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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 August 14th
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.
Central Library - Computer Center
Registration begins on August 8th
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 August 11th
Central Library - Computer Center
Registration begins on August 23rd
Beaumont Branch - Large Meeting Room

Advanced PowerPoint

Delve deeper into the features of this versatile presentation program. Covers Master Slides, incorporating media into presentations, and advanced animation. Prerequisites: Introduction to PowerPoint or equivalent experience.
Registration begins on September 5th
Central Library - Computer Center

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.
Beaumont Branch - Large Meeting 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.
Beaumont Branch - Large Meeting Room

Camp Digital: LEGO Animator

Do you love LEGOs? Do you wish you could animate your LEGOs like the LEGO movies and TV shows? Then join us for hands-on workshop where you'll do just that. During the workshop, you'll have the opportunity to plan, film and edit a short animated LEGO clip. Bring your smartphone and favorite LEGOs*, and be ready to create some movie magic! 

*Smartphone and LEGOs are not a requirement to attend.  

Ages 12-16. Registration required
Beaumont Branch - Large Meeting 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 July 24-26
Beaumont Branch - Large Meeting Room

Coding Games with Scratch

Impress your friends by creating your own games! Learn to make 2-D games using Scratch, a programming language built to introduce coding to older kids and teens. Prerequisite: Students should be able to use the mouse and keyboard.
Registration begins on August 25th
Central Library - Computer Center

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

Registration begins on August 4th
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
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 August 15th
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
Registration begins on August 27th
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.

Registration begins on July 31st
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 August 7th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

How to Speak Basic Computer: A Regular Person's Introduction to Coding

Ever thought about learning a computer language, but had no clue where to start? Students will get a general overview of computer languages, along with some gentle exploration of using basic Python3 code. Prerequisite: Internet Basics or prior experience navigating the web.
Registration begins on September 6th
Tates Creek Branch - Large Conference Room

Illustrator 2: Vector Art

Create original Vector Art using various tools in Adobe Illustrator.

Prerequisite: Illustrator Basics.

Registration begins on July 26th
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

iMovie Basics

Create your own video project using photos, video clips, and music. This is a great class for beginners.
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration begins on August 16th
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.
Registration begins on August 11th
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.
Registration begins on August 16th
Eastside Branch - Medium Conference Room

Intermediate Features of Excel

Learn about linked cells, filtering and intermediate formulas. Prerequisite: Introduction to Excel or previous experience with Excel.
Registration begins on August 1st
Central Library - Computer Center
Registration begins on August 10th
Central Library - Computer Center
Registration begins on August 24th
Beaumont Branch - Large Meeting Room

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.
Eastside Branch - Medium Conference Room
Registration begins on August 9th
Tates Creek Branch - Large Conference Room
Registration begins on August 22nd
Beaumont Branch - Large Meeting Room

Intermediate Hardware Hacking

Introduction to hardware hacking covered the basics, but what about sensors, buttons, and other input devices? What about creating something like a custom video game controller or a single button to turn that lighting display on or off? This class will cover user and environmental input to your electronics project and resources to help you learn and explore even more! Prerequisite: Students should have completed the introductory class.
Central Library - Computer Center

Intermediate Web Development with CSS

Learn to make static webpages pop with CSS! This course will build on prior experience with HTML, teaching how to use Cascading Style Sheets to turn simple HTML documents into the stylized, dynamic pages seen today on most modern websites. This course will cover methods for adding CSS to HTML files, text styling, page styling, positioning, divs, spans, and much much more. Prerequisites: Introduction to Web Development using HTML or prior experience with HTML5
Registration begins on July 28th
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 August 14th
Eastside Branch - Medium Conference Room

Introduction to Digital Photography

Learn the basics of DSLR cameras and shooting pictures in RAW.
Registration begins on August 14th
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 July 25th
Central Library - Computer Center
Registration begins on August 3rd
Central Library - Computer Center
Registration begins on August 23rd
Beaumont Branch - Large Meeting Room

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 September 7th
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 August 2nd
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 August 9th
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.
Eastside Branch - Medium Conference Room
Registration begins on August 7th
Tates Creek Branch - Large Conference Room
Registration begins on August 21st
Beaumont Branch - Large Meeting Room

Introduction to PowerPoint

Learn to build and animate colorful presentations to entertain your friends and delight your boss. Prerequisite: Introduction to MS Word or previous experience using presentation software.
Registration begins on August 4th
Central Library - Computer Center
Registration begins on August 29th
Central Library - Computer Center

Introduction to Web Development using HTML

Learn to build a simple webpage using HTML. Covers basic HTML concepts, combining document types, HTML element tags, and some beginner styling techniques to create a website that will run in a browser. Prerequisite: Introduction to Web Design or prior experience navigating the web.
Central Library - Computer Center
Registration begins on July 27th
Central Library - Computer Center
Registration begins on September 5th
Tates Creek Branch - Large Conference Room

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.
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.
Registration begins on September 1st
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.
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 July 28th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

Selling your Crafts on Etsy.com

Learn how to sign up, build, and run your very own Etsy Shop. We'll talk about how to format and upload images, write interesting and engaging product descriptions, keep yourself organized for tax time, and tackle the dreaded question: How much should I charge? Prerequisite: Email Basics or equivalent experience and a valid email address.
Registration begins on August 17th
Central Library - Computer Center

Sketchup

Learn the basics of 3d architectural modeling with Sketchup, a free program for mac or pc.
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration begins on July 31st
Northside Branch - Digital Studio

Sketchup 2: 3D Modeling

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

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