San Rafael Public Library

All Things Apple! with Beryn Hammil

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October 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
City Hall Council Chambers
1400 Fifth Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901
Reference Desk

If you have an Apple computer, iPad, or iPhone, and aren’t sure that you’re getting the most out of it or using it properly, join “chic geek” Beryn Hammil to help you figure it out. Her classes are the perfect solution to give you the start you need and eventually take you beyond the basics, including how to protect yourself from online hackers, how to create safer passwords that are easy to retrieve, how to download and update software and apps, and much more.

All Things Apple is a series of classes for both beginner and intermediate Apple users. You’ll discover how to get the most out of your computer, iPhone and iPad by learning how to set up each device to suit your needs, and how to use your device to its best advantage to be more efficient and effective in your life, travels, work, and play by using the applications that come already installed in the device, as well as helpful third party apps.

In each of these classes you’ll learn how to navigate, customize, and function effectively with your device. Since the functionality of the iPhone and iPad is almost the same, coming to these classes will benefit you no matter which device you’re using.

Unless otherwise indicated, in these classes we’ll discuss each topic as it applies to the iPhone, iPad and Apple computer, so no matter where your interest lies, we’ll cover it.

All of these are drop-in classes with no pre-requisite or commitment necessary. And, they’re free! Choose individual classes based on your interests and needs, or participate in the entire series; you’re sure to learn something new each week including information about tech related products that might benefit you. And, each week you’ll learn new “Tips & Tricks” that make using your device or computer easier. Of course, questions are welcomed because you’re probably not alone, and everyone can learn from the answers.

PARTICIPANT ENDORSEMENT: If you’re still in doubt as to whether these classes are for you, here’s part of what a 70+ year old, retired professional says about them: “I decided to give [this class] a try, and was pleasantly surprised. Ms. Hammil has a rare gift for explaining complex subjects. Moreover, she has a great sense of humor, a commodity I find in very short supply these days.”

Comments from participants:;

“You made some very complex stuff easy to understand.”
“I continue to learn more each week.”
“There’s always something new to learn. Thank you for sharing it with us.”

The City of San Rafael Volunteer Office highlighted Beryn’s service to the library in their October 2017 Newsletter. Click here for the article.

Beryn will be off September 12-26 so we’ll be filling in with the following two programs, same time, same place…

Thursday, September 12 – Library Downloadables and Other Free Resources with Librarian Bonnie Groshong
1:00 – 3:00
We’ll go over how to download free ebooks, eaudiobooks, TV shows, movies, music, and magazines using free library Apps. If there’s time, we’ll learn about other digital resources, free with your library card.

Thursday, September 19 – Online Security with Brian O’Donnell
1:00 – 3:00 
 Not sure about clicking that link, or opening that email attachment? How do I know if I got “hacked?” Frustrated with passwords? Unclear about securing your phone or computer? Learn the “street smarts” of email and web browsing. Create strong, easy to remember passwords. Take simple steps to protect your money and personal data. Brian O’Donnell is a local retired software engineer and one of our library volunteers. He meets one-on-one with patrons as a computer tutor.

Thursday, September 26 – No Class

Thursday, October 3rd – Please call the Reference Desk for information: 415-485-3321.

Regular classes with Beryn Hammil resume October 10th. Please see the October event calendar for topics (to be determined).

PLEASE NOTE: Topic descriptions are the starting point for each class and despite it looking like a repetition of a prior semester’s class, there’s always more to discuss because of changing technology and multiple approaches to the same function.

Studentsʼ questions are encouraged because they expand the discussion and learning opportunity for everyone.

Each class will begin with a few minutes to review interesting tech items that were in the news that week. Students will also learn at least one tech tip designed to make using their Apple device easier, more efficient, or more fun, and will include an interesting 3rd party app available in Appleʼs App Store.      Additionally, the last 15 minutes of each class will be “open discussion” to answer questions that students might have on any Apple tech related topic.




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