Do you still struggle with using your computer?
Not exactly sure how to find reliable information online?
Do you want an email account, but are a bit afraid of Internet safety?
Do you need to create a PowerPoint presentation or an Excel spreadsheet, but don’t know how to use those programs?
Do you need help with social networking, like Facebook, LinkedIn or Pinterest?
Do you have an iPad, but can’t figure out how to download e-books?
Your library can help with free classes and handouts!
For basic computer help from turning it on to searching the Internet or creating an email account, the Florence Branch offers four programs each month:
- You Can Compute – to learn all the basics of using a computer and the mouse
- Internet I – find out how to get connected and get to the vast amount of information online
- Internet II – learn how to use search engines to find websites
- Email – discover the ease of using email and leave with a free account
The classes run on the first four Thursdays of each month at 1 p.m. at the Florence Branch. It’s the perfect way to get started using a computer.
Do you need help with any of the Microsoft Office 2013 programs, like Word, Excel or PowerPoint? The Main Library offers these classes multiple times a year:
- Excel Basics and Excel II – get up and running with this powerful spreadsheet program. Create charts, track expenses, perform math calculations, address lists, and more!
- Word I and Word II – though the Main Library still has a typewriter, most people use word processing programs like Word to create resumes, posters, newsletters, and write papers. Discover everything from finding your way around the toolbar ribbons to using different fonts and WordArt to make your documents standout.
- PowerPoint – this is the industry standard for making presentations to share information. You will learn how to create dynamic slides with animations and images to get your point across.
Watch the Discover newsletter or check http://www.bcpl.org/info/computer-classes/for dates and times.
If you can’t make it to a class or need help using a device, like your iPad or e-reader, you can contact the Library to set up a one-on-one appointment and get the help you need at your convenience. Our staff are trained and ready to help you get up to speed, so you can feel confident using the Internet, email, or downloading books and music to your device.
One more way to help
On our Information Desk/Computer Classes page – http://www.bcpl.org/info/computer-classes/, we have many helpful handouts for the all classes we offer, plus social networking:
- You Can Compute – Manual (Basic Computer Skills)
- Internet I – Manual
- Internet II – Manual
- Email –AOL Manual & AOL Email Account Setup
- MS Word I – Manual
- MS Word II – Manual
- MS Excel I – Manual
- MS Excel II – Manual(Advanced Tips)
- MS Powerpoint – Manual
- Facebook – Handout– the most popular way to stay in touch with family and friends
- Google+ – Handout– do social networking the Google way
- Instagram – Handout– post photos and add effects to make them standout
- LinkedIn – Handout– a must for anyone in the business world. It’s a great way to network!
- Pinterest – Handout– find great ideas on almost any topic and create your own boards
- Tumblr – Handout– post photos for others to see
- Twitter – Handout– add tweets or merely follow others who do
- WordPress – Handout– create your own blog
- Do You Google? – Handout– there’s more than just basic searching!
As you can see, we have lots of ways for you to keep your computer from gathering dust! The world is moving into a technology driven future and you can stay safe online, while finding and sharing information. Just contact any BCPL location or look at our handouts for more help. We’re here for you!
Jinny Ussel is the Library’s Training and Design Specialist and a self-professed techno-nerd. She spends her days using a computer and often spends her nights online learning something new.