Beginners’ Computer Classes And Job Hunting Help Available At The Library

If you’re a computer beginner, you are not alone. There are many people who don’t have an e-mail account or know how to navigate the web. If you’re a Lakewood Library patron, however, you’re in luck. Any patron who wishes to enter the digital age can take advantage of free computer classes offered at the main branch of Lakewood Public Library.

This spring and summer, the Library will be offering monthly classes that cover the basics of computer usage, web searching, e-mail and the Microsoft programs Word and PowerPoint. All of these classes are held Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. A workshop covering job search skills will be held once a month on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. In addition, during the month of March, a representative from Cuyahoga County Community College will be on hand to offer twenty minute resume tune-ups. These one-on-one sessions will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. three Thursdays in March.

Although most classes are geared toward beginners with very limited computer knowledge, it is important that students know how to use a mouse before they come to class. Mouse training is available in the Library’s Technology Center. Registration is required for all classes; to learn more about signing up for classes, visit www.lkwdpl.org/classes or call 226-8275, ext. 127.

A recent addition to the array of classes, Computer Basics, offers beginners a chance to learn and understand the various parts of the computer such as the mouse, desktop, keyboard and monitor. Students with no computer experience will learn the difference between clicking and double-clicking, the parts of an internet window, and what the Control key actually does. Computer Basics allows novice users a chance to enter the world of computers in a comfortable setting where they will receive clearly worded, basic instruction and then be allowed to work at their own pace on self-guided computer exercises.

In Web Searching Basics, students learn fundamental knowledge needed to navigate the web and do research online. The class teaches students how to access the internet using a browser, manipulate the windows that allow internet access, recognize a web address and visit a website. Web Searching Basics covers a variety of search engines beyond Google, and demonstrates how search results vary depending on the engine. Students learn how to modify search terms to get better results; the difference between website extensions like .com, .net and .gov; how to evaluate the quality of sites; and different ways to use the Internet.

In E-mail Basics, students log into a sample Yahoo e-mail account and run through the basic functions: reading new messages, composing, replying, deleting, and forwarding. They also learn to use e-mail safely by avoiding spam, scams and viruses. Students are not required to have an e-mail account before taking the class; however, time does not allow students to sign up for an account during class.

In Word Processing Basics, students create a sample document and then learn to copy, paste, and change the font styles. Also covered is saving and retrieving documents, as well as how to add links and graphics to a document. PowerPoint Basics will teach students to use this popular program to build a slide presentation that will enhance any message they are trying to convey to an audience.

Job Search Skills concentrates on what is needed to effectively conduct a job search on the internet. This class help job seekers prepare an internet-friendly resume, send a resume through e-mail and discover the latest trends in job-hunting on the web. Students are encouraged to share information and ask questions that pertain to their individual job searches. 

All computer classes are held in the Learning Lab at the Main Branch of the Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Avenue. Students must have a valid Lakewood Library card, and registration is required; stop in or call 216/226-8275, ext. 127 to register. Reservations for computer classes begin the first day of the month in which the classes will be held.

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