Technology Instruction

In-Person Computer Classes at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch

Beginning July 12, 2021, MCLS will resume offering computer classes in person at the Lawrence branch.

  • At this time, maximum occupancy for in-person classes is limited to 6 attendees with one wheelchair-accessible computer.
  • All in-person classes will be simultaneously streamed via GoToMeeting, so if you can’t make it to the branch, you can watch and ask questions from home! Please see “Online Classes” below for more details on attending a class virtually.
  • Masks are required for all attendees.
  • Registration is required prior to the class. Self-register using the registration link below or register in-person at any of the MCLS branches.
  • You may pick up a printed schedule at any of the MCLS branches.
  • Walk-ins are not permitted at this time.

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.

Online Technology 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 2019. 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!

Private Technology 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.
  • 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.

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


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


  • 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 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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