Computer Classes

Free computer training

The Grand Rapids Public Library offers free computer training for all levels—novice to advanced. These free classes are offered September through May and cover a wide range of topics. 

One-on-One Technology Help

The library also offers One-on-One Technology Help at our library branches. Find individual assistance in learning: basic computers, Internet, email, word processing, eBooks, spreadsheets, and library resources. Call one of our seven branches to set up an appointment.

Ayuda tecnología de uno a uno

¿Está cansada tu familia de estar pidiendo ayuda en la computadora?¿Esperas mejorar tu el currículum con nuevas habilidades computacionales? La biblioteca ofrece asistencia individual para aprender: computadora básica, Internet, correo electrónico, procesamiento de textos, eLibros, hojas de calculo, y recursos de la biblioteca. Llame a una de nuestras siete sucursales para programar una cita.

Open Lab – Bilingual Computer Help

Need help with your computer, tablet, or smartphone? We’re here to help. Stop by during our drop-in computer help sessions.

Check back later for upcoming sessions.

Laboratorio Abierto Sesiones bilingües de ayuda con la computadora

¿Necesita ayuda con su computadora, tableta, o teléfono inteligente? ¡Sólo estamos aquí para ayudar! Visítenos durante nuestras sesiones de ayuda de computadora para responder sus preguntas.

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Building Basic Computer Skills

Wednesday, Sept 7, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Monday, Nov 7, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Are you often confused by computer terms and lingo? By learning the key concepts and basic terminology used in technology, you can build a foundation for digital literacy that will last a lifetime. In this class, you will begin the process of developing the skills you will need to navigate the Internet, mobile devices and many types of software.

 

Discovering the Internet

Wednesday, Sept 14, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Monday, Nov 14, 2022,  11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Using the Internet can be an intimidating experience for many people. In this class, you will learn how the Internet works and basic definitions for the most common Internet terms. Discover tips and tricks on how to protect your information and identity while searching, shopping and surfing the web.

 

Exploring Email

Wednesday, Sept 21, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Monday, Nov 21, 2022,  11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Main Library – 111 Library St NE

The Internet is constantly evolving and developing new services and functions. But as services and social networks have come and gone, one tool has remained constant: email. In this class we will explore how to secure your email account and ensure you can always regain access should you forget your password. In addition, we will discover how to use two factor authentication to protect our accounts.

 

Managing Your Digital Footprint

Wednesday, Sept 28, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Monday, Nov 28, 2022,  11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Have you ever forgotten a password? Do you wish you had a plan to manage your online information and protect your privacy? Managing your digital footprint may seem intimidating, but with a plan and the right tools, you can stay safe and get the most out of your experience online. This class offers methods and tools you can use right away to begin managing your online profiles, passwords, and information.

 

Internet Privacy: Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age

Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

It seems every day we hear about how governments, corporations, and hackers are gaining access to individual accounts and personal information. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to minimize risk as you go online. Join us in learning how to secure information and manage your digital footprint. Topics include securing your Internet connection and browser, creating and managing effective passwords, and using email aliases to keep your information more secure.
 

Backup Basics: How to Secure your Data

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Whether it’s your family photos, business documents or digital media collection, your digital data is valuable. In this class, we discuss how to ensure your digital data is kept safe and secure. From thumb drives and hard drives to cloud storage, find multiple ways to backup your data, whether you use a traditional computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Google Drive Basics

Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Cloud storage services like Google Drive allow you to store and edit documents online. Learn how these documents can be accessed or edited on any device with an Internet connection. In addition, we will discuss how to share and back up media and photos in the cloud.

Learning Online: Free Tools and Classes

Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

In this class, we will explore free tools and resources for online education, including LinkedIn Learning, MOOCs, and much more. Whether you are a beginner to online education or a graduate, you’ll find plenty of tools in this class to keep learning for a lifetime.

 

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Upcoming Events

Nov 07

Building Basic Computer Skills

November 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nov 14

Discovering the Internet

November 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nov 21

Exploring Email

November 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nov 28

Managing Your Digital Footprint

November 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm