Computer Classes

Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Published on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
PCs for Dummies by Dan Gookin

You are cordially invited to the Tuesday morning computer classes at the Southwest Library.

Sessions begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 12 p.m. Topics covered in October and November are:

  • Email basics (Oct. 29)
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word (Nov. 5)
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel (Nov. 12)
  • Introduction to Microsoft Powerpoint (Nov. 19)

Workshop builds on basic knowledge of Illustrator CS6

Published on Tuesday, August 6, 2013

adobe illustrator logoThis workshop will build on basic knowledge of the tools and tricks of Illustrator CS6 and apply them to a project. This time we are going to create camp badges in order to better understand the gradients, paths, fills and strokes within Adobe Illustrator CS6. We will also learn about cool websites for vector graphics to apply to your future Illustrator projects. The first class will be Thursday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. Check the calendar for additional dates and times. 

Thursdays from 10 a.m.-12 noon

Published on Friday, August 2, 2013

PCs for DummiesYou are cordially invited to attend Thursday morning computer tutorials at the Southwest Library. Each session offers an in-depth opportunity to learn a different set of computer related skills. August sessions include:

  • Aug. 1: Introduction to Personal Computers
  • Aug. 8: Introduction to the Internet
  • Aug. 15: The District of Columbia Public Library website
  • Aug. 22: Email Basics

Please note that no class is scheduled on Aug. 29.

An Adobe Photoshop Tutorial

Published on Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Digitally Painting of a pearCould you be the next Leonardo Da Vinci? Try your hand at Digital Painting in Photoshop.

Digital painting is an emerging art form in which traditional painting techniques such as watercolor, oils, impasto, etc. are applied using digital tools and brushes. You’ll learn painting tools, brush settings, how to blend and adjust colors, and more. Finally, you’ll create a painting of your own!
 

An Adobe Photoshop Tutorial

Published on Monday, July 15, 2013

Photoshop Cs6Want to give your photos a makeover? It feels like magic in Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop is a staple in all the visual arts - from print design, to photography, to Web design, to motion graphics and 3-D graphics. In Photoshop 101, you'll learn fun and easy ways to edit and enhance your photos using common tools. You’ll learn to crop, scale and rotate, color correct, work with layers and more. Finally, you’ll practice your new skills on a photo and personalize it with text.

This tutorial is perfect for first-time Photoshop users.

Published on Sunday, July 14, 2013

Adobe Illustrator CS6 logoIn this hour-long class we will learn the basics to get you started designing content for print or web. The first half of the class will convene in one of our Digital Commons meeting spaces, where we will take a guided tour of navigation panels and tool bars. We will learn how to use and manipulate basic design elements, import files, set page preferences and discover a few shortcuts along the way. We will finish by designing a logo for yourself, your business, your nephew, or whatever you like with work sessions on our new Macs.

A Vine tutorial

Published on Saturday, July 13, 2013

VineRecord quiet moments, artistic narratives, or just plain goofy fun with an app called Vine!

Essentially a stop-motion video app for your iPhone, Vine lets users create their own short, 30-second films to share with the world.

See an example here!

All ages are welcome. Please bring your own iPhone. Starting July 17, sessions will host seven students at a time every Wednesday at 1 p.m. for approximately 1 hour. Props are recommended but not necessary. Sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please contact My Nguyen.

Published on Thursday, January 10, 2013

Logo of LinkedInLinkedIn is a social networking website that connects your work life in a similar way that Facebook connects your social life. You can look for jobs, contact references, search for clients and connect with colleagues.

This one-hour class -- held on Jan. 15 at 12 p.m. -- will help you set up your account on LinkedIn and show off some of the features of the website. Please have a working email address before you come to class. 

Byteback’s computer classes for Spanish speakers are back!

Published on Friday, December 28, 2012

Informational flyer for Byteback's computer classes for Spanish speakers.¡Las clases para aprender como usar las computadoras vuelven a la biblioteca de Mount Pleasant! Estamos ofreciendo dos diferentes tipos de clases: para principiantes y una clase de trayectoría profesional. Las clases se reunen todos los martes y jueves empezando el día 15 de enero.  Los horarios de las clases para principiantes son de las 10 a.m.-12 p.m. y de la 1 p.m.-3 p.m. El horario de la clase de trayectoría profesional es de las 3:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

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We offer free computer classes that provide hands-on training to adults. We'll make you more confident when using computers in the library, at work, at home or when looking for a job. Most classes are held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

The majority of our scheduled computer classes are currently offered on a walk-in basis (no registration required, except where indicated). Seats will be filled on a first-come, space available basis. We highly recommend that you arrive on time for the classes you wish to attend. 

One or more of our classes may require online registration. These classes will contain a register link when you click the class title.  Click the register link to start your registration for that particular class.

Please consult the library calendar or the Computer Class Calendar brochure to find a class. The computer classes FAQ can answer many of your questions.  If you can’t find the answer to your question there, please contact Desire Grogan at desire.grogan@dc.gov or 202-727-1298.

The library is also currently partnering with ByteBack to offer longer training sessions to our users.  Please visit ByteBack's website to find out more, or call to register:  202-529-3395.

Class Descriptions

Computers skills are required for success in the workplace. Take our computer classes to gain the skills that can help you get a job and keep it.
 

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Classes


How often are classes offered?

Free computer classes are offered on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Classes are advertised on a monthly basis about one week before the first of the month. From month to month, class times vary in order to accommodate morning, afternoon and evening attendance during the library’s hours of operation. Each class is a one-time workshop and is scheduled for two to three hours of instruction and hands-on training. For this reason, customers are encouraged to repeat a class several times, in order to strengthen their skills, before moving on to the next level of classes. Our year-round schedule allows for this kind of repetition in the learning process.


Do I have to register to attend?

No, you do not have to register. All classes are available on a walk-in basis only. This means that seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis. There may be certain classes in the future that require registration. These classes will receive special notations both on the Web site and in the monthly calendar brochure. Seniors are welcome in all classes!


What happens if I am late for class?

Even though all classes are available on a walk-in basis, we highly recommend that you arrive on time for the class you wish to attend. Some classes may fill up, and then you will not be able to get a seat. Though latecomers may be admitted to the computer lab if there is space, it is with the understanding that the trainer will not be repeating covered material. This would be unfair to those who arrived on time. Please be on time!


How do I find the latest schedule?

About one week before the upcoming month of classes, the schedule of computer classes is distributed in brochure format to neighborhood libraries throughout the city. It is also available at the Central Information Desk at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (Main Branch). This same schedule is also posted on the library's Web site. Please consult the current schedule of computer classes in order to choose the class (es) you wish to attend.


Where do I go for class?

All classes at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (MLK) are held in our Computer Lab (Room 311), located on the third floor at 901 G St. N.W. The library is accessible from both the Metro Center station on the Red, Orange and Blue lines (11th Street exit) and from the Gallery Place Station on the Red, Green and Yellow lines (9th Street exit). 

The nearest paid parking is available on 8th Street (PEPCO Building) and on H Street between 9th and 10th streets.


Class Canceled: What do I do?

Due to circumstances outside the library's control, a scheduled class may sometimes be canceled. When we find out about a cancellation in time, we will leave a message on the computer class information line, 202-727-1298. The word “Canceled” will also be placed next to the class title on the online calendar. Sometimes, we may have to cancel a class because of a last-minute, emergency situation. We apologize if this happens. If you arrive to discover that a class has been canceled, please feel free to walk in on another class of the same or different type during the month.

If there is stormy weather, please call 202-727-1111 to find out if the library is open. Thank you, in advance, for your patience.