Free Computer Classes & Workshops

By08/18/2009

The library offers computer and Internet-related classes during the Fall and Spring months.   As always, these classes are free.  Registration is required due to limited seating so please call 541-269-1101 and select the reference desk  or stop by to sign up!

Most classes are held on a Friday and are usually 1.5 hours (9:30-11:00 am) unless otherwise indicated.

For Friday classes/workshops, please arrive at the library at 9:15 a.m.  If you need to cancel please let us know.

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Upcoming Classes/Workshops:

October
Searching the Web - Friday October 31, 9:30-11:30am (Sorry, class is full, stay tuned for next 
offering)
November
Job Assist Computer Lab - Friday November 7, 12:00-2:00pm
Intro to the Internet Browser - Friday November 21, 9:30-11:00am
Library2Go Workshop - Monday November 24, 10:30am-12:30pm
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Examples of programs offered:

Job Assist Computer Lab - This lab is intended for working on tasks such as online applications; creating email accounts; creating and managing resumes; using a word processor for cover letters or resumes; saving and attaching documents, using a scanner to convert print documents; filing unemployment; and anything else work related. This is not a class but a staff person will be available to provide some instruction, assistance, and technical support. Computers will be available with high-speed internet, office software, black & white or color printing ($.20 & $.25 a page), USB ports, CD drives, and a color scanner.

Library2Go Workshop – Library2Go is a service provided by Oregon libraries where patrons can check out digital media such as eBooks and audiobooks. This monthly workshop is open to all patrons who need assistance downloading eBooks and/or audiobooks to their personal devices or laptop computers. There will be no lecture or formal class. This is an open lab where you can practice with staff supervision or get help getting started. Attendees will need: a valid library card, a valid email account, and a device or portable computer that can access the internet via a wireless network. Note: Kindle users will need an Amazon account. Check with library for time and dates as workshop takes place at different time each month. Feel free to drop in any time during workshop hours but no later than 15 minutes prior to ending time.

Beginning Computer Mouse – This session is designed for users who have had little or no experience using computers. Users will go through a guided exercise that teaches the mouse and builds confidence. Different tips will be offered to make using a computer easier. Classes are extra small to provide more individualized attention. One time session of one and one-half hours.

Introduction to the Internet Browser – This session is designed for computer novices who wish to have help in learning how to use the Internet. The class will cover the most important features of Internet browsers, how to use an Internet address, and will discuss first steps and tips for easier use. This will be an ideal chance to learn the most basic steps to using the Internet. One time session of one and one-half hours.

Searching the Web – This Internet class will show the basic tools for finding information on the Internet. Some explanation will be made of what kinds of search engines there are and how they work, and why some information is hard to find on the Web. Attendees will learn how to use a search engine effectively.

How to Sign Up and Use Free Email – This class will take users through the process of signing up for a free email account, how to send and read email, how to open and send attachments, and how to print or save email messages or attachments. Two sessions, 1 1/2 hours each (3 hours total).

Email refresher workshop (supervised practice) – The library offers, once a quarter, a workshop where users may refresh their email skills. This offering is designed to provide a low-stress opportunity to practice sending and receiving email, attaching and viewing pictures, working with email folders and developing email address books. There will be no formal lecture but the instructor will be available to offer suggestions and answer questions. Attendees must have a web-accessible email and bring their ID and password to the class.

PREREQUISITE: an email account accessible by web browser via the library’s Internet computers. Examples include Yahoo!, Hotmail, Charter, Verizon and many others. There should be a web address that you can go to in order to access your email account when away from home. If in doubt please see the instructor before the day of the class for assistance.

This is a one-time class that meets for two hours but students are free to leave once their questions have been addressed.

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