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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.

Computers - Basic (Hands-on)

Learn the basics of using computers. Students will be introduced to the components of the computer, including how to turn a computer on; how to use a keyboard and mouse; and how to create, save, close and reopen a file. (60 min.-2 hr.) Preregister.

Thu, Aug 24, 8:30 am at Wellington Branch

Correo electrónico - avanzado (Incluye ejercicios de práctica)

(Email - Advanced, in Spanish)
Aprenda cómo organizar mensajes, adjuntar archivos, y usar la libreta de contactos en su cuenta de correo electrónico en el internet. Correo electrónico requerido. (60 min.-2 hr.) Se requiere registrarse.

Fri, Aug 18, 10:30 am at Belle Glade Branch
Wed, Aug 23, 2:30 pm at Main Library

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.

Thu, Aug 17, 3:00 pm at Main Library (Podcasting with Audacity)
Thu, Aug 24, 3:00 pm at Main Library (GarageBand/ Making Music)

E-books (Hands-on)

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.

Mon, Aug 28, 2:30 pm at Greenacres Branch (iPad, Android)
Thu, Aug 31, 2:00 pm at Belle Glade Branch

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.

Tue, Aug 22, 6:00 pm at Greenacres Branch

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.

Thu, Aug 24, 10:00 am at Greenacres Branch
Thu, Aug 31, 10:00 am at Main Library

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.

Mon, Aug 21, 10:00 am at Lantana Road Branch
Wed, Aug 23, 10:30 am at Gardens Branch

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.

Thu, Aug 17, 6:30 pm at Wellington Branch
Sat, Aug 26, 10:00 am at Lantana Road Branch

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.

Thu, Aug 17, 9:00 am at West Boynton Branch
Thu, Aug 17, 10:00 am at Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Thu, Aug 24, 9:00 am at West Boynton Branch

Mobile Apps (Lecture)

Get your information on the go! Explore how your mobile device can connect you with the information you want in and outside of the library. (60-90 min.) Preregister.

Mon, Aug 28, 2:00 pm at West Boynton Branch

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.

Tue, Aug 22, 10:00 am at Main Library
Thu, Aug 31, 2:00 pm at Main Library

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.

Tue, Aug 29, 10:00 am at Main Library

PowerPoint - Basic (Hands-on)

Learn to compose slides and add eye-catching effects to your presentations. (60 min.) Preregister.

Wed, Aug 30, 10:30 am at Gardens Branch
Wed, Aug 30, 2:30 pm at Main Library
Thu, Aug 31, 9:00 am at West Boynton Branch

Procesamiento de texto - intermedio (Incluye ejercicios de práctica)

(Word Processing - Intermediate, in Spanish)
Prerrequisito: Procesamiento de texto - básico.
Aprenda destrezas adicionales para personalizar sus documentos. Llame a su sucursal para obtener mas detalles. (60-90 min.) Se requiere registrarse.

Thu, Aug 24, 10:00 am at Main Library

Search Tools (Hands-on)

Prerequisite: Internet - Basic.
Learn how to use search engines, web directories and meta-search engines to find information on the internet. (60 min.) Preregister.

Thu, Aug 17, 10:00 am at Greenacres Branch

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.

Thu, Aug 17, 2:00 pm at Wellington Branch
Thu, Aug 24, 2:00 pm at Wellington Branch
Thu, Aug 31, 2:00 pm at Wellington Branch

Word Processing - Basic (Hands-on)

Learn the basics of using Microsoft Word to create and edit documents. Some computer experience is necessary. (60 min.-2 hr.) Preregister.

Mon, Aug 21, 6:00 pm at Okeechobee Boulevard Branch
Wed, Aug 23, 1:00 pm at Main Library

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.

Wed, Aug 30, 10:00 am at Main Library