Computer Classes

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A complete list of hands-on, informational sessions offered by professional librarians. Free and open to the public.

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Virtual Branch

Effective 7/1/20: All MCL computer classes will take place online until further notice. Please follow the registration button below to see all available computer classes.

Online Classes

Attend our computer classes from the comfort of your own home!

  • Classes will be held in real-time and led by our computer instructors.
  • Classes will be conducted using the GoToMeeting platform. You DO NOT need a GoToMeeting account to attend a class.
  • Once registered, an email containing a web link to the class will be sent to you at least 24 hours before class time.
  • Microsoft Office classes will be taught using Office 2013. Have a different version? No problem! As long as you’re using Office 2007 or later, you’ll find that the layout and operations are very much the same!
  • During class, you can use the chat function in GoToMeeting to ask questions. Questions are seen by the instructors only.
  • Classes will be recorded, but don’t worry—your microphone and camera will be disabled to ensure the privacy of all attendees.
  • Since classes will be recorded, feel free to watch first and practice later. Shortly after class ends, the recorded video will be made temporarily available on the MCLS YouTube channel, that way you can replay it as many times as you need!
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Private Sessions

Can’t figure out how to fix your Word document? Having trouble uploading photos from your phone to your computer? Are you locked out of your email? Our library computer instructors are offering virtual private sessions to help you with questions like these or any other computer- or tech-related matters. After reviewing your tech issues or computer project goals, the instructors will provide you with a 20-minute private session via GoToMeeting.

  • Each registrant will be allotted 20 minutes for their private session. (Please note: The frequency of private session offerings is subject to change from month to month.)
  • Sessions will take place via GoToMeeting, an online meeting website, and program. You DO NOT need a GoToMeeting account to attend sessions.
  • Registrants are encouraged to verify their computer’s compatibility with GoToMeeting. Visit https://support.goto.com/meeting/system-check to perform a fast system check.
  • After selecting the link in our class calendar, registrants will be redirected to Picktime, an online scheduling platform, where they will select their timeslot of choice.
  • Registrants must describe their tech issues or computer project goals to the instructors in the provided message form during registration. This allows the instructors to better prepare for your session.
  • You may sign up for only one session for the month. If spaces are available, registrants may be offered additional sessions.
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Lawrence Headquarters Branch

Registration Rules

  • You may sign up for eight classes per month. PCs are guaranteed to the first 16 sign-ups who arrive on time.
  • If the class is full... Come anyway! You can observe or get the PC of the person who did not show.
  • You can repeat a class twice. You can be an observer many times.
  • Master the skills in the level 1 classes, and build a stronger foundation before moving to the next level of a class. You may retake a class as needed!
  • All Office courses will be taught using Microsoft Office 2013.

How to Register for Classes:

  • Registration for the computer classes begins at 9:30 a.m. on the 25th of each month. If the library is closed on the 25th, registration begins the day after.
  • You can register in person at the Lawrence Branch Library or any of the Branches. Or, you can register online (above). No telephone or e-mail registrations are accepted.
  • You may pick up a printed schedule at any of the Mercer County Library Branches.

Please note:

  • If you have registered for a class and cannot attend, please call the reference desk (609-883-8292) to cancel so that we can offer the computer to another person.
  • If you fail to show up for three classes and also do not notify us, then your registration for the rest of the classes for that month will be canceled.
  • Free Computer Classes at the Lawrence Branch are geared for adult learners unless otherwise noted. At this time the Lawrence Branch does not offer computer classes for children.
  • Please choose a class or classes based on your need and ability.
  • A printed certificate of attendance is available. Upon attending the class or workshop, please approach the instructor to request that a certificate be issued at the end of the program.
  • These courses are offered to the general public on a first-come-first-served basis. Educators wishing to earn professional development credit for these courses should register in the normal manner and will attend classes with other members of the public.

Beginner Level

  • Mouse Basics: Learn to click, highlight text, scroll, cut & paste, and click & drag. These skills are essential to all subsequent classes.
  • PC Basics: Get familiar with Microsoft Windows 10. Learn important computer terms, and get comfortable with computers use!
  • Internet 1: Discover what browsers like Edge do. Visit interesting websites and learn to use Search Engines to surf the web.
  • Open Lab Time: This is an unstructured, project-oriented class. Bring a project or let us suggest one. Practice what you learned in your classes. An instructor will be available to help you. You must register!

Intermediate Level

  • Excel 1: Learn the basics of this spreadsheet program. See how easy it is to input and edit data. Make some simple calculations. Strong mouse skills are essential.
  • Excel 2: Do different calculations, freeze panes, insert comment boxes, and practice formatting. Take Excel 1 first!
  • PC Essentials: Work with the Windows environment. Use the many features of the Start button. Rename, move and delete files and folders using Windows 10. Take PC Basics and Word 1 first!
  • Internet 2: Learn valuable search techniques and get tips on evaluating websites. Requires some Internet experience!
  • Word 1: Learn to work with a Word document. Format and edit, then type preview and print a simple document. Strong mouse skills are essential!
  • Word 2: Learn to work with Tabs and the Office Ribbon. Explore the many extra features that can help you create a professional-looking document. Take Word 1 first!

Advanced Classes

  • Excel 3: Learn to insert charts to highlight your document's most important information. Proficiency in Excel 1 & Excel 2 required!
  • Excel 4: Learn to insert pivot tables to create dynamic views of information. Proficiency in Excel 1, Excel 2, & Excel 3 required!
  • Internet 3: Discover what browsers like Edge and Mozilla Firefox do. Learn about the security and privacy features in Edge. Explore more features in Google! Requires some Internet experience!
  • PC Advanced: Learn to work with Windows 10. Explore the various features in the Accessories folder. Learn all about Gadgets, Jump Lists, and more.
  • PowerPoint 1: Create a basic presentation using PowerPoint. Learn to add new slides, text, and images. Strong Word skills required!
  • PowerPoint 2: Add pizzazz to your presentation with animations, music, and much more. Strong Word skills required! Take PowerPoint 1 first!
  • Publisher: Newsletters, posters, and brochures are a snap with Publisher. Work with text & images. Strong Word skills required!
  • Word 3: Learn to work with tables and text boxes; explore WordArt and copy pictures from ClipArt or the Internet. Take Word 1 & Word 2 first!
  • Word 4: Create a letterhead and a document template. Use mail merge to create labels and form letters. Proficiency in Word 1, Word 2 & Word 3 needed!

Special Classes

  • Coding Like a Kid (Adult Class): Have fun learning to code like a kid! Kids are learning in school how to code, so as an adult, why not find out how to join in on the fun! Discover where to go online to get free tutorials on how to code for web design & apps.
  • eBay: Learn how to sign up for an eBay account. Discover how to sell and buy on this popular Internet site.
  • Family History: Find out how to research your family tree using online research databases such as Ancestry.com and others.
  • Introduction to Social Media: Learn about great social media programs like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
  • Legal Resources Online: This class will provide an overview of various types of legal materials available online.
  • NoveList: Do you belong to a book club or just like to read, but aren't sure what to read next? Learn all about Mercer County Library's reader advisory database, which helps you find new authors and titles that match your literary tastes.
  • Résumé Makeover: Bring a saved copy of your résumé to class! Help topics include formatting, writing a cover letter, and various helpful tips that will make your resume look professional. Proficiency in MS Word is needed!
  • Virtual Library & More: Learn all about the library’s virtual branch and how to access its features from home: stream movies with Hoopla, read digital magazines with Flipster, and use both Freegal and Hoopla to stream music! Check out ebooks and audiobooks with both eLibraryNJ and Hoopla. Get an overview of the Mercer County Library’s website. Find out how to search the library’s catalog, place a hold for an item, request materials from another branch, and how to access the many databases available through the library.

Ewing Branch

  • Mouse Basics: There’s more to mousing comfortably than clicking! Learn to right-click, scroll and click & drag. These skills are essential to all other classes.
  • Computer Basics: Increase your computer comfort. You’ll learn about disks, drives, files, folders, and Windows. Skills include using menus, toolbars, dropdown menus, and taskbar.
  • Get Audiobooks: Bring your laptop and learn how to get free audiobooks through Listen NJ!
  • Internet Basics: Learn how to use an internet browser like Microsoft Explorer. Learn how to use website addresses and navigate links. Visit websites for travel, news, finance, and research!
  • Introduction to Word: Learn to write letters or reports. Open and close files and save your work in a new folder. Type, preview, and print a simple document. Learn to insert Clip art. Strong mouse skills required!
  • E-mail: Sign up for a free e-mail service with Yahoo. Learn to send and receive messages!
  • Introduction to Publisher: Use Microsoft Publisher to create a sign. Learn how to add pictures and how to make newsletters, banners, brochures, and calendars!
  • Excel for Beginners: Use MS Excel to list and sort information in a spreadsheet. Input data and use simple formulas.

Hickory Corner Branch

Hickory Corner Branch librarians will be glad to help you one on one. We offer instruction in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint), navigating the Internet, using mobile devices, streaming and downloading content (including audiobooks and e-books) from the virtual library, résumé editing, and more. Please call 609-448-0957 to make an appointment.

Hightstown Branch

Individual classes available in Word, Excel, and internet searching. Call 609-448-1474 to make an appointment.

Hopewell Branch

Hopewell staff are happy to tailor a class to your individual needs – this may be especially helpful to those just beginning to use the computer or mouse. We offer instruction for using the Internet, Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint), and database training. These classes are by appointment only - please contact the branch for an appointment.

Check our monthly calendar for classes on topics including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Skype, and other Internet applications and programs. We also offer classes on how to download free ebooks and audiobooks from eLibraryNJ. If you cannot attend a class, please call - we can set-up a one-on-one instruction session for you.

Twin Rivers Branch

Technology One on One: Need help with an e-reader? How about getting started with Facebook or setting up an email account? Come in for someone on one help! Call for a half-hour appointment: 609-443-1880.

West Windsor Branch

  • Excel Beginner: Learn the basics of Excel by making a sample spreadsheet. We’ll make simple charts using formatting, autofill, and formulas.
  • Excel Intermediate: Pivot tables and conditional formatting, working with charts, and ways to download Excel-compatible spreadsheets, and much more. Please take Excel Beginner first!
  • Excel Advanced: Build on your Excel Intermediate skills, and learn to work with data. Work with pivot tables, convert data ranges to tables, and use goal seek and subtotal. Link data between workbooks and worksheets. Proficiency in Excel Beginner & Excel Intermediate is required!
  • PowerPoint: Create a basic slideshow presentation using slides. Learn to add animation, clipart, and transitions between slides.
  • Publisher: Create documents that emphasize design, such as calendars, flyers, greeting cards, résumés, and advertisements. Work with pages, text, text boxes, and images. This class is appropriate for Publisher beginners and intermediate users who are comfortable using a mouse or keyboard.
  • Word: Work with tabs and groups. Learn to quickly navigate through the document. Use tools to cut, copy, and paste; format text; add bullets or numbers; set margins, and insert graphics.
  • Word Intermediate: Learn to create résumés, letters, flyers, and newsletters. Insert text boxes, WordArt, and tables into the document. View the finished product in various layouts. Proficiency with basic Word functions is required!
  • Word Advanced: Resize and reposition text boxes, adjust columns in tables, draw objects, and insert symbols. Learn how to create a polished Word document. Proficiency with Word Intermediate functions is required!

Many of the PCs and printers used to offer Internet access to the public were purchased through grant monies made available through the New Jersey State Library Technology Grant Program.


Downloadable Handouts

Below are the current handouts used and given out in the computer classes. This material is simply supplemental, not complete lesson plans.

Internet

  • Internet 1: Discover what browsers like Edge do. Visit interesting websites and learn to use Search Engines to surf the web.
  • Internet 2: Learn valuable search techniques and get tips on evaluating websites. Requires some Internet experience!
  • Internet 3: Discover what browsers like Edge and Mozilla Firefox do. Learn about the security and privacy features in Edge. Explore more features in Google! Requires some Internet experience!

Microsoft Office

Excel

  • Excel 1: Learn the basics of this spreadsheet program. See how easy it is to input and edit data. Make some simple calculations. Strong mouse skills are essential.
  • Excel 2: Do different calculations, freeze panes, insert comment boxes, and practice formatting. Take Excel 1 first!
  • Excel 3 ( Handout 1 | Handout 2 ): Learn to insert charts to highlight your document's most important information. Proficiency in Excel 1 & Excel 2 required!
  • Excel 4: Learn to insert pivot tables to create dynamic views of information. Proficiency in Excel 1, Excel 2, & Excel 3 required!

PowerPoint

  • PowerPoint 1: Create a basic presentation using PowerPoint. Learn to add new slides, text, and images. Strong Word skills required!

Publisher

  • Publisher: Newsletters, posters, and brochures are a snap with Publisher. Work with text & images. Strong Word skills required!

Word

  • Word 1: Learn to work with a Word document. Format and edit, then type preview and print a simple document. Strong mouse skills are essential!
  • Word 2: Learn to work with Tabs and the Office Ribbon. Explore the many extra features that can help you create a professional-looking document. Take Word 1 first!
  • Word 3: Learn to work with tables and text boxes; explore WordArt and copy pictures from ClipArt or the Internet. Take Word 1 & Word 2 first!
  • Word 4: Create a letterhead and a document template. Use mail merge to create labels and form letters. Proficiency in Word 1, Word 2 & Word 3 needed!

Mouse Basics

Learn to click, highlight text, scroll, cut & paste, and click & drag. These skills are essential to all subsequent classes.

Personal Computer

  • PC Basics: Get familiar with Microsoft Windows 10. Learn important computer terms, and get comfortable with computers use!
  • PC Essentials: Work with the Windows environment. Use the many features of the Start button. Rename, move and delete files and folders using Windows 10. Take PC Basics and Word 1 first!
  • PC Advanced: Learn to work with Windows 10. Explore the various features in the Accessories folder. Learn all about Gadgets, Jump Lists, and more.

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