In-person computer classes are again offered at Jefferson Parish Library | Home/Garden

The Jefferson Parish Library is beginning to offer more in-person computer classes, especially because so many patrons are staying home because of coronavirus.

The courses listed below take place at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., in Metairie. Seating is limited and social distancing guidelines, including wearing masks, apply.

Those who register and then discover they cannot attend should cancel their reservations to make room for others.

How to Join Virtual Meetings: 2 p.m. Nov. 19

Zoom and WebEx are popular programs used for communicating via video online from the safety of one’s home or office. This class will help patrons understand meeting invitations, checking audio and camera connections and joining a meeting. The class repeats at 2 p.m. Dec. 15. 

Excel 2: 10 a.m. Dec. 2

Take what you learned in Excel Part 1 and dig deeper. Students cover functions, conditional formulas and creating charts from spreadsheet data. Those who do not know the basics of using Microsoft Excel will find this course difficult.

Internet Basics: 2 p.m. Dec. 3

In this basic introduction to the internet, patrons cover topics such as connecting to the internet, the features of a web browser, using a search engine and basic terminology. This class is not recommended for those who do not know how to work a mouse.

Basic Computer Skills: 2 p.m. Dec. 7

This introductory course helps patrons understand and become more comfortable using a computer. Topics covered: using a mouse, locating and opening a program, moving icons and creating folders. This class is designed for those with little to no computer experience but is open to all skill levels. It combines online training and hands-on exercises with a trainer present.

Microsoft PowerPoint 1: 2 p.m. Dec. 9

Learn the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 — creating and saving a presentation. Students will focus on adding elements to slides, such as images, animations and transitions. This class is designed for those with little to no Microsoft Office experience, but is open to all Microsoft skill levels. However, if you have little to zero computer skills, this class will be difficult for you.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2: 10 a.m. Dec. 11

Students will focus on how to create a photo album, insert video and audio clips, create sections and insert SmartArt. Take this class if you know the basics of working in Microsoft PowerPoint already.

Job Hunting in the Digital Age: 2 p.m. Dec. 17

Today, job hunters find searching nearly impossible without an online presence. At the very least, candidates should know how to upload their résumés to the internet in the right file format. This course covers tips and techniques on finding and applying for jobs online. Students will discover ways to enhance their digital presence and strategies for how to stay organized during the job hunt.

MIND YOUR KNITTING: The library has numerous magazines devoted to the crafts of knitting, sewing and crochet. Go to the library’s website, then to “digital content,” then to the tab titled “RBDigital.” There, patrons can download the most recent issue of their favorite magazines, including Cross Stitchers, Bead & Button, Beadwork, Knitscene, Piecework, Quilting Arts, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, and American Craft. It’s all free. There is no limit regarding how many magazines to download, and there are many back issues.

PRODUCT RATINGS: Getting ready to make a major purchase before the holidays? Your library card allows you to have free access to Consumer Reports Magazine. Go to the library’s website, then to the databases tab at the top of the page, and then scroll down until Consumer Reports appears on the left-hand side of the page. When patrons click on the tab, they will be taken to the magazine, where they will find ratings on SUVs, air purifiers, mattresses, dishwashers, printers, refrigerators, space heaters, tires, TVs, vacuum cleaners and more. All of the products are tested in Consumer Reports laboratories.

READING NOVEMBER: According to Goodreads, the most popular book with November in the title is Clint Hill’s 243-page nonfiction work, “Five Days in November.” It focuses on the 1963 JFK assassination. JPL has numerous copies of this book, and has it in eBook format, too.

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