09 13, 2022

Free Computer Classes this September at Mentor Public Library

By |2022-09-07T15:11:30-04:00September 13, 2022|

We’re hosting seven free computer classes this September at its Main Branch. The classes range from basic introductions to computers, the Internet, email, and Facebook to advanced techniques for Microsoft Word.

The classes include:

  • An Introduction to Computersthe library’s most basic computer class—at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27. People will learn the basic skills they need to use a computer—no previous experience required.
  • Microsoft Word I at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 27. Learn how to create, open and save documents, as well as other basic techniques, in Microsoft’s word-processing software.
  • Basic Internet at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Learn how to navigate the Internet. Participants will need to know how to use a keyboard and a mouse for this class
  • Microsoft Word II at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 28. Learn more advanced techniques for Microsoft Word.
  • Facebook Basics at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. The hands-on class will demonstrate basic Facebook features and tips. Please come to class with your Facebook login information and password.
  • Basic Email skills at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. Learn how to send emails and attachments, as well as reply to other people’s emails.
  • Microsoft Word: Labels & Mail Merge at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. Learn how to use Word to create mailing labels, envelopes and form letters.

All of the classes are free. However, registration is required. RSVP by calling the library at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

The library also offers several online computer classes through the LinkedIn Learning database. The courses are free to watch with a public library card. For more information, visit www.mentorpl.org/linkedinlearning.

07 11, 2022

Library hosting free Excel, Facebook & PowerPoint classes in July

By |2022-07-05T12:05:32-04:00July 11, 2022|

We’re hosting seven free computer classes this July at our Main Branch, including classes on Microsoft Excel, Facebook and PowerPoint.

The classes at the Main Branch include:

  • PowerPoint at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26. Learn how to create, format, save and run a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Excel I at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, and again at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27. In this class, people will learn how to describe a worksheet and its function; create a basic worksheet and learn how to save it to disk; apply simple formulas to perform calculations; apply simple formatting; and explore options for printing a simple worksheet. (Microsoft Word experience necessary.)
  • introduction to Facebook at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27. The hands-on class will demonstrate basic Facebook features and tips. Please come to class with your Facebook login information and password.
  • Excel II at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, and again at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 28. Learn how to create and copy formulas and functions; understand relativity when working with formulas and functions; recognize and troubleshoot errors in formulas and functions; insert, delete and resize rows and columns; and use advanced printing features.
  • Excel III at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 28. Learn how to hide and freeze columns and rows, use print area and print titles, conditional formatting, and how to create and format charts.

All of the classes are free. However, registration is required. RSVP on our event calendar by calling us at (440) 255-8811. Registration starts July 11.

The library also offers several online computer classes through the LinkedIn Learning database. The courses are free to watch with a public library card. For more information, visit www.mentorpl.org/linkedinlearning.

07 24, 2021

Library hosting free classes on Word, Facebook & computer basics

By |2021-07-24T06:00:30-04:00July 24, 2021|

Learn Microsoft Word techniques and more from the free computer classes this September at Mentor Public Library.

Learn Microsoft Word techniques and more from the free computer classes this August at Mentor Public Library.

We’re hosting four free computer classes this month at our Lake Branch, including introductions to email, the internet and computers, in general.

The classes include:

All of the classes are free. However, registration is required and starts two weeks before each class. Anyone can register online or by calling us at (440) 257-2512.

For more online learning, check out Niche Academy and LinkedInLearning. Both offer online video tutorials that are free with your library card.

10 8, 2019

Library hosting free classes on Microsoft Excel, Facebook & PowerPoint

By |2019-10-08T06:00:17-04:00October 8, 2019|

Mentor Public Library is hosting free classes on Microsoft Excel and Word this February.

Mentor Public Library is hosting free classes on Microsoft Excel and Word this February.

We’re hosting eight free computer classes this month at our Main Branch, including sessions on Microsoft Excel, Facebook, and Powerpoint.

The classes include:

  • Microsoft Word—Flyers, Pictures & Drawing Tools at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Learn how to use Microsoft Word 2013 to create flyers, manipulate pictures, and to effectively use Word’s Drawing Tools.
  • Excel I at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, and again at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22. In this class, people will learn how to describe a worksheet and its function; create a basic worksheet and learn how to save it to disk; apply simple formulas to perform calculations; apply simple formatting; and explore options for printing a simple worksheet. (Microsoft Word experience necessary.)
  • introduction to Facebook at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The hands-on class will demonstrate basic Facebook features and tips. Please come to class with your Facebook login information and password.
  • Excel II at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, and again at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. Learn how to create and copy formulas and functions; understand relativity when working with formulas and functions; recognize and troubleshoot errors in formulas and functions; insert, delete and resize rows and columns; and use advanced printing features.
  • introduction to PowerPoint at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. Learn how to create and run a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint 2013.
  • Excel III at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. Learn how to hide and freeze columns and rows, use print area and print titles, conditional formatting, and how to create and format charts.

All of the classes are free. However, registration is required; and, because space is limited, people will want to sign up as soon as possible. You can sign up by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

For more online learning, check out Niche Academy and Lynda. Both offer online video tutorials that are free with your library card.

Lynda offers thousands of online educational courses: from finance to film-making to photography, making mobile apps to music composition, from screenwriting to SEO to spreadsheets.

It also offers training for popular software and developer tools, including the Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and several coding languages.

Meanwhile, Niche Academy provides videos that explain how to use online tools like Gmail, Goodreads and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

03 30, 2019

Learning to code at the library

By |2019-03-30T06:00:51-04:00March 30, 2019|

Kids in fourth grade or higher can join our Coding Club that meets monthly at The HUB in Mentor High School.

Kids in fourth grade or higher can join our Coding Club that meets monthly at The HUB in Mentor High School.

Looking at a career in tech? Want your kids to be IT literate?

Either way, you want to know about coding.

Here are four ways we can help you or your children learn coding:

1. We have a monthly coding club for kids at The HUB in Mentor High School. It meets at 4:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting is April 2.

Our club uses Khan Academy online courses, so kids, teens and even adults can learn at their own paces. Find out how to animate drawings, design websites and more. The club is free to attend and open to anyone in fourth grade and higher. You can register to attend online or call The HUB at 440-205-6011.

Kids can learn the fundamentals of coding without even realizing it when they play with Ozobots.

Kids can learn the fundamentals of coding without even realizing it when they play with Ozobots.

2. If your kid is too young to join the club, they can learn the basic input/output fundamentals of coding by playing with our Ozobots. (They are one of the several STEAM kits available for use at our Main Branch.)

Here’s how it works: Children can create paths for the robots using different colors and lines. Then, the Ozobots use their optical sensors to read the paths and interpret them as commands.

This sort of input-output training is the same process that people use when coding. So when the children play with Ozobots, they learn the logic and language of coding.

3. Additionally, you can also use Lynda — one of our newest digital services — to learn coding from home. Lynda offers online tutorials that teach introductions to coding languages like:

You can stream the tutorials anywhere and watch as many as you like. Lynda is free to use with your Mentor Public Library card.  And all you need is your card number to create a Lynda profile.

Once you’ve done that, you can immediately browse the more than tens of thousands of educational videos waiting for you.

4. Finally, we have dozens of books on coding (for kids and adults) that you can borrow for free.

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