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Lifelong Learning Happens at Boston Public Library

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Free research, computer, and careers classes offered each month

researchAs Boston’s elementary, high school, and college students begin their annual return to campus, Boston Public Library (BPL) is putting the finishing touches on its new tech classroom and schedule of classes for learners of all ages.

Each month, the BPL’s Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street, offers weekday computer instruction classes along with courses geared toward job seekers, budding family history researchers, and those interested in learning more about the library’s resources.

In September, all classes will be held in the Central Library’s newly-completed tech classroom, which is located inside the business library on the concourse level. Research, computer, and career classes offered at the Boston Public Library are free to all.

Highlights of the September class schedule include:

  • Mac Mondays, which provide an introduction to using a Mac, ranging from sampling a mouse to updating settings.
  • Job Seeker Thursdays, which feature an overview of the library’s career resources as well as sessions like Resumes 101 and Interviewing 101.
  • iPad Fridays, which demonstrate how to operate an iPad and check out e-books from the library.

A special, ten-part Genealogy for Beginners series of classes will be offered on Tuesday afternoons, beginning September 16. Participants will learn basic techniques for organizing family history research, and will gradually build research skills utilizing tools such as,, and HeritageQuest.

In addition, the library will host Small Business Saturday on September 21, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with workshops designed for small business owners and nonprofit organizations. Workshops include “Website Basics for Small Business & Nonprofits,”  “Social Media Basics for Small Businesses and Nonprofits,” and “Databases for Small Business Research.” Small Business Saturday will take place in the Commonwealth Salon, which is located on the first floor, near the library’s courtyard.

Interested learners can download a PDF version of the September class schedule at the Central Library in Copley Square, pick up a paper version of the schedule on a visit to the library, or look through the BPL’s complete online calendar via A new class schedule is published each month, with a range of rotating topics and series. Some multi-part classes do require free registration prior to the meeting of the first session. Those classes are clearly marked on the calendar and require a phone call to 617.859.2323.


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