Unable to attend our classes? The Jewish Vocational Service and the Goodwill Community Foundation offer free computer training programs. For more information, follow these links:
March & April 2013
These are free classes offered to Northbrook Library cardholders aged 16 and up. Registration is required and begins in person on Saturday, March 2 at 9:00 a.m. at the Reference Desk on the 2nd Floor. Starting Sunday, March 3,, you may register by phone by calling 847.272.4873. These 90 minute classes are hands-on workshops, and require typing skills and mouse proficiency.
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS: Learn to operate the essential tools for using the computer: the mouse and the keyboard. This class also introduces basic navigation functions such as opening and closing windows. No prerequisite skills required.
Wednesday, March 6, 10 a.m.
BASIC INTERNET: The fundamentals of navigating and searching on the Internet.
Thursday, April 11, 2 p.m.
BROWSERS: Learn the basics of different browsers. This class will cover Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.
Thursday, April 18, 2 p.m.
SEARCH ENGINES: Learn strategies for using Google and Bing more effectively.
Thursday, April 25, 1:30 p.m.
BASIC WORD 2007: Reviews the basics of word processing.
Thursday, March 7, 9:30 a.m.
BASIC EXCEL 2007: Covers the fundamentals of using Microsoft’s spreadsheet program.
Thursday, March 14, 9:30 a.m. OR Wednesday, April 17, 9:30 a.m.
INTERMEDIATE WORD 2007: Covers formatting features.
Thursday, April 11, 9:30 a.m.
INTERMEDIATE EXCEL 2007: Learn how to insert charts into spreadsheets, and validate formulas and functions.
Thursday, March 21, 9:30 a.m. OR Thursday, April 18, 9:30 a.m.
POWERPOINT 2007: Covers the fundamentals of using presentation software.
Thursday, April 4, 1:30 p.m.
ESSENTIALS OF GOOGLE DOCS: How to create and share your work using a free web-based word processing program. A Google account is required. If you do not have a Google account, please come to the class 15 minutes before the class to create one.
Thursday, March 21, 2 p.m.
BUSINESS / INVESTMENT / SPECIALTY
INVESTMENT RESOURCES: Sharpen your investing skills by learning to use the online resources Morningstar, Value Line, and Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage. This class does not offer advice on investing.
Wednesday, April 10, 9:30 a.m.
BEYOND CONSUMER REPORTS: Become a smart shopper as you learn to find the best prices; do comparison shopping; find coupons; read product reviews; and learn safety tips for online shopping.
Tuesday, April 16, 2 p.m.
SAVVY SOURCES: Learn to use 6 time- and money-saving e-resources to learn a language, get tutoring help for homework or a résumé, look up phone numbers, find obituaries, check art auction prices, and more.
Thursday, March 28, 1:30 p.m.
SAVVY SOURCES FOR BOOK LOVERS: We subscribe so you don’t have to. Learn about magazines, newspapers, book discussion resources, and other useful subscriptions you can access. Your library card is your password.
Tuesday, April 23, 1:30 p.m.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Organize, edit, and enhance your photos. Participants must bring their own cameras and memory cards containing photos. The first 15 minutes will be spent uploading photos.
Tuesday, March 12, 7 p.m..
GENEALOGY FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS: Learn how to systematically research your family history using a variety of records and online resources. There will be hands-on practice for the last part of the class.
Thursday, April 25, 10 a.m.
ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION: Discover all the secrets of your ancestors by learning to navigate the wealth of material in Ancestry Library Edition. There will be hands-on practice for the last part of the class.
Wednesday, April 24, 9:30 a.m.
HERITAGEQUEST ONLINE: Learn how to search the six core areas, including U.S. Federal Censuses, indexes to genealogy and local history periodicals; Revolutionary War records; and local and family histories. There will be hands-on practice for the last part of the class.
Tuesday, April 9, 2 p.m.
EREADERS & EBOOKS
Did you get a new ereader, tablet, or smartphone over the holidays? Sign up for a hands-on class about how to get library ebooks onto your device!
KINDLE FIRE: For all Kindle Fire tablet users. Bring your library card and your Kindle.
Wednesday, March 13, 10 a.m. OR Monday, April 29, 1:30 p.m..
TABLET/SMARTPHONE EBOOK CLASS: For iPad, iPhone, Android users. NOOK Color and Tablet users, this includes you! Bring your library card and your device.
Monday, March 11, 10 a.m. OR Friday, March 22, 1:30 p.m. OR Friday, April 19, 10 a.m. OR Monday, April 22, 1:30 p.m.
KINDLE EREADERS EBOOK CLASS: For Kindle reader users. Bring your library card, your Kindle, and your USB cable if your device isn't Wi-Fi compatible.
Tuesday, March 19, 1:30 p.m. OR Friday, April 26, 1:30 p.m.