Public Computers Down on Thursday

Computer UpgradesThe Birmingham Public Library Information Technology Department will be upgrading software on the public computers this Thursday, June 13. During this process, the computers in the Computer Commons and Regional Library Computer Center will be closed to the public. Both areas will reopen and computers accessible to the public on Friday, June 14. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

 If you must have computer access, you are welcome to visit our other branches in the Birmingham Public Library system.

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Library Closed For Memorial Day

Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, the Birmingham Public Library Public Computer Services areas (Regional Library Computer Center and the Computer Commons) will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2013. We will reopen Tuesday, May 28, during regular hours.

Registration Open for June 2013 Computer Classes

Computer ClassesThe Regional Library Computer Center June 2013 Computer Classes schedule is now available, and registration is open to the public for the free courses. Please note that class times have been changed to 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. This month, we are teaching programs from Microsoft Office 2010 and featuring Facebook in our “Introduction to Social Media” course.

The following classes are slated for June 2013:

Beginner Classes

  • June 3 – Keyboarding: Introduces you to the basics of working with the computer keyboard and the mouse. Participants need not have any previous computer experience to take this course.
  • June 4 – Basic PC: Introduces people to the computer: basic PC terms, components, hardware, peripherals, desktop features, etc. Participants need not have any previous computer experience to take this course.
  • June 5 – Basic Internet: Introduces people to the history of the Internet, how to access and surf the Web, what web browsers are, what search engines are available, and basic search methods. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding and Basic PC or have some PC, mouse, and keyboarding experience to take this course.

Intermediate Classes

  • June 10 – Microsoft Word 2010 Part 1: Introduces people to Word 2010, a word processing application that is part of the Microsoft Office suite. It is recommended that participants to take all three parts. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding and Basic PC or have some PC, mouse, and keyboarding experience to take this course.
  • June 11 – Microsoft Word 2010 Part 2
  • June 12 – Microsoft Word 2010 Part 3
  • June 19 – Email Workshop: Helps people set up email accounts and learn to maneuver their way through email browsers. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding, Basic PC, and Basic Internet or have some PC, mouse, keyboarding, and Internet experience to take this course.

Advanced Classes

  • June 17 – Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Part 1: Introduces people to PowerPoint 2010 presentation software. It is recommended that participants take Microsoft Word 2010 prior to taking this course.  It is also recommended that participants take both parts of the course. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding and Basic PC or have some PC, mouse, and keyboarding experience to take this course.
  • June 18 – Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Part 2
  • June 24 – Microsoft Excel 2010 Part 1: Introduces people to Microsoft Excel 2010, a spreadsheet software in the Microsoft 2010 Office Suite. It is recommended that participants take Microsoft Word 2010 prior to taking this course.  It is also recommended that participants take both parts of the course. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding and Basic PC or have some PC, mouse, and keyboarding experience to take this course.
  • June 25 – Microsoft Excel 2010 Part 2
  • June 26 – Introduction to Social Media FACEBOOK: Introduces people to the history, elements, and software used in social media interactions. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding, Basic PC, and Basic Internet or have some PC, mouse, keyboarding, and Internet experience to take this course. An email account is needed for this class.

Following Classes Are Full…

Registration will no longer be accepted for them:

  • Basic Internet (May 1)
  • Word Processing Pt. 1 (May 6)
  • Word Processing Pt. 2 (May 7)
  • Word Processing Pt. 2 (May 7)
  • Presentations Pt. 1 (May 13)
  • Social Media – Pinterest (May 20)
  • Spreadsheets Pt. 1 (May 22)

There are very limited spaces on the waiting list for the remaining courses.

Registration Open for May Computer Classes

Computer ClassesThe Regional Library Computer Center May 2013 computer class schedule is now available, and registration is open to the public for the free courses. Please note that class times have been changed to 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

This month, we are teaching programs from the Apache OpenOffice.org suite. Apache OpenOffice.org is the leading open-source freeware office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. It can rival the older versions of Microsoft Office and can be downloaded and used for any purpose completely free of charge. The RLCC is offering OpenOffice.org classes every other month, alternating with Microsoft Office 2010 classes. (Microsoft Office 2010 classes will be offered in June.)

Here are brief descriptions of all classes offered for May:

Basic Internet: This beginner class introduces people to the history of the Internet, how to access and surf the Web, what web browsers are, what search engines are available, and basic search methods. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding and Basic PC or have some PC, mouse, and keyboarding experience to take this course.

Email Workshop: This intermediate class is a practical workshop which helps people set up email accounts and learn to maneuver their way through email browsers. While there are many different email services available, we have chosen to work with Gmail and Yahoo! Mail, because they are free and are two of the more popular email services available. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding, Basic PC, and Basic Internet or have some PC, mouse, keyboarding, and Internet experience to take this course. 

OpenOffice.org Writer: This intermediate class teaches people how to use the OpenOffice.org word processing program. People will learn how to design and produce text documents that can include graphics, tables, or charts. Word Processing with OpenOffice.org Writer is taught in three parts. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding and Basic PC or have some PC, mouse, and keyboarding experience to take this course. 

OpenOffice.org Calc: This advanced class introduces people to the OpenOffice.org spreadsheets program. People will learn to organize and manipulate data (numbers, text, times, currency, percentages, formulas, etc.), as well as work with a grid, columns, rows, and cells. OpenOffice.Org Calc is taught in two parts. Participants need to have takenKeyboarding and Basic PC or have some PC, mouse, and keyboarding experience to take this course. It is recommended that participants take OpenOffice.org Writer prior to taking this course.

OpenOffice.org Impress: This advanced class introduces people to the OpenOffice.org program used for creating multimedia presentations. People will learn to create slide presentations, using text, images, and effects. The class is taught in two parts. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding and Basic PC or have some PC, mouse, and keyboarding experience to take this course. It is recommended that participants take OpenOffice.org Writer prior to taking this course. 

Introduction to Social Media-PINTEREST: The May Social Media class will focus on PINTEREST. This advanced class introduces people to the history, elements, and software used in social media interactions.  This class focuses on the three most popular social media software: Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding, Basic PC, and Basic Internet or have some PC, mouse, keyboarding, and Internet experience to take this course. An email account is needed for this class. 

Keyboarding Class

Patrons attend the free Keyboarding class on Monday, August 20, taught by Hugh Hardy. This class is designed for people who have not had formal training in keyboarding. It is intended to introduce you to the basics of working with the computer keyboard and the mouse.

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Mockingbird online Scavenger Hunt

The Regional Library Computer Center is hosting an Online Scavenger Hunt

this month in honor of The Big Read.

To participate, find the answers to these questions using the Alabama Virtual Library (AVL). Or, try using internet search engines. Email your answers to:

cenrtc@post.bham.lib.al.us

Be sure to include your name and contact information!

 

One winning entry will be selected APRIL 30, 2008 from all correct entries.

 

1.      To Kill a Mockingbird has been banned in one place or another since it was written. Can you find any other books that have been banned? * Please limit your answer to three.

2.       The trial of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird has similarities to which real life trial that took place in 1930s Alabama?

3.      In what town did Nelle Harper Lee grow up?

4.      What newspaper does Scout read in the first grade?

 

One lucky participant will receive an MP3 player!

 

March Computer Classes

Basic PC:  March 1st, March 10th

Child Friendly Web Sites:  March 8th

Microsoft Excel:   March 3rd

Microsoft PowerPoint:  March 11th

Microsoft Word:  March 15th, March 25th

Microsoft Publisher:  March 17th

Internet Basics:  March 18th

Student Resources on the Web:  March 22nd

iGoogle:  March 29th

Creating Tables and Templates:  March 31st

To register for any of the above classes please give us a call at 205-226-3799 or 205-226-3798. Pre-registration is required. Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday mornings. All classes begin at 9:30 am and end at 11:30 a.m. You can also click on the “Classes” link at the top of the screen to see a listing of the current class schedule.