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
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. Live online during the COVID-19 confinement. Please scroll down for the schedule.

DIGITAL HELP HUB
One-on-one Q&A sessions with qualified instructors. Maximum of 30 minutes. By appointment and online or on the phone during COVID.

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

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

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

Connect with Technology

HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS, LECTURES and YouTube VIDEOS

Click here for our YouTube Video Series, made during the COVID-19 closedown.

FRIDAY, November 27, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm — By Zoom
Hands-on Workshop on Protecting Yourself Online
Christine Paquette 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. Moderated Q&A with discussion.
REGISTER and get the Zoom link: connect@atwaterlibrary.ca.

TUESDAY, December 1, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm — By Zoom
Hands-on Workshop on How to Use Zoom
Christine Paquette reviews the basics of using Zoom and explores some of the exciting features like polls, screen sharing, and breakout rooms. Moderated Q&A with discussion.
REGISTER and get the Zoom link: connect@atwaterlibrary.ca.

TUESDAY, December 15, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm — By Zoom
Thinking Critically about COVID-19 Health Information Online
Vera Granikov and Virginie Paquet review best practices for critically evaluating and sharing information about the pandemic we find on the web. Moderated Q&A with discussion.
Vera Granikov is a McGIll University PhD candidate in Information Studies. She is a research-embedded information specialist with McGill’s Department of Family Medicine.
Virginie Paquet is a Master’s student at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information of the Université de Montréal.
REGISTER and get the Zoom link: connect@atwaterlibrary.ca.

FRIDAY, December 18, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm — By Zoom
Hands-on Workshop on Spotting Fake News
Christine Paquette demonstrates activities that will allow you to see the difference between what is really fake and simply surprising information. Moderated Q&A with discussion.
REGISTER and get the Zoom link: connect@atwaterlibrary.ca.

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

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 are offering free help by phone and email. Contact Liz Perrin at 514-935-7344 or connect@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
Summer 2020 — MONDAYS 1:00 to 3:00 pm by Zoom
Fall 2020 — MONDAYS 1:00 to 3:00 pm by Zoom (except Thanksgiving)

The live gatherings for collaboration on creative projects are suspended while our building is closed. For more information, contact Liz Perrin: 514-935-7344 or connect@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 for seniors residences and community centres listed below. During the COVID-19 pandemic our services are online rather than in-person, to protect public health.

From mid-October to early December 2020, we’re conducting three 8-part series by Zoom in partnership with Seniors’ Respite Montérégie.

Android Phones and Tablets – Wednesdays 10:00 to 11:30 am
Apple Phones and Tablets – Thursdays 10:00 to 11:30 am
Windows 10 Laptops and Computers – Fridays 10:00 to 11:30 am

Free and everyone welcome. For more info and to register: connect@atwaterlibrary.ca.

  • Black Community Resource Centre (BCRC)
  • Centre Greene
  • Contactivity Centre
  • engAGE, Concordia University
  • Heritage Lower Saint Lawrence
  • Manoir Westmount
  • New Hope Senior Citizens’ Centre
  • St-Andrew Residential Centre
  • Seniors’ Respite Montérégie
  • South Asian Women Association of Canada (SAWAC)
  • The Teapot 50+ Community Centre
  • Voice of English-speaking Québec
  • 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 Liz Perrinconnect@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514-935-7344.