Computer Classes

Winter Computer Classes

Please register online or call 724-776-9100 ext. 1123

For a Twenty Minute Tech time slot, register here.

Wednesday, February 6, 5:00-8:00 PM - Twenty Minute Tech

Saturday, January 5, 9:00 AM - Internet, Part 1
Saturday, January 12, 9:00 AM - Internet, Part 2
Saturday, January 19, 9:00 AM - Word, Part 1
Saturday, January 26, 9:00 AM - Word, Part 2
Saturday, February 2, 9:00 AM - Computer Security
Saturday, February 9, 9:00 AM - Excel, Part 1
Saturday, February 16, 9:00 AM - Excel, Part 2
Saturday, February 23, 9:00 AM - PowerPoint
Saturday, March 2, 9:00 AM - Computer Troubleshooting

Classes will be held in the library computer lab. Computer classes are free and last approximately 1.5 - 2 hours.

  • Registration is required for ALL classes.
  • Registration is available online at or at the reference desk.
  • Register for January classes beginning December 3, register for February and March classes beginning January 7.
  • Registration will be capped at 11 people for each class to ensure each student has a computer to work with for the hands-on classes. There will be no waiting list.
  • Library computers run Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 software.
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Computer Security:  Learn how to keep your data secure and private.  This class focuses on what you can do to keep your computer safe from viruses, worms, Trojan horses and hackers.  Unfortunately in today’s world, this issue is becoming a major concern for anyone owning a computer connected to the Internet. 

Computer Troubleshooting & Maintenance:  Would you like to learn what to do when your computer crashes or becomes verrrry slow?  Just what type of maintenance should you be doing, or not doing, which is sometimes even more important?  Computer expert Greg DiFiore will give us some tips (in plain English) on best practices for your computer.

eBooks & eReaders:  This class will focus on how to obtain free eBooks on your eReader from Cranberry Public Library and Overdrive.  Join us for an introduction to eReader and eBook terminology, learn about the 3 Ps, and get a live demonstration of Overdrive.  There will be time at the end of the class for Q & A and small group discussion.

Excel (1 & 2): For those who would like to learn the fundamentals of using this spreadsheet software program.  This class will cover the basics of setting up a spreadsheet (for mathematical and nonmathematical purposes), using formulas, formatting and printing.

Internet 1:  This class is for those with little or no prior experience navigating the Internet. Participants will learn what the Internet is, how to use a browser to navigate the World Wide Web, and search using a search engine and address.  Also covered will be the different parts of a web page.

Internet 2: This class is for those who have had some experience using the Internet but are still unsure about how it works.  We will cover search strategies, evaluate web sites, and explore the difference between a search engine and a subject directory.

Introduction to Computers:  This class is for those with little or no prior experience with a computer.  Participants will learn computer terminology (CPU, desktop, USB drive, etc.), PC anatomy, and how to perform basic computer operations including using the mouse, launching programs, and working with the desktop.

PowerPoint:  Want to impress your boss with a great presentation, sign, or flyer? Learn the basics, from creating slides with text and pictures to adding special customization techniques, and make your next PowerPoint show a hit!

Twenty Minute Tech:  Have a question about how to make your smartphone or tablet do what you want? Maybe you'd like to create a Facebook account but don't know how. Let tech guru Kendall Johnson help in a personalized tech education appointment. Kendall will meet with you for twenty minutes to help answer your questions and allay your fears about technology. If you need help with a laptop or mobile device, please be sure to bring it with you.

What you can do from home (with your library card):  Learn how to request items (books, DVDs, sound recordings), renew your books, learn a new language, find a job or read a magazine.  We will briefly give an overview of the options to download music, eBooks, and eAudiobooks. (Due to time constraints we will be unable to give step-by-step directions for downloading but printed detailed instructions are available online and in the library.)

Word (1 & 2):  For those who would like to learn the fundamentals of word processing to create documents, these classes focus on the Microsoft program Word 2010.  We will explore correcting, deleting, cutting, pasting, saving, printing and importing pictures.  Students should be able to use a mouse and have some experience using a keyboard.