Fort Bend County Libraries’ Adult Services staff presents a variety of free, introductory computer classes each month. The classes consist of a hands-on introduction to basic skills, as well as some advanced skills, for people who would like to learn more about using these computer and technology programs.
These free classes will take place in the Computer Labs of the libraries. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Click on the class titles to register, or call the branch library. The schedule for May is as follows:
George Memorial Library (Richmond)
- Computers 101 -- Tuesday, May 3, 10:00 am-12:00 noon. This class presents a basic, hands-on introduction to using computers.
- Gmail 101 -- Tuesday, May 10, 10:00-11:00 am. Learn how to set up a free email account on the Internet using Google Mail. The class will also cover basic email functions, including creating, forwarding, replying to, and adding attachments to emails.
- Alternatives to MS Word -- Tuesday, May 17, 10:00-11:00 am. MS Word is a word-processing software program often used to create letters, resumés, forms, and other types of documents, but it is not the only word-processing option. Learn about alternative word-processing software options that are available. This class will cover inputting text, customizing text appearance, saving and reopening a document, and checking for errors.
- Alternatives to MS Excel -- Tuesday, May 24, 10:00-11:00 am. MS Excel is a spreadsheet software program often used for its calculation tools that are helpful for financial and statistical needs, but it is not the only spreadsheet option. In this class, discover alternative spreadsheet software options that can be used to create a basic budget spreadsheet. Learn the various parts and purposes of a spreadsheet, how to input data efficiently, and use simple formulas for quick calculations.
- Typing for Beginners -- Tuesday, May 31, 10:00-11:00 am. Learn how to use a self-paced typing tutorial on the computer. Get tips on increasing typing speed and accuracy.
- Computers 101 – Thursday, May 19, 11:00 am-12:00 noon. This class presents a basic, hands-on introduction to using computers.
- MS Word 2016: Accelerated – Thursday, May 12, 2:00-3:00 pm. Learn basic and intermediate skills for using MS Word, a word-processing software program. This class will focus on formatting and using pre-made templates.
- Computers 101 – Monday, May 2, 7:00-8:00 pm. This class presents a basic, hands-on introduction to using computers.
- Email 101 – Monday, May 16, 7:00-8:00 pm. Learn how to set up a free email account on the Internet. The class will also cover basic email functions.
- MS Excel 2016 Survival Basics – Thursday, May 19, 10:30-11:30 am. Learn the basics of using this spreadsheet software program, which features calculation tools that are helpful for financial and statistical needs.
- MS PowerPoint 2010 Survival Basics – Thursday, May 19, 6:30 pm. Learn the basics of using this slideshow-presentation software program.
- MS PowerPoint 2019 Survival Basics – Tuesday, May 17, 10:30-11:30 am. Learn the basics of using this slideshow-presentation software program.
- Canva Basics – Tuesday, May 24, 10:30-11:30 am. Canva is a free, online graphic-design tool. Canva’s easy-to-use interface provides access to millions of photographs, graphics, and fonts, enabling the user to create designs for web or print. Learn how this tool can be used to create blog graphics, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations, presentations, and more.
Do you have a new Kindle or Nook™, but you’re not sure how to use it? Are you wondering how to download or stream digital items from FBCL’s eLibrary?
The eMedia/e-Reader Question and Answer sessions are walk-in clinics during which patrons can bring their mobile reading devices and have their questions answered about using the device, downloading ebooks, or streaming movies. Learn how easy it is to check out free ebooks, e-audiobooks, music, and movies from the library’s online digital collections, OverDrive and Hoopla. Registration is NOT required for these come-and-go clinics.
George Memorial Library (Richmond)
Mondays, May 2 and 16, 2:00-4:00 pm, Adult Services Learning Lab
First Colony Branch Library
Wednesday, May 11, 11:00 am-12:00 noon, Meeting Room
Albert George Branch Library (Needville)
Tuesday, May 17, 11:00 am-12:00 noon, Adult Services Department
- Facebook for Beginners – Thursday, May 5, 6:30 pm, Tech Center. Learn how to set up a Facebook account, search for friends, make “friend requests,” and write wall posts. Those attending this class should have a basic working knowledge of computers, and must have a person email account already set up before the class. Registration required.
- Introduction to Pinterest – Wednesday, May 11, 2:00-3:00 pm, Computer Lab. Learn all about Pinterest, the virtual pinboard that enables people to organize and share items of interest to them that they have found on the Internet. Pinboards can be used to collect ideas for anything from planning weddings or decorating homes to organizing favorite recipes, and much more. Those attending the class should already have a working email address and password. Registration required.