Helping Adults Master Technology

If you didn’t grow up with computers, you may resent having to learn how to operate one. How about giving it another chance? You might be pleasantly surprised at what you learn.

The Des Plaines Public Library has a new, convenient program for adults with little or no computer experience to learn the basics of how to use a computer.

Classes will be small in size, enabling individual attention and hands-on practice.

Hands on a laptop computer

The Basic Computer Skills course is divided into two modules: 'Getting to Know Your Computer' on three Saturdays--September 16, 23, and 30; and 'Word Processing' on three Thursdays--September 14, 21, and 28. Each module is designed to be flexible for learners. Feel free to attend just one session or all three.

These basic classes will give you a clear understanding on which to build your future knowledge of, and skill with, computers and the Internet.

The library’s Basic Computer Skills classes are scheduled in the 4th floor Forum. You can register in person at the 4th floor Reference Services desk, by telephone at 847-376-2841, or online at click on calendar.

If you can't make any of the class sessions, try one of these online learning programs for free:

Atomic Training

Online video training tutorials on the most popular software and devices, including Microsoft Office, Google Docs, iPad and more. First time users of Recorded Books databases will need to create an account with a Des Plaines library card. Begin Atomic Training.

Thousands of online video tutorials that can help you learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. You will be asked to Create a Profile using your Des Plaines library card. Use in Firefox or Chrome.

TechBoomers is a free educational website that teaches older adults and others with basic computer skills how to use popular websites and apps.

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