Beginner Computer Classes – Sign Up Today!

The Hudson Area Library and the Friends of the Hudson Area library announce a new series of free computer classes for adults which will start Wednesday, April 25 and meet weekly through May 30th. All classes will be held from 10-11:30am in the Computer Room at the Library. Class size is limited, so seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees may register now at the Library or by phone at 518.828.1792. The classes will be taught by Laurie Quinn of Technology 4 All, Inc., which has been providing technology services to local governments, small businesses, local libraries and non-profit organizations for over 30 years.

The first class, Computer Basics, for beginners is a pre-requisite for all of the other classes. It will cover computer vocabulary (desktop, icon, web browser, monitor, CPU, etc.), using the mouse, taskbar, understanding windows (opening, closing, minimizing, navigating), and a brief introduction to the Internet (opening a browser, entering a website, etc.). The second class in the series, Internet Basics, will focus on searching the Internet using Google (web, images, and news), following a link, adding Favorites, domain extensions and printing from the Internet. The third class, Email Basics, will include creating a free Gmail account, sending and replying to an email, printing and creating a contact/address list. The class will also include directions on how to open and send an attachment in an email account. The fourth class will focus on Word Processing Basics and will include how to create, save and locate a document, formatting (applying fonts, sizes, bold, italic, etc.), checking spelling and grammar, and printing a document. The fifth class will address how to apply for a job online, including resume creation and job searching techniques. And lastly, the sixth class will be focused on using the Mid-Hudson Library System’s online interlibrary loan system, as well as accessing and downloading eBooks to your mobile eReader device (Kindle, Nook, IPad).

This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Berkshire Taconic Foundation builds stronger communities and improves the quality of life for all residents in our region. Berkshire Taconic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity.

Additional support provided by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library. The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all proceeds from its fundraising go to the Library for the acquisition of books and other media and for the development and delivery of the Library’s services to the community.

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