Athens-Clarke County Library

Schedule of Classes

Free Online Magazines (Zinio)
Tue Sep 16 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Morning Computer Tutorial
Thu Sep 18 @ 9:00AM - 09:45AM
Intro to PowerPoint 2010
Tue Sep 23 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
Morning Computer Tutorial
Thu Sep 25 @ 9:00AM - 09:45AM
Intro to Digital Photography
Tue Sep 30 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
Morning Computer Tutorial
Thu Oct 02 @ 9:00AM - 09:45AM
Mouse and Keyboard Skills
Tue Oct 07 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
Morning Computer Tutorial
Thu Oct 09 @ 9:00AM - 09:45AM
Intro to Word 2010
Tue Oct 14 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
Morning Computer Tutorial
Thu Oct 16 @ 9:00AM - 09:45AM

Register at the Reference Desk for any of our computer classes. To register from home, call (706) 613-3650, ext. 354. All class sign-up sheets are available on the 15th of each month at the Reference desk.

If the 15th falls on a weekend, the sign-up sheets will be available on the following Monday. The monthly schedule of classes posted on our website is also updated on the 15th.

We are now offering traditional (in-person) computer classes at the library in our new Computer Training Room!

All classes and tutorials will still require registration. Read more about: Traditional (in-person) Computer Classes and One-on-One Computer Tutorials. Please note that you can only sign up for one tutorial session per month, but you may sign up for all of the traditional and online classes if space allows.

Types of Classes

Class Descriptions & Handouts


Traditional (in-person) Computer Classes

We now have a new dedicated computer training room on the second floor! We now, once again, offer traditional (in-person) computer classes with 12 student stations and an instructor station. You must be pre-registered. We update our class listings each month.

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One-on-One Computer Tutorials at the Library

Tutorial sessions are offered every Thursday morning from 9:00-9:30 a.m. Tutorial sessions are limited to one person per session. You must be pre-registered. These are short 45-minute classes. You can decide what you would like to learn from the following list. You can choose only one topic from the following list. You may only sign up for one tutorial class per month.

  1. Learn how to use the mouse and keyboard
  2. Learn Windows 7 basics (how to minimize, maximize, open folders and files, searching, etc.)
  3. Learn how to create your own email account
  4. Learn how to check out free ebooks and audiobooks to your device (GADD).
  5. Learn how to use advanced email options (attaching files, CC, BCC, folders, filters, etc.)
  6. Learn how to set up and use your own Facebook account. You must have an email address prior to this tutorial.
  7. Learn the basics about the Internet and the World Wide Web.
  8. Learn how to use the library's resources (WinWay and Job and Career Accelerator) to create your own resume.
  9. Learn how to burn a CD. There will be a $1.00 charge if a patron actually wants to burn a CD.

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Mouse & Keyboard Skills

The Mouse and Keyboard Skills class is the perfect course for the beginner who needs to learn how to hold and use a mouse and wants to familiarize his/herself with the keyboard. This is a wonderful brush up course for all avid computer users who have always wanted to know the difference between the backspace, delete and insert keys. The instructor will cover each key and its function. During this class, there is also a short hands-on mouse tutorial to give you experience using all the different components of a mouse.

Click here to see class notes and print out your own copy.

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Introduction to Computers and Windows 7

Have you ever wanted to know more about computers but have been too embarrassed to ask? Our Introduction to Computers and Windows 7 class will build your self-confidence by covering all the basics in this class. We will cover certain terms related to hardware, software, drives, storage disks, peripherals, and much more. You also will learn how to navigate and use Microsoft Windows. Some of the topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Computer and laptop (hardware) parts
  • Software
  • storage devices
  • CD burning defined
  • peripherals
  • the parts of a Microsoft Window
  • maximizing, minimizing and restoring windows
  • saving, opening and closing files
  • using Windows Explorer
  • creating folders
  • moving files/folders

Click here to see class notes and print out your own copy.

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Introduction to Word 2010

Have you ever wanted to learn how to use a word processor, but never had the time or software to practice? Now you have a perfect opportunity. The Introduction to Word class is a wonderful way to take those first steps. In this class, you will learn the very basics. Participants will:

  • Recognize the parts of the Microsoft Word 2010 window (Quick Access toolbar, ribbon, File menu, Office button, groups)
  • Understand how to cut, copy and paste text
  • Understand how to format text by changing the size, font or style (bold, italic, underlined)
  • Have a general understanding of how to insert clipart, change your page layout, and check spelling
  • Learn how to save and open a Word document and how to print your document

Click here to see class notes and print out your own copy.

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Introduction to Excel 2010

This exciting course will cover the basics of Microsoft Excel. For the student wanting to get a head start in school, for the entrepreneur who wants to keep track of his/her sales records, or for the employee who wants to have the knowledge of a spreadsheet program to improve their work performance, this course is a perfect option. Participants will:

  • Recognize the parts of the Microsoft Excel 2010 window (Quick Access toolbar, ribbon, File menu, Office button, groups)
  • Understand the parts of the Excel window such as the active cell, columns, rows and formula bar
  • Know how to navigate in an Excel worksheet by using either keyboard shortcuts or the mouse
  • Understand how to select entire rows and columns to adjust width and height
  • Understand the use of tabs and how to rename and change their color
  • Know in general how to create a formula
  • Know how to save and open an Excel spreadsheet

Click here to see class notes and print out your own copy.

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Introduction to the Internet

Would you like to learn more about the World Wide Web? Do you know how to search for items on the Internet, or do you know how to navigate on the web? Our Introduction to the Internet class is the perfect solution for you. This fun and slow paced class will teach you the basics for connecting to the Internet, searching online, safe online shopping suggestions, browsers, search engines, etc. Some of the topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • the Internet defined
  • how to connect to the Internet
  • search engines and how to use them
  • (URL) Internet address
  • the difference between dial-up, broadband and wireless
  • how to search for things on the Internet
  • how to protect yourself online
  • antivirus software

Click here to see class notes and print out your own copy.

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Email Basics

After taking our "Introduction to the Internet" class, you are now ready to create your own email account. This newly updated course will cover the following topics and more:

  • Creating your own email account
  • Creating a strong password
  • How to properly compose an email
  • Sending and replying to an email
  • Emailing a website link
  • Sending and opening an attachment
  • How to manage your contacts and groups
  • Email etiquette
  • How to deal with suspicious emails - spam

Click here to see class notes and print out your own copy.

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Digital Cameras: The Basics

Are you a beginner with using digital cameras, or maybe you want to purchase a digital camera in the near future? This class may be perfect for you! Some of the topics covered in this new class will include, but are not limited to:

  • Specific terminology to know before you purchase a new digital camera
  • How to transfer images from your camera to your home computer
  • Photo sharing web sites for free online storage
  • Memory cards and their function
  • What is photo editing software
  • Suggestions for taking better photos

This class is lectured based versus a hands-on training session. You will not need to bring your camera to this class.

Click here to see class notes and print out your own copy.

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Introduction to PowerPoint 2010

Have you ever wondered how instructors or trainers create digital slide shows? Do you need to create your own presentation? Would you like to learn how to develop a PowerPoint slide show? This class will cover the basics for any beginner who wants to learn more about Microsoft PowerPoint. At the end of the class, you will be provided with time to practice creating your own slide show. Participants will:

  • Recognize the parts of the PowerPoint Word 2010 window (Quick Access toolbar, ribbon, File menu, Office button, groups)
  • Have knowledge of what presentation software is and how to prepare for a presentation
  • Understand the view buttons and the outline/slides pane
  • Understand how to select different layouts and color schemes
  • Know how to insert clip art, photos, numbers and bullets onto slides
  • Understand how to save, open, print handouts, and watch a PowerPoint presentation

Click here to see class notes and print out your own copy.

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How to check out free audiobooks and ebooks

Learn how to check out free audiobooks and ebooks from Georgia Download Destination. Participants will:

  • Know how to access and navigate the Georgia Download Destination website
  • Understand the lending information and the overall process
  • Know how to download an eBook and an Audiobook
  • Know which software to download and install for each format
  • Know how to locate the compatible device list

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Apple iPad Basics

Would you like to learn how to use your new iPad? Maybe you don't own an iPad but you would like to learn more about them? Our Apple iPad Basics class will cover the following topics and more:

  • Physical parts of the device
  • How to protect your iPad
  • Navigation by using swipe, pinch, tap, drag and double tap
  • How to add, delete and rearrange apps
  • Keyboard options and shortcuts
  • Adjusting settings
  • Apple ID
  • iCloud
  • How to connect to a local WiFi network
  • And much more!

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Windows 8.1

Are you completely lost and confused with Windows 8.1? Maybe you are afraid to upgrade your old computer or purchase a new one because you are not sure how to use Windows 8.1?

We now offer a Windows 8.1 class. The format is presentation only, but feel free to bring your own laptop or device to follow along. After this class, you should feel more comfortable navigating within and using Windows 8.1.

Who should consider attending this class?

  • Owners of laptops or desktop computers using Windows 8.1 or tablets running Windows 8.1 RT
  • Those who recently purchased a new computer
  • Those wanting to learn more about Windows 8.1 prior to upgrading their old computer

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