Welcome to the
Fletcher Free Library Computer Center!
Since the 1990's, we have
been building one of Burlington’s finest free public computer centers.
With donations and help from IBM of Essex Junction, the Freeman
Foundation, CyberSkillsVT and Team Tech, we now have 14 public computer
stations. All computers have fast access to the Internet and are equipped
with Word and Excel 2010.
Computer Center is a busy place, but noticeably quiet. We currently serve about
4,000 computer-users per month and have reference librarians and lab monitors
helping patrons throughout the day. We have recently installed a
self-service print payment device to pair with our self-reservation software program,
PC Reservation, allowing patrons to sign up
for computer use and pay for printing on their own.
the barcode on a Fletcher Free Library Card or a Computer User Card, patrons are allowed to sign on to the computers two times per day
with a time limit of 30 minutes each time. Visitors are signed in by staff
as guests. The Computer User Card is designed for
those who do not live in Burlington but would like to use the Computer Center.
This is a free card and can be obtained at the circulation desk with proper
identification. The Computer User Card does not allow patrons to check out
Library materials. Click here to
learn about obtaining a Library Card. See other Computer
Center rules below.
Providing help to new
users has been a trademark with us. Staff is frequently stretched thin, but if
we have time we can help set up free
web-based e-mail accounts, search for information, log into subscription based magazine and newspaper databases, and
troubleshoot technical issues.
For self-directed learning,
investigate the many classes available through the Library's subscription to Universal
Class and Microsoft IT Academy.
here for a list of other Computer Learning Resources in the Greater
Burlington Area and on-line.
The Fletcher Free Library now subscribes to this
very popular genealogy resource, bringing the world’s most popular consumer
online genealogy resource, Ancestry.com, to the Library. It’s an
unprecedented online collection of information about individuals from more than
7,000 available databases that store billions of records.
Due to licensing restrictions, Ancestry®
is not available on the Internet from outside the Library--
you will need to come to the Library's Computer Center
to use this valuable resource.
Call the Fletcher Free Library Reference Desk at 865-7217 for more information.
Our popular computer classes will be
offered again in the Spring of 2016. Free! Pre-registration is
required: Sign up at the Reference Desk (865.7217) starting Saturday,
An overview of the operating system environment used by all
Microsoft Windows software programs (Word, Internet Explorer, etc.).
Open software, use the mouse, keyboard, and Window components.
useful skills in customizing your iPhone and getting the most out of its
features and apps. Topics
will include basic features and settings, using and managing your apps,
directions, photos, Siri, etc. Participants
must have an ITunes account and know their password.
to FaceBook for Seniors (50+)
how to use this valuable social networking tool to stay in touch with
friends and family. Prerequisites: Must be comfortable using the keyboard
and mouse and have a working email address.
Feb. 22 & April 18
Get acquainted with the basic elements of the Word window:
toolbars, menus, and icons. Copy
and paste text and pictures; format text, paragraphs and pictures.
Feb. 6 & March 26
Learn more advanced Word features and tips to customize letters,
greeting cards and flyers.
Feb. 27 & April 9
Learn to use an electronic spreadsheet: Columns, rows, cells,
enter data, and create basic formulas.
Feb. 13 & April 2
formula entry, on screen and printed page formatting, freeze pane, and
simple plotting as you create a loan payment schedule.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Excel or spreadsheet
Feb. 20 & April 16
acquainted with the basics of creating a simple PowerPoint presentation--
choosing slide types; using templates; adding text, charts, clip art,
photos, footers and animation; printing handouts.
in the Introduction to Microsoft Word workshop (or equivalent experience)
March 5 & April 23
Learn how to import
photos from your digital camera or smart phone to your
computer, and use Windows Live Photo Gallery to edit
photos, make a panorama and create a "best of" image choosing
faces from separate photos. Prerequisite: Intro to Microsoft Windows
or equivalent experience.
March 19 & April 30
Please read our Computer
Workshop Policy Statement:
Because there is limited availability in each
class, the following rules apply to all computer classes at the Fletcher Free
A patron is only allowed to repeat the same
class 2 times within two years. After 2 times a patron may only repeat
the class at the discretion of the instructor.
A patron must call the Library if they are unable to attend a class they
signed up for. If a patron misses 2 or more classes within a year they
will not be permitted to take future classes without instructor approval.
If a patron calls and cancels their participation in a class it is not
counted as a missed class.
If, in the opinion of the instructor, a class participant's behavior in the
class is detrimental to the learning environment they will not be permitted
to take future classes and may be asked to leave the classroom. This
behavior may include, but is not limited to, the following: Asking
inappropriate questions that are unrelated to the subject matter, taking up
an inordinate amount of the instructor's time, or acting in an aggressive or
hostile manner to class participants or to the instructor.
Adopted by the Library Board of
Commissioners, April 11, 2007 to be put in effect September 2007.
Fletcher Free Library
As a courtesy to your fellow computer
users, the following rules will be strictly enforced:
- All Computer Center
users must read and comply with our Internet
- Signing up with a
barcode that belongs to another user will result in
permanent loss of Library computer privileges.
Refusal to show id or give your name upon request will
result in immediate termination of your computer
- The Computer Center is
for adults and youth in High School.
Computers in the Youth Library are available for youth
in 8th grade or younger.
- You are allowed to sign on to a computer twice a day
for a maximum of 30 minutes each time you sign on.
- Absolutely no food allowed in the
- Portable music devices (walkmans, etc.) are
- Cellular phone use is not permitted in the
- A maximum of two (2) people per computer
- Printing costs are 15¢ per page.
- No viewing or downloading obscene material.
- No unauthorized entry into another computer
or introduction of viruses into any system via the Internet.
- Damage to library equipment, data or
software, disruptive behavior or failure to follow these rules will result in
suspension of computer privileges.
Here to see our Internet Use Policy
Here to see our Wi-Fi Internet Access Agreement