Adult Computer Classes @ RT Library
2019 Class Schedule & Descriptions
Registration Required. Please click on the links below to register.
Fall Class Descriptions
Self-directed anytime at home or at the library
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
Self-directed anytime at the library or at home
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.
Kanopy, CloudLibrary & RB Digital
September 9, 2019
Spending hundreds of dollars on e-books and streaming video? Did you know that your public library offers over 30,000 free streaming movies and over 6000 best-selling e-audio, e-books, and magazines that you can download for free? Learn how to install the apps and get reading! Register Online
Open Lab: Microsoft Office
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
September 11, 2019
Have questions about Microsoft Office programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Publisher? Come to our open lab and let us help you get your project done right!
Hour of Python
September 18, 2019
Hour Of Code for Adults. Stress Free! It’s easy! No previous experience required. Come to the library and join our Head of Information Technology to learn the basics of coding in Python! Register online.
How to Find Things on the Internet
September 25, 2019 @ 10 am
Having trouble finding exactly what you want online? This beginning level class will help you use Google more efficiently and introduce library databases. Prereq: Ability to use the mouse and keyboard. Register online.
How to Find Even More Things on the Internet
October 2, 2019 @ 10 am
Want to develop elite level internet search skills? This intermediate level class will dive deep into Google hacks and deep web resources like library databases. Register online.
Microsoft Excel Basics
October 23, 2019 @ 10 am
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.
October 30, 2019 @ 10 am
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 Excel Class WorkSheet for Power Excel. Register online.
November 6, 2019 @ 10 am
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 Workbook.
Even More Advanced Excel
November 13, 2019 @ 10 am
Guide to Holiday Electronics & Black Friday Sales
November 20, 2019 @ 10 am
Get the most bang for your holiday buck. Learn about the latest upcoming gadgets and learn what (not) to buy.
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 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! We ask that you bring a list of questions with you, along with any usernames, passwords, or cables that you may need.
Past Class Descriptions
Computer Basics 2
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.
Microsoft Word Basics
Learn how to use Word 2013 to create a professional looking letter or a resume. Prereq: Mousing and Keyboarding or permission of the instructor.
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.
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.
Master Your Tablet: Finding Accurate News & Information
Sharpen your morning news routine and learn where news commentators find their leads! We’ll be using tools and apps to find the highest quality breaking news and information on the net.
Master Your Tablet: 2018 Top Apps for iPad and Android
Get the most from your tablet. These are the apps that will make you truly appreciate your device and you’ll wonder how you wonder how you ever got along without them!
Master Your Tablet: Exploring Podcasts and Streaming Video
Enjoy talk radio but hate listening to AM static? Looking for alternative intelligent voices? Has the internet become boring to you? This class will get you started on your streaming video and audio journey. We’ll also be exploring streaming video, including our new free movie resource, Kanopy.
Master Your Tablet: Taking Awesome Photos
Prepare to amaze your friends and relatives with awesome photos! This hour long class will help you take masterful photographs with your tablet or phone. We’ll go over the best settings to use and the best ways to share your photos.
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.
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.
Using Twitter for Pleasure, Politics, Pedantry and Power (Twitter Basics)
President Trump is on Twitter, so shouldn’t you be too? An introduction to Information literacy using social media and Twitter. 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.
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
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
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.
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: