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.

08 30, 2021

Free ACT/SAT Prep Sessions Available at Mentor Public Library

By |2021-08-30T06:00:53-04:00August 30, 2021|

Mentor Library is offering free ACT prep courses to teens on Saturdays, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.

Mentor Library is offering free ACT and SAT prep courses for teens on Saturdays, Sept. 18 and 25.

Stressed over the test? That’s OK. We’re here to help!

We’re offering two free ACT/SAT prep sessions this autumn. The first session is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 18. Its focus will be on the math sections. The next session is Sept. 25. It will focus on the English and reading courses. You can register for both or either on our website.

Both sessions will provide practical experience in terms of the types of questions you’ll see and offer strategies for standardized tests, as well. All sessions will be led by Dr. John Foster, one of our reference librarians at Mentor Public Library. Foster has a doctorate in history from the University of Washington and has taught at both high school and college levels.

By the way, you can also use one of our digital services to help you prepare for your big test. LinkedIn Learning has online video courses about taking the ACT, PSAT and SAT. And it’s free to use with your Mentor Public Library card.

04 20, 2021

Learn more with LinkedIn Learning from your library

By |2021-11-16T09:20:28-05:00April 20, 2021|

Learn from the experts for free with your library card and LinkedIn Learning.

You can access thousands of online educational courses without charge using your Mentor Public Library card and LinkedInLearning!

You won’t need to create a LinkedIn profile to access courses from experts on everything from screenwriting to spreadsheets. All you’ll need is your card number and PIN. Wherever you work, whatever your hobby is — there’s a course that can make you better at it: from finance to photography, and making mobile apps to music composition,

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

The educational videos range from quick introductions to deep dives into specialized topics.

And they’re all free to watch with your library card. All you need is your card number and PIN to create your profile.

Once you’ve done that, you can immediately browse the more than tens of thousands of educational videos waiting for you. And LinkedIn Learning’s collection is constantly updated so you can stay ahead of the curve in your chosen field.

For more online learning, check out Niche Academy. It’s free to use with a Mentor Public 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.

02 8, 2019

Learn how to take better portraits with free photography class

By |2019-02-08T06:00:55-05:00February 8, 2019|

Learn how to take memorable portraits outside of a studio during a free photography class at Mentor Public Library.

Learn how to take memorable portraits outside of a studio during a free photography class at Mentor Public Library.

You don’t need an expensive studio to take great photos of people or pets.

Learn how to make the world your studio with a free photography class from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at our Main Branch.

Photographer Steven Manchook will teach you how to take environmental portraits. He’ll show you how to take memorable photos of people and even animals without the trappings of a studio. You’ll learn how to use natural light and minimal equipment (maybe with an added flash or reflector) to transcend the simple snapshot.

Manchook will use several examples – both before and after post-processing – to illustrate his suggestions.

The class is free and open to all. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247 to reserve your spot in the room.

By the way, we also offer several online photography tutorials that are free to watch with your library card.

You can learn from National Geographic photographers on The Great Courses. Watch:

And there are more online tutorials available on Lynda – still free with your library card. The classes include introductions for beginners, iPhone and iPad photography, weekly suggestions, and helpful courses on Photoshop and Lightroom.

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