Adult Computer Classes @ RT Library
2017 Class Schedule & Descriptions
Reservation Required For All Classes Unless Noted
Would you like to type faster and with more confidence? Make the time you spend on the computer more enjoyable and productive by learning the keyboard. Ask a librarian about our self-directed Keyboarding class or click here or here.
Computer Basics 1
Thursday, April 20 @ 10 am
Friday, April 21 @ 3 pm
Never know when to single or double click? Want to learn how to fill out forms or learn how to launch an app? This introductory course is perfect for both brand new computer users and those who need a refresher course. Ask a librarian about our self-directed Computer basics class or click here or here to start and then practice filling out forms, highlighting and copy & paste. Please sign up for only one session.
Computer Basics 2
Thursday, April 27 @ 10am
What are the parts of the computer? What’s the difference between hardware and software? Learn the basics of how computers work and how to operate a computer. Prerequisite: Computer Basics 1 or permission of the instructor.
Thursday, May 4 @ 10am
Just what is the Internet? Learn about the world wide web and some neat places to get started online. We will cover web browsers and web surfing basics, including simple searches, internet safety and etiquette. Part of our computer basics series. Prereq: Mousing and Keyboarding or permission of the instructor.
New to e-mail? Learn how to send e-mail to friends and family using Gmail, including how to attach photos and resumes. Part of our computer basics series. Prereq: A Gmail or Google account (for help signing up, please see reference before class or click here); Mousing and Keyboarding, or permission of the instructor.
Microsoft Word Basics
Friday, May 5 @ 6:00 PM
Learn how to use Word 2013 to create a professional looking letter or a resume. Prereq: Mousing and Keyboarding or permission of the instructor.
Microsoft Excel Basics
Learn the basics of working with spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel 2013. Topics include entering data and formulas, moving and copying data, & formatting worksheets. Prereq: Mousing and Keyboarding or permission of the instructor. Knowledge of High School algebra is helpful, but not required. Click here for example Sales Sheet and Family Budget.
Do you already know how to use Word, but want to learn how to format documents more professionally? This intermediate level class explores editing, alignment, page formatting, headers, images and tables. Prereq: Computer Basics Series or permission of the instructor. Click here for Power Word 2013 exercises and Word Mail Merge.
Already know Excel basics and want to tackle functions, formulas, charts and pivot tables? This class is for you! Prereq: Excel Basics or permission of the instructor. Click here for Sales Sheet for Power Excel.
An introduction to social media and twitter. Learn how to be informed in the 21st Century. Prereq: Computer basics series or permission of the instructor. Click here for our guide to social media. Can’t make it to the library for our class? Check out this great tutorial by clicking here.
An introduction to Facebook. Take what you learned about forums, blogs and chat in our Twitter basics class and apply it to Facebook. Prereq: Computer basics series or permission of the instructor. Can’t make it to the library for our class? Check out this great tutorial by clicking here.
Power Internet Searching
Want to search the internet like a pro? This intermediate level class will help you use Google more efficiently and introduce library databases. Prereq: Computer Basics Series or permission of the instructor.
Advanced Internet Searching
Want to develop elite level internet search skills? This advanced class will dive deep into Google hacks and deep web resources like library databases.
Explore beyond the Home ribbon! This class is geared towards helping you create a great report for work or college. Learn about headers, table of contents, managing sources, and inserting tables and graphics. Prereq: Power Word or permission of the instructor. Click here for Advanced Mail Merge Info and Advanced Excel Filler Text.
An advanced look at charts, pivot tables, and other topics. Knowledge of Algebra recommended. Prereq: Power Excel or permission of the instructor. Click here for the Advanced Excel Class Spreadsheet.
Bring your Apple iPad! A lecture style class on how to use your iPad easily & effectively. We can’t troubleshoot, but we can answer some of your basic questions!
LinkedIn for Neworkers & Job Hunters
Why is it essential to have a Linked-in profile? Can I use Linked-in to get a job? What is the best way to fill out my profile? Prereq: Computer basics series or permission of the instructor. If you need more help, check out LinkedIn’s official webinars, our LinkedIn Job Networking Guide [ppt] and a tutorial.
Internet Shopping Basics
Too scared to shop online? This class is for you. Let us take you on a tour of popular e-commerce sites and learn how to shop safely and cheaply on the internet. Prereq: Mousing & Keyboarding or permission of the instructor.
Photo Editing Basics
Learn how to download, upload and edit photos using free online software, We’ll learn how to crop images, get rid of red-eye, and fine tune our photos. Prereq: Computer Basics Series or permission of the instructor.
Library Catalog and Account Basics
Thursday, March 30 @ 10am
Friday, March 31 @ 3 PM
Want to get the most out of your library experience? This course will teach you how to conveniently reserve and renew items from the comfort of your own home. Learn tips and tricks on how to use our online public access catalog. Never feel like you’re bothering a librarian again!
How to Avoid Fake News, Alternative Facts and other bullsh*t
Thursday, April 6 @ 10am
*Hibernia* Monday, April 17 @ 1 PM
Frustrated with fake news stories, confusing news coverage, and arguments over articles sent via e-mail and Facebook? In this class, you’ll learn how to spot fake news and other bullsh*t that you encounter in social media and learn how to find the best news resources that you can trust.
One-on-One Computer Training
One-on-one computer training is available with a librarian by appointment. Please call 973-627-2344 and ask for reference, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments are 30-45 minutes long. Only one appointment per person per month due to high demand. Topics include, but are not limited to the classes described above. You can even bring your own device!
Free online Computer Tutorials
If you can’t attend a class in person, you can access free online computer tutorials for Microsoft Office programs by on this link for Job & Career Accelerator. When registering, please use your library card number as your username and the last six digits of your library card number as your password.
You can also try some of these free websites for excellent tutorials as well: