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, March 5, 2019 — 1:00 to 3:00 pm

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP on Using Government Services Online — Liz Perrin, our most experienced instructor, showed how to access information online about government services — health, housing, retirement income and rights. This workshop was designed to be useful to seniors and their caregivers, and newcomers to Canada.

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

Kim Sawchuk, Concordia Communications Studies Professor and Principal Investigator of the ACT team, shared results of her work with seniors and digital technology. She told stories of seniors making practical and creative uses of computers and cell phones. Q&A and refreshments.

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 — 1:00 to 3:00 pm

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Lynn Bennett, Certified Financial Planner, and Liz Perrin, computer instructor, showed how to file an income tax return online. The workshop included an overview of the new provisions of 2018 federal and provincial income tax laws for seniors — changes from last year.

THURSDAY, March 28, 2019 — 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Luke Stark explained Artificial Intelligence (AI) for non-techies. He separated the hype from the reality and showed how AI is more about searching for cat photos online or scheduling work shifts than it is about HAL900 or Commander Data. He also gave an overview of the history of human fascination with creating artificial beings, and why that fantasy can sometimes get in the way of a clear-eyed view of the real impacts digital technologies are having on our everyday lives.

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

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Lynn Bennett, Certified Financial Planner, and a computer instructor show how to file an income tax return online. The workshop includes an overview of the new provisions of 2018 federal and provincial income tax laws for seniors — changes from last year.
Participants are welcome to bring their own device.
Space is limited and all places are now taken. To register for a repeat offering on April 16 at the same time, please contact Richard Cassidy at richard@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514-935-7344 ext’n 206.

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 — 1:00 to 3:00 pm

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP on Buying a Computer, Tablet or Smartphone —  Liz Perrin gives a FREE overview of all the issues you need to consider to make sure you get the device that is right for you. Q&A.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required: Richard Cassidy: 514-935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca.

TUESDAY, May 28, 2019 — 1:00 to 3:00 pm

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP on Digital Basics  Liz Perrin and Richard Cassidy give a FREE overview of the computer skills you may want to learn or improve on. Q&A.
Advance registration is NOT required.

THURSDAY, June 6 — 12:30 to 1:30 pm

For the Atwater Library Lunchtime SeriesKaren Molson gives an illustrated presentation on Sir John A. Macdonald’s summer residence near Rivière du Loup, and discusses the process of creating an exhibition about it for the Virtual Museum of Canada.

THURSDAY, June 6 — 1:30 to 3:00 pm

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP on Virtual Museums and Online Exploration: Immediately following Karen Molson’s presentation, Liz Perrin leads a hands-on tour of some of the most renowned museum collections, the most famous landmarks and neighbourhoods, and furthest reaches of outer space. Learn where the internet can take you without even leaving home.
We can supply tablets but encourage participants to bring their own devices.
Advance registration is requested but not required. To register or get more information, please contact Richard Cassidy: 514-935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca.

WEDNESDAY, June 19 — 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Victoria Slonosky, McGill University researcher and author of Climate in the Age of Empire: Weather Observers in Colonial Canada, paints a picture of 18th and 19th century people whose handwritten weather observations are helping us better understand the nature and extent of climate change today. Q&A. Attendees are encouraged to stay for the workshop immediately following (details below).

WEDNESDAY, June 19 — 1:30 to 3:30 pm

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP in collaboration with McGill University’s DRAW (Data Rescue: Archives & Weather) project: Rachel Black shows how you can contribute to Citizen Science by entering handwritten weather records taken in Montreal between 1874-1953 into an online database. Help safeguard this legacy of historical information so researchers can better define how our climate is changing today. ADVANCE REGISTRATION is recommended. Participants may use their own laptops and stay for as little as 20 minutes and as long as two hours. For more information, contact Richard Cassidy: 514-935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca.

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.

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 Q&A.

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, please contact Richard Cassidy at 514-935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca.

INTERNET PEER CAFÉ

WEDNESDAY Afternoons beginning May 29, 2019 — Starting 12:00 noon (flexible) 
Come 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 centres:

  • Manoir Westmount
  • St-Andrew Residential Centre
  • Contactivity Centre

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.