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.

Northstar Digital Literacy

Microsoft Word And Excel Certificates

The Lawrence Headquarters Branch is an official Northstar location. Northstar Digital Literacy, a program of Literacy Minnesota, is an assessment and learning tool designed to assess the skills needed to perform tasks on the computer and online. The program curriculum and assessments adhere to the College and Career Readiness Standards, a set of standards recognized by the State of New Jersey and other states across the country. The Lawrence branch offers multiple opportunities a month to take a proctored exam for students who have previously attended Word and Excel classes preparing them for the assessment. Students who pass with a score of 85% or higher will receive a certificate verifying their ability to perform computer skills needed in higher education and the workplace.

For a list of current Word and Excel classes being offered as well as proctored assessments, please see the Library event calendar [Calendar of Events (eventkeeper.com)] or visit the Reference Desk at your local branch. 

Downloadable Handouts

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

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.