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Welcome to the Fletcher Free Library Computer Center!

Free Computer access is available to Library Card- and Computer User Card-holders, and Visitors.  If you don’t have a card, speak to staff at the Reference or Help Desk.

Rules

  • The Computer Center is for those of High School age and older.  Computers in the Youth Library are available for youth in 8th grade or younger.

  • You must use your own Library Card or Computer User Card*.  Using a barcode number not assigned to you will result in loss of Computer Center privileges.

  • Guest Reservations are limited to 3 per person; subsequent access requires obtaining a Library Card of Computer User Card*.  Repeated refusal to get a card will result in loss of Computer Center privileges.

  • You may have TWO 30-minute sessions per day.

  • Turn off your cell phone ringer.  Cell phone conversations are permitted ONLY in the Library's stairways, or outside.

  • No more than 2 people at a computer.

  • If you need to talk, please whisper.  If you use audio, please use low volume.

  • Food is not allowed in the Library.

  • Viewing pornography or tampering with equipment will result in loss of Computer Center privileges.

  • Printing (no color) is 15¢ per page (cash only).

*The Computer User Card does not include borrowing privileges, but is free for those who do not have a Fletcher Free Library Card and would like to use the Computer Center more than once or twice.  Either card can be obtained at the Circulation Desk-- Click here for details.

Resources, Human & Electronic

Providing free information and education to the public is part of the Library's mission.  When available, staff will help set up accounts, search for information, use on-line resources, and troubleshoot technical issues.  For more in-depth learning:

  • Computer Workshops at the Library: See the schedule below.

  • Click here for a list of other Computer Learning Resources in the Greater Burlington Area.

  • For self-directed learning: investigate the many classes available through the Library's subscription to Universal Class, and try some suggested web sites.

  • In addition to learning computer skills, explore the databases that Library membership provides access to. 

  • The Fletcher Free Library subscribes to Ancestry® Library Edition, from the very popular genealogy resource ancestry.comDue to licensing restrictions, Ancestry® Library Edition is available only at the Library's Computer Center, not from outside the Library.

  • WiFi is available throughout the Library.

Computer Workshops
Our popular computer classes are being offered again in the Fall of 2016.  Free!  Pre-registration is required: Sign up at the Reference Desk (865.7217).

Introduction to Windows
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.

Saturday, September 10
10:30-noon

iPhone
Learn 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.

Monday, November 7
3-4:30 pm

Intro to FaceBook for Seniors (50+)
Learn 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.

Mondays
October 17 & December 5
Rescheduled to Dec. 12
3-4:30 pm

Intro to Word
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.

Saturdays
Sept. 17 & November 19
10:30-noon

Intermediate Word
Learn more advanced Word features and tips to customize letters, resumes
greeting cards and flyers.

Saturdays
Oct. 15 & December 17
10:30-noon

Intro to Excel
Learn to use an electronic spreadsheet: Columns, rows, cells, enter data, and create basic formulas.

Saturdays
Sept. 24 & November 5
10:30-noon

Intermediate Excel
Learn 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 familiarity.

Saturdays
Oct. 1 & November 12
10:30-noon

Introduction to PowerPoint
Get 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.  Participation in the Introduction to Microsoft Word workshop (or equivalent experience) required.

Saturdays
Oct. 29 & December 10
10:30-noon

Digital Photo Basics
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.

Saturdays
Oct. 22 & December 3
10:30-noon

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 Library:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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; put in effect September 2007.

Click Here to see our Internet Use Policy

Click Here to see our Wi-Fi Internet Access Agreement

 

 

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