Class Descriptions

Drop-In Technology Help

Mondays 6 pm - 8 pm, Wednesdays 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm, and Thursdays 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Hunt Room

Drop-in Technology help is not being held in October; it is scheduled to resume November 2.
The library offers drop-in technology help in addition to regularly scheduled computer classes. You can come in any time during the open hours, when a reference librarian helps you find information related to specific problems you have encountered when working with e-readers, apps, Microsoft Office, surfing the web, and using the library databases or catalog. No registration is necessary. Feel free to bring your laptop, flash drive, or device. We cannot provide assistance with computer repair or virus removal.


Computer Basics

1.5 hours
Computer Basics Handout PDF

Basic elements of Windows 7 and the PC operating system, including using a mouse/keyboard; highlighting, copying, and pasting text; common menus, toolbars, and shortcuts; overview of software and storage media.

Practice: Mousercise

Microsoft Word 2010 – Introduction

2 Hours
Word Handout PDF

Basic to intermediate word processing using Microsoft Word, including using the ribbon; creating, saving, and printing documents; highlighting, copying, and pasting text; formatting lists; checking spelling and grammar; creating tables; applying headers and footers.

Microsoft Word 2010 – Advanced

2 hours long
Advanced Word Handout PDF

Advanced Word skills including creating a newsletter; inserting WordArt, pictures, clip art, symbols, hyperlinks, URLs, footnotes, and page breaks; find and replace; formatting tabs and columns; tracking changes and inserting comments.

Prerequisites: Word 2010 class or experience using Word 2007 or 2010.

Mail Merge

1 hour
Mail Merge Handout PDF

Basic to intermediate introduction to using Microsoft Word’s mail merge to create batches of labels, letters, envelopes, etc. from tables, spreadsheets, Outlook email contacts, or databases.

Prerequisite: Microsoft Word 2010 class or experience

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

1.5 Hours
PowerPoint Handout PDF

Basic introduction to creating a slide presentation including using design templates; adding content, transitions and animations; saving and printing a presentation; viewing a presentation.

Prerequisites: Word 2010 class or experience using Word and/or Office 2007 or 2010.

Microsoft Excel 2010 – Introduction

2 Hours
Excel Handout PDF

Basic to intermediate functions of Excel, the spreadsheet and calculating program, including screen and worksheet elements; copying and pasting; using mathematical formulas and functions; creating graphs and charts; creating a basic monthly budget.

Prerequisites: Word 2010 class or experience using Microsoft Word and/or Office 2007 or 2010.

Microsoft Excel 2010 – Advanced

2 Hours
Advanced Excel Handout PDF

Advanced Excel skills not covered in the introductory class including advanced charts; filtering and subtotaling data; conditional formatting; concatenating text and splitting text into columns; adding comments and text boxes; using logic-based functions; printing worksheets with repeating header rows and columns.

Prerequisites: Excel 2010 class or experience using Microsoft Excel outside of class, including creating formulas and basic charts in Excel.

This is an advanced computer class.

Microsoft Access 2010

2 Hours
Access Handout PDF

Basic database design and development using Microsoft Access, including creating tables and forms; entering and editing data; creating queries; generating reports; establishing table relationships.

Prerequisites: Excel 2010 class or experience using Excel and Office 2007 or 2010.

This is an advanced computer class.


2 Hours
Internet Handout PDF

Basic introduction to the Internet, including getting online by typing in web addresses; understanding basic terminology and buttons of the Mozilla Firefox program; using search engines to find information and websites; evaluating websites and online information; using intermediate and advanced online tools and search features; ensuring online safety.

Resume Resources

1.5 Hours
Resume Resources Handout PDF

An introduction to resources available through the Library and in the Nashua area to help you write your resume.  Learn where to get help with the following topics: improving your computer and word processing skills, getting an email account, storing your electronic resume, brushing up your writing skills, determining what to put on your resume and how to organize it, and creating your electronic resume.

Note: you will not write a resume in this class.

No computer experience required.


2 Hours

Introduction to two online databases: Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest; searching census, death, and family records; searching full-text books.


2 Hours

Basic introduction to creating websites and blogs using the free, online hosting service, Includes creating an account with; creating a blog and pages for your website; adding content to your blog; inserting pictures and other media; creating categories and tags; choosing a theme.

Prerequisites: An email address and intermediate knowledge of using the Internet.

Google Drive

2 hours

Introduction to the Google Drive programs Google Docs and Google Forms. Also covers settings, uploading files, adding apps, sharing, downloading, and a brief discussion about Google Drive for iOS, Android, and desktop.

Prerequisites: Internet class or prior experience using the internet.


Cloud Storage

1.5 hours

Introduction and comparison of several cloud storage services including iCloud, OneDrive, Drop Box, and Google Drive. Examine the practical uses of cloud storage and which services are best for the user based on their devices and needs.

Prerequisites: Internet class or prior experience using the internet.