Technology Instruction

Here at your library, we are here to help you learn how to get the most out of your computers, smartphones, ereaders, and other devices. We offer a variety of small group classes, as well as one-on-one appointments for more specific questions. We also provide free computer access and affordable printing (just $0.15 per page) with knowledgeable staff just a question away.

Click on each class title for more information, then scroll down to the interest form to let us know which classes you’d like us to offer!

Introduction to Computers

In this fun, hands-on course you will learn all the basic computer skills including using the mouse and keyboard, working in Microsoft Windows, using Microsoft Word, surfing the internet and using email. This course is ideal for someone who has a little experience with the computer but wants to know more.

Introduction to the Internet

The internet is a treasure trove of information. Introduction to the internet covers all the basics of why you want to be there. You’ll learn how to use a browser to safely surf the web. You’ll learn to techniques to help you recognize and avoid phishing schemes and frauds. You’ll also learn about the fun aspects of the internet, including popular sites for video and music, sites that will entertain and challenge you, and opportunities for continued learning and mental growth. You’ll also be introduced to the most popular social media sites that are all the rage. Use a smart phone or tablet? You’ll also learn how many popular apps cross over from device to device.

Introduction to Email

Want to know more about email? This course will teach you how to create an account, send and receive messages, attach pictures, avoid spam, create and organize folders, and lots more. The course is based on Gmail, but the concepts are the same no matter what provider you use.

Going Wireless: How to Use Wifi

Want internet access on the go? WiFi is the wireless internet connection available at many coffee shops, libraries and airports. You can also set up a WiFi system at home. In this course, you will learn all about WiFi, where and how to get it and important safety precautions you need to know. (If you have a laptop computer or cell phone with WiFi Internet access, you can bring it to class. However, this is not required.)

iPad and iPhone Essentials

This class will help you master all of the functions you need to get started including how to set up email accounts and connect to the internet, download apps and organize them using Home screens and folders, how to take pictures and share via social media, how to use maps, and Siri. And, of course, how to make and answer calls.

Android Essentials

This course will teach you the basic skills of using your Android-based tablet device including initial setup, gestures, organizing apps and Home screens, finding and installing useful apps, and using Maps and the Camera functions.

Facebook

Courses available:

Facebook 1: The Starter Kit
Facebook is the most popular social networking website in the world, with over 1 billion active users. It’s a great way to stay in touch with family and friends. In this course, you will learn all about Facebook, become a member of this free website and post messages and photos online. After this course, you will be able to continue making friends and using Facebook on your own.

Facebook 2: I’m on Facebook, Now What?
Are you one of the millions of Facebook users saying to themselves, “I’m on Facebook, now what?” In this course, you will learn how to customize your Facebook profile, create important Life Event posts, work with the Facebook photo albums, chat, groups, and more. This is a follow up to the Connections course The Facebook Starter Kit. If you haven’t already taken that course, you should at least have a Facebook account and know how to post on Facebook. Be sure to bring your Facebook login information to class.

Beginner's Guide to the Cloud

Increasingly we are relying on services in “the cloud” for our entertainment, file storage, and backup. This module will introduce the cloud and some of the popular services for file storage and backup, entertainment, and Productivity. Services covered include Dropbox, Pandora, Evernote, iHeartRadio and Stitcher.

Digital Photography

Your camera is probably as close as your smartphone, and it runs circles around the cameras of yore. This class will introduce you to the world of digital photography, from resolution to memory cards, from sharing via social media to cloud backup, you’ll learn tips and tricks to learn how to use and enjoy digital cameras of all types.

Picasa

Want to learn how to enhance, organize and share your digital photos? In this course you will learn how to edit and crop photos, organize them and create beautiful albums, collages and slideshows. Plus, you’ll learn how to share digital photos and albums with family and friends via email and online albums, including Google+.

Exploring Google Apps

Come explore some of the most helpful apps that Google offers. This course will introduce you to storing and backing up your files in Google Drive, finding your way around and viewing the world in a new way with Google Maps, and keeping your personal and professional life scheduled in Google Calendar. These apps are all free to use and are available for both desktop and mobile devices. This class will introduce you to the desktop versions of each app.

Skype

Skype is the world’s most popular video calling app. This course will cover the types of devices you can use, how to set up an account and add contacts, and how to use Skype to talk with anyone in the world who also has Skype, for free.

Windows 10

Windows 10 represents a new approach to computing between devices for Microsoft. This course will teach you the basics of this innovative Operating System (OS) including important settings, how to navigate and customize the Start menu and various screens, and how to find and install apps that you’ll love to use.

Microsoft Word

Courses available:

Introduction to Microsoft Word
In this course you will learn valuable word processing skills like creating, saving and retrieving documents; inserting and deleting text; formatting text; and using cut, copy and paste. Before you take this course, you should have some experience with the computer and the Windows operating system.

Intermediate Microsoft Word
This course focuses on intermediate word processing skills like formatting longer documents, using clipart, using templates and styles, creating and editing tables and creating mail merges. This is a follow-up to the Connections course Introduction to Microsoft Word. If you haven’t taken that course, you should at least be familiar with the basic features and functions of Microsoft Word.

Word Online
Word Online is a free, online version of the best known word processing program ever. Even though it lacks the advanced features of Word, it is a great app for the casual user to create letters, resumes, newsletters, and more. In this class you’ll learn the basics of Office Online use, including the use of OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage solution. You’ll learn how to create and format, print, and share simple documents.

Microsoft Excel

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Introduction to Excel
This course teaches Microsoft Excel basics. Excel is a spreadsheet program that helps you manage mathematical information. It is frequently used in today’s workplace. Once you begin to understand the basics, you will find it is an easy and fun application to use. For example, you can use Excel to budget your personal finances and keep track of your investments. You can also use Excel to follow loan repayments, compare different mortgages, create invoices and more. Prior experience with the computer and an understanding of the Windows operating system is recommended.

Intermediate Excel
This course explores intermediate-level features and tools in Excel that can help you create, process, analyze, and calculate complex business data. Topics include graphics and Smart Art, formatting for presentation and printing, relative cell references, popular formulas, Pivot tables, macros and more. Based on Excel 2013 but valid for users of Excel 2007 and 2010 as well. This class is not for beginners. Introduction to Excel 2013 or equivalent experience is required.

Excel Online
Excel Online is a free, online version of the best known spreadsheet program ever. Even though it lacks the advanced features of Excel, it is a great app for the casual user. In this class you’ll learn the basics of Office Online use, including the use of OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage solution. You’ll learn how to create and format, print, and share simple documents.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Courses available:

Introduction to PowerPoint
Microsoft PowerPoint is the most widely used presentation format in the world. This course is a comprehensive overview that will teach you how to create presentations that include video, charts, animations, and more. You’ll learn to save your documents and collaborate in the cloud via OneDrive. Students should already have a working knowledge of Windows 7 or 8 and basic computer operations.

PowerPoint Online
PowerPoint Online is a free, online version of the best known slide presentation program ever. Even though it lacks the advanced features of PowerPoint, it is a great app for the casual user. In this class you’ll learn the basics of Office Online use, including the use of OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage solution. You’ll learn how to create, format, and share simple slideshows.

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher helps you easily create and publish newsletters, brochures, flyers and catalogs. In this course you will learn how to create documents from scratch or templates, add and edit text and graphics, use master pages and much more.

Wellness on the Web

The web is a phenomenal resource for health information. This course will introduce you to the types of websites you can use to learn about health issues, blogs that you can follow to learn what’s new, online resources you can work out with, and mobile apps that can help you in your journey toward a healthier tomorrow.

Resumes and Cover Letters

Do your resume and cover letter writing skills need an update? This course brings you up to date with the current trends for using Microsoft Word templates to create functional and chronological resumes. You’ll also learn how to create effective cover letters that respond directly to the job posting to help you stand out from the crowd.

The Complete Job Search

Successful job searching requires preparation. This course will guide you through an assessment of your personal strengths, and teach you how to complete effective applications, resumes, and cover letters. You will learn to use the Internet to search for jobs and learn effective skills for interviewing and follow-up. Prior to taking this course, you should already have basic Windows, Word, internet and email skills.

Buying and Selling on eBay

Buying and selling on eBay can be fun as well as a great way to set up an online business. In this course, you’ll learn the essential skills of both buying and selling on eBay. You’ll learn the differences between personal and business accounts, and how to set them up. You’ll learn how to search for and buy items, including auction strategies. You’ll also learn how to set up a business account and use eBay’s seller’s tools to list items for sale.

Blogging with WordPress

Toss out that diary and blog online! Blogs are the new platform for self expression, family vacation diaries, musings, and businesses that want to connect with customers and grow.

Windows Performance & Maintenance

Does your computer seem slower than when it was new? Does it take longer to start up? Are you confused by the updates that are always showing up? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this class can help answer your questions and set you on the path to understanding how to clean up unnecessary files, optimize your hard drive, set up your system for the proper updates, and other skills to return your computer to peak performance.