Get Your Questions Answered Virtually at Tech Café

Keeping up with ever-changing technology can be difficult, even for those who interact with it every day. But don't worry; San Mateo County Libraries are here to help! Our Tech Café series of programs offer a friendly setting to learn about technology concepts and how to use various tech tools.

Library staff will open Tech Café sessions with a walkthrough of some of the basic functions of the technology tool or concept of the day. After briefly covering the basics, we'll open up the space to your questions. Participants can ask questions through conversation or text-based chat, so you get to choose the way to interact that works best for you!

All sessions are currently held online and require advance signup. After you sign up you will receive a confirmation email with your personal link to attend and the email address of the organizer for any follow up questions. If you are unable to sign up yourself, please contact our Customer Care specialists during open hours and we'll help you register.

Sessions cover a wide range of topics, and we're always adding more. Make sure you check our website for current Tech Café offerings, and let us know in the comments what other technology tools or concepts you'd like us to share!

Learn How to Use Zoom

Tuesday, September 1 with two sessions to choose from 3:00 PM or 7:00 PM
Our Tech Café programs use Zoom as a way to connect with each other via video, so we're kicking off the series with an introduction to this online tool. We'll go over the basics of using Zoom, including how to turn your camera and audio on and off, and how to interact using several options in the software. Join us for this introductory session and you'll be a power user in no time! 

Introduction to Curbside Pickup

Wednesday, September 2 with two sessions to choose from 3:00 PM or 7:00 PM
San Mateo County Libraries have a vast collection of print, audio, and video materials for all ages. We'll walk you through every step you need to gain access, from reserving items to setting up and managing Curbside Pickup

Library Tools for Students

Thursday, September 10 at 4:30 PM
Did you know that the library offers amazing free online resources to help you do your homework, regardless of what grade you’re in, from kindergarten to college (and beyond)? Let our librarians introduce you to some of the amazing online resources you get with your library card, including biographies, general and academic research, language learning, live homework help, and so much more. Feel free to start using these resources now so you can ask questions in this interactive session. 

YouTube for Beginners

Tuesday, September 15 at 4:00 PM
It’s time to get your questions about how to use YouTube answered! We'll discuss how to make an account, search for YouTubers, engage with video content, make custom playlists, watch live videos, and more. 

eLearning With Niche Academy and Safari

Monday, September 21 at 4:00 PM
Online learning has never been easier, and San Mateo County Libraries have great tools to get you started. Browse Safari Tech Books' vast library or take advantage of Niche Academy's wealth of tutorials. Stop into the Tech Café and we'll show you how! 

Using HelpNow for Homework Help (And More)

Thursday, September 10 at 4:30 PM
HelpNow is your one-stop resource for all the homework help you need, whether you're in kindergarten or college (and beyond)! Connect live with an expert tutor for homework help in English & Spanish, seven days a week from 12 PM – 10 PM PST. Build your skills independently with SkillSurfer. Get live help for language learners in the Language Lab. Create your own flashcards or use those created by others with Flashcard. Set up your own private virtual study room with their MEET platform. And that's just scratching the surface!

Don't forget, we're always adding new sessions and topics. Keep an eye on our website for updates and let us know below what you'd like to learn about!