Did you know that your library offers a variety of computer classes? Whether you have basic computer and internet questions or are interested in learning specific software programs, you can find answers at your library! These classes are offered weekly between now and Tuesday, April 30 and they meet in the library’s second floor computer lab. They are all free and open to the public, and registration is not required. The class schedules vary from week to week, but you can find all the dates on our online calendar or by calling 423-434-4454.
Technology instructor Stacy Haas teaches a class in basic computer and internet usage as well as a class on Microsoft Excel. The computer basics class focuses on job searching skills like completing online applications, setting up an email account, and using Microsoft Word to create resumes; but anyone interested in learning basic computer skills will benefit from the class. Haas also teaches an Intro to Microsoft Excel class for people interested in making spreadsheets for everything from budgeting to managing data. Haas uses Universal Class, a free online resource available to all library users, to teach this class.
We also offer a digital imaging class taught by ETSU instructor Katie Sheffield in which attendees learn to edit and create images using GIMP, a free program similar to Adobe Photoshop. Sheffield introduces skills such as non-destructive editing, color adjusting, compositing, and creating original graphics. Participants complete a project in each hour-long class session and have the opportunity for an additional hour session on their own after class.
None of these classes are designed as series, so attendees don’t need to worry if they miss a session; however, participants are encouraged to attend several classes to reinforce and build on the skills they’ve learned.
These computer classes are available thanks to a 2017 Library Technology Training Grant from The Tennessee State Library and Archives and a matching grant from The Friends of the Johnson City Public Library. Along with funding our on-site classes, this grant has allowed us to partner with JCPD’s PATROL program, the Day Reporting Center, and Ballad Health’s Project Employment Hope to offer off-site computer training to targeted populations in Johnson City.
Your library also offers ongoing one-on-one computer help thanks to a partnership with ETSU’s computer science department. Learn more about these sessions as well as about the more specialized classes by calling Adult Services at 423-434-4454. Stay up to date on all the library’s programs and services by following us on Facebook and Instagram.