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Computer Lab at Harmony Library

The Poudre River Public Library District offers free computer classes and free eMedia classes. All Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher classes are taught using the 2010 version of Microsoft Office.

Handouts for each class are available by clicking on the links in each section. All classes are 2 hours in length, unless otherwise noted, and require you to either have taken the Computer Comfort class or have a basic understanding of using the computer and the mouse.

Please note the date and time of the classes that you have registered for on your calendar. Please call to cancel if you are not able to come to class. If you have a confirmed place in a class, please be on-time or your place may be given up to others waiting.

Computer Comfort

This class offers beginning and hands-on training on the basic components of computers, using the keyboard and the mouse, navigating in Windows, and beginning Internet browsing.

Dates available this fall

Handout: Computer Comfort (PDF format/259K)

Internet Searching

Tired of wandering through thousands of sites every time you surf the Web? Let the pros teach you how to use subject directories and search engines to search more easily and effectively. Computer Comfort class is strongly recommended before taking this class if you are new to computers.

Dates available this fall

Handout: Internet Searching (PDF format/172K)

You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

How to get the most out of your library's electronic resources and databases. This class will introduce you to the library's "Answer Cache" or electronic resources and databases. These resources enable you to expertly find information on topics ranging from Auto Repair to Genealogy to Zoology from online journals, newspapers and reference books at home, work or anywhere you have internet access! No registration required. Questions? Please call the Answer Center at 221-6740.

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Social Media - What is it and why should I care?

Social media has so many platforms these days it's tough to know which ones are useful - and which ones aren't. This class will help determine which applications fit in with your life, and how to manage your time on them. No registration required.

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Facebook

Participants need to establish their own Facebook account before coming to class.
Basics for Personal Use

Learn about social media using Facebook, the world's largest social networking website, with over 1 billion users. You will learn the essentials that you will need to connect and reconnect with friends and family all over the world.

Beyond Basics for Personal Use

You know how to request friends, share pictures, and make status updates on Facebook. Are you ready to go the next level and get the most out of your Facebook account? In the class, you will learn how to use Facebook features to find a level of privacy and security that's right for you. We will also learn how to manage groups, photographs, likes, and friend lists.

Dates

Handouts:
Facebook (PDF format/481K)
Signing up for a Facebook Account (PDF format/825K)

Blogging

This class will largely focus on what you need to use WordPress as a blogging platform: how to post; adding photos, links, and videos; managing comments; changing your site's appearance with themes; and using tags and categories. Please sign up for a free account at wordpress.com before coming to class.

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Good Reads on GoodReads!

Join us and learn about GoodReads, the world's largest social network for readers. GoodReads helps you keep track of what you've read and make lists of what you want to read. It even creates personalized book recommendations based upon what you've enjoyed in the past. We'll also talk about Novelist, another tool librarians use to help you find great new books. If you have 100 books checked out and can't ever finish all of them before their return date, then this is the class for you! We'll help you learn how to keep those overdue fees from piling up, and help you to find great new books to add to your reading list.

Dates

Handout: GoodReads (PDF format/4M)

Craigslist

Looking for a job, an apartment, or someone to buy your old couch? Craigslist can be one-stop shopping for all of those activities. Learn how to use this free online classified ads website to safely and strategically buy & sell goods, apply for jobs, and much more. No registration is required. Questions? Please call the Answer Center at 970-221-6740.

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Create a Great Online Dating Profile

When it comes to creating an online dating profile, there are many things to take into account. Learn how to write an accurate and engaging profile. No registration required. Questions? Please call the Answer Center.

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Learn to use Google Drive

Google Drive allows you to create, store and share files from anywhere you have internet access. Come learn how to use this free cloud-based service to create, convert file formats, share documents, collaborate and more.

**Participants who do not already have a Google account are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to set one up.

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Cloud Computing - What is it?

You've no doubt heard about "the cloud". But do you know what it does and how you can use it? We'll discuss all the facets of cloud computing, and how it can shape future computer use.

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Digital Photo Editing

Want to learn how to enhance, organize, and share your digital photos using a free and user-friendly photo editing program? In this course you will learn how to edit, crop and organize photos. Plus, you'll learn how to share digital photos with family and friends via email and the Internet. Computer Comfort class is strongly recommended before taking this class. No registration required. Questions? Please call the Answer Center at 221-6740.

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Microsoft Word

If are you are new to computers, the Computer Comfort classes are strongly recommended before taking Beginning Word.

Word Basics

Learn how to use Microsoft Word to write letters, papers, resumes, and much more - all the basics of word processing!

Word Beyond Basics

Learn how to use Microsoft Word to write letters, papers, resumes, and much more and go beyond the basics of word processing! Word Basics class is strongly recommended before taking this class.

Dates

Handouts:
Microsoft Word Basics (PDF format/349K)
Microsoft Word Basics Exercises (PDF format/258K)
Microsoft Word Basics Tab Exercises (PDF format/147K)
Microsoft Word Beyond Basics (PDF format/152K)
Microsoft Word Beyond Basics Exercises (PDF format/322K)
Shortcut Keys for Word (PDF format/64K)

Microsoft Excel

If are you are new to computers, the Computer Comfort and Word classes are strongly recommended before taking Beginning Excel.

Excel Basics

This class is for people who are new to Excel. Attendees will learn how to navigate around a spreadsheet and learn basic formatting skills.

Excel Beyond Basics

Basic formulas will be introduced and attendees will learn how to create charts. For those new to Excel, the beginning Excel class is recommended before taking this class.

Dates

Handouts:
Microsoft Excel Basics (PDF format/274K)
Microsoft Excel Beyond Basics (PDF format/207K)

Microsoft Powerpoint

If are you are new to computers, the Computer Comfort and Word classes are strongly recommended before taking Beginning Excel.

Powerpoint Basics

The focus of this class will be on learning how to navigate between the different views in PowerPoint and using the templates, drawing tools, and slide master. Attendees will create a brief PowerPoint presentation.

Powerpoint Beyond Basics

The focus of this class will be on learning how to navigate between the different views in PowerPoint and using the templates, drawing tools, and slide master. Attendees will create a brief PowerPoint presentation.

Dates

Handouts:
Microsoft Powerpoint (PDF format/1.5M)
Microsoft Powerpoint Basics (PDF format/230K)
Microsoft Powerpoint Basics Exercises (PDF format/228K)
Microsoft Powerpoint Beyond Basics (PDF format/166K)
Microsoft Powerpoint Beyond Basics Exercises (PDF format/244K)

Microsoft Publisher

If are you are new to computers, the Computer Comfort, Word, and Powerpoint classes are strongly recommended before taking Publisher.

Publisher helps you easily create, customize, and publish materials such as newsletters, brochures, flyers, and catalogs.

Publisher Basics

Attendees will learn how to create a publication by using a template. They will also learn how to add pictures and format their publication.

Publisher Beyond Basics

Attendees will learn how to create a publication by using a template. They will also learn how to add pictures and format their publication.

Dates

Handouts:
Microsoft Publisher Basics (PDF format/590K)
Microsoft Publisher Beyond Basics (PDF format/337K)

Prezi Presentation Basics

Learn how to use this free web-based presentation software to add a little more pizzazz to your presentations! Perfect for students, business owners, and anyone else sick of slide shows!

Dates available this fall

Easy Website Design

Create an entire website online with drag and drop simplicity. Learn how to create a great looking website with ease!

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Drag and Drop Easy Coding for Adults

Using instructions from the Hour of Code website we will learn the basics of code, what it is and why it's important for adults and kids alike. After learning some of the basics, we will move on to creating our own games. Don't let the kids have all the fun!

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Coding for Kids!

Learn to create stories, games, and animations with easy to learn drag and drop computer programming. For kids ages 8-12. No prior programming experience is needed! Registration REQUIRED. Call (970) 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library. Registration begins 30 days prior to the class date.

Dates and Online Registration

Girl Power - Learn to Code!

Using the Hour of Code, create stories, games, and animations with easy to learn drag and drop computer programming. No prior programming experience is needed! For girls* ages 8-16.

*We are committed to increasing the participation of women and girls, as well as other underrepresented groups, in the field of computer science. Registration required. Registration opens 30 days prior to class date.

Dates and Online Registration

Kids and Media Devices

Your kids know more about the new world of digital technology than parents and caregivers. How can you guide them in their choices and use? Join us in this interactive and fun discussion.

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Online Tutorials

Our class instructors have selected websites that offer excellent online tutorials that are free and self-paced. If you cannot get into a class because it is already full, this is an option that you can use to still learn about Microsoft Office programs, Facebook, and more. Take a look at these various sites; they offer some great options for self-paced learning of computer programs.

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