Computer Training at the Library
Learn the basics about computers at one of the many computer classes offered at the Library. Hands-on and lecture classes are offered so you can learn how to browse the internet, use word processing software, and download eBooks. Find out what’s going on at your Library below. Seating is limited and preregistration may be required. Check with your branch for more information.
Learn Computer Skills from Home
If you can't visit the library to attend one of our hands-on training sessions, try the online Learning Express Computer Skills training modules.
Follow this link and enter your library card number for access to several different self-paced, interactive courses on Microsoft Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Word in both 2003 and 2007 versions. Each program offers skill level training from Basic to Intermediate through Advanced instruction. There are also tutorials to learn Corel WordPerfect X3, Windows Vista, XP, and Mac OS X.
These tutorials use Adobe Flash and require speakers or headphones for following along with the instruction.
Additional Online Tutorials
The Computer Tutorials page links to other online tutorials for additional training. The Palm Beach County Library is not responsible for these sites, but includes them as other informational sources where you can learn about computers and software.
Android - Basic (Hands-on)
Learn basic features such as: navigating the home screen, using the built-in apps, accessing the Internet and gestures for interacting with your Android device. Bring your own fully charged device. You will also need to know your Google account and password. For beginners. (60-90 min.) Preregister.
Android - Mobile Library - Intermediate (Hands-on)
Prerequisite: Android - Basic. You must have a Google (Gmail) user ID/password - class participation requires a working password. Bring your own fully-charged tablet or smartphone that uses the current version of the Android operating system.
Learn to download and install apps for common tasks such as BookMyne for checking library holds, fines and due dates, Google Maps for navigating, File Manager to organize the files on your Android device, and Microsoft Word for writing. Take a tour of the PBCLS "mobile library" through apps like OverDrive (e-books and audiobooks), Freegal (music), Flipster (magazines), and hoopla (videos, music and e-books). (60-90 min.)
CreationStation Demonstration (Lecture)
Learn about the CreationStation digital media lab. Library staff will demonstrate one way that CreationStation can be used to create multimedia projects. (30 min.) Preregister.
Learn about the Library's e-book service, how to get e-books, and what is needed to transfer an e-book to a reader. Bring your device (see what the various branches are offering below) and your account information for assistance. (30 min.-2 hr.) Preregister.
Email - Basic (Hands-on)
Learn how to use free, Web-based, email programs, such as Yahoo!, Gmail or Hotmail. Contact your branch for class specifics. Some computer experience is necessary. (60 min.-2 hr.) Preregister.
Email - Intermediate (Hands-on)
Current email users will learn advanced functions like creating an address or contact list, organizing messages, and sending attachments. Contact your branch for class specifics. Email experience is necessary. Email account required. (60 min.-2 hr.) Preregister.
Excel - Basic (Hands-on)
Learn how to create a basic spreadsheet and make simple charts and graphs. Some computer experience is necessary. (60 min.) Preregister.
Excel - Intermediate (Hands-on)
Prerequisite: Excel - Basic.
Review the skills learned in Excel - Basic, and add formatting, advanced formulas and more. (60-90 min.) Preregister.
Excel Formulas & Functions (Hands-on)
Prerequisite: Excel - Basic.
Learn how to do common formulas and functions of Microsoft Excel. (60-90 min.) Preregister.
Excel: Sorting, Graphs & Tables (Hands-on)
Prerequisite: Excel - Basic.
Learn how to sort data and visually display your data using graphs, tables and pivot tables. (60-90 min.) Preregister.
Hour of Coding (Hands-on)
A one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. (60 min.) Preregister.
iPad - Basic (Hands-on)
Learn the basic features of your iPad like how to use the onscreen keyboard, browse the internet for information, go directly to websites, close apps, and connect to Wi-Fi. Bring your own fully charged iPad. You will also need to know your Apple ID and password. For beginners. (60-90 min.) Preregister.
iPhone - Basic (Hands-on)
Learn basic features of your iPhone like how to connect to Wi-Fi, add contacts, send messages, get apps, take photos and browse the internet. Bring your own fully charged iPhone. You will also need to know your Apple ID and password. For beginners. (60-90 min.) Preregister.
Prerequisite: Proficiency using a computer mouse.
Learn about the many self-paced video tutorials on Lynda.com for Microsoft Office, video and sound editing, business, computer programming, and much more. Participants must bring a valid Palm Beach County Library System card. (60 min.) Preregister.
Photoshop Elements - Basic (Hands-on)
Discover how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to edit images. You'll learn about Photoshop layers, how to resize and retouch photos, and how to add special effects to your images. (60 min.) Preregister.
Photoshop Elements - Intermediate (Hands-on)
Prerequisite: Photoshop Elements - Basic.
Learn more in-depth techniques with Adobe Photoshop Elements such as making and refining selections, working with layers to create composite images, applying effects, simulating reflections, creating a slideshow, and applying watermarks in order to secure your images. (60 min.) Preregister.
PowerPoint - Basic (Hands-on)
Learn to compose slides and add eye-catching effects to your presentations. (60 min.) Preregister.
PowerPoint - Intermediate (Hands-on)
Prerequisite: PowerPoint - Basic.
Expand on the basics, learn to design themes, change color themes, create custom animation, automatic advancement, and to add sound. (60 min.-2 hr.) Preregister.
Tech-Talk: One-On-One (Hands-on)
Need help using the Library from your laptop, smartphone, or tablet? If a group class isn't offered, maybe we can still help. Call or stop at the research services desk to schedule your own half-hour session. One session per person, per month. (30 min.) Pre-register.
Word Processing - Intermediate (Hands-on)
Prerequisite: Word Processing - Basic.
Build on the basics to learn more features to customize documents. Contact your branch for class specifics. (60 min.-2 hr.) Preregister.