Welcome to Tech Week

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San Francisco Tech Week is May 9-15, 2021

Join San Francisco Public Library and partners to build your skills, explore technology and connect with expert help.

One-on-one help is available for building a variety of skillsincluding getting ready to Zoom for Tech Week events.

Tenderloin Tech Lab Office Hours: Appointments are available between 2–4pm, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call (415) 592-2766 or email info@tenderlointechnologylab.org.

Tech Squad Appointments: the Felton Institute’s Tech Squad is offering technology assistance to older adults in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Call (415) 960-5211 or email Joy at jzhan@felton.org for an appointment.

Felton Institute 科技隊,目前提供科英,粵,國語科技協助。

請電(415) 960-5211或寫電郵jzhan@felton.org來預約時間。

Tech Week Hotline

Have a question about technology? Call the Bridge at Main’s Tech Week hotline at (415) 557-4388, May 9–15, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


Want to know more about connecting to wifi networks? These videos from Community Tech Network explain the difference between wifi and mobile data and how to connect.

Connectivity: WIFI or Cellular Data (English)  |   Возможности подключения: Wi-Fi или сотовые данные

Program Schedule

Sunday   |   Monday   |   Tuesday   |   Wednesday   |   Thursday   |   Friday   |   Saturday

Sunday, May 9

Minecraft Chinatown Alleyway Virtual Tour

May 9, 1 p.m.

Take a virtual visit to the main streets and alleyways San Francisco’s Chinatownall recreated virtually in Minecraft. We take you back to the past, highlight the struggles and triumphs of the community and share personal stories about preserving Chinatown. Presented by the youth guides of Chinatown CDC. This event will not be recorded, so be there or be square! Presented in partnership with San Francisco's Tech Week, May 9-15, 2021, and SFPL's AAPI month.

Register to attend the Chinatown Virtual Tour online

Monday, May 10

Google Docs and Sheets

English, May 10, 10 a.m.

Cantonese, May 10, 11 a.m.

Vietnamese, May 10, 12 p.m.

Be more efficient with free Google applications! We walk through steps to create tables and lists, basic formulas for simple math, formatting and designing documents.

Presented by Self-Help for the Elderly

Register for Google Docs on Zoom

Google Drive

May 10, 11 a.m.

Learn the basics on how to use Google Drive, an online file storage service. We demonstrate how to navigate the platform on a PC, upload, organize and share files. A free Google account is needed for access. 

Register for Google Drive on Zoom

A Brief History of Technology

May 10, 1:30 p.m.

Who created the Word Wide Web? Is the World Wide Web and the internet the same thing? How did Microsoft get big so fast? Take a trip down technology memory lane and learn about the players and innovations that shape where we are today.

Presented by Willie Lockett, CEO of Urban Equity Group. Lockett has been an IT Consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank, Director of Operations for a technical training company, technical Project Manager, network administrator, programmer and long-time advocate of digital equity.

Register for A Brief History of Technology on Zoom

Affordable Housing

May 10, 2 p.m.

Apply for affordable housing online using the City's DAHLIA website.

Presented by Self-Help for the Elderly

Register for Affordable Housing on Zoom

Share What You Know Online

May 10, 3 p.m.

We discuss the why, where, how and what of creating online content, particularly through YouTube videos.

Presented by The Specialists Guild

Register for Share What You Know Online on Zoom

Intro to Cryptocurrencies

May 10, 6 p.m.

Curious about cryptocurrency? We cover what they are, how they work and how they might affect the future.

Presented by Diginido Labs

Register for Intro to Cryptocurrencies on Zoom

Or watch live on SFPL YouTube (no registration) 

Tuesday, May 11

Chinese eMagazines | 中文電子雜誌

May 11, 9:30 a.m.


Download and read Chinese eMagazines through the Library. A San Francisco Public Library card is needed to utilize these resources.

Register to join Chinese eMagazines on Zoom/登記參加課程 (中文電子雜誌)

Free Video Streaming Apps for Mobile

May 11, 10 a.m.

Learn how to stream videos from SFPL, Peacock and other services.

Presented by Curry Senior Center

Register for Free Video Streaming Apps for Mobile on Zoom

Scan and Share Your Photos

May 11, 11 a.m.

Make your favorite photos digital for easy sharing.

Presented by Community Living Campaign

Register for Scan and Share Your Photos on Zoom

Productivity Tools

May 11, 12:30 p.m.

Boost your hireability with knowledge on common productivity tools like Trello and Airtable. Productivity tools are also good for small businesses looking to modernize and communicate seamlessly with their team.

Register for Productivity Tools on Zoom

Free Talking Books

May 11, 1 p.m.

Having trouble seeing standard print? Get free audiobooks! The Talking Books and Braille Center at SFPL along with the National Library Service provides books and magazines in audio and braille, free of charge, to people who are blind, have low vision or have a physical, perceptual or reading disability that makes it difficult to read regular print. Find out how to signup and what we have to offer. Instantly download tens of thousands of audiobooks.

To register: call (415) 557-4253

Zoom基礎班/ Zoom 101 Basic Features (Cantonese)

May 11, 2 p.m.

Presented by Felton Institute

登入會議ID 896 854 9253

Web Design for Teens

May 11, 3:30 p.m.

This is a beginner's workshop where students build their own portfolio with HTML and CSS. No web design or coding experience necessary! Ages 1318.

Presented by Mission Bit

Register to join Web Design for Teens

Avoid Scams and Spies

May 11, 5 p.m.

Learn about common internet scams and privacy invasionsand how to protect yourself while using your device or going online. We also explore free tools from Electronic Frontier Foundation to give yourself an online privacy tune-up.

Presented by Electronic Frontier Foundation

Register for Avoid Scams and Spies on Zoom

Or watch live on SFPL YouTube (no registration)

Wednesday, May 12

Taking Pictures on Your Phone

May 12, 10 a.m.

Learn to use your smartphone's digital camera to capture the world around you. Then, join us for an in-person photography tour in the Outer Sunset on May 13!

Presented by Community Living Campaign and Peter Karpathakis

Register for Taking Pictures on Your Phone on Zoom

How to Bring Your Business and Brand Online

May 12, 2 p.m.

As soon as people hear about a brand, they typically hop online and search for your business or brand—Do you have the presence you’re hoping they will find? Join Square eCommerce specialist Martin Guerrero to walk you through the basics of claiming your online presence and what you need to build your website. In our time together we cover claiming your domain, creating a first impression and focusing on the right website elements for your business or brand.

Presented by Square

Register for How to Bring Your Business and Brand Online on Zoom

Or watch live on SFPL YouTube (no registration)

Web Resources for 50+

May 12, 3:30 p.m.

Take a tour of interesting and accessible online spots for older adults, including bookclubs, places for technology training and even classes on how to start a business.

Presented by the SF Tech Council

Register for Web Resources for 50+ on Zoom

Start Your Tech Career

May 12, 5 p.m.

Discover your options for free training and career help through TechSF.

Presented by TechSF and JVS

Register to join Start Your Tech Career

Thursday, May 13

微信的多元化功能 / WeChat and Its Features (Cantonese)

May 13, 10 a.m.

See why WeChat is such a popular social app with this tour of its main features. Learn how to add friends and use the translate function.

Presented by Self-Help for the Elderly


Acceso a material digital de la Biblioteca con aplis / Access to digital materials from theLibrary with apps (Spanish)

May 13, 12 p.m.

Aprende cómo usar las aplis Libby, Kanopy y hoopla para tener acceso a libros digitales, audiolibros, música, películas y más, en español, con la Biblioteca Pública de San Francisco. Este evento también se transmitirá en vivo en el canal de YouTube de SFPL.

Learn how to use the apps Libby, Kanopy and hoopla to have access to eBooks, audiobooks, eMusic, movies and more, in Spanish, with SFPL.

Inscríbete aquí para Zoom (Acceso a material digital de la Biblioteca con aplis)

O mira en vivo en el YouTube de SFPL (no necesita inscripción)  

Job Interviewing via Zoom

May 13, 1 p.m.

Strategies and tips for landing the job in a Zoom interview.

Presented by Community Living Campaign Peter Karpakatis

Register for Job Interviewing on Zoom

Zoom 101 Basic Features

May 13, 2 p.m.

Presented by Felton Institute

Join on Zoom: meeting ID 896 854 9253

Get the Most Out of Your Chromebook

May 13, 4 p.m.

Learn how to fine tune your device and solve common problems. For student Chromebooks, we also discuss engaging summer learning ideas for when school is out of session.

Presented by Steve Kesel, SFUSD Department of Technology

Register for Getting the Most Out of Your Chromebook on Zoom

Python for Teens

May 13, 3:30 p.m.

In this hands-on workshop, we take a look at Python—one of the world’s most popular programming languages and create our own interactive turtle game. We begin this workshop with an intro to Python and some of its core concepts before you are guided through a series of mini lessons and challenges. All to end with an awesome interactive project to show your friends and family. Beginners welcome! Ages 1318.

Presented by Mission Bit.

Register for Python workshop

Bienestar digital: Redefinir el tiempo en línea de su hij@ / Digital Wellness(Spanish)

May 13, 5 p.m.

Bienestar digital: Redefinir el tiempo en línea de su hij@ Consejos prácticos para padres lidiando con el aprendizaje a distancia y la fatiga de estar en línea. Los participantes crearán un plan holístico para abordar la interacción en línea, entender las herramientas tecnológicas que pueden ayudar mejor a l@s niñ@s a navegar el tiempo con pantallas y fomentar cómo celebrar el bienestar digital.

Presentado por CommonSense

Inscríbete aquí para Zoom (Redefinir el tiempo en línea de su hij@)

O mira en vivo en el YouTube de SFPL (no necesita inscripción)  

Friday, May 14

Everyday Tech Tips/ 英粵日用科技提示 (English and Cantonese)

May 14, 10 a.m.

Tips and tools for Apple users, including scanning documents, icloud storage, calendar, photo editing and more. Instruction in English and Cantonese.

Presented by Self-Help for the Elderly

登記參加課程/Register to join on Zoom

COVID Vaccine Finders and Case Maps

May 14, 2 p.m.

Learn how to use locally-relevant COVID-19 vaccine finder websites and case data maps.

Presented by Mapbox

Register for COVID Vaccine Finders and Case Maps on Zoom

Affordable Housing (Cantonese)/演講:申請可負擔房屋在DAHLIA網頁

May 14, 2 p.m.


Presented by Self-Help for the Elderly

登記參加課程/Register to join on Zoom

Digital Wellness: Redefining Your Child’s Time Online

May 14, 4 p.m.

Learn practical tips for parents grappling with distance learning and online fatigue. Create a holistic plan to address online engagement, understand tech tools that can better help children navigate screen time and insight on how to celebrate digital wellness.

Presented by Common Sense

Register for Digital Wellness on Zoom

Or watch live on SFPL YouTube (no registration)

Saturday, May 15

Tech Ecosystems

May 15, 9:30 a.m.

We cover the differences and similarities between Apple, Google and Microsoft's word processing, spreadsheets and more. Learn the basics of each ecosystem and how you can interact with them.

Register for Tech Ecosystems on Zoom

Online Library Resources

May 15, 11 a.m.

Discover free online services offered by the library that provide digital books, movies, online courses, online tutorials and more. Join us for a tour of Gale Courses, Lynda.com, Treehouse, Udemy, Libby and Kanopy. A San Francisco Public Library card is needed to utilize these resources.

Register for Online Library Resources on Zoom

Web Browser Basics

May 15, 12:30 p.m.

Learn the basics on surfing the Internet. We demonstrate using the URL, tabs, bookmarks and more.

Register for Web Browser Basics on Zoom

Mobile App Design

May 15, 1 p.m.

Level up your design skills and bring your app or website idea to life. Space is limited.

Presented by DiginidoLabs

Register for a link to join Mobile App Design on Zoom

Power Zooming

Level up your Zoom skills! We cover troubleshooting your audio, screen sharing and breakout roomswith time at the end to practice.

Presented Sylvia Bargellini, a senior user experience researcher in the technology sector.

May 15, 4:30 p.m.  

Register for Power Zooming on Zoom


All SFPL libraries are accessible for wheelchair users. To request other accommodations, please call (415) 557-4290 or email us. Requesting accommodations at least 72 hours in advance will help ensure availability.