For a current schedule and specific dates and times, read the library’s newspaper Library News. Or, browse the Computer Training Calendar. All computers in the Computer Training Center have Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 (Office 2007 and 2010 are very similar to 2013).
Computer Classes are free and open to all. However, registration is recommended.
Register now by filling out the registration form on this page. Tell us the name of the class(es) and the date(s). Or, call 785-580-4606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or get more information. Other classes may be offered on an occasional basis.Click here to see the Computer Training Calendar.
Beginning Classes — Designed for the new computer user and presented at a relaxed pace. We recommend taking the classes listed below in the order listed. We encourage you to repeat these classes as many times as you wish.
Taming Your Mouse (Mouse handout)
Learn the proper way to hold and move the mouse. Learn about checkboxes, radio buttons, scroll bars and more. Practice mouse skills by playing Mouserobics and Mousing Around. Click on the blue links to go to these fun web sites and practice your mouse skills. If you can’t make one of these sessions, register for a Computer & Gadget Help session to get started. See the description of these sessions at the bottom of this page.
Windows for Beginners
(Windows 7 handout) (Windows XP handout) (Windows 8 for Beginners handout)
Learn Windows basics. Learn about the mouse, desktop, icons, task bar, and keyboard. Learn to minimize and maximize windows. Learn about Windows 8 features such as tiles, charms bar, and other new features. Use Windows accessories including the calculator and WordPad.
Email with Yahoo! Mail (Yahoo Email handout)
Learn to open, delete, reply to, forward and compose messages.
Beyond the Basics — Take the following classes when you feel ready for more challenging projects. These are presented at a faster pace than beginning classes.
Word I: Introduction to Word Processing
(Word 2007 handout) (Word 2003 handout) (Word I 2013 handout)
Get started with the basics of Microsoft Word. Learn to use fonts, language tools and some basic editing techniques. This class also helps you better use email and the Internet.
Google It (Google It handout)
Google does more than find webpages. Search for information, images, videos, maps, and shop on the Internet. See your home with Google Maps and learn about even more Google apps and software.
Catalog and eResources @ Your Library© (Catalog handout)
Learn to use the library’s online catalog, check your account and find some amazing free electronic resources like Consumer Reports, free magazine subscriptions with Zinio, streaming video with Hoopla, language instruction and more. Use these in the library or access them from your home computer with your library card.
Word II; Intermediate Word Processing (Tables Tabs Columns 2007 handout) (Cut Copy Paste 2007 handout)
Using Microsoft Word, edit text, form a header and footer, create a Word table to organize information and insert clipart, photos or WordArt into your document.
Word: Mail Merge & Mailing Labels
(Word Mail Merge 2007 handout) (Word Mail Merge 2003 handout)
Create mailing labels, envelopes, personalized letters, and directories by combining a Word form and a data table created in Word or Excel.
Excel: Introduction to Spreadsheets
(Excel Intro 2007 handout) (Excel Intro 2003 handout) (Excel Intro 2013 handout)
Learn about cells, columns, rows, AutoSum, simple formulas, number formats, and page setup features.
(Excel Lists 2007 handout) (Excel Lists 2003 handout) (Excel Lists 2013 handout)
Familiarity with basic Excel is required for this class. Learn to create field names, sort lists, and link worksheets. Find out how to create lists that can be used in our Word: Mail Merge and Mailing Labels class.
Facebook for Beginners (FaceBook for Beginners handout)
Sign up for a Facebook account and learn the basics of this popular social networking site. Be sure to bring your email address and email password. If you already have an account, please bring your Facebook password. Registration required.
Pinterest for Beginners (Pinterest handout)
Come learn about Pinterest, a simple, online way to organize images, projects, ideas and favorites. Open an account, create boards and begin pinning! Learn to install the “Pin It” button and how to find pins in particular categories or follow other pinners. Be sure to bring your Pinterest password if you have an account or bring your email address and email password if you don’t.
Editing Digital Photos (Picasa handout)
Learn to crop, rotate, resize, reduce red eye, play with color and use special effects on your digital photos using Google’s Picasa, free online software you can download to your computer.
Ebooks for Your Kindle or Android Tablet
Bring your Kindle or Android tablet and your library card. Learn to download free library ebooks to your device. Come prepared to to share your favorite tablet features with the group. Registration required.
Bring your iPad and your library card and learn to download free library ebooks. Staff and participants share their favorite apps or iPad features with each other. Registration required.
Computer & Gadget Help
Registration required for these casual sessions. Bring your questions about your laptop, tablet, ereader, digital camera, or cell phone. Practice new computer skills or learn to use the library catalog while instructors are available to assist. This is also a good time to learn more advanced computer techniques, learn to use a scanner or work on job applications and resumes. Call or email before the session and tell us what gadget you’re bringing so that we can best serve you. Call 785-580-4606 or email email@example.com.