Tech Programs

Visit our YouTube channel Watch Ashley's Wired Wednesday video tutorials on YouTube.
Watch The Blue Mountains Creator Space e-learning tutorials on YouTube. 

Visit Computers in our Virtual Branch for more links to tech training, including Lynda.com.

Micro Monday Tech Help

Monday January 18, 2021

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Zoom.

Get a new tech gadget and aren't sure how to use it? Have a smartphone, tablet, computer, or other tech gadet that you need some help with? Your device doing things that you don't quite understand? Book a 30 minute tech help appointment with Ashley and ask her your questions! When you sign up, Ashley will send you an invite to Zoom and you will have your appointment. To sign up for an 30 minute block on a Monday, Register here.

Need longer than 30 minutes or a different day? No problem! E-mail librarytech@thebluemountains.ca for an appointment.

Contact: Ashley
Email: librarytech@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/LEShoreLibrary@thebluemountains.ca/bookings/

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Wired Wednesdays Live: What’s included with your Google account?

Wednesday January 20, 2021

Time: 12:45pm - 3:00pm

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library Facebook Page.

In this video,  Ashley will talk about what is included in your Google Account. If you have a Gmail account you have a Google account that you can be using for many things anywhere you have access to a device and the internet. 

Not on Facebook? Watch Wired Wednesdays on YouTube.

Don't forget, Ashley will be online for Facebook Live at 1pm to answer your tech help questions!

Contact: Ashley
Email: librarytech@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://www.facebook.com/thebluemountainslibrary/

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Video Editing for Dramatic Films

Thursday January 21, 2021

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Location: Webinar.

Learn the theories and concepts behind editing and building a short dramatic scene using multiple camera angles in Blackmagic Resolve.

About this Event

No previous experience required.

Recommended Age: Adults and Teens 13+.

Software: Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve

How to Install and Get Started with Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Software: https://youtu.be/0uSb4J_xggA

Recommended Age: Adults and Teens 13+

With Instructor and Filmmaker Tom Strnad: Tom has produced over 20 feature films and post-production supervised over 15 television series. Tom was the executive producer of the Twisted Pictures production THE TORTURED, distributed by IFC Films. His productions have screened at over 300 international film festivals including TIFF, SXSW, FIPA, Montreal and VIFF, and have been nominated for Canadian Screen Awards. Tom is a recipient of financing from ONCreates, Telefilm Canada, NFB Canada and Canada Council for the Arts.

Brought to you by The Creator Space Mobile Digital Arts Lab, in partnership with The Blue Mountains Public Library, the Collingwood Public Library and the Wasaga Beach Public Library

Register Here

Contact: Tom Strnad
Email: tom@tbmcs.ca Website: https://spark.adobe.com/page/bG4MAe6NFTQ2b/

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Digital Drawing: Personal Stories and Drawing What You Know

Thursday January 21, 2021

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: Webinar.

Learn about how to bring your personal stories to light in what you draw with ProCreate Software and iPads.

About this Event

No experience required.

Recommended Age: All Ages

No equipment required to view the webinar - an iPad or Tablet is recommended.

Software used: Procreate for iPad/Tablet.

How to Get Started with Procreate for iPad: https://youtu.be/EXm5ZbmDZxw

Learn from Grey Highlands based cartoonist and animator Jeff Wilson.

Brought to you by The Creator Space Mobile Digital Arts Lab, in partnership with The Blue Mountains Public Library, the Collingwood Public Library and the Wasaga Beach Public Library

Register Here

Contact: Tom Strnad
Email: tom@tbmcs.ca Website: https://spark.adobe.com/page/bG4MAe6NFTQ2b/

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Digital Desktop Publishing: Working with Text (Part 2)

Thursday January 21, 2021

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Webinar.

Learn about adding, designing and working with text for digital desktop publishing with local author Jeff Wilson and digital artist Tom.

About this Event

No experience required.

Recommended Age: Adult and Teen 13+

Equipment and Software: Affinity Publisher software will be featured with demos. It can be accessed at the partner library digital arts computers.

How to Install and Get Started with Affinity Creative Software: https://youtu.be/FROGbJ3Wntw

Brought to you by The Creator Space Mobile Digital Arts Lab, in partnership with The Blue Mountains Public Library, the Collingwood Public Library and the Wasaga Beach Public Library

Regitser Here

Contact: Tom Strnad
Email: tom@tbmcs.ca Website: https://spark.adobe.com/page/bG4MAe6NFTQ2b/

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Digital Video: Sound and Picture Mastering for Film Festivals

Saturday January 23, 2021

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Location: Webinar.

Learn about the mastering and types of files needed for film festival screenings and entries including ProRes masters and DCP.

About this Event

No previous experience required.

Recommended Age: Adults and Teens 13+.

Software: Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve

How to Install and Get Started with Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Software: https://youtu.be/0uSb4J_xggA

Recommended Age: Adults and Teens 13+

With Instructor and Filmmaker Tom Strnad: Tom has produced over 20 feature films and post-production supervised over 15 television series. Tom was the executive producer of the Twisted Pictures production THE TORTURED, distributed by IFC Films. His productions have screened at over 300 international film festivals including TIFF, SXSW, FIPA, Montreal and VIFF, and have been nominated for Canadian Screen Awards. Tom is a recipient of financing from ONCreates, Telefilm Canada, NFB Canada and Canada Council for the Arts.

Brought to you by The Creator Space Mobile Digital Arts Lab, in partnership with The Blue Mountains Public Library, the Collingwood Public Library and the Wasaga Beach Public Library

Register Here

Contact: Tom Strnad
Email: tom@tbmcs.ca Website: https://spark.adobe.com/page/bG4MAe6NFTQ2b/

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Wired Wednesdays Live: Virtual Branch: Newspapers and Magazines

Wednesday January 27, 2021

Time: 12:45am - 1:00pm

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library Facebook Page.

In this video, Ashley will walk you through the newspaper databases and how to get Magazines though the Virtual Branch. 

Not on Facebook? Watch Wired Wednesdays on YouTube.

Don't forget, Ashley will be online for Facebook Live at 1pm to answer your tech help questions!

Contact: Ashley
Email: librarytech@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://www.facebook.com/thebluemountainslibrary/

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Sound Recording for Digital Video Production

Thursday January 28, 2021

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Location: Webinar.

Learn about different microphones and sound recording techniques for video production using the Zoom H4N sound recorder.

About this Event

No experience required.

Recommended Age: Adults and Teens 13+

With Instructor and Filmmaker Tom Strnad: Tom has produced over 20 feature films and post-production supervised over 15 television series. His productions have screened at over 300 international film festivals including TIFF, SXSW, FIPA, Montreal and VIFF, and have been nominated for Canadian Screen Awards. Tom is a recipient of financing from ONCreates, Telefilm Canada, NFB Canada and Canada Council for the Arts.

Brought to you by The Creator Space Mobile Digital Arts Lab, in partnership with The Blue Mountains Public Library, the Collingwood Public Library and the Wasaga Beach Public Library

Register Here

Contact: Tom Strnad
Email: tom@tbmcs.ca Website: https://spark.adobe.com/page/bG4MAe6NFTQ2b/

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Video Editing: Storytelling with Colour Grading

Thursday January 28, 2021

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Webinar.

Learn about the technical and creative tools available in the Colour Grading suite using Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve to tell the story.

About this Event

No previous experience required.

Recommended Age: Adults and Teens 13+.

Software: Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve

How to Install and Get Started with Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Software: https://youtu.be/0uSb4J_xggA

Recommended Age: Adults and Teens 13+

With Instructor and Filmmaker Tom Strnad: Tom has produced over 20 feature films and post-production supervised over 15 television series. Tom was the executive producer of the Twisted Pictures production THE TORTURED, distributed by IFC Films. His productions have screened at over 300 international film festivals including TIFF, SXSW, FIPA, Montreal and VIFF, and have been nominated for Canadian Screen Awards. Tom is a recipient of financing from ONCreates, Telefilm Canada, NFB Canada and Canada Council for the Arts.

Brought to you by The Creator Space Mobile Digital Arts Lab, in partnership with The Blue Mountains Public Library, the Collingwood Public Library and the Wasaga Beach Public Library

Register Here

Contact: Tom Strnad
Email: tom@tbmcs.ca Website: https://spark.adobe.com/page/bG4MAe6NFTQ2b/

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3D Animation with Blender: Object Lighting (Part 3)

Saturday January 30, 2021

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Location: Webinar.

Learn the concepts and techniques behind designing an overall 3D scene using Blender software.

About this Event

Learn about how to start and build a 3D animation project using free Blender software. No experience necessary. You can email tom@tbmcs.ca to request access to Part 1 and Part 2 Video Replay, if you were not able to attend prior webinars.

Download Blender for free via: https://www.blender.org/

Instructed by professional animator Leon Arispunander.

Recommended for adults and teens (13+).

Brought to you by The Blue Mountains Creator Space Digital Arts Lab (www.tbmcreatorspace.com), in partnership with the Blue Mountains Public Library (www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca), Collingwood Public Library and Wasaga Beach Public Library.

Register Here

Contact: Tom Strnad
Email: tom@tbmcs.ca Website: https://spark.adobe.com/page/bG4MAe6NFTQ2b/

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Wired Wednesdays Live: Fitbits (Video)

Wednesday February 3, 2021

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library Facebook Page.

Did you get a Fitbit for Christmas but aren't sure how to use it? In this video, Ashley will go through the different kinds of Fitbits and how the Fitbit app works!

Not on Facebook? Watch Wired Wednesdays on YouTube.

Don't forget, Ashley will be online for Facebook Live at 1pm to answer your tech help questions!

Contact: Ashley
Email: librarytech@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://www.facebook.com/thebluemountainslibrary/

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Graphic Design and Illustration with Affinity Designer

Thursday February 4, 2021

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Location: Webinar.

Learn about graphic design theory, concepts and techniques using Affinity Designer software and instructor and digital artist Tom Strnad.

About this Event

No experience required.

Recommended Age: Adult and Teen 13+

Equipment and Software: Affinity Designer software will be featured with demos. It can be accessed at the partner library digital arts computers.

How to Install and Get Started with Affinity Creative Software: https://youtu.be/FROGbJ3Wntw

Brought to you by The Creator Space Mobile Digital Arts Lab, in partnership with The Blue Mountains Public Library, the Collingwood Public Library and the Wasaga Beach Public Library

Register Here

Contact: Tom Strnad
Email: tom@tbmcs.ca Website: https://spark.adobe.com/page/bG4MAe6NFTQ2b/

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Digital Drawing: Colour Theory and Line Quality

Thursday February 4, 2021

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: Webinar.

Learn about the principles and techniques of colour theory and line quality for drawing and illustrating with ProCreate Software and iPads.

About this Event

Featuring local artist and illustrator Jeff Wilson.

No experience required.

Recommended Age: Adult and Teen 13+

Brought to you by The Creator Space Mobile Digital Arts Lab, in partnership with The Blue Mountains Public Library, the Collingwood Public Library and the Wasaga Beach Public Library

Register Here

Contact: Tom Strnad
Email: tom@tbmcs.ca Website: https://spark.adobe.com/page/bG4MAe6NFTQ2b/

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Digital Desktop Publishing: Working with Images (Part 3)

Thursday February 4, 2021

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Webinar.

Learn about importing, editing and image layout for digital desktop publishing with local author Jeff Wilson and digital artist Tom.

About this Event

No experience required.

Recommended Age: Adult and Teen 13+

Equipment and Software: Affinity Publisher software will be featured with demos. It can be accessed at the partner library digital arts computers.

How to Install and Get Started with Affinity Creative Software: https://youtu.be/FROGbJ3Wntw

Brought to you by The Creator Space Mobile Digital Arts Lab, in partnership with The Blue Mountains Public Library, the Collingwood Public Library and the Wasaga Beach Public Library

Register Here

Contact: Tom Strnad
Email: tom@tbmcs.ca Website: https://spark.adobe.com/page/bG4MAe6NFTQ2b/

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3D Animation with Blender: Background Design (Part 4)

Saturday February 6, 2021

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Location: Webinar.

Learn about how to design and build a background in Blender for your scene.

About this Event

Learn about how to start and build a 3D animation project using free Blender software. No experience necessary. You can email tom@tbmcs.ca to request access to Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 Video Replay, if you were not able to attend prior webinars.

Download Blender for free via: https://www.blender.org/

Instructed by professional animator Leon Arispunander.

Recommended for adults and teens (13+).

Brought to you by The Blue Mountains Creator Space Digital Arts Lab (www.tbmcreatorspace.com), in partnership with the Blue Mountains Public Library (www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca), Collingwood Public Library and Wasaga Beach Public Library.

Register Here

Contact: Tom Strnad
Email: tom@tbmcs.ca Website: https://spark.adobe.com/page/bG4MAe6NFTQ2b/

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Wired Wednesday Live: Online Dating Sites for Seniors

Wednesday February 10, 2021

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library Facebook Page.

Are you 55+ looking for love? In this video, Ashley will go through Online Dating Sites for Seniors. Pick the best option for you. Get that conversation started with someone new. 

Not on Facebook? Watch Wired Wednesdays on YouTube.

Don't forget, Ashley will be online for Facebook Live at 1pm to answer your tech help questions!

Contact: Ashley
Email: libraytech@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://www.facebook.com/thebluemountainslibrary/

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Digital Photography: Long Exposure Photos

Thursday February 11, 2021

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Webinar.

Learn about the concepts and techniques behind long shutter speeds for long exposure photography. Instructed by Tjalling Halbertsma.

About this Event

Instructed by Collingwood based photographer and artist Tjalling Halbertsma.

No experience required.

No equipment required to watch the live Webinar.

Recommended Age: Adults and Teens 13+.

Brought to you by The Creator Space Mobile Digital Arts Lab, in partnership with The Blue Mountains Public Library, the Collingwood Public Library and the Wasaga Beach Public Library

Register Here

Contact: Tom Strnad
Email: tom@tbmcs.ca Website: https://spark.adobe.com/page/bG4MAe6NFTQ2b/

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Digital Cinematography: Colour Temperature

Thursday February 11, 2021

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Webinar.

Learn about colour temperature in production and post-production and how it can be adjusted in camera using the Blackmagic Pocket 4K camera.

About this Event

No experience required.

Recommended Age: Adults and Teens 13+

With Instructor and Filmmaker Tom Strnad: Tom has produced over 20 feature films and post-production supervised over 15 television series. His productions have screened at over 300 international film festivals including TIFF, SXSW, FIPA, Montreal and VIFF, and have been nominated for Canadian Screen Awards. Tom is a recipient of financing from ONCreates, Telefilm Canada, NFB Canada and Canada Council for the Arts.

Brought to you by The Creator Space Mobile Digital Arts Lab, in partnership with The Blue Mountains Public Library, the Collingwood Public Library and the Wasaga Beach Public Library

Register Here

Contact: Tom Strnad
Email: tom@tbmcs.ca Website: https://spark.adobe.com/page/bG4MAe6NFTQ2b/

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Wired Wednesdays Live: Princh (Video)

Wednesday February 17, 2021

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library Facebook Page.

Did you know that you can print documents to the Library and pay online all from the comfort of your home? In this video, Ashley goes through the Princh app and how to send your items to the library to be printed. 

Not on Facebook? Watch Wired Wednesdays on YouTube.

Don't forget, Ashley will be online for Facebook Live at 1pm to answer your tech help questions!

Contact: Ashley
Email: aprince@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://www.facebook.com/thebluemountainslibrary/

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Video Editing: Music and Emotions

Thursday February 18, 2021

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Location: Webinar.

Learn about music design, editing and styles and the emotional impact of these choices on your final film and video.

About this Event

No previous experience required.

Recommended Age: Adults and Teens 13+.

Software: Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve

How to Install and Get Started with Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Software: https://youtu.be/0uSb4J_xggA

Recommended Age: Adults and Teens 13+

With Instructor and Filmmaker Tom Strnad: Tom has produced over 20 feature films and post-production supervised over 15 television series. Tom was the executive producer of the Twisted Pictures production THE TORTURED, distributed by IFC Films. His productions have screened at over 300 international film festivals including TIFF, SXSW, FIPA, Montreal and VIFF, and have been nominated for Canadian Screen Awards. Tom is a recipient of financing from ONCreates, Telefilm Canada, NFB Canada and Canada Council for the Arts.

Brought to you by The Creator Space Mobile Digital Arts Lab, in partnership with The Blue Mountains Public Library, the Collingwood Public Library and the Wasaga Beach Public Library

Register Here

Contact: Tom Strnad
Email: tom@tbmcs.ca Website: https://spark.adobe.com/page/bG4MAe6NFTQ2b/

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Digital Desktop Publishing: Print Prep (Part 4)

Thursday February 18, 2021

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Webinar.

Learn about importing, editing and image layout for digital desktop publishing with local author Jeff Wilson and digital artist Tom.

About this Event

No experience required.

Recommended Age: Adult and Teen 13+

Equipment and Software: Affinity Publisher software will be featured with demos. It can be accessed at the partner library digital arts computers.

How to Install and Get Started with Affinity Creative Software: https://youtu.be/FROGbJ3Wntw

Brought to you by The Creator Space Mobile Digital Arts Lab, in partnership with The Blue Mountains Public Library, the Collingwood Public Library and the Wasaga Beach Public Library

Register Here

Contact: Tom Strnad
Email: tom@tbmcs.ca Website: https://spark.adobe.com/page/bG4MAe6NFTQ2b/

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Wired Wednesdays Live: Mindfulness Apps (Video)

Wednesday February 24, 2021

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library Facebook Page.

Do you need to just chill out and be in the moment with yourself? In this video, Ashley will go through free mindfulness apps for your device.

Not on Facebook? Watch Wired Wednesdays on YouTube.

Don't forget, Ashley will be online for Facebook Live at 1pm to answer your tech help questions!

Contact: Ashley
Email: librarytech@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://www.facebook.com/thebluemountainslibrary/

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