Computer Classes are free and are offered on a first come, first served basis.
Please be on time! Classes are held in Meeting Room 3 unless otherwise noted.
All classes are open to everyone but advanced classes may have prerequisites.
Questions? Stop in at the Information desk on second floor or call 860-347-2520.
This hands-on class is for the beginner who has little or no experience using a computer. It will introduce you to the basics of computer terminology and the popular word processing program Microsoft WORD. There are no prerequisites for this class. Back to Top↑
Learn how to search the Internet more effectively in this hands-on introductory class. Basic search techniques and tools will be demonstrated. For those with little or no computer experience we recommend taking the "Introduction to Computers" class before taking this class. Back to Top↑
This user directed class will delve more deeply into search engine optimization, social networks , blogging, Google Hacks, browser optimization and library databases. Bring your own laptop or flash drive to maximize the full potential of the class. Back to Top↑
This class is designed for those new to word processing. Learn how to create, format, save/open and cut/copy and paste documents. Basic keyboard knowledge is desirable. Prior use of mouse is required. Back to Top↑
This class will reinforce and expand on your basic Word skills. It will include; page set-up, margins, using the clipboard, tabs, and formatting. This class is intended for those who want to sharpen and develop their basic Word skills. Knowledge of the basic tools of Microsoft Word is required, OR completion of Microsoft Word Basics. Back to Top↑
Using a sample resume and cover letter, patrons will learn how to format “paper” documents and prepare an electronic version to post on the Web. The workshop will also explore job sites, such as Career Builder and Monster. Prerequisites are: how to use the Web and Microsoft Word. Back to Top↑
In today’s competitive job market, a generic resume gets lost in the shuffle. Learn how to customize your resume and stand out among a crowd of applicants in this hands-on class. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word required. Back to Top↑
Those attending this class should be comfortable putting information into a computer using the keyboard, navigating and selecting on the screen with a mouse, as well as using Microsoft Windows and navigating from window to window. We highly recommend that you take Introduction to Computers and Microsoft Word Basics first. Patrons can expect to learn the Microsoft Excel basics about file managing, creating, editing, formatting and navigating spreadsheets, and how to make simple calculations. Back to Top↑
Learn how to design a spreadsheet to manage your home expenses. Laptops will be provided, this is hands on instruction. Basic knowledge of Mouse, keyboard and Microsoft Office is required. Back to Top↑
This interactive two-hour workshop will focus on using Excel to arrange all of your important investment information in one location. Listings can include stocks, bonds, broker information, account numbers, dates, etc. Back to Top↑
Before taking Microsoft Excel Beyond the Basics, you should have a general understanding of Microsoft Windows and Excel spreadsheet and tools, as well as comfort navigating cells and entering numeric and alphabetic information. Taking Russell Library’s Excel Basics is highly recommended. Microsoft Excel Beyond the Basics will teach managing Excel workbooks, using functions, simple sorting and filtering of names and numbers, and other worksheet operations. Back to Top↑
A continuation of our Excel Basic class, this class will include creating a spreadsheet to help students manage their job search. Using the spreadsheet, students will learn how to organize, track and manage their resumes and job search progress. Some additional topics will also be explored including: pivot tables, formulas & functions and charting.
Before taking this class, patrons need to take Russell Library’s Excel Basic class. Back to Top↑
Before taking this class, you should have a good understanding of Microsoft Windows or have taken Introduction to Computers and Word Basics. You will learn how to create, modify and run a PowerPoint presentation. Back to Top↑
This introduction to Microsoft’s latest operating system
will show you how to personalize the tiles for common
tasks and your favorite sites. Bring your Windows 8
laptop for a hands-on experience.
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Learn how to create a basic flyer using Publisher, Microsoft's program for designing promotional materials. Working knowledge of basic computer operations required. Back to Top↑
This is a class for those with some experience in Microsoft Publisher, a program that can create brochures, newsletters and web pages. After a short review of some of the basics in Publisher, this session will focus on how to create a sharp looking newsletter. Back to Top↑
Microsoft Access is a database maintenance system. This class will give a basic overview of Access' functions: how to create a database, enter data, and run lists and reports. Intermediate functions may be covered if time permits. Working knowledge of basic computer operations required. Back to Top↑
Learn how the library’s database Lynda.com can be helpful to you, both at home and at work. We will go over Lynda.com’s offerings, from word processing to 3D printing.
You don’t need to have a fancy camera to take great photos! In this class, we will discuss what makes a good photograph and how to see the world through the lens of a camera. Topics like composition, framing and lighting will be discussed. This is a workshop taught by Russell Library staff member Jason Neely; a photographer whose work has been published. Back to Top↑
GIMP is a free, Open Source image editing program that has many of the same capabilities that more expensive programs, such as Photoshop have. This will be a hands-on class. We will learn to crop, resize, color correct, add text and fix scratches and blemishes. Working knowledge of basic computer operations is required for this class. .
Reference USA is more than just the most complete online business directory available. With this class, job seekers will learn how to utilize some of its advanced features to build lists of potential employers that may have been overlooked. Small businesses can utilize this database to get overviews of the industry they are in, locate potential competitors, and even use it as a tool to help determine a location to start a business. Back to Top↑
You've heard of Facebook, but what is it and how do you get started? With over 550 million users, Facebook is the most popular social networking site around. In this class you will learn how to set up an account, get in touch with friends, and adjust your privacy settings. You must have basic internet skills and an email address that can be accessed at the library. If you would like to upload photos, bring them on a flash drive or CD. Back to Top↑
LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site, useful for job seekers. Before taking this class, you should know how to use a computer, be comfortable with the Web and have an email address. During this class, you wil create a LinkedIn account (It's free!), learn the LinkedIn setup, set up your account settings and learn the basics about groups. Back to Top↑
Build on your basic knowledge of Linked In, with further information on using this source for job seeking and networking. Attendees should have used Linked In previously, not for beginners. Back to Top↑
Use a laptop or just observe as the various grants resources available at the Russell Library are discussed. This will be a relaxed session, some instruction and a chance to work on your own needs.
Grant funds for individual endeavors such as education, research and business pursuits are not that easy to find. Attend this class to learn about the Foundation Grants to Individuals database, GrantSpace.org and other helpful resources. A working knowledge of the Internet and Windows are needed for this hands on session.
Learn the basics of email and set up your own email account at a free website. Mouse and keyboarding skills are a prerequisite. Stop by the computer desk for help, call (860) 347-2520 X128 or reserve time in person at the Information Department. For those new to the Internet, the Basic Internet class is recommended prior to the email session. Back to Top↑
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