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Digital Skills Training

Through the Washington State Library 2014 Digital Skills Training Grant, the Port Townsend Public Library will be offering classes to develop skills for digital literacy among youth and adults. The project will involve classes focused on digital skill competencies with tablet and laptop computers and provide instruction in Windows-based computer programming and coding. Classes will be held in the Library Learning Center and taught by the library’s technical services manager and youth services librarian. Both hold MLIS degrees and have experience teaching technology classes.

All classes are free. Call the library or sign up in person or on the library’s online-calendar.

Classes will be held on Thursdays in the Library Learning Center (Charles Pink House), 1256 Lawrence Street with the exception of the 2014-15 National STEM Video Game Challenge Hands-On Workshop for kids, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 25 at the Cotton Building, downtown Port Townsend.

Adult Classes
Youth and Teen Classes

Adult Classes

How to Download eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Library
January 15, February 19, March 19, April 23, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Learn how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library’s digital collection. This class will cover how to check out and download titles to multiple devices. Bring your own device or use one of our new iPads.

Introduction to Computers
January 22 and 29, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
This introductory course is designed to teach basic computer vocabulary, use of the mouse, the keyboard and layout of the desktop. The course will also teach participants how to create a Microsoft Word document, browse the Internet, search the library catalog and reserve materials.

Introduction to the Internet
February 5, March 5, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
This introductory course is designed to provide a basic overview of how to use the Internet. The course will teach how to use a search engine (Google) to find information, how to use tabbed browsing, create favorites and Internet security.

Get to Know the iPad
February 12 and 26, April 16, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Explore and learn the basics of the Apple iPad operating system. This is a hands-on class where participants will use and engage with the device. Use one of the library’s iPads or bring your own.

Learn the Tools of the Library Catalog and Patron Account
March 12, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Learn how to use the library’s online catalog to search for items, place holds, renew materials, monitor items and use your patron account.

Introduction to Skype and Video Conferencing
March 26, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to use Skype to make a free video call anywhere in the world? Here’s your chance.

Library Databases A to Z
April 9, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Did you know that the library subscribes to awesome databases like Consumer Reports, Mango Languages and the Auto Repair Reference Center? This class will cover how to access and use library databases.

Youth and Teen Classes

Gamestar Mechanic Video Game Design for Teens
January 15, 22, and 29, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This class in video game design comes with a year-long subscription to Gamestar Mechanic, a web-based game design environment created by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Learn the principles of designing good games, practice by playing games and then create your own games in the workshop. Ages 12-17

2014-15 National STEM Video Game Challenge Hands-On Workshop
January 25, ALL DAY, Call for info., Location: Cotton Building, downtown Port Townsend
In this exciting all-day event kids and parents will meet a professional game designer, practice the principles of game design and learn from the presenters of the National STEM Video Game Challenge about how kids can enter the competition with games they design. With hands-on activities and break-out sessions for kids and parents, this is an opportunity you won't want to miss!

Internet Safety for Parents and Kids
February 5, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Learn how to browse the Internet safely, which apps and websites are kid-safe and how to avoid hidden dangers on the web. Ages 8-up with a parent or caregiver.

Computer Coding with Scratch for Teens
February 12, 19, 26, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Scratch is a computer programming language created by MIT. It's simple to use, but it's also sophisticated and capable of creating robust games, animations and more. In this class, you'll create a Scratch account and learn how to use basic programming concepts like loops, variables, conditional statements and event handling. This will help you with any other computer language you learn! Ages 12-17.

Code With Your Kids!
March 5, 12 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Scratch is a great, kid-friendly computer programming environment, and because it’s web-based, you can use it anywhere. In this two-week class, kids age 6 and up and their parents create two great interactive projects together. Ages 6-up with a parent or caregiver.

Coder Dojo
March 19, 26 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Do you want to improve your Scratch skills, tackle a new Scratch challenge, or move on to a language like Python or Java? Drop in with your project or your idea and work on it on our computers; if you get stuck, get help from library staff and from your peers. Level up your coding skills and earn a USB! Ages 12-17 with some programming experience. No need to sign up in advance.

Robotics Programming
April 9, 23 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Program a LEGO Mindstorms EV-3 robot to navigate an obstacle course autonomously, like the Mars rover! This is a great introduction to the robotics programming language used in FIRST Robotics competitions like FIRST LEGO League. If you weren’t on a library robotics team last year but you’re interested in joining next year, this is a great way to find out what it’s like!
Ages 9-17.

For more information on adult classes, contact Keith Darrock at 360-390-4061 or email For more information on youth and teen classes, contact Kit Ward-Crixell at 360-344-3059 or email

This project is made possible by a grant to The City of Port Townsend from the Washington State Library through funding provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and by the generosity of the Smithsonian, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, E-Line Media, the Entertainment Software Association and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.