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Computer and Technology Classes

About our classes

With small-group classes offered year-round in English and Spanish, you can start anew or just review your skills to improve yourself professionally and personally.
Our regular class offerings include training about the library’s downloadable media service, computer basics, Microsoft Office, and special topics that cover a variety of technology-related needs.
All classes are free and open to the public and are available at various Jacksonville Public Library branches. No registration necessary. Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis and subject to room capacity.

Topic Series

Download E-Books, Music, Movies and Magazines
Explore technology basics
Safely Navigate the World Wide Web
Learn about different operating systems and mobile devices
Technology Training for a Specific Audience
Turn On, Tune In: technology for adults 50+
Learn about microsoft office
Explore Digital media and design
Learn how to create, edit and Publish your Own e-Book
Language Learning Series Using Transparent Language
Special Topics
Other E-Services programs

DOWNLOAD E-BOOKS, MUSIC, MOVIES AND MAGAZINES

E-Books and More
Learn about Jacksonville Public Library's downloadable media collection. From OverDrive, Axis 360, Hoopla Digital, Zinio and One Click Digital join us for a demonstration of how to access all these for free with your library card. (Download1)
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Introduction to OverDrive
Learn about JPL’s e-book collection. Learn to navigate the downloadable digital content site and transfer digital content to your device. Learn where to find device and download resources any time using our website. (Download1)
Introduction to Axis 360
Learn about JPL’s Axis 360 downloadable media collection. Learn to navigate the site and transfer digital content to your device. Learn where to find device and download resources any time using our website. (Download1)
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Introduction to Zinio
Discover JPL’s digital magazine collection. Learn how to begin downloading new and back issues of over 300 popular magazine titles. Assistance will be provided for signing up and downloading the Zinio app to your mobile device. (Download1)
Hoopla Digital: Streaming Music and Movies
Learn how to access our collection of downloadable movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and music. You will learn how to navigate our collection and transfer content to your computer, smartphone or tablet. (Download1)
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Introduction to OneClick Digital
OneClick Digital offers free e-book and audiobook downloads to anyone with an active library card. In this class, attendess will learn how to activate their account and begin using this unique and free service from Jacksonville Public Library. (Download1)
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Explore Technology Basics

Introduction to Computers
Learn the main parts of a computer and basic Windows navigation. Start a program from the start menu or desktop and learn the taskbar functions. Learn to resize windows and create shortcuts. (Computer1)
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Introduction to Keyboarding
This class is intended to give a basic overview of the keyboard and some of the most commonly used keys. You will also spend time on some exercises which will allow you to practice. (Computer1)
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Introduction to Basic Mouse Skills
This class is intended to give a basic understanding of how to use a standard computer mouse. You will also spend time on some exercises that will allow you to practice. (Computer1)
Basic Computer Maintenance
Learn basic maintenance to keep your desktop or laptop computer running smoothly and efficiently. (Computer1)
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SAFELY NAVIGATE THE WORLD WIDE WEB

Introduction to the Internet
This class explains the concepts of the Internet, URLs, browsers and the World Wide Web. Get tips on safe and secure Internet usage. (Computer1 Internet1)
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Internet Searching and Evaluating Websites
Using Google to search for information online seems simple enough, but what do you do once you get millions of results? How do you know which sites provide accurate, credible information? This class will provide tips for better Web searches. Learn to use Web directories, search engines, and take a look at Recommended Websites on JPL’s Web page. (Internet1)
Introduction to Email
In this class we’ll help you set up a free email account. You’ll learn how to send, receive, reply to, and forward messages. You’ll also learn to organize your mail and attach documents. (Internet1)
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Introduction to Social Networking
This class introduces the basic concept and functions of social networking sites. Through hands-on demonstration and use of a variety of popular sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google Plus, participants will learn how these tools are shaping modern communication and how to incorporate them into everyday communications. (Internet1)
Internet Safety and Security
In this class you will learn how to create secure passwords, avoid Internet scams and evaluate website safety. Receive practical advice and learn the skills you need to surf the Web safely. (Internet1)
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Internet Myths and Hoaxes
How do you know if that picture or that article posted on Facebook is true? This class will help you to identify bogus articles, pictures and videos on the Internet. Learn how to determine whether a website is providing accurate information. (Internet1)
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Safe Online Shopping
This class presents the basic concept of e-commerce using the Internet. Participants will explore the general procedure of purchasing goods and services online in a safe and secure manner. (Internet1)
Introduction to Cloud Computing
Learn the basics of cloud-based computing by exploring Google Docs and Microsoft OneDrive. These services offer free storage and editing for many popular file formats such as MS Word, Excel and many others. (Internet1)
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LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT OPERATING SYSTEMS AND MOBILE DEVICES

Introduction to Windows 10
Learn how to get the most out of Windows 10 OS. We will discuss some of the changes from previous versions and explore some of the latest features. (Computers1)
Introduction to MacBook/OSX
Are you new to MacBook/OSX? In this class, participants will learn how to navigate their MacBook – the Apple menu, Preferences, Finder, and more. You will also learn about gestures for the trackpad and the special keys on the MacBook keyboard. (Computers1)
Linux Operating System
Learn the basics about the Linux operating system for desktop and laptop computers. This popular open-source software is a free alternative to Microsoft Windows. (Computers1)
Introduction to Android Tablets & Smartphones
Learn the basics in navigating your Android device. In this class you will learn how to power on/off your tablet/phone, connect to Wi-Fi, adjust settings, download apps, and borrow e-books from the library. (Devices1)
Introduction to Apple iOS (iPad & iPhone)
Learn the basics in navigating your Apple Operating System and devices. In this class you will learn how to power on/off your iPad/iPhone, connect to Wi-Fi, adjust settings, download apps, and borrow e-books from the library. (Devices1)
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TECHNOLOGY TRAINING FOR A SPECIFIC AUDIENCE

Computer and Technology for ESOL Learners
These basic computer classes are taught in English for students learning English as a second language.
Computer Skills for Job Seekers
In this class, we will discuss the basic computer and Internet skills that will help you with your job search, provide you with resources to take away from the class, and invite you to attend future classes that will help with more specific skills you may need. (Computers1)
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TURN ON, TUNE IN: TECHNOLOGY FOR ADULTS 50+ SERIES

Mobile Devices for Adults 50+
Got a tablet, e-reader, smartphone or other electronic devices? Then you need to attend this class to obtain information on how to use the new device. If you already well versed with mobile technology, but have specific questions about your particular product, this class can also be of help to you. (Devices1)
Android phones and tablets for Adults 50+
Do you have an Android tablet? Would you like to obtain information on how to use the device? If you are already know how to use your device, but have specific questions about your device, this class can also be of help to you. (Devices1)
iPhones and iPads for Adults 50+
Do you have an iPad? Would you like to obtain information on how to use the device? If you are already know how to use your device, but have specific questions about your device, this class can also be of help to you. (Devices1)
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LEARN ABOUT MICROSOFT OFFICE

Introduction to MS Office 2010
Participants will learn the basics about Microsoft’s popular Office software. Find out about the similarities and differences between Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. This class will focus on common tools and basic functions like saving files, review and basic formatting. (Office2010)
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MS Office 2010: Word 1
Participants will learn to open the program and find basic functions such as Office button, ribbon and help menu. Learn to create, edit, save and print document. Instruction includes formatting text, cut, copy, paste and using spelling and grammar tools. (Office2010 Word1)
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MS Office 2010: Word 2
Participants will learn about more advanced MS Word functions such as bulleted and numbered lists, columns, tables and images. (Office2010 Word1)
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MS Office 2010: Word 3
Participants will learn about even more advanced MS Word functions such as mail merge, table of contents, advanced formatting, headers, footers and much more. (Office2010 Word1)
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MS Office 2010: Word for Resumes
Participants will learn about more advanced MS Word functions such as bulleted and numbered lists, columns, tables, and images. Templates will also be covered with a focus on building and modifying resumes. (Office2010 Word1)
MS Office 2010: Excel 1
Learn to create a simple spreadsheet using formulas and formatting. Create a basic workbook, navigate between worksheets, become familiar with the Excel ribbon and menus, be able to format columns, rows, and cells, and be able to create and use formulas. (Office2010 Excel1)
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MS Office 2010: Excel 2
Create more complex formulas. Work with basic functions such as sorting data, filtering data, and creating charts. Completion of Introduction to Excel class or previous experience with MS Excel is highly recommended. (Office2010 Excel1)
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MS Office 2010: Excel 3
Learn more functions and features in MS Excel 2010 to retrieve and analyze data. Learn how to use the VLOOKUP function, create PivotTables and PivotCharts, create Sparklines, use conditional formatting and more. (Office2010 Excel1)
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MS Office 2010: Excel 4
Learn how to clean up worksheets by finding duplicates, using Data Validation, and using the TRIM function. Students will also learn more tips and functions to save time and be more productive. Attendance to a previous Excel class or previous Excel experience is highly recommended. (Office2010 Excel1)
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MS Office 2010: PowerPoint 1
Create a simple presentation, create, edit and save slides and slide shows. You’ll learn to insert clip art, apply designs, work with views and run a slide show. (Office2010 PowerPoint1)
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MS Office 2010: PowerPoint 2
Participants will learn how to modify bulleted and numbered lists, indents and line spacing; use Word art and shapes; animate text and objects, and use audio and video in presentations. To fully benefit from this course, you should have attended the PowerPoint 1 class, or have basic experience using PowerPoint. (Office2010 PowerPoint1)
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MS Office 2010: Publisher
In this hands-on class for beginners, you’ll learn how to design, create, and publish a wide variety of documents using Microsoft Publisher 2010. You’ll find out how Publisher’s built-in layouts and templates can help you quickly complete simple newsletters, brochures, fliers and more. (Office2010)
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MS Office 2010: Publisher for Professionals
In this hands-on class, you’ll learn how to design, create, and publish business cards and brochures using Microsoft Publisher 2010. You’ll find out how Publisher’s built-in layouts and templates can help you quickly complete these items and more. (Office2010)
Microsoft OneNote
As the world moves faster and faster it can be hard to keep track of everything. With Microsoft’s OneNote you can set reminders for yourself, build recipes, create reference books for all aspects of your life. Learn how to make the most of this free service, both on your computer and on your mobile devices. (Office2010)
Office Online
This class looks at the online and completely free version of Microsoft Office. Learn how the use of the cloud allows you to edit your files wherever you are working. (Office2010)
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LEARN HOW TO CREATE, EDIT AND PUBLISH YOUR OWN E-BOOK

MS Office 2010: Word for E-Books
Participants will learn about even more advanced MS Word functions such as table of contents, advanced formatting, headers, footers, and much more all in the pursuit of creating an e-book. (Office2010 Topics1)
Converting Word Documents into E-Books
Thinking about taking that book of yours and publishing it for yourself? Well before you can do that you have to get it in the right format. Learn about the wild world of converting books. From metadata to tags, from HTML to Calibre, we will help you get your book into shape. (Office2010 Topics1)
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SPECIAL TOPICS

Introduction to Coding: Basics
You can learn to code! This class will cover the basic principles in computer coding and introduce you to the most common coding languages. Learn about free resources you can use to begin learning to code right away. (Coding1)
Introduction to Coding: JavaScript
JavaScript is one of the most commonly used computer languages on the Internet. In this class, we will learn the basics of this powerful language and learn how to begin coding in JavaScript using free online resources. (Coding1 Topics1)
Online Exercises
Introduction to Code: Python
Python is a fairly simple, common programming language that can be used in a wide variety of ways. In this class, we will learn the basics of this excellent language and learn how to begin coding in Python using free resources. While we welcome participants from different background and skill levels, we recommend you have good keyboard and mouse skills to get the most out of this class. (Coding1 Topics1)
You Want To Be Your Own Boss ... Now What?
Thinking of starting a business? Want to know how the library can help? Join us for an informative program on databases the library gives you access to. From helping you obtain demographics for areas of town, how to start, finance or manage your small business to finding sample business plans, how to guides, tips and strategies. (Topics1)
Safe Winter Driving
Whether coming back from a long holiday road trip or getting the family cars ready for daily driving the changing weather could cause you some unexpected car problems. What should you check? We will answer this question and many more by using the Jacksonville Public Library’s Auto Repair Reference Database. (Topics1)
Blogging 101
Curious to know what a blog is or how you can start one of your own? Come to the library and find out. We will be looking at both Blogger and Wordpress and their various functions. (Topics1)
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EXPLORE DIGITAL MEDIA AND DESIGN

Digital Photography 1: Basics
This class will take you through the basics of digital photography and camera fundamentals. Boost your photography skills by taking some of the mystery out of using DSLR cameras. We will introduce you to the basics of digital camera functions including automatic and manual settings. This class is for the novice or entry level photographer, who wants to gain better knowledge of digital cameras as a tool. (Topics1)
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Digital Photography 2: Photography in the Field
In this second Digital Photography class, we will get out of the classroom and take pictures in and around the library. We will explore different techniques and work on developing our eye as photographers. Please bring your camera and dress comfortably as this class will require walking and taking pictures outside weather permitting. (Topics1)
Adobe Photoshop 1
Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop. In this introduction we will learn how to use some of the more common tools, make basic changes to an image, gain familiarity with Adobe’s directory software, and make your great photos ever better. While we welcome participants from different background and skill levels, we recommend you have good keyboard and mouse skills to get the most out of this class. (Topics1)
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Adobe Photoshop 2
In this class, we will dig deeper into using Photoshop, as we learn about layers, masking, and selection tools. Students for this course should have taken Photoshop 1 or have a basic understanding of Photoshop. While we welcome participants from different background and skill levels, we recommend you have good keyboard and mouse skills to get the most out of this class. (Topics1)
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GIMP Digital Image Editing
In this class, we will explore the open source image editing software GIMP. Try out this free Photoshop alternative and learn how to begin editing your photos and creating original drawings, designs and more. (Topics1)
Introduction to Web Design: Basic HTML
Beginning with basic HTML, Intro to Web Design will show you how to begin coding your own website. In this class, we will discuss HTML, the foundational language that powers most websites on the Internet. (Coding1 Topics1)
Introduction to Web Design: Images and Links
In Images and Links, we will begin to discuss the relationships between Web pages and content such as images. Begin linking your Web pages together and continue to explore formatting content within your HTML code. (Coding1 Topics1)
Introduction to Web Design: Basic CSS
In this class, we will begin discussing CSS style sheets and how they can improve HTML Web page design and functionality. Users will understand the differences between CSS and HTML and, with practice, be able to implement both on websites. (Coding1 Topics1)
Introduction to Web Design: Advanced CSS
We will discuss more advanced methods for customizing websites with CSS. We will discuss best practices for a positive user experience and explore how responsive Web design is reshaping the Internet. (Coding1 Topics1)
Introduction to 3D Printing: Basics
Come to the Jacksonville Public Library and learn the basics of this new cutting edge technology. Learn how 3D printers are used to create prototypes, print food and print one of a kind jewelry pieces. This class explains the basic concepts of how 3D printing is done. (Topics1)
Introduction to 3D Printing: 3D Design
Learn the basics of creating and manipulating 3D objects using 3D design software. Also learn best practices for designing objects that are 3D printer friendly. (Topics1)
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Introduction to 3D Modeling with Blender
In this course we will go over the basic of 3D modeling with the popular open-source program Blender. Learn how to make 3D models on your computer that can be easily animated or even printed with a 3D printer. While we welcome participants from different background and skill levels, we recommend you have good keyboard and mouse skills to get the most out of this class. (Topics1)
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LANGUAGE LEARNING SERIES USING TRANSPARENT LANGUAGE ONLINE

Learn Conversational Spanish
¿Hablas Español? ¿No?
Come learn with us at the library. This interactive series include Transparent Language Online training, practice conversation in Spanish, access to free practice resources, and all things Spanish. (Language1 Topics1)
Learn Conversational French
Parlez-vous français? Non?
Come learn with us at the library! This three-part interactive course will include Transparent Language Online training, discussion in French, assessment, access to free practice resources and all things French. (Language1 Topics1)
Learn Conversational Chinese (Mandarin)
Just in time to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Monkey, come learn the basics of Mandarin, the national language of the People’s Republic of China. This two-part interactive class will include Transparent Language Online training, practice conversations, access to free practice resources, and cultural immersion. (Language1 Topics1)
Learn Conversational Italian
Avete capito italiano? No?
Come and learn the basics of this Romance language. This two part interactive course will include Transparent Language Online training, discussion in Italian, assessment, access to free practice resources and all things Italian! (Language1 Topics1)
Learn Conversational Japanese (Nihongo)
ああなたは日本語を理解していますか? なし?
Join us to learn the basics of Nihongo, the national language of Japan. This two-part interactive class will include Transparent Language Online training, practice conversations, access to free practice resources, and cultural immersion. (Language1 Topics1)
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OTHER E-SERVICES PROGRAMS

Please refer to individual branch fliers or contact your local branch for specific dates and times.
Open Lab
Free computer access for job applications, online classes, e-gov’t services, email and individual work. E-specialists will be on hand to answer questions and give assistance on computers, devices, downloadable media and email. (Lab1)
1-on-1 Tech Tutoring
One-on-one help with eBooks, email, the Internet, online applications, and basic computer instruction. For downloadable media assistance, bring your charged laptop, e-reader, or tablet with you. Times and locations vary. Visit or call your branch to sign up.
Tech Help via Email
Many questions can be answered quickly through email with no need for an appointment. Email us at jple-services@coj.net for your question or issue and an E-Specialist will email you back to help find a solution.
Photo Scanning
Preserve your priceless photographs, letters and scrapbook pages for you and future generations to share and enjoy. Sign up for a convenient two-hour appointment. You’ll get advice, training and learn what you need to know to use our scanners to save your personal historic information to your own memory card or blank DVD. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit us at jaxpubliclibrary.org/lib/photos.html.
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