Library to offer free basic computer workshops

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The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will host weekly workshops in August for adults interested in learning more about computers and email.

The basic computer classes will take place on Wednesdays in August from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Lowry Room and are limited to 5 people per class.

Weekly Topics

Week 1: August 7 — Computer Basics and Introduction to the Internet.

The first workshop, “Computer Basics and Introduction to the Internet,” is for adults who are new to computers and want to learn more about filling out online forms. The workshop will introduce computer basics such as how to turn on a computer, how to use a mouse and the basics of a Windows operating system. There also will be an overview about how the Internet works, how to use it and how to search. There will be time for questions but this is a hands-on learning workshop.

Week 2: August 14 — Creating a Gmail account and using G Suite (Google Calendar, Google Docs, etc.).

The second workshop will cover the basics of using Gmail for email. Topics will include managing your inbox, composing emails, using folders and more. If you do not have a Gmail account, you will have an opportunity to create one. If you do have a Gmail account, bring your login and password. This is a hands-on workshop and computers are provided. If you have a tablet or laptop you would like to use, please bring it to the workshop.

Class participants can attend all classes or only the ones they need. Those who attend all four will receive a free USB flash drive.

Week 3: August 21 — Connecting with people on Facebook.

The third workshop, “Connecting with People on Facebook,” will teach users how to create a Facebook account, how to find friends and family members, how to join groups, and go over the basics of creating a post.

Week 4: August 28 — Introduction to Microsoft Word.

The fourth workshop, “Introduction to Microsoft Word,” will introduce class participants to Microsoft Word, which is an essential tool in today’s digital age for working professionals, students and volunteers. This class will use Microsoft Word 2016 and attendees will learn about the “ribbon,” how to create and format documents, insert clip art and tables, and save your work. Participants must be experienced using a mouse, track pad and keyboard to attend this session.

Registration is required for both classes and can be made at calendar.jvbrown.edu or by calling 570-326-0536. Both programs will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing.