Computer Classes

Click here for the July 2014 Calendar of classes. 

While the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library offers several classes a month, many branches offer computer classes as well. Contact information for registration is included in the calendar.

Program Descriptions

Computer Basics 
Teaches the most basic skills needed to operate a Library computer, using Windows 7:
  • Using a mouse
  • Knowing certain terminology like Desktop, Icons, Menu, Taskbar, Toolbar, etc.
  • Opening a program
  • Saving a document
This class is intended for beginners and assumes no prior knowledge of computer use. It is a good introduction to other computer classes offered by the Library.
Word 2010 Basics
Explains the basic functions of word processing via Microsoft Word 2010:
  • Formatting text
  • Aligning paragraphs and changing line spacing
  • Cut, Copy, & Paste and Undo/Redo
  • Saving documents
Before participating in this class, trainees should be able to use a mouse.
Internet Basics 
Explains how to find information on the World Wide Web:
  • Typing an Internet address into the Address Bar
  • Clicking on and following links
  • Using a search engine for basic searches
  • Evaluating information found on the Internet
Before participating in this class, trainees should be able to use a mouse.
Facebook 101
Introduces the basic layout and functions in Facebook:
  • Signing up
  • Adding Friends
  • Making status updates
  • Adding pictures
  • Privacy settings
Before participating in this class, trainees should be able to use a mouse, follow a link, type an Internet address into the Address Bar, and type information into a Text Box. 
E-mail Basics 
Introduces the basic concepts behind Web-based e-mail:
  • Composing an e-mail
  • Typing an e-mail address
  • Replying, Forwarding, or Deleting e-mail messages
  • Reviewing a typical sign-up process
Before participating in this class, trainees should be able to use a mouse, follow a link, type an Internet address into the Address Bar, and type information into a Text Box.
The 24 Hour Library 
Provides an in-depth look at the round-the-clock services offered at the Library's Web site:
  • Using the Internet Reference Database
  • Searching the Book Catalog
  • Accessing Library Databases
  • Searching the LINC Community Information Database
Before participating in this class, trainees should be able to use a mouse, follow a link, type an Internet address into the Address Bar, and type information into a Text Box.
Genealogy on the Web 
Gives an introduction to the Web's best genealogy sites to help you extend your family history research onto the Internet.
Registration: History Dept. 415-2742
Before participating in this class, trainees should be able to use a mouse, follow a link, type an Internet address into the Address Bar, and type information into a Text Box.
Health Info on the Web 
Introduces participants to high-quality health sites. Find information on doctors, prescription drugs, illnesses, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles.
Registration: Business/Science Dept. 415-2734
Before participating in this class, trainees should be able to use a mouse, follow a link, type an Internet address into the Address Bar, and type information into a Text Box.
Job Searching on the Web 
Provides information for online classifieds and databases, as well as other sites that provide information on career assessment and resume development.
Before participating in this class, trainees should be able to use a mouse, follow a link, type an Internet address into the Address Bar, and type information into a Text Box.

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