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Introductory Computer Training Classes
The library offers free introductory computer training classes to the public utilizing a laptop computer lab. Please note: due to the limited number of lab computers, pre-registration is required for these classes.
But that's not all. Click here for more technology-related classes and workshops.
Book Discussion Groups
A limited number of books for both groups are available to check out at the Check Out counter.
Call for availablility: 727-369-0669.

Evening Book Club  Afternoon Book Discussion 
Wednesday
Aug. 9, 2017
6:30pm
Who Asked You?
by Terry McMillan
Thursday
July 20, 2017
2:00pm
The Signature of All Things
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Book List Book List
 

Adult Summer Reading Raffle
Begins June 3, 2017
Ends July 22, 2017 

Visiting the library this summer gets you the chance to win great prizes including tickets to LEGOLAND, a Trader Joe's gift basket, Lowe's gift card, and more. The more often you visit, the better your chance to win.

Requirements:
1. Age 18 or older.
2. Eligible for a Pinellas County Public Library card.

Get a raffle ticket from staff at the Information desk for:

  • Attending any or all library-sponsored programs from June 3rd through July 22nd.
  • Connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #BSPLReads (tell us what you are reading) or #BSPLRocks (post a picture when you find a painted rock from the library). One raffle ticket per post per day. See staff at the Information desk with proof of your post.
  • Check out a book that satisfies one requirement of the Adult Summer Reading Challenge. Click here for details.
  • Donating food and personal hygiene items to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Please contact staff at the Information desk for more details.
Put your raffle tickets into the hollow globe at the Check Out counter.

Weekly drawings for a goody tote bag will be held on June 5, 12, 19, & 26 and July 10 & 17. Winners will have 2 days to respond before we choose another.

Grand Prize winners will be announced at our Summer Wrap-Up Party on July 22nd.  


American Sign Language Classes - Summer Series
Thursdays, June 15 - August 3, 2017
ASL Tutoring (All Ages): 4:30 - 5:30PM
Level I: 6:00 - 7:00PM
Level II: 7:00 - 8:00PM

Free ASL classes presented by the Pinellas County Deaf Literacy Center. These classes provide the opportunity to interact with Deaf individuals and to learn about the Deaf culture.

  • ASL Tutoring is for all ages.
  • Level I includes basic vocabulary, daily phrases and facts about the Deaf community and culture.
  • Level II includes conversational Sign Language, stories, songs and skits.

American Sign Language Classes - Fall Series
Thursdays, September 7 - December 14, 2017
** No classes on November 23rd **
ASL Tutoring (All Ages): 4:30 - 5:30PM
Level I: 6:00 - 7:00PM
Level II: 7:00 - 8:00PM

Free ASL classes presented by the Pinellas County Deaf Literacy Center. These classes provide the opportunity to interact with Deaf individuals and to learn about the Deaf culture.

  • ASL Tutoring is for all ages.
  • Level I includes basic vocabulary, daily phrases and facts about the Deaf community and culture.
  • Level II includes conversational Sign Language, stories, songs and skits.

One-on-One Technology Clinic
Tuesdays: 3:00 - 4:00PM
Thursdays: 6:00 - 7:00PM


Bring your SPECIFIC questions about your e-reader, tablet, and/or laptop and we’ll do our best to answer your technology-related queries. Help is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. This is a drop-in service and begins exactly at 3pm on Tuesdays and 6pm on Thursdays. 

Registration is not required.

There will be no Tech Clinic for the evening of Thursday, August 3rd. The Clinic will resume on Tuesday, August 8th at 3:00PM. 

Click here for a full list of computer classes.  


Building Your Family Tree: Introducing Genealogy
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
6:30PM
Call 727-369-0667 to Register.
Walk-ins Welcome.

Genealogist Karen Fortin walks you through how to begin constructing your own family tree.


Afternoon Book Discussion
Thursday, July 20, 2017
2:00PM  

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert


PPK Writers Group
Saturday, July 22, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm  

Talk shop with this group of enthusiastic writers in an encouraging atmosphere. Bring your writing to get critiqued by the group. Newcomers always welcome. Registration is not required.

Optional prompt (What's a prompt?): 
All the apologies in the world wouldn't make up for what happened.

This group is intended for adults ages 18+. Click here for information on our Teen Writers Group.


Summer Wrap-Up Party: Alternate Endings
Saturday, July 22, 2017
1:00 - 4:00PM

We're bringing some of your favorite alternate worlds off the page and screen to end the summer. Join us for activities, snacks, and crafts inspired by Game of Thrones, The Night Circus, Stranger Things, Fantastic Beasts, Twin Peaks, and The Wizard of Oz. Summer Reading raffle winners will be announced at the party. Please call to register: 727-369-0667.


Color Your Cares Away
** Ages 16+ **
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
6:00PM 

Join us for refreshments and a calming coloring session that may help you reduce stress and start a new hobby.

All materials provided or bring your own.


Keeping Your Children Safe and Happy
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
6:30PM 

Presented by the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Learn about the physical hazards your children face every day and how to educate them about safety so they can protect themselves.

Call 727-369-0667 to Register.
Walk-ins Welcome.


This is the final part of a series entitled Build a Better You.


Foreclosure Prevention Workshop
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
6:00PM

Presented by Gulfcoast Legal Services. If you are losing your home because you are having trouble paying your mortage, this workshop may help.

Please call to register: 727-369-0667.


Re(Up)Cycle: Drink Coasters
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
6:00PM

** This program is full. You may still join if you bring your own metal jar lid. Please call for more information: 727-369-0667. **

Don't just recycle, upcycle! Upcycling is taking an old object and transforming it into something more valuable than the original. 
 

This time, learn how to create beautful one-of-a-kind drink coasters out of jar lids.


Trivia Night
** Ages 18+ **
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
7:00 - 8:30PM 

Test your trivia chops with questions relating to our favorite season: summer. There will be refreshments for all and prizes for top-scoring participants. Ages 18+

Get a question and answer in advance when you call to register: 727-369-0667. Walk-ins on the day also welcome.


Afternoon Movies
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
2:00PM

On the first Wednesday of the month the library presents a free showing of the latest and/or greatest film. Join us for refreshments, trivia, and discussion.

In this 2017 version of the Disney animated classic, Emma Watson stars as a young woman who discovers the lost humanity of a scornful prince turned into a beast by dark magic. Beauty and the Beast will be our feature for the month of August. Be our guest!


Evening Book Club

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
6:30PM 

Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan


Computer Class: Mouse Basics
Monday, August 14, 2017
2:00PM 

This class is for individuals who have little or no knowledge of computers. The main focus of this class is to show individuals the basic function of the mouse and how it is used to give commands to the computer.

Please call to register if you would like to use one of the library's laptops during the class: 727-369-0667. If you have your own laptop to bring, then registration is not required.

Click here for a full list of upcoming computer classes.


Computer Class: Introduction to Windows 10
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
2:00PM 

The focus of this class is to show individuals the differences between Windows 10 and previous versions of Windows. (Computer skill level : Beginner)

Please call to register if you would like to use one of the library's laptops during the class: 727-369-0667. If you have your own laptop to bring, then registration is not required.

Click here for a full list of upcoming computer classes.


Afternoon Book Discussion
Thursday, August 17, 2017
2:00PM 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Computer Class: Smartphone and Tablet Basics Part One
Wednesday, August 21, 2017
2:00PM 

Been gifted with a brand new smartphone but aren't sure what to do with it? Perhaps you inherited a tablet but can't even turn it on. Have no fear, this class is for you! In this beginner friendly course, our staff will show you how to start using your device, offer tips, and explain many of the most popular types of smartphones and tablets. No previous experience is required. (Computer skill level: Beginner)

Registration is not required.Click here for a full list of upcoming computer classes.


Color Your Cares Away
** Ages 16+ **
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
6:00PM 

Remember the coloring books from your childhood? Well, they have matured too. Join us for a calming, stress-relieving coloring session. 

All materials provided or bring your own.

Ages 16+.


Computer Class: Smartphone and Tablet Basics Part Two
Monday, August 23, 2017
2:00PM 

Part two of our class on mobile devices will focus on apps: what they do, how to find and install them, and how they work. This will also be a great time to ask your own questions. (Computer skill level: Beginner)

Registration is not required.
Click here for a full list of upcoming computer classes.


Re(Up)Cycle: Clay Pot Creation
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
6:00PM

** This program is full. You may still join if you bring your own clay flower pot. Call for more information: 727-369-0667. **

Don't just recycle, upcycle! Upcycling is taking an old object and transforming it into something more valuable than the original. 
 

This time, create unique artwork out of small clay flower pots.


Computer Class: Introduction to Gmail
Monday, August 28, 2017
2:00PM 

This course is intended to provide basic training in the use of the E-Mail service Gmail. Patrons will be able to sign up for a Gmail account for free. Topics include areas such as: composing an e-mail message, sending e-mail, creating folders, organizing messages, and working with attachments. (Computer skill level: Intermediate)

Please call to register if you would like to use one of the library's laptops during the class: 727-369-0667. If you have your own laptop to bring, then registration is not required.

Click here for a full list of upcoming computer classes.


Computer Class: Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
2:00PM 

This class will introduce some of the basic functions of the Excel spreadsheet program. Topics include areas such as: how to enter data, working with columns and rows, and how to enter formulas. (Computer skill level: Intermediate)

Please call to register if you would like to use one of the library's laptops during the class: 727-369-0667. If you have your own laptop to bring, then registration is not required.

Click here for a full list of upcoming computer classes.


RBdigital Magazine Workshop
Date: TBA

In this workshop, guests will learn about our free RBdigital database which can be used to view magazines on a PC or tablet device. Attendees will learn how to register an account, download magazines, and search for issues. Handouts with details on the registration process will also be provided for guests to take home. Participants are encouraged to bring their library cards and computer/tablet devices, but a valid email that is unassociated with Zinio is required to create an account.

Instruction on how to use your laptop or other device is not part of this workshop, though participants are welcome to stay after class to share tips and advice with one another.


E-book Training Workshops 
Date: TBA

During this workshop, you'll learn about the library's services that give you access to our free e-book and downloadable audio collection. You'll learn how to search for titles, how to place a request, and how to check out a title. 

A brief presentation of the download process will be provided along with user-friendly handouts for future reference. 

Participants are encouraged to bring their library cards.
 
Instruction on how to use your laptop or other device is not part of this workshop, though participants are welcome to stay after class to share tips and advice with one another.