Computer Classes

Tech TuesdaysThis series of workshops focuses on all your favorite tech gadgets and how to use them to access information and library resources. Topics covered include the iPad, Android Tablets, Smartphones, eBook Readers and more. Discover OverDrive and other library downloadable services. Learn how to download library eBooks, audiobooks, music and magazines to your device and access library databases for research and information. Come to one class or take them all in!

Library Technology & You: Exploring the Catalog, Downloadables, Databases & More

iPad Tips & Tricks

Using Your Kindle

Android vs. Apple

Doing More with Your Smartphone


Does the operation of your digital camera confuse you? If so, this workshop is for you!

This is a hands-on class where you bring your own camera and camera manual. You will learn basic camera operation and what all that jargon really means. During the second day of the workshop, you will learn to be creative with your picture taking. Learn how to transfer and edit pictures using free online tools.

tech stew

Mathews Memorial Library is offering techstew, an opportunity for those adults who wish to feel more comfortable in today's digital environment. In order to understand and appreciate the "otherworldliness" of the rapidly expanding electronic universe, it helps to learn the language being spoken. Through this series of workshops, the Library hopes to familiarize interested individuals with the sometimes bewildering language and techniques spoken and used in the techno sphere.
A Look At Social Networks
The workshop examines the various formats of social media and their impact on the ways in which we communicate. Participants will learn the basics of setting up a Facebook account, why privacy is important and various methods for enhancing your Facebook experience.
Web-based Email
This session begins by reviewing the basics of using web-based email services. Participants will obtain a Yahoo email address and explore using it. They will learn about filters, sending attachments and much more.
Internet Safety
This workshop provides a basic understanding of Internet safety, how to deal with spam, viruses, spyware and other malware and how to prevent identity theft. The session also includes information on sate online shopping.
Cloud Computing
This workshop provides an overview of remote storage solutions and access to online computer services and solutions. Participants will learn to use Google Drive and Google apps.
Information and Reference on the Web
The Web presents information from diverse sources in a multitude of formats, including text, sounds and images. Because so much information is available and because that information can appear to be fairly "anonymous", it is necessary to develop skills to evaluate what you find. This session will assist the user in finding and evaluating web-based information. Workshop leaders will also provide tools for understanding and comparing search engines such as Google and Yahoo.
E-Commerce -- A Look at eBay and Paypal
Online auctions, such as eBay, match buyers with sellers in a global marketplace for almost any item. Workshop leaders will guide the participant through the eBay bidding and buying process, and identify tips for successfully completing a transaction using the companion tool, PayPal. Participants will also be introduced to the first steps of the selling process and the steps you need to effectively market an auction item and complete a sales transaction.

Prerequisite: Participants should be familiar with the basic functions of a PC (personal computer) and Windows. Typing skills are helpful for these classes.
word classMicrosoft Word 2013 Introduction Level

This class includes creating and editing documents using Microsoft Word. Learn about formatting and enhancing text and changing fonts and point sizes. Learn about formatting paragraphs using tabs and techniques for setting up pages. Learn how to create envelopes and labels.

publisher classMicrosoft Publisher 2013 Introduction Level

This class provides an opportunity to be creative with one of the best-known desktop publishing programs. Flyers, brochures and much more can be created using Microsoft Publisher. In this class participants will learn about laying out new publications and using templates, working with text and pages, manipulating various types of graphics and WordArt, arranging objects within a publication, inserting tables and text boxes, and saving and printing publications.

powerpoint classMicrosoft PowerPoint 2013 Introduction Level

This class provides a foundation in the basics of presentation graphics, using Microsoft PowerPoint, beginning with the basics of opening and viewing presentations. Participants will learn how to create a new presentation or start with a template and how to add and edit text and slides. Participants will learn how to enhance presentations by adjusting fonts, colors and spacing and creating handouts and notes pages. Additional topics will be covered that will assist in adding visual interest to presentations including images and drawings and transition and animation effects.

Microsoft Excel 2013 Introduction Levelexcel class

With this introduction to Excel, you will gain knowledge of the basic commands and functions of spreadsheets and the essentials of working with worksheets and workbooks. During this workshop participants will learn how to create simple formulas and use functions to manipulate worksheet data and how to format and print worksheets.
Prerequisite: Participants should be familiar with the basic functions of a PC (personal computer) and Windows.


**Intermediate level classes may be offered to participants who have completed the Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint introduction level classes.

This is an introductory class to train beginners or those who wish to refresh their basic computer skills.

The first session focuses on foundational skills including an overview of Internet resources and computer security issues. Participants will learn about the computer's hardware and software components and how to connect to various networks.

The next two sessions are a foundational overview of the Windows 8.1 operating system. Participants will learn about the new Start Screen and Desktop, how to manipulate windows and work with applications and how to use File Explorer to manage folders and files.

During the last session, participants will learn more about the Internet and using the Internet Explorer browser. Browsing and searching techniques will be discussed as well as bookmarking favorite websites. Participants will learn to effectively communicate with others using a popular web-based E-mail service.