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Computer Classes

This is a list of upcoming computer classes at Lexington Public Library locations.  Unless noted, all classes are free, one-time sessions.  Advance registration is required and can be completed by clicking a class's "Register Now" link.

Please note any prerequisites and review General Class Information before registering for a class. Handouts and files used in classes can be accessed here.

 

Don't have time to come in for a class?

We also offer a wide range of online computer training opportunities for free through Lynda.com.

 

3D Modeling with Sketchup

Increase your Sketchup knowledge by learning how to create and model an object for 3D printing! We'll use advanced tools, organization options, and higher detail levels.

Prerequisite: Sketchup.
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

3D Printing Basics

3D printing has made its way to the Digital Studio! This 2-hr session will run through the basics of using our new 3D printers. We'll start with setting up a print job, work our way through loading the filament, and finish by printing a small object.

Completion of this course is required to utilize the Digital Studio's 3D makerspace.
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration begins on June 2nd
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration begins on June 21st
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

Advanced Features of Excel

Get your hands on pivot tables, table formatting, and advanced formulas. Prerequisite: Intermediate Features of Excel or considerable previous experience with Excel.
Registration begins on June 16th
Central Library - Computer Center

Advanced Features of MS Word

One hundred and one ways to customize Word for your convenience! Also, tables. And Mail Merge. Prerequisite: Intermediate Features of MS Word or considerable previous experience with word.
Registration begins on June 15th
Central Library - Computer Center

Camp Digital: 2D Game Development Using Unity (five day class)

Have you ever wanted to make a game but didn't know where to start? Led by members of local video game company Super Soul, this five day class will introduce students to today's most popular game engine, Unity. Participants will make a 2D exploration game using this free development system. Students will also take away resources and next steps to continue learning about game development. No previous coding or game development experience is required. Ages 12-17. Registration is for all five days June 18-22
Registration begins on June 4th
Central Library - Computer Center

Camp Digital: 3D Modeling

Let's explore the world of 3D art using Sketchup and Sculptris! Learn how to manipulate and create 3D content. We will design our own objects using modeling tools, and then render them with lighting effects.

Ages 12-16. Registration required.
Registration begins on June 19th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

Camp Digital: Audio Maker

Record, mix, and share a song with our Audio Maker workshop! Enjoy a real professional recording session with live musicians.  You'll learn about mic techniques, recording software and how to share your recording in addition to a little of the science behind audio waves. No prior experience needed as our experienced audio engineer will guide you through the recording process on your first step to your Grammy.

Ages 12-16.  Registration required
Registration begins on June 12th
Village Branch - Program Room

Camp Digital: Build Your Own Electronics

Learn how to assemble and code your own basic electronics projects. This session will cover the basic skill set needed to start developing your own projects using a combination of hardware and software. Ages 12-17.
Eastside Branch - Medium Conference Room
Registration begins on May 30th
Tates Creek Branch - Large Conference Room
Registration begins on June 13th
Village Branch - Program Room
Registration begins on June 27th
Northside Branch - Large Conference Room

Camp Digital: Game Development Introduction Using Unity

Have you ever wanted to make a game but didn't know where to start? Led by members of local video game company Super Soul, this class will introduce students to today's most popular game engine, Unity. Many kinds of game can be made in this free development system. Students will also take away resources and next steps to continue learning about game development. No previous coding or game development experience is required. Ages 12-17.
Registration begins on May 24th
Eastside Branch - Medium Conference Room
Registration begins on May 31st
Tates Creek Branch - Large Conference Room
Registration begins on June 14th
Village Branch - Program Room
Registration begins on June 28th
Northside Branch - Large Conference Room

Camp Digital: Minecraft Mania (three day class)

Explore the basics of mod making using Minecraft in this 3 day class. Skins, item creation, and a behind the code look at building and animating creatures. Bring your own flash drive to save your work Ages 12-17. Registration is for all three days June 5-7
Eastside Branch - Medium Conference Room

Camp Digital: Minecraft Mania (three day class)

Explore the basics of mod making using Minecraft in this 3 day class. Skins, item creation, and a behind the code look at building and animating creatures. Bring your own flash drive to save your work Ages 12-17. Registration is for all three days June 12-14
Registration begins on May 29th
Tates Creek Branch - Large Conference Room

Camp Digital: Minecraft Mania (three day class)

Explore the basics of mod making using Minecraft in this 3 day class. Skins, item creation, and a behind the code look at building and animating creatures. Bring your own flash drive to save your work Ages 12-17. Registration is for all three days June 26-28
Registration begins on June 12th
Village Branch - Program Room

Camp Digital: Minecraft Mania (three day class)

Explore the basics of mod making using Minecraft in this 3 day class. Skins, item creation, and a behind the code look at building and animating creatures. Bring your own flash drive to save your work Ages 12-17.  Registration is for all 3 days July 10-12
Registration begins on June 26th
Northside Branch - Large Conference Room

Camp Digital: Mobile Game Development Using Unity (five day class)

Have you ever wanted to make a game but didn't know where to start? Led by members of local video game company Super Soul, this five day class will introduce students to today's most popular game engine, Unity. Participants will make an interactive story game for tablets and phones using this free development system. Students will also take away resources and next steps to continue learning about game development. No previous coding or game development experience is required. Ages 12-17. Registration is for all 5 days July 16-20
Registration begins on July 2nd
Central Library - Computer Center

Camp Digital: Movie Maker

Looking to become the next big YouTube star? Thanks to modern technology, it is easier than ever to create and share videos across the web. During this workshop, teens will have an opportunity to plan, film, and edit a short movie about their hobbies and interests. Thanks to the green screen effects, you can shoot this film anywhere in the world...or even outer space! 

Ages 12-16. Registration required
Registration begins on July 3rd
Central Library - Computer Center

Camp Digital: Podcast Maker

Have you ever found yourself listening to your favorite podcast and wishing you could start your own? Not sure where to begin? Look no further than Camp Digital: Podcast Maker! This workshop - led by experienced podcasters - will guide you through the process of podcast creation, editing, and sharing with your friends.  

Ages 12-16. Registration required
Eastside Branch - Medium Conference Room

Camp Digital: Real Instruments VS Digital Instruments

Did you know you can play a rock guitar or a grand piano without even having the actual instrument? With the power of software instruments, you can! Audio programs such as GarageBand and Logic Pro give you the ability to play and edit many different instruments, all through software. But how do software instruments differ from real instruments? In this workshop, we'll experiment with both so you can learn how how each may play a role in your next big audio project!

Ages 12-16.  Registration required
Registration begins on May 29th
Tates Creek Branch - Large Conference Room

Camp Digital: Twitch Streaming

Think you've got what it takes to keep a crowd entertained while you play your favorite games? Do you know every secret item? Have the best k/d? Show the world! This workshop will show teens the basics of creating and maintaining a twitch.tv user account with audio, video and webcam. 

Ages 12-16. Registration required 
Registration begins on June 26th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

Colorize a Black and White Photo

Learn to colorize a black and white photo with Photoshop actions and painting. All photos will be provided.

Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration begins on June 7th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

Drop in Tech Help

Drop in tech help: Need help with computers, apps or websites? Bring all of your questions and we'll help you answer them! Use one of our devices or bring your own. No registration required. (Note: session does not include computer repair.)
Central Library - Computer Center
Central Library - Computer Center
Central Library - Computer Center
Central Library - Computer Center

Essential Computer Skills

Catch up on all the skills and tricks you need to make using computers comfortable and easy. No experience required.
Central Library - Computer Center
Registration begins on June 18th
Central Library - Computer Center

Facebook for Businesses

Learn how to make Facebook work for your business! Learn how to create a business page and effectively run it, including how to advertise through Facebook. Prerequisite: Students should be able to use the mouse and keyboard.
Central Library - Computer Center

Final Cut Pro X Basics

Learn how to use the professional film and television industry standard software to create your own video project. This class will cover basic video and audio editing, as well as adding audio and video effects.

Prerequisite: iMovie.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration begins on July 5th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

Final Cut Pro X Beyond Basics

Learn the more advanced editing functions of Final Cut Pro X including: color correction, green screen effects, and much more. All "problem" video clips will be provided for you.

Prerequisite: Final Cut Pro X Basics.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration begins on May 26th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

GarageBand Basics

Learn the basics of GarageBand, the audio recording and editing software from Apple. Basic experience with Mac computers is recommended before taking this class.
Registration begins on June 30th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

Illustrator 2: Vector Art

Create original Vector Art using various tools in Adobe Illustrator.

Prerequisite: Illustrator Basics.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration begins on July 3rd
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

Illustrator Basics

Learn the basics of creating graphic designs and images from photos and creating unique material using the basic tools and processes of Illustrator.
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration begins on June 26th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

iMovie Basics

Create your own video project using photos, video clips, and music. This is a great class for beginners.
Registration begins on June 5th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration begins on June 28th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

InDesign Basics

Learn to use the most powerful layout program in the industry. While learning the tools and interface of Adobe InDesign, you will also learn how to interface with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration begins on June 19th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

Intermediate Access

Explore the use of reports and forms. Covers report creation and formatting as well as building techniques for forms capable of adding and retrieving database information. Prerequisites: Introduction to Access or equivalent experience.
Central Library - Computer Center

Intermediate Features of Excel

Learn about linked cells, filtering and intermediate formulas. Prerequisite: Introduction to Excel or previous experience with Excel.
Registration begins on June 9th
Central Library - Computer Center
Registration begins on July 2nd
Central Library - Computer Center

Intermediate Features of MS Word

Copy! Paste! Make a bulleted list! Discover some of Word's trickier features like headers, footnotes, and labels. Prerequisite: Introduction to MS Word or previous experience with Word.
Registration begins on June 2nd
Central Library - Computer Center

Introduction to Access

Create and manipulate a basic database with Microsoft Access. Covers basic building technique and simple queries. Prerequisites: Advanced Features of Excel or equivalent experience.
Registration begins on July 7th
Central Library - Computer Center

Introduction to Digital Photography

Learn the basics of DSLR cameras and shooting pictures in RAW.
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration begins on June 16th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

Introduction to Excel

Discover the controls and formulas needed to create a basic spreadsheet and chart. Prerequisite: Introduction to MS Word or previous experience using spreadsheet software.
Registration begins on June 1st
Central Library - Computer Center
Registration begins on June 25th
Central Library - Computer Center

Introduction to Hardware Hacking

Hackers aren't always criminals. The term hacker actually originated at MIT to denote an individual whose curiosity lead to discovery. In fact, Limor Fried (of Adafruit Industries) Steve Wozniak (Co-Founder of Apple) and Linus Torvalds (Creator of Linux) have all been lovingly dubbed hackers by their peers. This class will delve into the fundamentals of creating custom electronics. Ideas from this class can help you create home automation devices, electronic prototypes for a new invention, or just fun lighting for your cosplay costume - the possibilities are endless! Prerequisite: Students should be able to use a mouse and keyboard.
Registration begins on June 30th
Central Library - Computer Center

Introduction to Mac

We will cover the basics of using Apple software and hardware. Some experience with computers is necessary. This class will be using Mac OS X High Sierra.
Registration begins on June 9th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

Introduction to Mac 2

We will continue to cover the basics of using Apple's Mac OS X High Sierra. We'll start to learn more advanced features of Apple's OS such as creating folders, using external drives, and formatting hard drives. 

Prerequisite: Introduction to Mac
Registration begins on June 14th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

Introduction to MS Word

Tour Microsoft Word and learn where all the best buttons live! Create and format a document. Ask questions to your heart's content. Prerequisite: PC Basics or previous computer experience. Students should be comfortable with the mouse and keyboard.
Registration begins on May 25th
Central Library - Computer Center
Registration begins on June 22nd
Central Library - Computer Center

Introduction to PowerPoint

Learn to build and animate colorful presentations to entertain your friends and delight your boss. Prerequisite: Intermediate Features of MS Word or previous experience using presentation software.
Registration begins on June 29th
Central Library - Computer Center

Introduction to Web Design

Discover how to plan, create and host a website. The class exercise uses free hosting service to get students started. Prerequisite: Email Basics or previous internet experience. You must have a working email address to create an account.
Central Library - Computer Center

Lightroom Basics

Learn about the interface and basic tools of Adobe Lightroom. Create incredible photos anywhere with all-new Lightroom CC. Organize your photos with searchable keywords that are automatically applied without the hassle of tagging. And easily share and showcase your photos in fun ways.
Registration begins on June 23rd
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

Minecraft: Exploration!

Build! Discover! Explode! Explore this popular game for all ages. Come alone or with a child. No gaming experience needed. Prerequisite: Students should be able to use the mouse and keyboard.
Central Library - Computer Center

Photoshop Basics

Learn about the interface and basic tools of Adobe Photoshop. You'll also learn how to effectively use and work with layers in Photoshop.
Registration begins on May 24th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration begins on July 7th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

Photoshop for Photographers

Learn how to retouch your photographs like the professionals, restore old photographs, and use Adobe Camera RAW to improve the lighting, color, and composition of the image.

Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics.

Registration begins on May 31st
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

Sketchup

Learn the basics of 3d architectural modeling with Sketchup, a free program for mac or pc.
Registration begins on June 5th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

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