How Do I Use Zoom?

If you’ve been anywhere near the internet, you’ve probably been seeing a lot about Zoom — in fact, we’ve been using it every day for library programs. So what IS Zoom and how do you use it?

Simply put, Zoom lets you do video conferencing from your home computer. In other words, you can attend meetings, classes, and other programs while safely staying at home. It’s free to use, and not hard to set up.

Here’s some information on how you join a meeting. That’s what you’ll be doing with the library’s online programs.

Note that the first time you join a meeting, you’ll have to download the Zoom software. Just click on the download button and everything should be automatic from there.

Then, you’ll want to click on the link under the words “Join Zoom Meeting.” You’ll be prompted to open Zoom, and will then see a window that shows your own face (if your computer has a camera on it). Click on “join with video” and you should then see a window that shows everyone who is at the meeting.

If you’d like to check out a Zoom meeting in a no-stress environment, go to the home page of the library and look under the library name where it says “Events with Invitations.” Click on it, and you’ll see all the Zoom meetings that are happening at the library this week. Don’t panic if it looks like a lot of jibberish! Just pick an upcoming one, click on the link under “join Zoom meeting” and you can try it out.

If you have any problems, Stacey, our library director, is happy to work you through them. Just email her at macedonlibrarydirector@owwl.org. Hope to see you soon … on Zoom!

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