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Staff member teaching a PowerPoint class

Staff member teaching a PowerPoint class.

Free computer classes are taught by library staff and community leaders trained in basic and advanced computer programs. Students learn through hands-on experience in the Computer Lab in Washington Memorial Library. Classes range from basic computer information to intermediate programs. To attend, just show up 10 minutes before class starts.

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General Class Information

  • Classes generally last an hour and a half to two hours.
  • A PINES library card is necessary to attend class. Library cards are available free of charge at any Middle Georgia Regional Library branch.
  • Certificates are provided to all attendees who complete a course.
  • Group classes are available with advance reservations. Call (478) 744-0825 and ask for Catie.
  • Students are encouraged to complete the Computer Basics and Internet Basics classes OR have prior computer knowledge to participate in intermediate courses.
  • Classes start on time. Students arriving more than five minutes late will not be permitted to attend class. Please see the list of classes and their prerequisites.

Computer Course List and Descriptions

Introductory Classes

If you have no prior computer experience, take these classes first. It is recommended that these introductory classes be taken in the following order:

Perfect for beginners, this class provides the basic skills used when navigating a computer. Students will learn about the different computer components and will gain skill in using the mouse and keyboard. Students will locate, open, and close programs and will also learn how to create, save, delete, and print a file. This course also serves as a great refresher for those who have occasionally used a computer. NOTE: All classes are taught using Windows 7, the operating system used by the Library’s computers. Download Handout
The second of two core classes, Internet Basics provides a basic understanding of how the Internet works and how to locate information online. Students learn how to navigate a website with hands-on activities, which include using a search engine and downloading a picture from the Internet. The class wraps up with information about online safety as well as computer security when browsing the Internet. NOTE: This class primarily uses the Internet Explorer web browsers for instruction. Download Handout

Intermediate Classes

In order to attend intermediate classes, students are required to either have taken both introductory courses OR have prior knowledge of computers.

Introduction to E-Mail serves as an excellent stepping stone from introductory to intermediate classes. Class begins with voluntary sign-up for a Yahoo e-mail address. Students are shown how to open and send e-mails. All e-mail classes use Yahoo e-mail for instruction. We can provide assistance with other e-mail providers as well. Download Handout
Students taking this class should have already established e-mail accounts. Attendees are given general information on how to use their e-mail accounts. Students will complete various hands-on exercises, including adding a contact to their address book, attaching files to e-mails, creating folders, and more. All e-mail classes use Yahoo e-mail for instruction. We can provide assistance with other e-mail providers as well. Download Handout
This course teaches basic word processing skills and provides a foundation for future courses regarding the Microsoft Office suite. Students will become familiar with the layout of this program and will gain knowledge on its various features. Students will also learn how to format text and paragraphs and will create, save, and print a document of their own. If you have no prior experience using Microsoft Office, you should take Word before attempting any other class. Download Handout
This fast-paced course explores Word at a more in-depth level, covering document formatting, mail merge, and more. Students are expected to have taken the Word 20 class or have prior knowledge of Word before attempting this course. If you have no prior experience using Microsoft Office, you should take Word before attempting any other class.
In this course, students will learn to create an effective, professional-looking PowerPoint presentation. This class covers the basics of PowerPoint, including slide construction and design, transitions, slide timing, and more. If you have no prior experience using Microsoft Office, you should take Word before attempting any other class. Download Handout
Publisher 2010 is a desktop publishing program that gives you the freedom to get creative! Those attending this class will learn about the various operations that make up Publisher. Students will gain a greater understanding of these tools and their functions through the creation of a greeting card, which they will be able to print for free and take home. If you have no prior experience using Microsoft Office, you should take Word before attempting any other class. Download Handout
In this introduction to Excel, students will learn the basics of creating and manipulating a simple spreadsheet. This class covers data table setup and basic formulas. If you have no prior experience using Microsoft Office, you should take Word before attempting any other class. Download Handout
This fast-paced course discusses Excel at a more in-depth level, covering more advanced formulas, pivot tables, and more. Students are expected to have taken the Excel 2010 class or have prior knowledge of Excel before attempting this course.
If you have no prior experience using Microsoft Office, you should take Word before attempting any other class.

Additional Instruction

Attendees of these classes should have completed both introductory courses or have prior computer knowledge.

In the 21st century, most employers request that job applications and résumés be submitted online. This can be exasperating if you are fairly new at using computers, but this class seeks to remedy this frustration! Students will create a résumé using free templates and will learn more about searching and applying for jobs online.
If you have a basic knowledge of how to use the Internet and want to perfect your searching technique, this is the class for you! Learn more about how the Google search engine works and discover the best ways to find what you’re seeking. Students will also practice using different Google features like image search, Google Maps, and more. Instructor will also touch briefly on using Bing, Yahoo, and Ask.com. This class provides useful tips and tricks to make your searching a success. Download Handout
GALILEO serves as Georgia’s virtual library and is an excellent source of reliable information. Students will benefit from taking this course as GALILEO is exceptionally useful for academic research. Download Handout
Georgia Library patrons can access Ancestry.com Library Edition free from any public library computer through GALILEO. This course will take you through the basics of using Ancestry.com Library Edition. Students will learn how to search for their ancestors and get started on a family lineage chart. Download Handout
Learn how to use this popular social network and get connected with your family and friends! Introduction to Facebook includes registration for a Facebook account and getting a basic profile set up. Download Handout Advanced Facebook demonstrates how to create photo albums and events, set greater privacy options, and more. Download Handout
Want to learn how to perform a specific task on a computer or your device? Staff is available to answer your questions on an individual basis and will show you how to do the little things you have wanted to learn how to do with a computer. This does not substitute for a computer class and staff cannot provide device repair.

Helpful Links

Mousercise! – A fun way to learn how to use the mouse
TechBoomers – Free tutorials of popular websites and online services
GCFLearnFree.org – Free introductory and intermediate computer tutorials
“Learn Excel” from Udemy.com
Inpics.net – Software tutorials through pictures