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Upcoming Virtual Presentations…

…on Technology, Music, and More

Training programs coming up from The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library of The New York Public Library (NYPL) include:

The Voiceover for Mac Workshop, begins on April 5, 2023 from 2 to 4 pm ET and continues for twelve weeks. Participants will learn about Voiceover, the Mac screen reader, exploring keyboard commands, customizing features, navigating the Mac operating systems, using websites, text editing, and more. Those registering are asked to commit to attending the full series. To join in this program on the scheduled dates, visit the NYPL Zoom link for the Voiceover for Mac workshop.

April 5, 2023, from 6 to 7:30 pm ET, Understanding Conversational AI covers the increasingly popular “large language models (LLMs),” including ChatGPT, Google’s Bard, and the Bing chatbot, that can engage in conversation and provide realistic-sounding answers to questions. Sometimes, however, these answers are incorrect. This program will explain how these services work, how they might be used, and how to check their claims to ward off misinformation. This event can be accessed through this Zoom link for Understanding Conversational AI.

April 8, 2023, from 1 to 3 pm ET, Introduction To Braille Music teaches participants braille music basics, including how braille music began, how to read basic braille music notation, and more. No prior knowledge is required. This event will take place in person and online. To join online, go to this Zoom link for Introduction to Braille Music.

April 13, 2023, from 2 to 3:30 pm ET, Exploring Delivery Apps with Accessibility in Mind covers how “delivery on demand” apps work. These ways to order food and other items can be convenient but are constantly changing and their accessibility varies. The workshop will also discuss which apps are currently accessible and what to do when accessibility breaks while using an app. Join via this Zoom link for Exploring Delivery Apps with Accessibility in Mind.

For more information on these and other programs, read the latest issue of NewsLion: Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library Newsletter here.

…on Cooking, Seasonal Crafts, and Games

Future In Sight offers a number of online activities over the next week. Zoom links for each activity will be sent with registration confirmation. Events include:

April 2, 2023, from 3 to 4:30 pm, Outta Sight Cooking: Beef Stroganoff offers adult participants a recipe to cook this classic dish together. Participants will receive a list of ingredients via email prior to the class. More details and a registration link are available here for Outta Sight Cooking: Beef Stroganoff.

April 4, 2023, from 3 to 5 pm, Kaila’s Crafts: 3 Spring Crafts brings adults and youth the opportunity to create seasonal decorations, including a “Flower Bunny magnet,” “Popsicle stick Easter basket,” and “Spring is here umbrella.” There is a $13 fee for registration, which covers the cost of a craft kit. Without the kit, registration is free. Additional information and a registration link are available here for Kaila’s Crafts: 3 Spring Crafts.

April 6, 2023, from 11 am to 1 pm, Stumping Alexa offers adults a “game where human wits are matched against the (Amazon Echo) device.” Players aim to have Alexa say a word without using the word themselves. Find out more and register here for Stumping Alexa.