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Adult Computer Classes

Information Services librarian Martin Cooperson conducts computer classes at several of our library locations throughout Lafayette Parish. Morning, afternoon and evening classes are offered, 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. For more information, call (337) 981-1028.

Current  Lafayette Public Library Computer Class Calendar

Printable PDF Schedule of Lafayette Public Library Computer Classes

Introduction to Computing Using Windows

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, toolbar, and command menus; running multiple Windows applications; and more.

Basic Internet

Meets for two 2-hour sessions.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computing Using Windows classes
Material covered: This class focuses on a conceptual understanding of the Internet and those components necessary to acquire connectivity. The class then deals with browser functions and the various techniques for finding information on the World Wide Web.

Word Processing

Meets for two 2-hour sessions.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computing Using Windows classes
Material covered: The composition and editing of documents; basic page formatting; converting documents created in different applications; creating headers, footers, footnotes, etc.; utilizing views and styles, spelling and grammar checking and more.

Spreadsheets

Meets for two 2-hour sessions.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computing Using Windows classes
Material covered: This course will introduce students to spreadsheet terminology and concepts. Specifically, students will learn how to enter text and numbers, use mathematical functions and create formulas, and develop some basic charts.

PowerPoint

Meets once for a one-hour session.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computing Using Windows classes
Material covered: Learn how to develop PowerPoint slide presentations using various backgrounds, charts, and text animations.

Integrating Word and Excel

Meets for two 2-hour sessions.
Prerequisite: Word Processing and Spreadsheets
Material covered: Learn the various ways to integrate Excel spreadsheets into Word documents. Additionally, learn how to use an Excel spreadsheet of names and addresses with Word to perform a mail-merge of letters, envelopes, and labels.

Google Documents

Meets once for a two-hour session.
Prerequisite: Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and some internet experience
Material covered: Learn how to use Google’s free word processor and free spreadsheet software.

Email Basics

Meets once for a two-hour session.
Prerequisite: Basic Internet
Material covered: Learn how to send, receive, and delete  emails as well as learn how to send and receive attachments. Additionally, participants are given the opportunity to create a free email account.

Online Safety

Meets once for a two-hour session.
Prerequisite: Basic Internet
Material covered: Instructs students in some of the steps they may take to protect their computers from viruses, adware, spyware, and hackers.