CONNECT: Connecting People to a Digital Lifestyle

From the Winter of 2019 through March 31, 2022, with funding from the Government of Canada, we are conducting a variety of activities to get people using computers and digital devices for useful and fun activities.

HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS
Two-hour group sessions covering everything from the very basics of computing to more advanced topics such as podcasting and web design. Please scroll down for details of upcoming workshops.

DIGITAL DISCUSSIONS LECTURE SERIES 
We’re hosting informative and engaging lectures about how digital technology is affecting our everyday lives. With Q&A. Please scroll down for the schedule.

DIGITAL HELP HUB
One-on-one Q&A sessions with qualified instructors. Maximum of 30 minutes. By appointment only.

INTERNET PEER CAFÉS
Socialize while sharing knowledge and tips with peers, young and old. Spark creative projects such as digital storytelling and podcasting.

DIGITAL SKILLS ROADSHOW
Our instructors are conducting digital activity sessions at seniors residences and community centres. We welcome suggestions.

For more information or to make a request, please contact CONNECT Project Coordinator Richard Cassidyrichard@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514-935-7344.

Connect with Technology

2019 HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS and LECTURES

TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 — 1:00 to 3:00 pm

HANDS-ON WORKSHOPLiz Perrin shows how to take control of the SETTINGS and PREFERENCES on your smartphones and tablets, for accessibility, security, and convenience. Participants may use their own device or one of our tablets. ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required: Richard Cassidy: 514-935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca.

TUESDAY, September 10, 2019 — 1:00 to 3:00 pm

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP on Protecting Yourself OnlineLiz Perrin shows how to be more aware of where you are and what you are doing online in order to better protect yourself and your information. Participants may use their own device or one of our tablets.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required: Richard Cassidy: 514-935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca.

TUESDAY, September 24, 2019 — 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Stephen Monteiro, a media and culture scholar at Concordia University, discusses the monetizing of our online behaviors: “How other people make money about what we say and do on the Internet.” Discussion with Q&A.

THURSDAY, October 3, 2019 — 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Fenwick McKelvey, Internet Researcher, Associate Professor, Concordia University, discusses how social media and the Internet are affecting political discourse. With discussion and Q&A.

TUESDAY, October 8, 2019 — 1:00 to 3:00 pm

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP on Spotting Fake News: With the federal election approaching, join us for activities and discussions that will allow you to see the difference between what is really fake and simply surprising information. With instructor Liz Perrin. Participants may use their own device or one of our tablets.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required: Richard Cassidy: 514-935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca.

TUESDAY, November 12, 2019 — 1:00 to 3:00 pm

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP on Traveling Apps and Reminders: Just in time for your holiday trip, come review the applications, settings, and websites you need to know about before you travel again with you smartphones and tablets. With instructor Liz Perrin. Participants may use their own device or one of our tablets.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required: Richard Cassidy: 514-935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca.

Click here to see list of Winter-Spring 2019 HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS and LECTURES.

DIGITAL HELP HUB in the MAIN LOBBY

Locked out of your email address, or need help creating one? Don’t understand the error message your phone keeps giving you? Need assistance deleting messages from your inbox or organizing your computer files?

In the spring of 2019 we started conducting free Digital Help Hub sessions in our main lobby. Qualified instructors provide FREE help for up to 30 minutes. By appointment.

During June, July and August, 2019 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, we’re offering free help in the lobby.

To schedule your appointment and find out about plans for the Fall of 2019, please contact Richard Cassidy at 514-935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca.

INTERNET PEER CAFÉ

June-August 2019 — WEDNESDAYs 12 noon to 3:00 pm
September-December 2019 — MONDAYs 12 noon to 3:00 pm

Come when you can to share knowledge and experience with your peers, both young and old, to help spark and collaborate on creative projects such as digital storytelling and podcasting. ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required. To register or get more information, please contact Richard Cassidy: 514-935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca.

 are especially for refugee claimants staying next door to us at the Y Residence on Tupper Street. Coffee, socializing, internet access, and help with digital devices. We are partnering with the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness and Programme régional d’accueil et d’intégration des démandeurs d’asile (PRAIDA).

DIGITAL SKILLS ROADSHOW

Our staff and instructors are conducting digital training and creative activity sessions at the following seniors residences and community centres::

  • Black Community Resource Centre (BCRC)
  • Contactivity Centre
  • Manoir Westmount
  • New Hope Senior Citizens’ Centre
  • St-Andrew Residential Centre
  • South Asian Women Association of Canada (SAWAC)
  • The Yellow Door

Using their own device or one the Library supplies, seniors are enjoying sessions on digital photography, digital storage, eDocuments, communications, downloading applications (apps) and video editing.

For more information or to make a request, please contact CONNECT Project Coordinator Richard Cassidyrichard@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514-935-7344.