Computer Classes

Overview

The library offers workshops on various computer topics. Each class is a one-time workshop and will be offered remotely over Zoom. All workshops are free!

Classes are taught using online software applications, such as Google. If you are a beginning computer user we suggest taking the “Introduction to Google, Gmail, and Google Drive” class first. Individual practice after each class is highly recommended.

Registration for computer classes by Zoom is required. Patrons must have an email in order to sign up. Please call (603) 589-4611 or email Information@nashualibrary.org with any questions.

Please view class schedules. You can also sign up to receive the monthly class schedule in your email.

Class Descriptions

Craigslist for Beginners


Class Length: 1 Hour

Class Description


Basic introduction to using the online classifieds website Craigslist. Includes creating a Craigslist account, how to list items for sale, how to find items to purchase, and tips for avoiding fraud and scams.

eBay for Beginners


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


A basic introduction to the e-commerce site eBay. Includes creating an account and searching for, bidding on, and selling items.

Genealogy


Class Length: 2 Hours
Handout: Genealogy

Class Description


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

Google Basics: Google, Gmail, and Drive


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


An introduction to the search engine Google, the email service Gmail, and the cloud storage software Google Drive. Covers:

- basic internet searching
- composing, sending, and organizing emails
- creating and storing files and documents

Google Docs – Introduction


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


Basic to intermediate word processing using Google Docs. Includes:

creating, saving, and printing documents
highlighting, copying, and pasting text
formatting lists
checking spelling and grammar
creating tables
applying headers and footers
Prerequisite: A Google account and some experience using it.

Google Docs – Advanced


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


Advanced Google Docs skills not covered in the Intro class, including:

- inserting Word Art, pictures, symbols, hyperlinks, headers, footers, and page breaks
- finding and replacing
- formatting tabs
- inserting text boxes
- sharing
- publishing to the internet
Prerequisite: A Google account and the Intro class, or experience using Google Docs outside of class.

Google Forms – Introduction


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


An introduction to Google Forms, a survey-creation program. Covers:

- customizing a template
- creating a form from scratch
- designing a self-grading quiz
- sharing the form and viewing the results
Prerequisites: A Google Drive account and some experience using it.

Google Sheets – Introduction


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


Basic to intermediate functions of Google Sheets, Google’s spreadsheet and calculating program. Includes:

- screen and sheet elements
- copying and pasting
- using mathematical formulas and functions
- creating graphs and charts
Prerequisites: A Google Drive account and some experience using it.

Google Sheets – Advanced


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


Advanced Google Sheets skills not covered in the intro class, including:

- charts
- filtering data
- conditional formatting
- concatenating text and splitting text into columns
- adding comments and text boxes
- using logic-based functions
- creating pivot tables

Prerequisites: A Google Drive account and Introduction to Google Sheets or experience using Sheets, including creating formulas and basic charts.

This is an advanced computer class.

Google Slides


Class Length: 2 Hours
Handout: Google Slides

Class Description


Basic introduction to creating a slide presentation using Google Slides, including:

- using design templates
- adding content, transitions, and animations
- printing and sharing presentations
- viewing presentations

Prerequisites: A Google account and some experience using it, and Intro to Google Docs class or use of Google Docs outside class.

Libby and Hoopla for Beginners


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


An introduction to downloading e-books and audiobooks using Overdrive/Libby and Hoopla. These services are free with your Nashua Public Library card.

Includes:

- Identifying e-books and downloadable audiobooks in the library catalog
- Learning the difference between available services
- Checking out and returning e-books and downloadable audiobooks
- Placing holds on e-books and downloadable audiobooks

Prerequisites: A Nashua Public Library card.

Facebook for Beginners


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


Basic introduction to using Facebook. Includes creating an account; setting up a Facebook profile; “friending” people; posting content; controlling your privacy; using Messenger. We will create Facebook accounts for people with an interest in doing so and an email address.

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

Online Job Searching Class


Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Description


This class is no longer being regularly taught. If you’d like to schedule this class, please email information@nashualibrary.org

An introduction to online job searching and techniques. Covers:

- basic online job searching
- advanced search techniques
- best practices for applying
- tips for avoiding fraud and scams

The Cloud for Beginners


Class Length: 2 hours

Class Description


An introduction to the cloud and cloud storage services Google Drive. Covers:

- An introduction to cloud storage

- Common uses for cloud storage

- How to use Google Drive

Prerequisite: A Google account and some experience using it.