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Computer Classes

Adult computer classes are offered at several of our library locations throughout Lafayette Parish, and instruction is user-friendly and free. Space is limited, so you must register to participate. Registration is available by clicking the Calendar link below (click on the specific class/date you want) or by calling the library.

 Current  Lafayette Public Library Computer Class Calendar 

Basic Computing

Meets for two 2-hour sessions.
No prerequisite.
Material covered: Basic computer components and architecture; use of the mouse and keyboard; instruction on working with Windows operation systems; introduction to Microsoft application screens.

Basic Internet

Meets for two 2-hour sessions.
Prerequisite: Basic Computing
Material covered: Useful terminology; acquiring connectivity; browser functions; various techniques for finding information on the Web.

Email Basics

Meets once for a 2-hour session.
Prerequisite: Basic Computing
Material covered: Signing up for an email account; sending and receiving messages; basic Internet safety.

Word Processing

Meets for two 2-hour sessions.
Prerequisite: Basic Computing
Material covered: The composition and editing of documents; basic page formatting; inserting page numbers, creating headers and generating a table of contents; utilizing views and styles, spelling and grammar checking. Class participants will be required to type.

Spreadsheets

Meets for two 2-hour sessions.
Prerequisite: Basic Computing
Material covered: Spreadsheet terminology and concepts; entering text and numerical data; using mathematical functions and creating formulas; developing basic charts.

PowerPoint

Meets once for a one-hour session.
Prerequisite: Basic Computing
Material covered: Developing PowerPoint slide presentations using text, various backgrounds, charts and pictures.

Integrating Word and Excel

Meets for two 2-hour sessions.
Prerequisite: Basic Computing
Material covered: Various ways to cut and paste from an Excel spreadsheet to a Word documents; performing mail merges to produce customized letters, envelopes and mailing labels.

Computer Security

Meets once for a 2-hour session.
Prerequisite: Basic Computing
Material covered: Basic computer and online safety measures; recognizing and protecting against threats.

Facebook Basics

Meets once for a 2-hour session.
Prerequisite: Basic Computing
Material covered: Creating an account; editing a profile; sending messages; making comments.

Social Media Savvy

Meets once for a 2-hour session.
Prerequisite: Basic Computing
Material covered: Introduction to other (non-Facebook) social media sites, like Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and more.

Online Entertainment

Meets once for a 2-hour session.
Prerequisite: Basic Computing
Material covered: Video and music streaming services, like Hulu, YouTube, Pandora and Spotify.

Additional Courses Offered Throughout the Year

  • iPad Basics
  • Introduction to Microsoft Access