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

Upcoming HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS and LECTURES

TUESDAY, January 14, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
HANDS-ON WORKSHOP – A to Z of Digital Photography: Liz Perrin leads you through everything you ever wanted to know about taking, scanning, saving, organizing, editing, cropping, sharing, and collaging digital photographs. Seating is limited, so advanced registration is required: Richard Cassidy at 514-935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca.

TUESDAY, January 28, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Benjamin Fung, PhD of McGill University explains how hacking works, who profits from our private data, and what we can do to protect ourselves. Dr. Fung is a Canada Research Chair in Data Mining for Cybersecurity and Associate Professor, School of Information Studies at McGill. Discussion with Q&A.

TUESDAY, February 25, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Karyn Moffatt, PhD of McGill University explains how digital technology is shaped by the people who use it and why it is often maladapted to the needs of seniors. She will describe successful efforts to make improvements for older adults and invite your participation. Dr. Moffatt is a Canada Research Chair in Inclusive Social Computing and Associate Professor, School of Information Studies at McGill. Discussion with Q&A.

TUESDAY, April 28, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
in honour of Earth Day, Darin Barney, PhD of McGill University illustrates the not insignificant environmental impacts of our uses of digital media. Professor Barney is Grierson Chair in Communication Studies and Associate Professor at McGill. Discussion with Q&A.

Click here to see list of Past 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.

Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, we’re offering free help in the lobby.

To schedule your appointment, 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
January-March 2020 — 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 Teapot 50+ Community Centre
  • 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.