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Welcome to the Fletcher Free Library Computer Center!

Free Computer access is available to Library Card- and Computer User Card-holders, and Visitors.  If you don’t have a card, speak to staff at the Reference or Help Desk.

Rules

  • The Computer Center is for those of High School age and older.  Computers in the Youth Library are available for youth in 8th grade or younger.

  • You must use your own Library Card or Computer User Card*.  Using a barcode number not assigned to you will result in loss of Computer Center privileges.

  • Guest Reservations are limited to 3 per person; subsequent access requires obtaining a Library Card of Computer User Card*.  Repeated refusal to get a card will result in loss of Computer Center privileges.

  • You may have TWO 30-minute sessions per day.

  • Turn off your cell phone ringer.  Cell phone conversations are permitted ONLY in the Library's stairways, or outside.

  • No more than 2 people at a computer.

  • If you need to talk, please whisper.  If you use audio, please use low volume.

  • Food is not allowed in the Library.

  • Viewing pornography or tampering with equipment will result in loss of Computer Center privileges.

  • Printing (no color) is 15¢ per page (cash only).

*The Computer User Card does not include borrowing privileges, but is free for those who do not have a Fletcher Free Library Card and would like to use the Computer Center more than once or twice.  Either card can be obtained at the Circulation Desk-- Click here for details.

Resources, Human & Electronic

Providing free information and education to the public is part of the Library's mission.  When available, staff will help set up accounts, search for information, use on-line resources, and troubleshoot technical issues.  For more in-depth learning:

  • Computer Workshops at the Library: See the schedule below.

  • Click here for a list of other Computer Learning Resources in the Greater Burlington Area.

  • For self-directed learning: investigate the many classes available through the Library's subscription to Universal Class, and try some suggested web sites.

  • In addition to learning computer skills, explore the databases that Library membership provides access to. 

  • The Fletcher Free Library subscribes to Ancestry® Library Edition, from the very popular genealogy resource ancestry.comDue to licensing restrictions, Ancestry® Library Edition is available only at the Library's Computer Center, not from outside the Library.

  • WiFi is available throughout the Library.

Computer Workshops
Pre-registration is required. Please sign up at Reference Desk or 865-7217.  All workshops are offered individually, except for the HTML Workshop series.

(Please note: participants must wait until September 18 to sign up for November and December workshops.)

All of our workshops are FREE!

 

Intro to Microsoft Windows
An overview of the Windows 10 operating system used by all Microsoft Windows software programs (Word, Internet Explorer, etc.). Open software, use the mouse, keyboard, and Window components.

Wednesday, September 13
4 – 5:30 pm

Saturday, October 21
10:30 – 12:00 noon

Introduction to Facebook for Seniors (50+)
Learn how to use this valuable social networking tool to stay in touch with friends and family.
Prerequisites: Must be comfortable using the keyboard and mouse and have a working email address.

Tuesdays
September 19 and December 5
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Informatique Pour Débutant en Français
Computer for Beginners in French
Cours d'informatique pour apprendre les bases de votre ordinateur Windows:
la souris, le clavier, le système d'exploitation,
le bureautique et la navigation sur Internet.

Computer class to learn the basics of your Windows 10 computer:
mouse, keyboard, operating system, Microsoft Office and Internet browsing.
Class will be given in French.

Wednesdays, September 27 and November 15
5:30 – 7:00

Google Drive Basics
New Workshop!
Students will learn the basics of cloud computing with Google Drive and Docs, Google's free word processor. This session will cover how to access Drive, create and format documents, share files, and upload or download items with Drive.
Prerequisites: Must have basic computing skills, familiarity with using the Internet, and an active Google/Gmail account.

Tuesdays
October 24
and December 12
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Introduction to
HTML5 and CSS3
New 4-part Workshop!
Learn the fundamentals of HTML5 and CSS3 languages that can help you to create visually appealing web pages. HTML is the base language supporting all web pages. By the end of this course, you'll learn the basics of HTML and CSS and how to structure and style your webpage.

Wednesdays
October 4, 11, 18 & 25
5:30 – 7:00 pm

*New material is taught in each workshop--students should attend all 4 workshops.

Introduction to
Microsoft Word
Get acquainted with the basic elements of the Word window: toolbars, menus, and icons. Copy and paste text and pictures; format text, paragraphs and pictures.

Tuesdays
September 26 and
November 14
5:30 – 7:00

Introduction to Excel
Learn to use an electronic spreadsheet: Columns, rows, cells, enter data, and create basic formulas.

Saturday, September 23
10:30 – 12:00 noon

Wednesday, November 8
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Intermediate
Microsoft Word
Learn more advanced Word features and tips to customize letters, resumes, greeting cards, and flyers.

Tuesdays
October 10 and
November 28
5:30 – 7:00

Intermediate Excel
Learn formula entry, on screen and printed page formatting, freeze pane, and simple plotting as you create a loan payment schedule.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Excel or spreadsheet
familiarity.

Saturday, October 7
10:30 – 12:00 noon

Wednesday, November 29
5:30 – 7:00 pm

iPhone
Learn useful skills in customizing your iPhone and getting the most out of its features and apps. Participants must have an iTunes account and know their password.

Tuesday October 17
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Introduction to PowerPoint
Get acquainted with the basics of creating a simple PowerPoint presentation - slide types, templates, charts, images, footers and animation. Prerequisite: Intro to Microsoft Word or equivalent experience.

Saturdays
October 28 and
December 9
10:30 – 12:00 noon

Please read our Computer Workshop Policy Statement:

Because there is limited availability in each class, the following rules apply to all computer classes at the Fletcher Free Library:

  1. A patron is only allowed to repeat the same class 2 times within two years.  After 2 times a patron may only repeat the class at the discretion of the instructor.

  2. A patron must call the Library if they are unable to attend a class they signed up for.  If a patron misses 2 or more classes within a year they will not be permitted to take future classes without instructor approval.  If a patron calls and cancels their participation in a class it is not counted as a missed class.

  3. If, in the opinion of the instructor, a class participant's behavior in the class is detrimental to the learning environment they will not be permitted to take future classes and may be asked to leave the classroom.  This behavior may include, but is not limited to, the following: Asking inappropriate questions that are unrelated to the subject matter, taking up an inordinate amount of the instructor's time, or acting in an aggressive or hostile manner to class participants or to the instructor.

Adopted by the Library Board of Commissioners, April 11, 2007; put in effect September 2007.

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