Access(ing) a Database
We will develop an understanding of the tools of Microsoft Access 2007 and create a simple database. Prerequisite : Knowledge of word processing and mouse skills.
Buying a New Computer
No computer skills needed. If you are looking for a computer and have questions on what to look for, this course will help you with many topics: why should I buy, what do I need it for, different types of computers, what is software, peripherals/hardware devices, where should I buy, and what is inside a computer.
Buying New Technology
We will look at websites to learn what new products are available, how to find the products you want, online price comparison, and how to find local stores for purchasing technology gadgets.
Check Out Downloads @ Your Library
Learn how to use the Monroe County Library System’s new service, the Woodlands Downloadable Library. Best-selling and classic audiobooks and eBooks are available 24/7 from the library’s website. This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free with your library card. During this class you will learn how to browse the collection, check out with your library card, download to a PC, and transfer downloadable content to an MP3 player or an eReader. Bring your portable player or eReader with you to class to experience the entire process. Be sure to also bring anything needed to connect your device and transfer content. You will need your library card and PIN if you want to checkout and download.
This class is designed to work with the specific needs of participants. Topics may include learning mouse skills, Windows 7 & 8, internet, e-mail, various software, saving and printing. There are no skill prerequisites. Registration is required.
Computer Basics Level 1 or Senior Moments Level 1
Six Weeks - Early beginner: No skills needed
This class is intended for those who have very limited or no knowledge of computers. Participants will gain knowledge on understanding Hardware and Software, Information Networks, Intro to Windows, Working with a Windows, a Program, Files & Folders-Toolbars, Create, Edit and Save a document, Exploring the Internet-Web pages, Email, Change your homepage, Pop-up Blocker and Firewalls. There will be hands-on exercises, along with group projects to reinforce skills.
Computer Basics Level 2 or Senior Moments Level 2
Six Weeks - Beginner: Some Mouse and Typing skills helpful
This class builds on Computer Basics 1/Senior Moments 1 course. Participants will learn basic skills such as: how to use a mouse, build typing skills, computer vocabulary, turning the computer on and off, making personal adjustments, using the software program Paint, work with files, folders and shortcuts, Word Pad project, save to a CD, Intro to Internet, and getting maps and directions from Internet. There are hands-on exercises to reinforce skills from our Moodle learning site.
Computer Basics Level 3 or Senior Moments Level 3
This course will include a variety of topics for home computer users to develop their skills. Topics are: More on Email, Computer Security, Computer Maintenance, Photo Editing, MCLS Catalog and Downloading books, and Facebook. Prerequisite for this course is at least a Level 1 Computer Basics or Senior Moments. For the email class you will need to have an active email account before the class. Registration is required.
Computer Management Projects
(Maintenance, Safety/Networking, Accessory Folder in All Programs Menu)
Some mouse, typing and navigational skills are needed for this three week course. Participants will learn how to clean the desktop, disk and defragment, some easy steps to keep their computer safe, basic networking, and try some of the programs in the Accessory Folder in their computer.
Create a Cookbook
Mouse and some typing skill are needed for this class. In this class, you will use a template to create your own personal cookbook. Inserting objects, type and edit a cover page, introduction, table of contents, recipes, and an index are tasks that will be shown. Also, ideas for printing your cookbook will be discussed. Class size is limited, registration required.
Creating Photo Gifts
In this class we will take digital photos and create fun gifts. We will use templates to create a photo cube that you can use as an ornament. We will also check out websites for more ideas and resources. Bring your digital photos on a flash drive, CD, or bring in your camera and the USB cord.
Creating with Publisher
Familiarity with Word processing is helpful for this class. Mouse skills and some typing skills are needed as well. We will explore the types of publications that can be designed on Microsoft Publisher 2007 and create documents from both a blank document and a template.
Digital Photography Basics - Part 1
Looking to buy a digital camera? Need to learn to use a digital camera? In this class we’ll talk about what to look for and how to make it work. Bring camera and manual to class.
Digital Photography Basics - Part 2
Are you unsure of how to get your pictures to the computer and then what to do with them after that? Learn how to edit and save your pictures and get some ideas of what can be done with them. Bring camera and/or saved pictures to class. Prerequisite: Basic mouse skills.
Digital Scrapbooking Online
In this hands-on class we will be exploring different websites that allow you to upload your digital pictures and then create different projects with those pictures. We will also look at a few software programs that allow you to create digital scrapbook pages that you can print yourself or have printed at various area photo quick labs. Bring your favorite sites with you to class to share with others. You may bring your camera (with cord to connect to the computer) or your media card with you to the class if you want to upload some of your own pictures to work with. Class size is limited. Registration is required.
E-Reader and the iPad
Looking to buy an e-reader or just want to know more about them? Then come to our class and learn what e-readers and iPads are, see some of the models that are available, and how to use the library to find eBooks for the e-reader.
Some mouse, typing and navigational skills are necessary.
This is a six week series with two weeks devoted to each: documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Google docs are free online office use programs. Participants will set up their own account and learn how to use create, share and collaborate, safely store and organize Google documents.
Google Projects - (Gmail, Google Maps/Google Earth, Web Design)
Some mouse and typing skills are needed for this three week course.
Participants will set up and manage a Gmail account, get maps and directions to their favorite destinations, visit their destinations on Google earth, and design a web site.
Graphics Projects - (Picasa, Movie Maker, Gimp)
Some mouse, typing and navigational skills are needed for this three week course. Participants will learn basic to advanced photo editing skills. Also, create their own movie from photos or slide show presentations using various slide transitions and music in the background.
How To Buy on eBay!
Explore how to purchase items on eBay. You will learn how to register, find items, research, bid, pay, and buy safely.
Prerequisite: Basic mouse skills and Internet knowledge.
Intermediate-Advanced Microsoft Office 2007
We offer six week hands on classes for each of the following Microsoft Office '07 programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Each class will begin with the fundamentals of the program and then build on skills learned throughout the four weeks. We ask that people registering for classes come to all four weeks for that program to get the most out of it. Basic knowledge of the program is helpful prior to attending these classes.
Intermediate-Advanced Microsoft Office Excel 2007
This is a six week series that will cover the fundamentals of Excel, editing a workbook, formatting worksheets, creating and working with charts, managing workbooks, functions, formulas, lists automating tasks, macros, working with other programs and internet, data analysis and pivot tables.
Basic Excel class is a prerequisite.
Registration is required.
Intermediate-Advance Microsoft Office Access 2007
This is a six week series that will cover the fundaments of Access, creating and working with a database, filtering and formatting data, tables and fields, relational databases, queries, forms and reports.
Basic Access is a prerequisite.
Registration is required.
Intermediate-Advanced Microsoft Office PowerPoint
This is a six week series that will cover the fundamentals of PowerPoint, editing and formatting a presentation, drawing and working with graphics, working with tables and WordArt, graphs and organization charts, delivering presentation, working with multimedia and the internet.
Basic PowerPoint is a prerequisite.
Registration is required.
Intermediate-Advanced Microsoft Office Word 2007
This is a six week series that will cover the fundamentals of Word, editing text, formatting characters and paragraphs, formatting pages, working with tables, templates and styles, graphics, mail merge, document collaboration, outlines and long documents, WordArt and charts, working with other programs, forms, create web pages.
Basic Word is a prerequisite.
Registration is required.
Intro to Email
We will develop an understanding of free Web-based email services by using Gmail, and learn how to use them effectively and responsibly. Prerequisite: Basic mouse skills.
Intro to Online Databases
Come to this class to learn about the wonderful variety of research tools available online through the Monroe County Library System. We will review the types of information available in each database and learn the basics of searching for different types of information. The majority of these online tools are available to Monroe County residents at home.
Intro to the Internet
We will discuss the structure and functions of the Internet and World Wide Web, work with Internet Explorer, and explore the resources available on the Monroe County Library System’s web page. Prerequisite: Basic mouse skills.
Introduction to Spreadsheets (Excel)
We will examine the uses of spreadsheets and become familiar with the functions of Excel 2007. Prerequisite: Basic mouse skills.
Job Hunting Online & Resume
Find out where to go to look for jobs on the Internet. You will be able to create a resume online and discover other great career search tools. Leave this class with basic understanding of Microsoft Word and how to create a professional resume saved to a CD. We will cover types of resumes and resume formatting, so bring your resume information with you. You must have some mouse, typing, and Internet skills.
Keeping Your Computer Safe
If you are tired of those unwanted pop-ups and worried about computer viruses then this class might be worth your while. We will discuss the latest security methods and how to keep your computer protected and fully updated. Prerequisite: Basic Internet Knowledge.
MCLS Projects - (Encore, Overdrive, Databases)
Some mouse, typing and navigational skills are needed for this three week course. Participants will learn how to use the library catalog, view their personal library account, download audio books, and check out some of our databases for research and entertainment.
Microsoft Office Basics
This class is a four week series in which you will learn the basics of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The first two weeks will focus on Word and will include creating, saving, editing and printing a basic document, inserting clip art or pictures to a document, and using some of the cool tools available in Word. In class three you will be introduced to Excel and will learn the basics of creating and formatting a spreadsheet. You will create a personal budget worksheet in class. Week four will introduce you to PowerPoint where you will learn how to create a presentation, including creating a "slideshow" of pictures. Class size is limited. Registration is required.
More on Mail
This class is designed for people who already have an email account and would like to learn more about how to use an Address book, how to receive and send attachments, and more. Bring your email address, user name, and password to class if you want specific help.
One-on-One Computer Help
These sessions are designed to help you whether you are a new computer user, working on a project and need help, or want to learn more about computer concepts to improve your skills: office software, internet skills, email, shopping online, social networking, security issues and more. We do not repair computers. To schedule a 30 minute session, contact your local branch and describe what you would like to learn at your One-on-One learning session. Scheduled times will take precedence over walk-ins.
Online Research Assistance for Students
Need help finding the right resources for your homework or term paper?
Internet searching not turning up what you need? Come learn about some of the great databases available FREE through the MCLS homepage including Biography Resource Center, Culturegrams, Infotrac Onefile, Learn-A-Test, and Opposing Viewpoints.
Presentations with PowerPoint
We will create and format a slide show and apply various effects to the presentation. Prerequisite : Knowledge of word processing and mouse skills.
This is a one-on-one learning session. In this course participants will learn how to put their check book and, savings and loan accounts, into the Quicken software. Learn steps to track all entries for personal, business, IRS and any other category needed. Also, how to make detailed reports and charts, print reports, save to Excel, and save all data. Appointments must be made in advance by contacting your local branch.
Using the Library Catalog
Learn how to search the library’s holdings for books, audio recordings, and movies. We will demonstrate how you can access your library card information and request and renew items. Bring your library card and your pin number if you’d like to access your account. Prerequisite: Basic mouse skills.
Social Networking Projects- Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Internet Etiquette (3weeks)
In these sessions you will open accounts, learn to use tools, navigate the sites and internet etiquette concepts will be discussed. You will need an email account set up prior to the course start date.
Using Your New Tech Toys
Did you get any new tech toys for Christmas and can't figure them out? Bring in your new digital camera, mp3 player, or new high tech gadgetry and we will help you learn to use it. Please bring the manual.
Hands-on class which covers working with windows, managing files using My Computer, working with multiple programs, changing desktop properties, and more. Prerequisite: Basic mouse skills.
This class is designed for those who have a computer but are still novices. We will examine how to use Microsoft Word 2007, use the various tools, and save and print documents. Prerequisite: Basic mouse skills