Computer Basics Class

computer classThe Hudson Area Library will be offering a free computer class on Saturday, March 12, from 10am-11:30am in the library’s computer lab. This class is a beginner level class, which will cover computer basics. Participants will learn the basic functions of the computer, including using the mouse, keyboard, taskbar, and software; how to choose a computer for purchase; and a brief introduction to the Internet.

Space is limited! Sign up today by calling 518-828-1792 or drop by the library office.

This free program is made possible with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

Register Today for May and June Computer Classes

computerCheck out our upcoming computer class offerings. The classes in May are geared towards English as a Second Language learners, but all are welcome. The classes in June are geared for beginners looking to build some new skills using computers and technology. Space is limited! Sign up today by calling 518-828-1792 or drop by the library office.

ESL Emailing
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time: 10am–11:30am

After a brief introduction to computer and Internet basics, we’ll learn about how to use email. How can I use it? How do I choose what email to sign-up with? These classes are paced at a speed that is comfortable for new learners. We’ll be learning and having fun doing it!

ESL Microsoft Word
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 10am–11:30am

Microsoft Word – Is it just for letters? What can I do with it? How can I use it for business or personal? Have you ever wanted to create a resume or cover letter? This program does a fantastic job. This class will get you started!

Computer classes for beginners

Computer Basics
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 10am–11:30am

This class is a Beginner Level Class. It will include: Introduction to the parts of the computer – including software & hardware – How do I use this? What is the best fit for me? We will also review how to choose a computer for purchase – What is the best fit for me? Lastly we will review Internet Connections – How to get on and where to go? (Time Permitting – Emailing/Printing)

Microsoft Word
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Time: 10am–11:30am

This course will focus primarily on the creation of a cover letter and resume. All participants should bring the following items to the class: resume (job history – with dates/locations), flash drive (if available). You’ll learn how to set-up a resume, what choices you have within the templates that Microsoft Word provides and how to manipulate the look of them for your own needs.

Facebook for Beginners
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Time: 10am–11:30am

Why all the fuss about Facebook? Facebook is one of the leading social media connections. In this course we will learn how to set-up an account and how to manage the settings in the account for privacy/use. You will also learn how to locate long-lost family/friends/etc.

We want to hear from you!

Click here to take our survey From April 22 through May 19, the library will be running an online survey to understand how patrons use the library’s technology so we can provide resources and services that are valuable to the community.

The Impact Survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey is confidential and does not collect any personally identifiable information.

Click here to take our survey

Please support the library and help us improve our services. Click the “Take Our Survey” button to access the survey. If you are using a library public access computer to fill out the survey, feel free to let office staff know if you need your computer time extended.

The Impact Survey is a project of the University of Washington Information School. For more information about the Impact Survey, visit

Register Now for Basic Computer Classes, November 21 and December 5


The Library will be holding two free basic computer classes on Thursday, November 21 and Thursday, December 5  from 11am-12:30pm in the Hudson Area Library public computer lab. Come learn how to set up an email address, search the web, use Facebook and more. Space is limited so reserve your space today by calling 518-828-1792 or stopping by the Hudson Area Library staff office. 

Columbia County HomeAccess: “Unlimited Access to More Than Just the Internet”


A library card is the most valuable tool in your wallet. With a library card, you can learn a new language, research your family tree, find a new career, and even fix your car! Not to mention you will have nearly unlimited access to entertainment in the form of books, audiobooks, ebooks, DVDs, CDs and more. You will find the resources you need to do all of these things through the new and improved HomeAccess, a database geared towards Columbia County patrons like you. The site has been recently updated to include new features such as:

  • New instructional video content
  • Automatic mobile users detection: Smart phone users will now be brought to a page with mobile apps.
  • Brand new look: Find subject matter quick and easy!

Don’t have a library card? All you need to bring to the library in order to sign up for one is a valid photo ID and proof of address (such as a piece of mail that has been recently mailed to your current address).

Young People and Libraries – PEW Internet & American Life Report

Our own local experience here at the library demonstrates that young people continue to be active users of the library. Just this week the Pew Internet & American Life Project released a report of their research, “Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations“, that offers up a larger picture of trends in library usage and expectations amongst youth. Not surprisingly the picture is complex and show the continuing transition in how we create and consume information. Continue reading

FREE Computer Workshops…Sign Up Now!


Hudson Area Library will be offering two free computer workshops for those who are new to using computers. Come join us in the library computer lab on either (or both) of the following dates:

  • Saturday, May 18 from 10am-11:30am
    Computer Basics Workshop With Ms. Cruz– Learn the basic functions of the computer, including using the mouse, keyboard and taskbar, and a brief introduction to the Internet.
  • Monday, June 10th from 10am-11:30am
    Internet and Email Basics With Ms. Cruz– Learn how to search the Internet, and how to set up and use email.

Both classes will take place in the Hudson Area Library public computer lab. Space is limited, so call 518-828-1792 or stop by the Hudson Area Library staff office to sign up today! These workshops are made possible with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

June Computer Classes for Adults

The Hudson Area Library is offering two free computer classes this month for adults interested in learning more about social media and Internet safety. Both classes are open to adult library patrons with basic computer & Internet skills and are held in the Children’s Foundation Room of the Hudson Area Library.

Social Media (2 sessions)
Tuesdays, June 14th & 21st, 6:30-7:30pm

What is social media? How does it work? What are facebook and twitter and how can you use them?

Caution! Internet Safety!Internet Safety
Tuesday, June 28th, 6:30-8:00pm

Are you putting too much information on the Internet? Can you share your personal info on facebook without the entire world seeing it? Who is looking at you (or your children) on the Internet? Can you buy something online without your identity being stolen?

For more information or to sign up, stop by the library or give us a call at 518-828-1792.