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Computer Class Series for Beginners

Our next set of computer classes begin on Thursday, November 5th and continues the next two weeks on November 12 and 19th.  For $10, you will receive a total of 6 hours of instruction and hands-on practice.WordItOut-word-cloud-1199998

Beginning level skills taught in a series of three classes (Computer Fundamentals, Working in Windows, and Beginning Internet).  The class fee of $10 per person now includes all three classes.  Classes are on Thursday mornings and each 2-hour class will begin at 9:30 AM in the first floor meeting room.  While classes are taught using Windows 7 laptop computers, most skills learned will also apply to Windows 8 and Windows 10 computers.  Pre-registration is required.  Call or come to the library for more information.  Class descriptions are below:

Computer Fundamentals: This introductory class will get you familiar with computers, using the mouse and keyboard, basic terminology, shutting down your computer correctly and more.  .

Working in Windows: Learning to use the Windows operating system, understanding its basic features, opening programs, and creating a simple document with WordPad and saving it on the computer are the focus of this class.

Beginning Internet: Exploring the World Wide Web, basic searching, and learning the features of Internet browsers are addressed in this class.

Last Round of Computer Classes Before Summer

The North Platte Public Library is offering one more set of computer classes before summer:

Classes are 2 hours each and have a fee of $10 per person.  Pre-registration is required.  Call the library at 535-8036 Ext. 3320 to register.  Classes are listed below:

 Excel 2013, Step by Step Part 1, Thursday, 4/30 at 9:30 AM: Learn to create a simple spreadsheet in Excel.  Learn how to enter data into rows and columns, use simple formulas and create a worksheet for income and expenses.

Excel 2013 Step by Step Part 2, Thursday, 5/7 at 9:30 AM: Expanding on the skills learned in the first class, learn how to edit your spreadsheet, add and delete columns and rows, and work with building formulas. Prerequisite: Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step Part 1 and mouse skills

 Microsoft Excel 2013 Step by Step Part 3, Thursday 5/14 at 9:30 AM: This class will focus on using Excel to create and sort lists and working with multiple worksheets. We will also discuss printing tips.  This class is primarily for those who have taken Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step Parts 1 and 2.

Saving and Organizing Computer Files, Thursday 5/21 at 9:30 AM: This class will teach saving files such as documents created on a computer and how to organize files in folders.  Learn how to rename files, create folders, move files, and use removable media to save copies of files or folders.

 

April Computer Class Schedule

Do you know someone that needs some help in understanding how to use Internet Browsers?  Spread the word about our beginning Internet Skills Class this Thursday morning.  After that class, we will move onto Microsoft Office Classes to complete our spring class line-up.

April Computer Classes:  Classes are 2 hours each and have a fee of $10 per person.  Pre-registration is required.  Call the library at 535-8036 Ext. 3320 to register.  Classes are listed below:

Beginning Internet on Thursday 4/2 at 9:30 AM: Exploring the World Wide Web, basic searching and learning the features of Internet browsers will be addressed in this class.

Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step Beginning Skills 1, Thursday, 4/9 at 9:30 AM: Microsoft Word is a powerful word processing program.  This class will introduce word processing and its terminology. Learn how to enter text, correct typing errors, change font, and other word processing skills.

Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step Beginning Skills 2, Thursday, 4/16 at 9:30 AM:  This class builds on the skills learned in Beginning Microsoft Word, giving you more hands-on practice.   Learn to use the Office Clipboard, adjust line spacing and margins, make other editing changes to documents before printing, and to print envelopes and labels.

Excel 2013, Step by Step Part 1, Thursday, 4/30 at 9:30 AM: Learn to create a simple spreadsheet in Excel.  Learn how to enter data into rows and columns, use simple formulas and create a worksheet for income and expenses.  This is the first of 3 classes in Excel; the other classes will be held in May.

March Computer Classes

Save FilesPeople wanting to organize their computer files will enjoy our March 12th class. Then our classes for new computer users will be repeated.   Classes are 2 hours each and have a fee of $10 per person.  Pre-registration is required.  Call the library at 535-8036 Ext. 3320 to register.

Saving and Organizing Computer Files, 3/12/15 at 9:30 AM: This class will teach saving files such as documents created on a computer and how to organize files in folders.  Learn how to rename files, create folders, move files, and use removable media to save copies of files or folders.

Computer Fundamentals,3/19/15:  This introductory class will get you familiar with computers, using the mouse and keyboard, basic terminology, shutting down your computer correctly and more.

Working in Windows, 3/26/15: Learning to use the Windows operating system, understanding its basic features, opening programs, and creating a simple document with WordPad and saving it on the computer are the focus of this class.

March Tech Thursdays include lots of “Freebies”

Don’t miss this month’s Tech Thursday sessions! Want to know all the movies a favorite actor was in?  Check out the March 5th session.  Want to take free online classes or download free and legal music? Come March 12 and March 26th.   Learn easy keyboard shortcuts on your computer March 19th.

What is Tech Thursday? Library staff offer short tutorials on a variety of topics relating to technology on most Thursdays at 1:30 PM.  Sessions are free and will last between 30 and 60 minutes each. You don’t have to pre-register ahead of time.

March 5: Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB- Discover how to access everything imaginable about films, television programs, etc. through the Rotten Tomatoes® and IMDB® websites.  Discussion includes brief film summaries, reviews, cast members, and DVD release dates.

March 12:  Gale Courses-Online courses to take at home-Learn more about these professional instructor taught courses available with a North Platte Public Library card.  The library has received great feedback from people who took courses in January.  Classes range from Microsoft Office to genealogy and digital photography.

March 19:  Computer Keyboard Shortcuts-Learn some of the simple keyboard shortcuts to use when working on computers such as copy, paste, save and more.

March 26:  Freegal Music-Learn about this new service from your library to download and keep mp3 music and videos for computers and mobile devices.

Search Out New Skills at Tech Thursday Sessions

8b33a2653b66bf475e2417ea6307abe2Tech Thursdays continue at 1:30 on Thursday afternoons.  These are free 30-60 minute informal sessions about tech topics.  Come in, join the fun and learn something new.  No registration required.

February 5  Be Your Own Online Sherlock: Learn how to use free Internet Resources to find people on the Internet (Covers Dexonline; Anywho, Whitepages; death index, and more!

February 12 Borrowing eBooks using Basic and Paperwhite Kindles (not Kindle Fires): Learn to borrow Kindle format eBooks using with your library card.  You will need your library card and Amazon account log in and password to borrow books from Nebraska Overdrive.  Why buy when you can borrow for free!

February 19 Microsoft OneDrive: OneDrive is free online storage for your documents, photos and more. It also provides a basic version of Microsoft Office programs. This is a frequent app on Windows 8 computers and many tablets.

February 26 Resumes & Resume Templates in Microsoft Word:  Learn the basics of a good resume and how to use Microsoft Word templates to create professional looking resumes.

February Computer Classes Emphasize Office Skills

The North Platte Public Library’s February computer classes are geared towards office skills that are useful for both home users and people wanting job skills.  Classes are 2 hours each and have a fee of $10 per person.  Pre-registration is required.  Call the library at 535-8036 Ext. 3320 to register.

Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step Beginning Skills 1 on Thursday, February 5 at 9:30 AM: Microsoft Word is a powerful word processing program.  This class will introduce word processing and its terminology. You will learn how to enter text, correct typing errors, change font, and other word processing skills.

Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step Beginning Skills 2 on Thursday, February 12 at 9:30 AM: This class builds on the skills learned in Beginning Microsoft Word, giving you more hands-on practice.   You will learn to use the Office Clipboard, adjust line spacing and margins, make other editing changes to documents before printing, and to print envelopes and labels.

Excel 2013 Step by Step Part 1, Thursday, February 19 at 9:30 AM: Learn to create a simple spreadsheet in Excel.  Learn how to enter data into rows and columns, use simple formulas and create a worksheet for income and expenses.

Excel 2013 Step by Step Part 2,  Thursday, February 26 at 9:30 AM: Expanding on the skills learned in the first class, learn how to edit your spreadsheet, add and delete columns and rows, and work with building formulas. Prerequisite: Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step Part 1 and mouse skills

Microsoft Excel 2013 Step by Step Part 3, March 5 at 9:30 AM:  This class will focus on using Excel to create and sort lists and working with multiple worksheets. We will also discuss printing tips.  This class is primarily for those who have taken Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step Parts 1 and 2.

Beginning Computer Classes Resume January 8th

computerAre you afraid of your computer since you aren’t sure how to use it?  The library offers basic computer skills classes taught by library staff.  We use Windows 7 laptop computers in our first floor meeting room.  Computer skills are important for both home and job use and our classes will get you more comfortable with using your computers.  This month’s classes begin at the beginning.  We assume that it is the first time an attendee has touched a computer.  Saying that, we have found many people who already have some computer skills still come away from class having learned something new.

Classes are taught on Thursdays at 9:30 AM.  These are 2-hr classes and include a handout for $10 per person for each class.  We do need people to call and pre-register so we can set up the correct number of computers.  Classes have a maximum of 10 attendees.  We do require a minimum of two people registered for class or a class will be cancelled or postponed.

The January schedule is listed below.  If you feel that you have the skills taught in the first class, you can skip that class and go on to the second class.  You can discuss this with our computer area staff if you aren’t sure where to start.

 Computer Fundamentals, 1/8/15:  This introductory class will get you familiar with computers, using the mouse and keyboard, basic terminology, shutting down your computer correctly and more.

Working in Windows, 1/15/15: Learning to use the Windows operating system, understanding its basic features, opening programs, and creating a simple document with WordPad and saving it on the computer are the focus of this class.

Beginning Internet, 1/22/15: Exploring the World Wide Web, basic searching and learning the features of Internet browsers will be addressed in this class.

North Platte Public Library adds access to Online Classes

gale 2The North Platte Public Library now offers access to Gale Courses.  Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.   As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.  A new set of classes is starting right now.  You have 13 days after the start of class to sign up and start the lessons for a class.  Go to the city website, choose Community, then Library.  On the Library page, go to Research Tools; in the submenu select Premium Databases and Gale Courses.  There is great selection of courses from Microsoft Office to Photoshop, Test Prep for ACT/SAT tests and more.  For classes like Microsoft Office, you must have the exact version on the computer in order to complete assignments.  Following completion of the class, you get a certificate of completion.

Registering the first time is easy; you will need an email address and your North Platte Public Library Card barcode.  Before registering for a class you can explore the lesson plans, learn about the instructor, and possibly preview a lesson.

The library believes Gale Courses will be an asset to the community as it will offer classes that people can access from their computers 24/7.  The instructors prepare detailed lessons and assignments and are available for questions via online forums.  Imagine having a digital photograpy class at your fingertips!

Intro to Making Photobooks

Do you have lots of digital photos on your camera or on your computer?  Photobooks are a great way to display and share these photos.  There are multiple websites that allow you to upload your photos and arrange them into books that are then printed and mailed to you.  The sites will even arrange the photos for you or you can have lots of cphoto bookreative control yourself.

Learn the basics of creating a photobook at our December 4th Tech Thursday session.  You will learn how to create a fabulous photobook featuring all your holiday photos. This class is perfect for the person who wants to create a unique holiday gift. Or, you may want to keep your photo memories organized in a great format for yourself. We will look at different vendors, options, and styles to help you create a book you will love.

Tech Thursday sessions are free and require no registration.  The session starts at 1:30 PM and lasts about one hour.  This will be the last session before the holidays and then we will resume sessions in January.