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Welcome to the Fletcher Free Library Computer Center!

A Little History.
Over the last few years, we have been busy building one of Burlington’s finest public computer access 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 2000 and Excel 2000.

Come Visit!
The 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 new self-reservation software program, PCReservation, allowing patrons to sign up for a computer at a specific time on their own using the self-reservation computer.  Patrons are now allowed to sign on to the computers two times per day with a time limit of 30 minutes each time.  With the new system in place, patrons are required to have a Fletcher Free Library Card or a Computer User Card to sign on to a computer.  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 material. See other Computer Center rules below.

Here to Help.
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 solve computer lock-ups.


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.

Note: Due to licensing restrictions, Ancestry® Library Edition 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.
You may call the Fletcher Free Library Reference Desk at 865-7217 for additional information.

Computer Classes.
Our popular computer classes will be offered again in the Fall of 2014.   Free, with a suggested donation of $3.  Pre-registration is required: Sign up at the Reference Desk (865.7217) starting August 9.

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 6
10:30-noon

Craigslist
Learn all about Craigslist...find a job, rent an apartment, sell your stuff, stay safe and recognize scams.  Class will be mostly lecture-based, with some hands-on opportunities & plenty of time for questions.

Mondays
November 10 & December 8
3-4:30

Introduction 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
September 27 & November 1
10:30-noon

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

Saturdays
October 25 & December 6
10:30-noon

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

Saturdays,
October 4 & November 15
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
October 11 & November 22
10:30-noon

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
September 29 & November 24
3-4:30

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
November 8 & December 20
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, October 18 & December 13
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 to be put in effect September 2007.

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

Fletcher Free Library Computer Center Rules:

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 Use Policy.
  • 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 session.
  • 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 or drink allowed in the library.
  • Portable music devices (walkmans, etc.) are not permitted.
  • Cellular phone use is not permitted in the library.
  • A maximum of two (2) people per computer station.
  • Printing costs are 10¢ 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.

Click Here to see our Internet Use Policy

Click Here to see our Wi-Fi Internet Access Agreement

 

 

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