Technology Classes

Sometimes technology can be a little bit intimidating. That’s why we’re here to help. The Crete Public Library District happily offers free technology classes each month. Classes are offered on a rotating schedule for both adult and teen patrons.

Registration for each class begins one month prior to the class date. While classes are open to anyone, the first week of registration is limited to Crete Public Library District cardholders. After the first week, classes are open to everyone. Registration for classes can be done over the phone at (708) 672-8017, in-person at the library, or in some cases, online using our Calendar. Hands-on classes are limited to 10 participants; demonstration classes are limited to 20.

Windows for Beginners (Windows 7)
Learn the basics about Windows including the mouse, desktop, icons, and taskbar. Learn to minimize and maximize windows; use Windows accessories and learn how to search for common programs. This class is a demonstration class.

Using Gmail
Learn the in and outs of using Gmail! We will cover account sign-up, how to send emails, and other tips and tricks. Due to time constraints, email accounts will not be created during class. Book-a-Librarian appointments can be made for one-on-one assistance with account creation after the class. Contact the Information Desk for details. This class is a demonstration class.

Internet Introduction
Learn basic internet functions, including how to navigate and how to visit websites. Learn about the different types of websites you can visit and the difference between browsers. This class is a demonstration class.

Google It
Google does more than find webpages. Learn how to search for information, images, videos, maps, and shop on the Internet. We’ll cover proper searching techniques to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. This is a hands-on class.

Microsoft Word 101
Beginners will learn basic skills in Microsoft Word. We will start at the very beginning – where to start typing! Other things covered will include font size, paragraph spacing, and more. Get hands-on experience using Microsoft Word 2010.

Microsoft Excel 101
Beginners are welcome to learn basic skills in Microsoft Excel. We’ll start with entering information, and go over different functions. At the end of this class, you’ll understand what types of things you can do in Excel! Get hands on experience using Microsoft Excel 2010!

Can’t wait any longer? Want some extra practice? Try some of these free online computer literacy resources!

Each topic has a short lesson, interactive how-to videos, and a short quiz

Our Technological Guru
Megan Vasquez is our full-time Technology Coordinator. In this position, Megan is not only responsible for troubleshooting the technology in the building, but she will help keep us up-to-date on the latest apps and gadgets – patrons included! Megan is available to assist patrons with their technology questions and will be teaching some of our tech classes. Megan holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science.

If you are looking for training in a specific program, please talk to Megan or set up a Book-a-Librarian session with her or any staff member. Let us know what kind of help you need!