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The Poudre River Public Library District offers a suite of free computer classes and free eMedia classes to promote information literacy. The classes cover computer basics, social networking, Internet searching, and Microsoft Office 2010.

Handouts for each class are available by clicking on the links (e.g. Word handout) in each section. Handouts are valuable for customers who have missed out on a place in a particular course, as well as for customers wishing to refresh their memory of skills learned in class. You can also look at the handouts prior to coming to class.

All classes are 2 hours in length, unless otherwise noted.

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.

All classes require you to either have taken the Computer Comfort class or have a basic understanding of using the computer and the mouse.

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.

New to computers?
The following classes will provide you with the basic skills to feel at ease with using a computer, surfing the Internet, and becoming acquainted with social networking sites.

Blogging Basics
Computer Comfort
Internet Searching
Answer Cache: Databases for Kids and Adults
Facebook
Digital Editing with Picasa
Online Job Search Tips and Tools
Pinterest
Skype
SnapPages
New to Computers: for Beginners

Microsoft Office 2010
All Microsoft Office classes will now be taught using the 2010 version of Microsoft.

Most Microsoft Office classes are offered in 2 parts, Basic and Beyond Basic: 2 hrs per session. You can sign up for Basic or Beyond Basic, or for both.

Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Publisher
NEW Public Computer Center in Wellington


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 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library.

Dates and Online Registration

Handouts:
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. Registration REQUIRED. Call 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library.

Dates and Online Registration

Handout:
Internet Searching (PDF format/172K)



Answer Cache: Databases for Kids

For upper elementary and middle school students - this class will teach you how to find trusted sources that will impress your teachers. Lively instruction on a variety of databases and learn how to access them from any computer. Learn how to e-mail articles and to create quick and easy citations. Bring your library card! Registration REQUIRED. Call 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library.

Kids - Dates and Online Registration

Handouts (Kids):
What in the World is a Database? (PDF format/252K)
Comparing EBSCOHost to Free Internet Search (PDF format/169K)



Answer Cache: Databases for Teens

For upper middle school and high school students - this class will teach you how to find trusted sources that will impress your teachers. Lively instruction on a variety of databases and learn how to access them from any computer. Learn how to e-mail articles and to create quick and easy citations. Bring your library card! Registration REQUIRED. Call 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library.

Teens - Dates and Online Registration


Answer Cache: Databases for Adults

Magazine articles at your fingertips! And moreómuch 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 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library.

Adults - Dates and Online Registration


Facebook

Learn about social media using Facebook, the world's largest social networking website, with over 750 million users. The first half of the class will be spent learning about privacy settings available in Facebook. The second hour of the class will be devoted to answering individual questions. Participants need to establish their own Facebook account before coming to class. Registration REQUIRED. Call 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library.

Dates and Online Registration

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


Digital 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 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library.

Dates and Online Registration


New to Computers: for Beginners

This 4-pack "New to Computers for Beginners" will include Computer Comfort, Internet, Gmail, and Word. This small class of 10 students will allow for a slower, more comfortably paced class for beginners. Registration REQUIRED. Call 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library.

Dates and Online Registration


Microsoft Word

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

Would you like to learn how to use Microsoft Word to write letters, papers, resumes, and much more? Learn the basics of word processing by signing up for Word Basic, Word Beyond Basic, or both classes. Registration REQUIRED. Call 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library.

Dates and Online Registration

Handouts:
Microsoft Word 1 (PDF format/349K)
Microsoft Word 1 Exercises (PDF format/258K)
Microsoft Word 1 Tab Exercises (PDF format/147K)
Microsoft Word 2 (PDF format/152K)
Microsoft Word 2 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 Basic
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 Basic
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.

Registration REQUIRED. Call 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library.

Dates and Online Registration

Handouts:
Microsoft Excel 1 (PDF format/274K)
Microsoft Excel 2 (PDF format/207K)



Microsoft Powerpoint

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

PowerPoint Basic
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 Basic
In this class, you will learn how to add graphics, animation, transitions, sounds, and charts to a PowerPoint presentation. Attendees need to have basic PowerPoint skills before attending this class.

Registration REQUIRED. Call 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library.

Dates and Online Registration

Handouts:
Microsoft Powerpoint (PDF format/1.5M)
Microsoft Powerpoint 1 (PDF format/230K)
Microsoft Powerpoint 1 Exercises (PDF format/228K)
Microsoft Powerpoint 2 (PDF format/166K)
Microsoft Powerpoint 2 Exercises (PDF format/244K)


Microsoft Publisher

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

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

Publisher Basic
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 Basic
Attendees will create a publication from scratch. Special attention will be paid to creating text boxes, using the master page, and utilizing the design gallery.

*You should have some experience with either WORD or POWERPOINT before taking these classes.

Registration REQUIRED.
Call 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library.

Dates and Online Registration

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


Skype

Talk to friends and family over the internet for free! Skype allows you to connect with voice and video with people around the world.

Registration REQUIRED. Call 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library.

Dates and Online Registration


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 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library.

Dates and Online Registration


Pinterest

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.

Registration REQUIRED. Call 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library.

Dates and Online Registration

Handouts:
Pinterest (PDF format/87K)


Blogging Basics

Have you wanted to start a blog, but weren't sure where to begin? If so, please join us for Blogging Basics -- How to Start Your Own Blog. You will learn what a blog is, how to create and maintain a blog, how to post text and images, how to link to other people's blogs and more. This course is best suited for those with little or no blogging experience. However, Internet experience and mastery of mouse handling is preferred.

Registration REQUIRED. Call 221-6740, register online, or register in person at any library.

Dates and Online Registration


Public Computer Centers

Are you frustrated with computers or are interested in becoming more technologically savvy? You won't want to miss out on the Public Computer Center's free computer classes and internet access! The Poudre River Public Library District is sponsoring classes and computer access in partnership with:

Canyon Ridge Baptist Church
4608 W. County Rd. 52 E.
Bellvue, CO

The CORE Center
114 Bristlecone
Fort Collins, CO
970.484.2580

Family Center/La Familia
309 Hickory St.
Fort Collins, CO
970.221.1615

River of Life Fellowship
3161 E. County Road 62e
Wellington, CO
970.568.0838

The Public Computer Center's goal is to help by providing you training for online job searches and resume builders, business development, digital literacy, high speed broadband services and much more!

The Public Computer Centers are made possible by Poudre River Public Library District and the Friends of the Library, with support from Colorado State Library and the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grant.

Everyone's Welcome. Great Computers. Friendly Help.





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Poudre River Public Library District, 301 Olive Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524, (970) 221-6740
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