Technology Instruction

Technology Instruction

Our Classes — In Person or Online!

The MCLS Technology Instruction Program offers group classes on Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, Windows, Internet, and more! 

All group classes take place in a hybrid format. You can take a class in-person at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch, or online via GoToMeeting. When registering for a class, you choose how you want to attend.

How the Virtual Option Works

  • Classes are streamed live over GoToMeeting, an online meeting program that is free to use—no account is required. 
  • You can type questions to the instructor during class using the chat feature. 
  • You will be emailed a link to the class approximately 24 hours before the start of class. 
  • To access GoToMeeting, either download the app to your computer or tablet, or open it in your web browser (no download required for this option). 

Open Labs

Use our computer lab to work on your own computer projects. You can practice your mouse and keyboarding skills, continue working on something from a class, or work on something else! Our technology trainers will be available to assist you. 

Note: If you want to work on an existing project, save your file to a flash drive and bring it to the library, or just email it to yourself! 

Need some help with your project but can’t make it to the library? Upon request, we will set up a 20-minute virtual meeting. Email techclass@mcl.org.

Registration, Attendance, and Cancellations

Registration is required for group classes and open labs. Click here to register. You can also register in person at the Reference Desk in any of the MCLS branches. Register early, in-person attendance for group classes is limited to 12 people. 

Please arrive on time. Class will start promptly at time posted. If you cannot make a class for which you are registered, please let us know by emailing techclass@mcl.org or calling 609-882-4050

Important: If you fail to show up for three (3) classes without notifying us all of your remaining registrations will be canceled.

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.

If you are looking for resources from our Computer Trainers, go to our Computer Learning page.

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!

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 1Handout 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: 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.

Windows

  • Windows Basics: Get familiar with Microsoft Windows 10. Learn important computer terms, and get comfortable with computers use!
  • Windows 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!
  • Windows 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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