Broward County Library offers free computer classes at library locations throughout Broward County. Learn the basics of computer usage, new skills to help you at work or in school, or how to navigate the Internet to get the information you need and want.
Do I have to pay to attend a computer class?The computer classes offered by the library are free and open to the public. Computer classes are generously funded in part through a Broward Public Library Foundation Grant and by the Oasis Institute.
Do I need to register in advance for a class?Policies for advance registration for computer classes vary from library to library. If you are interested in taking a particular computer class, please call the library where it will be held and ask about their registration procedures.
Do I need to bring a laptop computer?No. Broward County Library has computer labs with state-of-the-art computers. You may bring a flash drive if you would like to save your work.
What if I’ve never used a computer before?Broward County Library offers a wide range of classes for all ages and skill levels. If you are new to computer use, we recommend Computer Literacy I or Getting Acquainted with the Computer.
What classes are offered?Broward County Library offers a wide range of computer classes including classes for beginners, Microsoft Word (word processing), Microsoft Excel (spreadsheets), Microsoft Access, Microsoft PowerPoint (presentations), Microsoft Publisher (documents using graphic elements), Internet and e-mail usage, and typing. Please see below for a description of each class.
Are classes offered in other languages besides English?Yes. Currently, Broward County Library offers computer classes in both Spanish and Haitian-Creole. Please check the Computer Class description or call the library location.
Computer Literacy I: Learn how to use basic mouse and keyboard functions to maneuver around the computer screen and how to use various icons and menus by going online to either mousercise or mouserobics.
Computer Literacy II: Build on the skills learned in Computer Literacy I and use windows; access various icons and menus; develop an understanding of the standard concepts of using a computer; and learn common computer terminology.
Computer Literacy III: Build on the skills from Computer Literacy II to learn how to perform many common functions of Microsoft Office Suite such as opening, closing and saving files; page set-up and printing; cutting, copying and pasting; and more.
Getting Acquainted with the Computer: A hands-on class designed for anyone who has never tried a computer before.
Free Email Services/How to Set Up an E-mail Account: Set up your own free, web-based email account and learn how to compose, send, reply and forward messages.
Hot Mail Email: Set up your own free web-based Hot Mail email account and learn how to compose, send, reply and forward messages.
Excel I: Become familiar with the basic functions of Microsoft Excel and learn how to create a spreadsheet and format information.
Excel II: Build on the concepts learned in Excel I and learn more about working in a spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel. Entering and sorting data, sizing columns/rows, formatting, adding cells to data list and making simple calculations may be covered.
Excel III: Build on the skills learned in Excel II and become more familiar with working in a spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel. Using formulas, making calculations, working with absolute cell references and categorizing may be covered.
Exploring the Internet: Learn how to search for the information you want and practice using different search engines.
File Management: Learn how to perform basic file management skills such as creating, moving, renaming and deleting files.
Introduction to the World Wide Web: Learn basic search skills and how to use a web browser.
(Job Searching and Resume Writing) Create a Resume Using Word and Resume Writing: Use Microsoft Word Resume Wizard to create a resume (other MS Word templates may be discussed).
(Job Searching and Resume Writing) Online Job Searching: Learn how to access Internet websites containing helpful career and job information and how to conduct a job search by occupation and/or geographic area.
(Job Searching and Resume Writing) Resume Writing & Online Job Searching: Learn how to create a resume using the MS Word Resume Wizard and other resume templates as well as how to locate and apply online for jobs using web-based job search engines.
Looking at Windows: Refresh the skills you need to work with the Windows operating system or learn simple tasks such as how to resize and manipulate Window and rearrange the desktop.
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing: Learn how to enhance your typing with the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Software.
Microsoft Access II: Build on the skills learned in Microsoft Access II and learn how to create queries and reports.
PowerPoint I: Learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint to create a presentation with text, graphics, animation, and design, then learn how to view, save and print.
PowerPoint II: Build on concepts learned in PowerPoint I and learn to create a presentation with graphs, tables, and organizational charts (inserting audio and/or video may be covered).
PowerPoint III: Build on concepts learned in PowerPoint II and learn to create presentations that utilize animation and text emphases, and to edit image properties to better communicate their message.
Publisher I: Learn to use Microsoft Publisher to create professional-looking (inserting clip art and pictures adding text boxes and pages may be covered).
Publisher II: Build on skills learned in Publisher I and learn more about creating professional-looking documents.
Word I: Learn how to use Microsoft Word to work with documents (opening, creating, modifying, saving and more) and to become familiar with the MS Word’s basic functions.
Word II: Build on the skills learned in Word I and learn how to set up a document using page set-up, headers and footers, page numbers, columns and lists (spelling and grammar check and the basics of tables may also be covered).
Word III: Build on skills learned in Word II to create and work with more complex documents (formatting documents and tables, copying and pasting text from other MS Word documents, adding footnotes, dates, clip art and photos from the Internet may be included).
Yahoo! Email: Set up your own free web-based Yahoo! email account and learn how to compose, send, reply and forward messages.
Computer Classes in Spanish: Check monthly schedules for classes in Computer Literacy, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and more.
Computer Classes in Haitian Creole: Check monthly schedules for classes in Computer Literacy, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and more.
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