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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
Evening Book Club  Afternoon Book Discussion 
Wednesday
April 12, 2017
6:30pm
Alias Grace
by Margaret Atwood
Thursday
April 20, 2017
2:00pm
The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
Book List Book List


American Sign Language Classes - Spring Series
Thursdays, January 26 - May 25, 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.

AARP Tax Aide
Through Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Tuesdays: 2:30 - 7:00PM
Wednesdays: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Saturdays: 9:00AM - 1:00PM

This one-on-one tax help is offered by AARP volunteers free of charge.

Tax Aide is not affilitated with the City of Pinellas Park or Barbara S. Ponce Public Library. 


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.

Click here for a full list of computer classes.  


Color Your Cares Away
** Ages 16+ **
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
6:00PM 

Coloring isn't just for kids. Join us for a calming, stress-relieving coloring session. 

All materials provided or bring your own.

Ages 16+.


Computer Class: Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013
Wednesday, March 29, 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.


An Afternoon with Craig Pittman
Saturday, April 1, 2017
12:00PM 

Meet and greet with Craig Pittman as he discusses his New York Times bestseller Oh Florida!: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country. Sponsored by the Friends of the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library. 


Afternoon Movies
Wednesday, April 5, 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.

Mysterious books contain the knowledge to save or destroy the world, and one man (and his silent-but-sassy cloak) must keep the precious tomes out of the wrong hands. Our movie for April is the newest offering from Marvel Studios: Doctor Strange (rated PG-13) starring Benedict Cumberbatch.


You vs. the Librarians Trivia Night
** Ages 18+ **
Friday, April 7, 2017
7:00 - 8:30PM 

Do you know more general trivia than your local librarians? Library staff participates in this trivial show-down. 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 RSVP: 727-369-0667.


Computer Class: Mouse Basics
Monday, April 10, 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.


Re(Up)Cycle: Paper Baskets
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
6:00PM

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 baskets out of waste paper.


Computer Class: Introduction to Windows
Wednesday, April 12, 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.


Evening Book Club

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
6:30PM 

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood


Lunch and Learn Wellness Workshop:
Stress Less America
Thursday, April 13, 2017
12:00PM  

Kimberly Brossard from Wellness Champions will discuss stress and how to combat it. 
Please call 727-369-0667 to register. Lunch will be provided. 


Easter Egg Decorating
** All Ages **
Saturday, April 15, 2017
2:00PM

Children and adults are welcome to participate in Easter egg coloring followed by an Easter egg hunt. Join us for a speggtacular time. Registration is required. Please call: 727-369-0664.


Computer Class: Introduction to Microsoft Word Part 1
Monday, April 17, 2017
2:00PM 

This class provides instruction on the basic operations of the Microsoft Word 2013 word processing program. Topics include areas such as: how to make changes to text, how to set tabs and margins, and how to save and retrieve documents. (Computer skill level: Beginner/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.


Intermediate Ukulele Workshop
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
6:30PM

Meet other local "uke" enthusiasts and learn some new tricks. A limited number of ukuleles will be available to play or you can bring your own. Presented by the Tampa Bay Ukulele Society (TBUS). Registration is required. Please call: 727-369-0667.


Computer Class: Introduction to Microsoft Word Part 2
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
2:00PM 

This class provides a continuing introduction to the basic operations of the Microsoft Word 2013 word processing program. Topics include areas such as: fixing spelling and grammar errors, copying & pasting text, and creating bulleted lists. (Computer skill level : Beginner/Intermediate. Taking Word Part 1 is recommended before taking this class)

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.


Re(Up)Cycle: Jigsaw Puzzle Jewelry
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
6:00PM

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 one-of-a-kind jewelry out of ordinary puzzle pieces. 

Registration is required. Please call 727-369-0667.


Afternoon Book Discussion
Wednesday, April 20, 2017
2:00PM  

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


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

Talk shop with this group of enthusiastic writers in an encouraging atmosphere. Typical agenda includes an off-the-cuff writing session, writing tips, and group critique. Bring your writing to get critiqued by the group, time permitting. Newcomers always welcome. Registration is not required.  

Optional prompt (What's a prompt?): 
S/he walked away without so much as a backward glance.

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


Computer Class: Smartphone and Tablet Basics Part 1
Monday, April 24, 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.


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

Coloring isn't just for kids. 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
Wednesday, April 26, 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.


Florida Treasure Hunt
Thursday, April 27, 2017
6:00PM 

Currently, the Chief Financial Officer holds unclaimed property accounts valued at more than $1 billion--and some of this could belong to you. Learn how to search the website and claim your holdings.


Afternoon Movies
Wednesday, May 3, 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.

Set immediately before the events of A New Hope, Rogue One (rated PG-13) follows a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the Galactic Empire's superweapon.


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. 


Zinio Digital Magazine Workshop
Date: TBA

In this workshop, guests will learn about our free Zinio 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.