We offer free one hour classes for adults each month that feature basic computer skills, social media, and Microsoft Office 2016 software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. A few classes are also offered in Spanish. Space is limited and registration is required unless otherwise noted in the online Calendar of Events.
Click here to view a class brochure or visit the Events Calendar to see dates/times for upcoming classes. Please contact the Reference and Reader Services Department for more information.
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, PowerPoint and Publisher.
Word: You Can Get That Professional Business Look: Learn how to create personalized envelopes, labels and business cards utilizing Microsoft Word.
Word & Publisher: Your Way to Amazing Graphic Projects: Learn how to create flyers and brochures to advertise your business, promote an upcoming fundraiser, utilizing Microsoft Word and Publisher.
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 the core technology classes, the library offers a variety of one hour classes on other tech-related topics. Topics include Computer 101, Google Suite, Prezi, Evite, Google Maps, Facebook, Pinterest and more. These classes are offered at various intervals depending on instructor availability.
Tuesdays 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, September through May. No registration required.
Drop-in for help and tips addressing all of your technology questions from smartphones and eReaders to social media or Microsoft Office. Our instructors can help you with Microsoft Office, Windows10, ebooks, library online resources, social media, internet searching and more. Use the lab computers or bring your own device.
Book A Librarian
Book-a-Librarian sessions are one hour sessions for those requiring one-on-one instructional or research assistance on using library and technology resources. Book-a-Librarian sessions are held in the Library with time and place determined by you and the librarian giving the session.
To schedule a Book-a-Librarian appointment, please contact the Reference Desk at (815) 327-2515 or click here for our online reservation form. Reservations are dependent upon staff availability, please allow 48 hours advance notice.
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.
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.
Lynda.com (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.
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.