Technology Training

The library offers a quarterly rotation of core technology classes.  These are one hour topic based classes that utilize Microsoft Office products including: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Core Classes

Computer Basics: A basic introduction to desktop computers using Windows 10 and to using and searching the internet.

Word Basics: A basic introduction to Microsoft Word and creating and editing Word Documents.

PowerPoint Presentations: Learn how to create professional slideshows for your presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint.

Excel Basics and Formatting:  Learn to navigate Microsoft Excel features, enter data and format your spreadsheet.

Excel Formulas and Functions:  Learn how to use the formula and function features including AVERAGE, SUM and MAX.

Excel Charts and Graphs:  Learn how to create various charts and graphs, including pie charts, bar graphs and scatter charts.

Excel Pivot Tables and VLOOKUP:  Learn how to use the Pivot Table and VLOOKUP features to more easily find and analyze information in Excel workbooks.

In addition to core technology classes, the library offers a variety of one hour classes on other tech-related topics. Topics include Google Suite, Prezi, Evite, Google Maps, Facebook and more. These classes are offered at various intervals depending on instructor availability. 

Visit the Events Calendar to discover and register for our Tech Classes

Virtual Tech Help

Virtual Tech Help sessions are one hour sessions for those requiring one-on-one instructional or research assistance on using library and technology resources. Virtual Tech Help sessions are held via Zoom with a librarian with time determined by you and the librarian giving the session.

To schedule a Virtual Tech Help appointment please contact the Reference Desk at 815-327-2515 or email Reservations are dependent upon staff availability, please allow 48 hours advance notice.


Saving and Printing Microsoft Word PDF Microsoft Word Fonts and Formatting PDF Google Docs Basics

Saving and Printing Microsoft Excel PDF  Google Sheets BasicsGoogle Drive PDF

Additional Training Options
  • This website has free lessons for a variety of computer topics, including computer basics, Apple software and different versions of Microsoft Office. No additional software is required.

  • Microsoft Office: This website has free training for Microsoft Office versions 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 as well as Office for Mac 2011. Lessons are self-paced with quizzes, and you must have the software installed on your computer.

  • New York Public Library: Tech Connect Handouts: Free class materials on over 80 topics available in five different languages.

  • (access with a Plainfield Public Library card): Create a free account with your library card to access a large library of video training tutorials for technology skills, computer applications and software.

  • TechBoomers: Free educational website that teaches older adults and other inexperienced Internet users with basic computer skills about websites that can help improve their quality of life.

  • Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet: Basic and advance classes available. Phone (815) 729-9020.