Computer Classes

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

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 at 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 cancelled.
  • 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 letter head 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 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 the task bar.

Get Audiobooks

Bring your own 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 free e-mail service with Yahoo. Learn to send and receive messages!

Practice

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

Please call (908) 448-1330 to register.

Hightstown Branch

Individual classes available in Word, Excel, and internet searching.

Call (908) 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 offers 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 some one 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 supplimental and not complete lesson plans.

Internet

Internet 1 (revised 2019)
Internet 2 (revised 2019)
Internet 3 (revised 2019)

MS Excel

Excel 1 2013 (revised 2019)
Excel 2 2013 (revised 2019)
Excel 3 2013 (revised 2019)
Excel 4 2013 (revised 2019)

MS PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2013 Handout (revised 2019)

MS Publisher

Publisher 2013 Handout (revised 2019)

MS Word

Word 1 2013: The Basics (revised 2019)
Word 2 2013 (revised 2019)
Word 3 2013 (revised 2019)
Word 4 2013 (revised 2019)

Mouse Basics

All About The Mouse (revised 2019)

PC Handouts

PC Basics: Introduction to PCs (revised 2019)
PC Essentials (revised 2019)
PC Advanced (revised 2019)