Adult Computer Classes
As more and more businesses and government services move online, computer skills are increasingly important. As such, Carnegie-Stout Public Library offers a variety of computer classes free of charge to library cardholders.
Advance registration is required. Classes without a sufficient number of registered attendees may be canceled. To see which classes we're currently offering check the Adult Services Programs and Events page or call the Reference Desk at (563) 589-4225. Call the Reference Desk to register.
Classes for Beginners
These three classes are intended to give new computer users a firm foundation of basic computer skills. These classes are generally held on Wednesday mornings but other times may be added based on demand.
This two-week class is designed for those with
little or no experience with computers. In the first session we take a
look at the basics of computer hardware and use an online tutorial to
learn the fundamentals of using a mouse. In the second session we learn
the basics of Microsoft Word, a common word processing program.
This two-week class is designed to follow Computer Basics and teach
fundamentals of using the Internet. In the first session we discuss the
basics of getting online and using a web browser as well as some simple
computer security tips. In the second session we create an email account.
This two-week class is designed for those who wish to build upon a basic understanding of computers. In the first session we use Microsoft Word and the Internet to learn about printing, copying and pasting text and images, and file management. In the second session we discuss email functions such as downloading and sending attachments and maintaining an electronic address book.
These classes are intended for students who already possess basic computer skills and wish to learn more about the library's various digital resources.
Introduction to Ancestry.com
This one-session class introduces students to Ancestry.com, an online
database accessible in the library. The database includes U.S. Federal
Census records; passenger lists; birth, death, marriage and military
records; and more.
Introduction to EBSCOhost
This one-session class
introduces students to EBSCO Host, an online database accessible both
in the library and from home. This database covers a wide range of
academic subjects and provides both abstracts and full-text versions of
journal articles in English and Spanish.
Introduction to HeritageQuest
one-session class introduces students to HeritageQuest, an online database
accessible both in the library and from home. The database includes census
data, family records, and local histories.
Introduction to OverDrive
This one-session class introduces students to OverDrive, an online service accessible both in the library and from home. OverDrive allows library patrons to download free audio books, e-books, and music. Downloaded media may be accessed on a home computer or portable electronic device.
Introduction to Universal Class
This one-session class introduces students
to Universal Class, an online service offering extensive self-guided
classes in everything from Microsoft Office to cake decoration. Students
will learn how to access Universal Class and begin studying any number
IowaJobs Account Setup
In this one-session class we help students create an account on Iowa Workforce Development's IowaJobs online job bank. We also cover the basics of searching for job listings within the job bank.