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Computer Classes

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We offer a variety of computer, technology, and mobile skill classes. You can also learn how to download and stream with your Library card and get a variety of tips and tricks on our blog.

The Tech Learning Lab on the 1st Floor at Central Library also provides personal assistance from Library staff for patrons using the library's Windows 10 computers. Staff can assist with learning computer skills, accessing common online services, and using your personal device such as smartphone, tablet, or laptop to access the library's online services and programs.

Need help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian. The Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.

Computer Class Series
Presented by AARP IN and Senior Planet

Lawrence Senior Technology Help Lab
The Help Lab is a monthly program that helps seniors with their technology. Bring your tablets or smartphones for assistance on downloading and using our services, including checking out e-books, audiobooks, and more from OverDrive, Hoopla, Libby.

Build Your Computer Skills

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Are You Smarter than a Scammer? Spotting and Avoiding Online Scams
Schedule & Register
Can you spot a scam? Avoid falling prey to an online scam with simple tips that can help you spot them. Learn about common scam methods, what you should do if you've received a scam message, and practice spotting scams in your e-mail, text, or when browsing online.

Introduction to Excel
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Learn how to create spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel Online, the free online version of Excel. Join us for a three-part introduction to Excel Online. Level 1 - Layout, Navigation, and Files. Level 2 - Formula Basics and Formatting. Level 3 - Working with Data - Filter and Sort

Introduction to Gmail
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Learn the basics of Gmail including how to register for an account, compose and forward emails, manage your inbox, and best practices for email security!

Introduction to Microsoft Word
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Learn how to create documents with Microsoft Word Online, the free online version of Word. Join us for a two-part introduction. This series will demonstrate all skills using Microsoft Word Online in a Chrome web browser on a Windows 10 computer.

Multilinqual Computer Classes - Instruction Spoken in Kinyarwanda, Swahili, French, and English
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Receive personal instruction to advance your computer skills. Students will learn how to create and send emails, how to produce content in Microsoft Word, the tools available within Microsoft Excel, and how to design creations in Microsoft Publisher.

Typing Practice and Instruction
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Adults are invited to learn how to click, scroll, and what to do with some of those strange keys on the keyboard. Get a crash course on computer parts and keys!

Central Library Build Your Technology and Computer Skills with Northstar Digital Literacy
Do you want to build your technology skills? Take a skill assessment to develop a custom learning plan for 10+ topics including Microsoft Office, Computer Basics, Internet Basics, and more. Use your results to focus on learning the computer skills you need to be successful and meet your goals.

College Avenue Microsoft Word Essentials
Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. Register
Learn the basics of Microsoft Word by navigating the ribbon, styling fonts, applying proofreading tools, formatting text with lists, and inserting images. Then take a skill assessment for Word using the Northstar Digital Literacy platform to develop a learning plan.

East 38th Street Building Digital Literacy Skills Series
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Join us at E38 to learn how to handle a mouse and keyboard or learn how to use Microsoft Word.

Fort Ben Basic Computer Skills
Saturday, March 2 at 3 p.m. Register
Learn the basics of computers and how to use them!

Fort Ben Virtual Explorer: Practice Your Computer Skills
Monday, March 4 at 2 p.m. Register
Become more confident using the computer to browse the internet while exploring virtual tours, online museum collections, and more. Practice your mouse and keyboard skills while discovering interactive websites and apps that can help you explore around the globe.

Martindale-Brightwood Introduction to Windows 10
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Learn how to navigate and manage one of the most widely-used computer operating systems!

Warren One-on-One Tech Time
Wednesday, March 13 at 2 p.m.
The Warren Branch is hosting a technology help session! Bring your personal device and work one-on-one with Library staff.

Online LinkedIn Learning - Take free classes anytime, at your own pace
Learn relevant, professional, technology skills on LinkedIn Learning. Your library card gives you free unlimited access to classes in technology categories like cloud computing, data science, database management, IT help desk, mobile development, network and system administration, security, software development, and web development. Learn how here.

Digital Creativity Classes

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Central Library & East 38th Street Digital Creativity Workstations
Looking to edit photos, videos, audio or make a new graphic design? Or want to use The Library's learn-on-demand collection to learn how? The Digital Creativity Workstations have specialized software to support multimedia projects including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Vegas Pro Video Editor, and more. A reservation is required. Learn more and make a reservation.

Central Library 3D Printing Dream It, Design It, Print It!
Monday, February 26 at 6 p.m. Register
Adults ages 18 and up are invited to learn the basics of 3D printing from concept to creation using Tinkercad, the S5 Ultimaker, and other 3D printers.

Central Library Adobe Photoshop Basics
Tuesday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m. Register
Get started editing images and photos. Discover how to transform images to match your artistic vision. Explore the basic tools you will need and gain hands-on experience.

Central Library Create Digital Designs with Canva
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Learn how to use the free online graphic design tool Canva. Create a custom digital design for greeting cards, business cards, flyers, and more. Share your designs online or by printing them.

Central Library Create a Mini-Podcast with Adobe Audition
Saturday, March 23 at 2:30 p.m. Register
Explore basic audio editing by creating a brief project from start to finish. Learn how to start a new project, edit, mix, record, and restore audio using Adobe Audition!

Central Library Cricut Design Space
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Winter can be a great time to be inspired for the holiday season. Whether you’re new to Cricut Design Space or an experienced crafter, come learn how to use Cricut Design Space and build a winter-themed project!

Reading Recommendations from Our Tech Learning Team

Computer Basics Book Covers

Whether you are a beginner or looking to build on your current skills, our Tech Learning Team has gathered some of their favorite books and resources to help you! See all the Tech Learning Team book lists here.