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.

09 16, 2021

How to Access LinkedLearning & The Great Courses for Free with your Mentor Public Library Card

By |2021-09-16T06:00:48-04:00September 16, 2021|

Our own Ms. Pelton offers a tutorial on you can learn from experts in practically any field FOR FREE using your MPL library card, LinkedIn Learning, and The Great Courses.

LinkedIn Learning offers video tutorials on thousands of topics from the artistic to the technical. If has short videos, in-depth courses, and in-depth learning paths.

If you have a card with an Ohio public library, then you can use LinkedIn Learning without charge. And you don’t need a LinkedIn account to use it. Visit our LinkedIn Learning page for more details. (By the way, you may be familiar with LinkedIn Learning as Lynda.com. It’s the same useful content with a new name.)

Meanwhile, The Great Courses are a collection of phenomenal lectures series created by esteemed college professors for the general public on fascinating topics from history, science, the art, food, and even travel. They’re engaging, enlightening, and understandable.

The only downside? They can be a touch expensive to buy. Fortunately, your Mentor Public Library offers three ways that you can enjoy more The Great Courses for free.

  1. We have several DVD sets of Great Courses series that you can borrow from our collection, including:

Browse from the dozens of sets in our collection.

2. Stream them using Kanopy

If you’re not familiar with Kanopy, it’s a streaming service that lets you watch some of the world’s greatest films and documentaries. And it’s free with your library card!

It also has dozens of Great Courses series that you can stream onto your computer, phone, tablet, or Smart TV. Typically, you can stream 10 items from Kanopy each month. But, right now, you can stream unlimited Great Courses videos from Kanopy with your Mentor Public Library card.

Learn as much as you want to about historyskillshobbieshumanities and science.

3. Stream audio versions of the Great Courses for free with Hoopla

By the way, if you prefer streaming audio, you can stream more than 100 Great Courses in their entirety as audiobooks using Hoopla. Once again, Hoopla is free to use with your Mentor Public Library card. You can borrow up to 20 items per month from its collection, which also includes audiobooks, movies, music, and comics.

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