Computer Classes

Computer Classes are offered at the Main Library on Jefferson. We are dedicated to providing students with the skills they need to begin working with computers. For those already familiar with the basics of computing, we offer more advanced classes as well. Please read the course descriptions below to get a taste of the classes we offer.

View our online calendar for the current class schedule.

All classes are free and require registration. Please call 853-2471 to register for classes.

Meet the Mouse
This course introduces students to the computer, the keyboard and mouse, and the basic use of programs. No prior knowledge is assumed. By the end of the course students should be able to name the basic parts of the computer, use the keyboard and the mouse, navigate the desktop, and open files and programs.
  • Prerequisites: None.
Windows Basics
This course builds off the basics learned in Meet the Mouse and delves deeper into the functions of the computer. Students learn about keyboard functions, the form of windows and menus in Windows 7/8/10, important system tools, and what to look for when encountering a program on the computer for the first time.
  • Prerequisites: Meet the Mouse (or basic computer skills).
Microsoft Word I
This course introduces students to Microsoft Word, a popular word processing program. By the end of the course students will learn how to open and close the program as well as how to create, open, save, and print documents. Basic formatting of documents will also be discussed.
  • Prerequisites: Meet the Mouse (or basic computer skills).
Microsoft Word II
This course focuses on editing and formatting Microsoft Word documents. Topics include: spelling and grammar checks, page, paragraph, and line formatting, inserting headers and footers, and managing pictures.
  • Prerequisites: Microsoft Word I (or equivalent computer skills).
Navigating the Net
This course introduces students to the Internet. By the end of the course students will understand what the Internet is, how to connect to it, how to view (or "visit") a web page and how to perform a basic web search. An "Internet scavenger hunt" is provided with links to a variety of helpful and interesting sites.
  • Prerequisites: Meet the Mouse (or basic computer skills)
Better Web Searching
This course will help users to more effectively perform web searches. Advanced search tools will be discussed as well as specialty search engines, Boolean operators, and other search techniques.
  • Prerequisites: Navigating the Net (or equivalent computer skills).
Introduction to Email
This course covers the basics of using Google's email service (Gmail). By the end of the course students will have created their own email account and will know how to check their email, reply to and forward received messages, compose new messages, and even attach files!
  • Prerequisites: Navigating the Net (or equivalent computer skills).
All About the Internet
A variety of classes will be offered about using the Internet in a more powerful way and using specific websites and services. Some class topics include:
  • Google Documents
  • Roanoke City GIS
  • Internet Safety
  • Prerequisites: Navigating the Net (or equivalent computer skills).

Tutoring
For individuals unable to attend classes, individualized and small group tutoring sessions for technology topics is available by appointment on Wednesday afternoons. These sessions typically last for one hour. Please call 853-2471 to request an appointment. Some examples of available topics include:

  • New laptop, tablet, or e-reader orientation (Bring your own device)
  • Set up an e-mail address and/or social media website account
  • Learn to build simple websites or begin blogging
  • Learn how to fill web forms and complete job applications