Upcoming Programs

Tech Labs on Zoom 2024

In need of some tech pointers? The Columbia County Libraries Association presents a series of six online Tech Labs designed for those seeking help managing basic to moderate functions like email, file sharing, navigation, storage, and more. All labs will be presented by our resident tech guru, Pam Doran, on Zoom. To register for a Lab, e-mail columbiacountylibraries@gmail.com

Language Translation Software/ Apps, March 6 @ 6:45 p.m. – Do you need to communicate in a different language or just want to learn how to speak one? Find out about free apps that can help you. In this Lab, you will learn how to convert text from one language to another to quickly and easily translate words and phrases in a foreign language to make it easier to communicate with people who speak different languages.

Computer Security and Scams, March 27 @ 6:45 p.m. – These days, with cyber attacks intensifying,  it’s even more important to protect yourself by keeping safe on the Internet. In this Lab, learn about cyber security and how you can protect yourself from hackers and online scams, avoid falling prey to viruses and phishing emails, manage your passwords, secure your data, and understand security attacks! There are many ways to protect yourself online. Come learn two important ways how to succeed.

AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ChatGPT, April 3 @ 6:45 p.m. – ChatGPT — the artificial intelligence (AI)-infused chatbot that you can converse with as if it were a fellow human being — can spit out term papers, produce poetry, concoct recipes or create pages for your upcoming novel in roughly the time you need to read this sentence. In this Lab, find out why the world is talking about AI and learn how to use it. Already using ChatGPT? Find out how to write better prompts.

Virtual Author Talk: Debra Scala Giokas

Monday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom

In honor of Women’s History Month, avid crocheter and author Debra Scala Giokas will discuss her book Ladies, First: Common Threads, which celebrates 18 first ladies who, at one point in their lives, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, quilted, cross-stitched, or sewed. Their inspirational stories encourage an appreciation of craft and creativity, patience and perseverance, sacrifice and service, and most of all, the role of the first lady in the United States of America.

Debra Scala Giokas always loved to read and write and visit the library. After she earned her B.A. in English, magna cum laude, from Stony Brook University, she began a career in marketing communications where she writes every day. Debra enjoys learning and writing about women in American history. She also loves clothes, yarn (and coffee!) almost as much as words. Debra’s grandmother had taught her how to crochet when she was seven. These days Debra enjoys sharing what she learned about the first ladies, especially at libraries and museums and historical associations. 

This program is sponsored by the Columbia County Libraries Association. To register, email columbiacountylibraries@gmail.com to receive the Zoom login information.