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Computer Classes

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. 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

Handout: Computer Comfort (PDF format/259K)

File Management and Computer Maintenance

Does your computer feel like your disorganized garage? Can't find anything or unable to keep it clean? This class will help you begin to plan for managing your computer files and keeping your computer efficient and safe. 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

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. 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

Handout: Internet Searching (PDF format/172K)

Answer Cache: Databases for All

Magazine articles at your fingertips! And more-much more, available through library licensed databases easily searchable with just a library card. Looking for a topic? Quickly retrieve articles about it from journals, newspapers, and reference books right online. This class will introduce you to the world of "Databases," to enable you to expertly find information on topics from Art to Car repair to Novels to Zoology. 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

Resumes and Job Searching

An instructor from the Larimer County Workforce Center will teach the fundamentals of creating a winning resume. In addition, explore the library resources that will aid in resume writing and job searching. 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

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 for Facebook

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

Photo Editing with Picasa

Want to learn how to enhance, organize and share your digital photos? Picasa is 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. Our Computer Comfort class is strongly recommended before taking this class. 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

New to Computers: for Beginners

This 4-pack "New to Computers for Beginners" will include Computer Comfort, Internet, File Management, and MS Word. This small class of 10 students will allow for a slower, more comfortably paced class for beginners. 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

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.

Registration REQUIRED for ALL Word classes. 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

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 for Excel

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.

Registration REQUIRED for ALL Powerpoint classes. 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

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.

Registration REQUIRED for ALL Publisher classes. 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

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

SnapPages

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

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

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

Pinterest Basics for Personal Use

Do you want to know how to pin favorite things like books, food, places to visit and more in your very own bulletin board? Learn the basics of Pinterest such as setting up an account, following favorite pinners (like the Library) and search for places to add.

Dates for Pinterest

Handout:
Pinterest (PDF format/87K)

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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