Join Square's Customer Advocate Lead, Caty Kobe, as she shares tech tools and strategies to help you grow your business smartly and efficiently. Whether you're just getting started or considering a business change, technology can give you back precious time. Learn about a range of technology tools to take your small business to the next level.

LinkedIn for Job Searching

  • Anza Branch Library, 3-5 p.m.
    LinkedIn is the biggest online professional network, and whether you’re currently looking for a job or are looking to grow in one you already have, having an active account on LinkedIn can be a big help. In this workshop tailored for beginners, a social media expert will take you step by step through the process of creating a LinkedIn account and profile.

Computer Skills Quick Start

  • Bayview Branch Library, 4-6 p.m.
    A four week introductory workshop covering computer skills, Microsoft Word, using the internet, online safety, sending emails and applying for jobs. Students who attend all four training sessions will have a chance to win a desktop computer. Sessions run Thursdays, May 10, 17, 24 and 31, from 4-6 p.m. Sign up at (415) 355-5757.

Digital Device Drop-In

  • 5th Floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 4-5 p.m.
    Tech-savvy helpers provide basic support in getting to know your digital device. Please have your device fully charged and know your sign-in information and passwords.

Introduction to 3D printing

  • UCSF Library Maker’s Lab (530 Parnassus Ave , Room 345), 5-6 pm
    Did you know there is a Makers Lab in the UCSF Library, with not one, but multiple 3D printers? Are you curious about the applications for 3D printing at UCSF? Join Library staff for a 60-minute pop-up covering the basics of 3D printing. Never used a 3D printer before? This is the perfect pop-up for you.
    Join Makers Lab staff for to cover the basics of 3D printing and how the technology can be used in the health sciences. This event is open to everyone.

Pathways to Work: The Impact of AI on Recruitment and (Re)Training

  • Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 6-7:30 p.m.
    A panel explores AI’s potential to support new platforms for discovering employment opportunities, increasing skills and reducing bias to achieve a workforce more inclusive of older adults and persons with disabilities.

Girls Who Code

  • Ortega Branch Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
    Girls will learn to code along with other beginners in an open and accepting environment. For 6th-12th grade female students only. For more information, email anthony.luini@sfpl.org or hillary.sartin@sfpl.org or call (415) 355-5700.

Friday, May 11

Android Phone/Tablet: Basics

  • SF Village, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Don’t dread the droid! Your Android-based smartphone (including the Lifeline Assistance "Obamaphone") or tablet is a powerful and versatile computer that can take some figuring out. Patient library staff use a big screen display to demonstrate easy ways enjoy your device.

DigiSeniors

  • 5th floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 12:30-2 p.m.
    Learn about accessibility tools and resources, and tips for online security. Digital literacy, accessibility and tech scams are notable problems for seniors. DigiSeniors is a computer training curriculum customized for seniors as an introduction to basic computing, Microsoft accessibility tools and recommendations for online safety and security.

Dealing with Digital Photos: Picture this, and that! 

  • Anza Branch Library, 1-3 p.m.
    Library staff demonstrate how to use your iPhone, smartphone, iPad, tablet, digital camera, computer, or other device to take, edit, store and share photos and videos.

YouTube 101

  • Sunset Branch Library, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    Learn how to watch movies and TV series on YouTube. Instruction in Chinese. Space limited, call (415) 355-2808 to register.

Microsoft Word: Flyers

  • Tenderloin Tech Lab, 2-3:30 p.m.
    Learn about tools to customized flyers and cards in Microsoft Word. Topics include WordArt, text boxes, images, borders and templates.

TechMobile Presents: Basic Computer Drop-in Help

  • Visitacion Valley Library, 2-3 p.m.
    The Library’s TechMobile visits Visitacion Valley Branch for a Basic Computer Drop-In program. There are laptops to use on board, or you can bring your own device.

Appy Hour

  • Main Library, Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, 2-4 p.m.
    Learn about useful apps for blind and low vision people including BARD mobile, PrizmoGo and Be My Eyes. Share your own favorite app as well.

The State of Digital Inclusion in San Francisco

  • Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 2-3:30 p.m.
    SF's Digital Inclusion Officer Alex Banh presents the results of the City's recent Digital Inclusion Survey, a first-of-its-kind study for San Francisco to measure digital technology access, usage and perception among a representative sample of city residents. Additionally, graduate student researchers present findings from their projects to quantify the benefits of digital inclusion and investigate cybersecurity awareness among vulnerable populations.

Computer Help for Adults/Seniors

  • Parkside Branch Library, 4-5:30 p.m.
    Trouble with Technology? Teen Computer Corps volunteers are here to help with your questions about email, laptops, tablets, cell phones and other electronic gadgets. Spring sessions are every Friday, 4 - 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact (415) 355-5770.

Saturday, May 12

Tenderloin Tech Fair

Drop-in Computer Help in Spanish

  • 5th floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
    A weekly drop-in service for library patrons who prefer to learn how to use a computer in Spanish. Library staff provide one-on-one assistance on how to use popular programs such as Word and Excel and how to use email and navigate the Internet.              

Be a Better Searcher

  • 5th floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 1-2 p.m.
    Think you know how to Google?  This short hands-on class will covers the ten secrets you need to know to use Google and Bing search engines effectively. We’ll discuss searching by using an image, Google's special jobs search, accessing Google maps content, DuckDuckGo and more. Presented by research scientist Dan Russell, who has been working on Google search for 12 human years, which is 84 in internet years.

Google It! 

  • Portola Branch Library, 2-3:30 p.m. 
    Learn effective search methods and more.

Computer Help for Adults/Seniors

Excel Zero to Hero

  • 5th Floor Computer Training Center, Main Library, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
    A Microsoft Excel power session teaching 20 of the most used and most useful tricks in the most popular spreadsheet program. We'll introduce formulas and functions that you can employ right away at work or at home. Presented by guest instructor Wassim Nassif.

Thank you to our 2018 Connect with Tech Week Partners

  • Microsoft
  • Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)
  • BrightBytes
  • CITRIS and the Banatao Institute
  • Code Tenderloin
  • Comcast
  • Committee on Information Technology (COIT), City and County of San Francisco
  • Community Living Campaign
  • Community Tech Network
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Google
  • Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco
  • Jewish Vocational Services
  • Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Mayor's Office on Disability
  • Twitter Neighbor Nest
  • San Francisco Digital Equity
  • SF Tech Council
  • Sonic
  • Square
  • Stride Center
  • Tenderloin Tech Lab
  • Tech SF
  • UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations

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