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Public Computer Center: Computer Labs and Computer Classes

Bridging the digital divide in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Technology Literacy @ Your Library.

Overview

Come to Computer Labs or Computer Classes or both!

Learn at your own pace in the Computer Lab - learn the basics of using a computer (including the mouse or keyboard), try something new with someone to help if you get stuck, learn how to set up or work with email, get tips on how to search for jobs, get help with uploading or downloading your resume.

Learn in a classroom environment - come to a guided class to learn the basics of using a computer, working with Microsoft Office and more.

  • Microsoft Office (101 and 102 classes in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, basic class in Publisher)
  • Basics on using a computer or the internet (PC Basics, Internet 101 and 102)
  • Copy/move photos from camera to computer (Working with Your Digital Photos)
  • Work with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest)
  • Learn devices (iPad, Smartphones)
  • Borrow books from the library on your tablet or phone (Digital Magazines & eBooks)
  • Begin a search for your ancestors (Ancestry.com) 

Scroll down for details on our current Labs and Classes.

                                        

Winter labs and classes - January 2 through March 31, 2017

Most classes are in the Charwat Meeting Room (Ground Floor) at the Adriance Memorial Library.

Click the link below to register for Computer/Internet classes (location/time listed for each class):
Computer/Internet Class Registration
Click the link below to register for Job/Career classes (location/time listed for each class):
Jobs/Careers Class Registration

Computer Lab@Your Library

Mondays – Fridays, 11 am – 1 pm Adriance Memorial Library Strba Teen Room (2nd Floor)
Tuesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm Adriance Memorial Library Charwat Meeting Room (Ground Floor)
Thursdays at Boardman Road Branch 1 pm – 3 pm
Receive individualized help addressing your computer-based needs. Specific tasks staff can help with include: learning basic computer skills, creating email accounts, performing job searches, filling out job applications, formatting resumes, filing for unemployment, and creating and editing Microsoft Office documents.
Teen Geeks
Saturdays, 10 am-2 pm, Adriance and Boardman
Students available to help with technology questions.

Technology You Can Use
Digital Magazines and eBooks
Wednesday, January 11, 1:30 pm
Learn how to browse the library's selection of full color, interactive digital magazines with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number you can download. Class also covers free eBooks and audiobooks for use with a wide variety of eReaders, portable devices, PCs and Macs. Prerequisite: basic computer skills.

Introduction to iPad (iOS 10)
Wednesday, January 18, 1:30 pm
New to the iPad? Learn how to setup your e-mail for easy access, use apps, and more. Please bring your iPad. We are using iOS 10 in this class. Prerequisite: basic computer skills and email account required. You must supply a current email address for confirmation purposes when registering.

Intro to Google Drive & Docs
Wednesday, January 18, 5:30 pm
Learn the basics of sharing and collaborating using free Google Docs in Google Drive, which includes Docs (word processing), Sheets (spreadsheets) and Slides (presentations). Prerequisite: Internet 101 or equivalent.
Using a Smartphone
Wednesday, January 25, 1:30 pm
Tuesday, March 21, 3:30 pm 

Unlock the unlimited potential of your smartphone.  Covers basic navigation features and functions.
Introduction to 3D Printing Services
Tuesday, February 14, 3:30 pm
Come learn what 3D printing is all about.  This class will give you an overview of the 3D printing process.  It covers 3D printing technologies, materials and how you can use the PPLD 3D printing services.

Intro to Facebook
Tuesday, February 21, 3:30 pm
Wednesday, March 29, 1:30 pm

Create and use your own account, search and connect with friends, and more! Prerequisite: Internet 101 or equivalent. 

Intro to Twitter
Tuesday, February 28, 3:30 pm
Learn about hashtags and best practices, “tweets” and how to “follow” Prerequisite: Internet 101 or equivalent.
Intro to Ancestry.com
Monday, March 6, 1:30 pm
Learn what this popular database has to offer when doing genealogical research. Prerequisite: Internet 101 or equivalent experience.

Creating a Website - NEW!!
Wednesday, March 8, 1:30 pm
Come learn how to create your own fully personalized, high-quality website using the online website building service Wix.com.  In the class we will create a restaurant website together.  Then we will give you the tools you need to change and customize the website to make it your own.  Promote your business, showcase your art or set up an online shop. Prerequisite: Internet 101 or equivalent
Intro to Pinterest
Tuesday, March 14, 3:30 pm
Learn the basics of Pinterest, a fun, image-based social network which is the fastest growing social media site. Prerequisite: Internet 101 or equivalent experience. 

Intro to Blogging
Wednesday, March 15, 1:30 pm
Come discover what a blog is and see examples of popular and local blogs. Then learn how start your own blog using Word Press or Tumblr. In this introduction to Blogging class you will learn how to read or write a Blog or both! Prerequisite: basic computer skills and email account required.
Working With Your Digital Photos
Monday, March 20 1:30 pm
Learn how to move your pictures from your digital camera to a computer, view them and save them to a USB/Flash drive (must bring your own drive).  NOTE: This class is for digital cameras only, not mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, cell phones, etc.).
Intro to Instagram
Wednesday, March 22, 1:30 pm
Instagram is the most popular photo-sharing application.  Learn how to interact on the app with hashtags, @’s, etc.  Bring your smart phone.  Prerequisite: Mobile phone, Internet 101 or equivalent experience.

Navigating the Medicare Website
Wednesdays, January 25, February 22, March 22, 9:30 am
Hands-on training at the web site to find information about Prescription Drug Plans and Advantage Plans. Led by staff from the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services.


Microsoft Office
Word 101
Monday, January 9, 1:30 pm
Wednesday, January 11, 5:30 pm
Monday, March 13, 1:30 pm

Create, edit and format simple documents. Prerequisite: basic computer skills.
Excel 101
Monday, January 23, 1:30 pm,
Wednesday, January 25, 5:30 pm
Wednesday, March 15, 5:30 pm

Set up and manipulate a basic spreadsheet. Prerequisite:
basic computer skills.
PowerPoint 101
Monday, January 30, 1:30 pm
Wednesday, February 1, 5:30 pm

Design beginner level presentations. Prerequisite: basic computer skills.
Access 101
Wednesday, March 1, 5:30 pm
Create a data entry form, run a query and create a report. Prerequisite: basic computer skills.
Word 102
Monday, February 6, 1:30 pm
Wednesday, February 8, 5:30 pm

Page setup, tabs, tables, styles, spelling tools and more. Prerequisite: Word 101 or equivalent experience.
Excel 102
Monday, February 13, 1:30 pm
Monday, February 15, 5:30 pm
Wednesday, March 22, 5:30 pm

Formulas, functions, creating a chart and filtering. Prerequisite: Excel 101 or equivalent experience.
PowerPoint 102
Wednesday, February 22, 5:30 pm
Customize existing presentations; work with speaker notes and printing presentations. Prerequisite: PowerPoint 101 or equivalent experience.
Mail Merge in Word & Excel
Wednesday, March 8, 5:30 pm
Use Excel for data and customize letters in Word. Create mailing labels. Prerequisite: Word 101 & 102 or equivalent.
Excel Tips & Tricks
Monday, February 27, 1:30 pm
Wednesday, March 29, 5:30 pm

In this class we will show you tips for accomplishing tasks faster as well as how to use some of the time-saving tools available within Excel. Prerequisite: Excel 101 and Excel 102 or equivalent experience.

Do It Yourself With Publisher
Monday, March 27, 1:30 pm
Learn how to use Microsoft Publisher to create basic publications such as flyers, business cards and brochures. Prerequisite: Microsoft Word 101 or equivalent experience.

Workshops for Job Seekers
Using the Library in Your Job Search 
Wednesday, January 4, 5:30 pm
Job listing sites, resume-building tools, resources for interviewing.

The following program is presented by Dutchess County One Stop Career Center:
Resume Critique
Tuesdays, January 3, 17 & 31, February 7 & 28, March 14 & 28
Drop in for professional feedback to strengthen your resume. Bring a printed copy of your resume.


Computer Basics
PC Basics
Tuesday, January 10 3:30 pm
Wednesday, February 8, 1:30 pm

Learn how to start up and shut down a PC, how to open, close, and resize windows; use the taskbar to move between windows. Includes practice time.
Internet 101
Tuesday, January 17, 3:30 pm
Wednesday, February 15 1:30 pm

Basics of internet surfing: opening Internet Explorer, resizing windows, and using the address bar. Learn how to be safe online. Prerequisite: basic computer skills.
Internet 102
Tuesday, January 24 3:30 pm
Wednesday, February 22, 1:30 pm

Experience the World Wide Web. Discover great sites for practicing new skills! Prerequisite: Internet 101 or equivalent.
Windows 10
Wednesday, February 1, 1:30 pm
Tuesday, March 28, 3:30 pm

Perform basic work-related tasks, learn the new features and how Windows 10 can work with Cortana and the Microsoft Edge web browser. Prerequisite: Internet 101 or equivalent.
Google It
Tuesday, February 7, 3:30 pm
Learn to use the Google Search Engine to search the internet more efficiently.  Prerequisite: Internet 101 or equivalent experience.