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, April 28, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
In honour of Earth Day, Darin Barney 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 2020 HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS and LECTURES.
Click here to see list of Past 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 2019 and January and February 2020, our Help Hub sessions were held from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. In early March 2020, they were from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

While our building is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect public health, we offering free help by phone and email. Contact Richard Cassidy at 514-935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca.

Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, we’re offering free help in the lobby.

During 2019 and January and February 2020, our Help Hub sessions were held from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. As of March 5, 2020, they are from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

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 – early March 2020 — MONDAYS 12 noon to 3:00 pm

The live gatherings for collaboration on creative projects are suspended while our building is closed. Richard Cassidy is contacting participants to arrange for ongoing collaboration safe group video communications. For more information, contact Richard: 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). Suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect public health.

DIGITAL SKILLS ROADSHOW

Our staff and instructors are conducting digital training and creative activity sessions at the following seniors residences and community centres. They are suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect public health.

  • Black Community Resource Centre (BCRC)
  • Centre Greene
  • 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.