Computer Classes

Overview

The library offers workshops on various computer topics. Each class is a one-time workshop and will be offered remotely over Zoom. All workshops are free!

Classes are taught using online software applications, such as Google. If you are a beginning computer user we suggest taking the “Introduction to Google, Gmail, and Google Drive” class first. Individual practice after each class is highly recommended.

Registration for computer classes by Zoom is required. Patrons must have an email in order to sign up. Please call (603) 589-4611 or email Information@nashualibrary.org with any questions.

Please view class schedules. You can also sign up to receive the monthly class schedule in your email.

Class Descriptions

Craigslist for Beginners


Class Length: 1 Hour

Class Description


Basic introduction to using the online classifieds website Craigslist. Includes creating a Craigslist account, how to list items for sale, how to find items to purchase, and tips for avoiding fraud and scams.

Computer Basics


Class Length: 1.5 Hours
Handout: Computer Basics

Class Description


Basic elements of Windows and the PC operating system. Includes:

- use a mouse/keyboard
- highlight, copy, and paste text
- common menus, toolbars, and shortcuts
- understand software and storage media

Genealogy


Class Length: 2 Hours
Handout: Genealogy

Class Description


Introduction to two online databases: Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest; searching census, death, and family records; searching full-text books.

Google Basics: Google and Gmail


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


An introduction to the search engine Google and the email service Gmail. Covers:

- basic internet searching, and
- composing, sending, and organizing emails

Google Sheets – Introduction


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


Basic to intermediate functions of Google Sheets, Google’s spreadsheet and calculating program. Includes:

- screen and sheet elements
- copying and pasting
- using mathematical formulas and functions
- creating graphs and charts
Prerequisites: A Google Drive account and some experience using it.

Google Sheets – Advanced


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


Advanced Google Sheets skills not covered in the intro class, including:

- charts
- filtering data
- conditional formatting
- concatenating text and splitting text into columns
- adding comments and text boxes
- using logic-based functions
- creating pivot tables

Prerequisites: A Google Drive account and Introduction to Google Sheets or experience using Sheets, including creating formulas and basic charts.

This is an advanced computer class.

Libby and Hoopla for Beginners


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


An introduction to downloading e-books and audiobooks using Overdrive/Libby and Hoopla. These services are free with your Nashua Public Library card.

Includes:

- Identifying e-books and downloadable audiobooks in the library catalog
- Learning the difference between available services
- Checking out and returning e-books and downloadable audiobooks
- Placing holds on e-books and downloadable audiobooks

Prerequisites: A Nashua Public Library card.

Facebook for Beginners


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


Basic introduction to using Facebook. Includes creating an account; setting up a Facebook profile; “friending” people; posting content; controlling your privacy; using Messenger. We will create Facebook accounts for people with an interest in doing so and an email address.

Prerequisites: An email address and basic knowledge of using the Internet.

The Cloud for Beginners


Class Length: 2 hours

Class Description


An introduction to the cloud and cloud storage services Google Drive. Covers:

- An introduction to cloud storage

- Common uses for cloud storage

- How to use Google Drive

Prerequisite: A Google account and some experience using it.

Microsoft Excel - Introduction


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


Basic to intermediate functions of Excel, the spreadsheet and calculating program, including screen and worksheet elements; copying and pasting; using mathematical formulas and functions; and creating graphs and
charts.

Microsoft Excel - Advanced


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


Skills not covered in the introductory class: filter and subtotal data; link and split text into columns; add comments and text boxes; and use logic-based functions, advanced charts, and conditional formatting.

Prerequisites: Excel class or experience outside of class, including creating formulas and basic charts. This is an advanced computer class.

Microsoft Powerpoint


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


Create a basic slide presentation: use design templates; add content, transitions and animations; save and print a presentation; view a presentation.
Prerequisite: Word class or experience using Word and/or Office.

Microsoft Word - Introduction


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


Basic to intermediate word processing using Microsoft Word, such as how to use the ribbon, creating, saving, and printing documents, and creating tables.

Microsoft Word - Advanced


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


Advanced Word skills including creating a newsletter; inserting WordArt, pictures, clip art, symbols, hyperlinks, URLs, footnotes, and page breaks; finding and replacing; formatting tabs and columns; tracking changes
and inserting comments.

Prerequisite: Word Intro class or experience.