Computer Classes

The Library offers free classes in the use of computers, technology, and online resources for patrons of all skill levels - whether you’re new to computers, curious about a new online tool, or looking to sharpen your skills. View our current roster of classes below along with the handouts used in each session. Browse our classes by category: Computer Basics - Job Seekers - Library Resources - Make It - Microsoft Office - Online Resources - Social Media

Can't make a class? Need help with a specific device or program? Book time with a Librarian and we’ll do our best to help! Visit our Book a Librarian page for more information.

Computer Basics

Basic Computer Skills 

This class offers beginning and hands-on training on the basic components of computers like using the keyboard and the mouse, navigating in Windows and Internet browsing. Handout

Computer File Management

Learn tips and tricks for organizing files on your computer. We will cover creating new folders, copying and moving files from a flash drive to a computer and managing downloads. Handout

Cyber Safety 

Stay safe online with tips on distinguishing legitimate websites from sketchy websites and good emails from possible scam emails. Must possess basic computer skills to register. Handout

Introduction to the Internet 

This class explains the basic elements of navigating around online. Learn about Web browsers, how to use links, the forward and back buttons and how to perform a simple search. Must possess basic computer skills to register. Handout

Job Seekers

Job Search Tools 

Discover web-based tools to help you with your job search. Find and edit templates for résumés and cover letters. Explore online job boards. Handout

Social Media Monday: LinkedIn 

Explore the ins and outs of the social network for professionals. Discover LinkedIn’s features and pick up tips for getting the most out of your profile. Handout 

Library Resources

Ancestry Library Edition -

Find the best ways to navigate Ancestry’s vast collection of genealogical and historical records. Dig into your family history with birth, death, marriage, immigration, military records, and more. Handout

Ancestry Library Edition for World War II Records

Take a closer look at the World War II related records in Ancestry. Draft registration cards, enlistment records, photos and more are available. Discover the best methods for searching and browsing the database. Handout

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) 

Bring Your Own Device and learn about the downloadable eBook and audiobook options available with your library card. Get the hang of downloading books in OverDrive and Axis 360. Elmwood Park residents only. See our eBooks & more page for instructional handouts.

Chicago Tribune Archive for World War II Articles

Mine the Chicago Tribune archive for World War II era articles. Learn the best ways to search and browse this resource. Handout

Mango Languages Open Lab 

Are you looking to learn a new language? Get started with interactive online language learning using Mango. Use the library’s computer or bring your own device to get started with the app. Elmwood Park residents only.

Photo Editing With Photoshop Elements - 

Learn to crop, resize, and add effects and filters to your photos in Photoshop Elements. Also, learn to blend one image into another with layer masking. Handout

Video Editing With Adobe Premiere Elements 

Learn the basics of video editing in Adobe Premiere Elements. Cut and arrange clips, add music, and finalize a sample video. Handout

Make It

Create a Holiday Newsletter in Microsoft Word 

Use Microsoft Word to find templates, format, and stylize a fun holiday letter for your family and friends. Handout

Design Your Own Website: HTML 

Learn the fundamentals of web design in this two part class. Part one focuses on HTML, which is the code that tells your browser about the structure and content of your web pages. Handout

Design Your Own Website: CSS 

Learn the fundamentals of web design in this two part class. Part two focuses on CSS, which is the code that tells your browser about how your web pages should appear (font, background, positioning, and more). Handout

Flyer Design

Learn about designing a flyer for an event. Get hands-on practice creating a flyer on the computer.

Make Your Own Coloring Book 

Turn your own photos into printable coloring book pages. Bring your own photos on a flash drive or have your photos ready to go in your email account. Learn to make coloring book pages using your photos and Pixlr. Handout

Microsoft Office Suite

Excel: Basics 

This class is for beginners who have never used Excel or need a refresher on the basics. Learn to create a spreadsheet, enter data, resize columns, and more. Handout

Excel: Intermediate 

This class is for people who are comfortable with the basics of Excel. Learn about sorting data, calculating sums, averages, and 3D sums. Handout | Sorting and Budget Practice | 3D Sums Practice

Excel: Advanced 

Build further on your Excel skills with this class. Learn about pivot tables, conditional formatting, IF formulas, and VLookup. Handout | Advanced Practice Sheets

Powerpoint Basics 

Learn the basics of Powerpoint, including creating slides, inserting pictures, and adding transitions and animations. Handout

Word Basics -

Learn the basics of Word, including formatting your document, changing the look of your text, and inserting pictures. Handout

Online Resources

Appy Hour 

Join us for a fun overview of free apps for Apple and Android devices. Productivity, music streaming, photo editing, reading, fitness, and entertainment apps are included. Handout

Documents Without Word  

Learn to create and share documents without the use of Microsoft Word. Familiarize yourself with two free alternatives: Google Drive and Open Office. Handout

eBay Buying and Selling Basics

This class offers an overview of eBay. Learn tips for searching, creating effective auction listings and taking digital photos. Must possess basic computer skills to register. Handout

Google Search Strategies 

Are you not getting the results you want from Google? Join a Librarian to learn advanced search tactics that will improve the quality of your search results and save you time. Handout

Photo Editing With Pixlr 

Learn to crop, resize, and add effects and filters to your photos with Pixlr. Edit your photos for free without downloading any software and without creating an account. Handout

Presentations Without PowerPoint 

Learn to create and share presentations without the use of Microsoft PowerPoint. Familiarize yourself with two free alternatives: Google Slides and Prezi. Handout

Retro Game Night FTW 

Play retro arcade and MS-DOS games including Defender, Paperboy, Tron, The Oregon Trail, Pac-Man, Sim City, Donkey Kong, Castle Wolfenstein, Street Fighter, and more. 

Social Media

Social Media Monday: Facebook

Learn how to get set up on Facebook, add photos, edit your profile, write posts, find friends, follow interests, customize your newsfeed, and more. Handout

Social Media Monday: Instagram 

Get started taking and sharing photos with Instagram. Learn about editing and filtering your photos, using hashtags, following interests and more. Handout

Social Media Monday: LinkedIn

Explore the ins and outs of the social network for professionals. Discover LinkedIn’s features and pick up tips for getting the most out of your profile. Handout

Social Media Monday: Meme Machine FTW 

Win the Internet with your own memes. Learn to find photos, turn them into memes, and post them on social media. Handout

Social Media Monday: Pinterest 

Learn to create your own photo boards on Pinterest, follow your interests, pin images from the web, from your photo collection and more. Handout

Social Media Monday: Social Media for Businesses

Pick up tips and tricks for using social media as a business or organization. Learn about using a Facebook page and Twitter account for your organization. Handout

Social Media Monday: Twitter

Get started using Twitter with this beginner-level class. Writing posts, using hashtags, tweeting at someone, sending a private message, following interests and attracting followers will be covered. Handout

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