February 2014 RLCC Class Schedule Available

Computer ClassesRegistration is now open for staff and the public for the February 2014 Regional Library Computer Center classes. All classes are held in the Regional Library Computer Center (RLCC) of the Central (downtown) LibraryPRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES.

To register for classes, you may:

  • Visit the Computer Commons department at the Central Library and obtain a copy of the class schedule. Fill it out and return to a Computer Commons staff.
  • Register online through the RLCC website. Please allow 2 to 4 business days for registration confirmation.

Space is limited for each class, and registration does not guarantee you a space. If you register for a class, please make all efforts to attend. Repeated “no shows” could affect your registration eligibility for future classes. If you register for a class and cannot attend, call Public Computer Services at (205) 226-3680 or 226-3681 as soon as possible.

Please pay close attention to the class times. No one will be admitted after 5 minutes past the time class is scheduled to start. 

Classes are provided by the Birmingham Public Library.

Q&A: Plugged or Unplugged?

Question: When your laptop’s battery is charged at 100%, should you leave it plugged in or should you unplug it once it hits 100%? Does it affect your battery life?

Answer: There is really no “right” answer, since it can depend on your laptop’s design and manufacturer. It also depends on your battery type. According to experts and blog contributors, leaving it plugged in won’t make much of a difference. What shortens the battery life is the temperature. If your computer gets hot, it will shorten the battery life. Some suggest if you are going to keep it plugged in, to remove the battery and place it somewhere cool. Others say the benefits of removing the battery are minimal.

When you have a fully charged battery, it stops receiving charging energy, and this energy is bypassed to the power supply system of the laptop. Having your computer charged is especially helpful if your laptop is generating a lot of heat. Remember, heat is the greatest enemy of your laptop’s battery, not the plug.

Furthermore, leaving it plugged in does not show to lessen the laptop’s battery life. If you are still concerned, you may consider turning off your laptop at night and leave it plugged in. Keeping your laptop properly charged and cooled off may add the extra lifespan you desire.

If you have any questions regarding your computer, software, and social media software, you may email them to cenrtc@post.bham.lib.al.us with “Q&A” in the Subject Heading. We will do our best to find you the most relevant answer from numerous sources.

March 2011 Computer Classes

FREE Computer Classes

March 2011

Birmingham Public Library

Regional Library Computer Center

All class times are 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m



Basic PC:

Tuesday, March 8th

Monday, March 21st


Basic Internet:

Saturday, March 5th

Tuesday, March 15th



Tuesday, March 1st

Saturday, March 12th

Monday, March 28th


Word Processing with Open Office Part I:

Monday, March 7th

Saturday, March 19th


Word Processing with Open Office Part II:

Monday, March 14th


Presentations with Open Office:

Tuesday, March 22nd

Saturday, March 26th


Spreadsheets with Open Office:

Tuesday, March 29th




To register for a classes or classes, please call 226-3799 or 226-3798.

Space is limited. Registration will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you

register for a class and cannot attend, please call the Center as soon as possible. No one will be admitted after 10 minutes past the time the class is scheduled to start.



Don’t Miss Out!

Computer classes are still being held in the RLCC every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday mornings. The classes will continue until the end of October. Call us at 205-226-3799 or 205-226-3798 for more information or to register for classes. We offer classes in:

  • Basic PC
  • Basic Internet
  • Microsoft Word XP
  • Microsoft Publisher XP
  • Free Email on the Web
  • Microsoft PowerPoint XP
  • Microsoft Excel XP

Here is the link to RLCC calendar.

Book Recommendation

Ok…this is different. Usually our posts are about computer related issues but todays post is going to be a tad bit different but still dealing with technology.


I recently purchased Microsoft Excel 2002: 10 Minute Guide. Basically I was looking for something that would be very helpful and quick at the same time. I found both features in this book.

This 10 Minute Guide to Excel offers simple but practical help for busy people who need results fast.


  • Build Excel worksheets from scratch
  • Perform calculations using formulas and functions
  • Format numbers and text to look great
  • Insert new rows and columns in a flash
  • Print worksheets so they are easy to read
  • Create charts to display your data in a graphical format

To check to see whether your library has a copy of this book, go to:


Class Registration

We are currently out of computer brochures for the January-June schedule. We are expecting our new brochures, which will cover the months of July-November, in a week or two. In the meantime you can look at The Reader to see a listing of classes being offered after the month of June. As always, if you need to register for classes please give us a call at 205-226-3799 or 205-226-3798.

It’s Not Too Late…

…to register for computer classes. Although pre-registration is required we will not turn anyone away at the door if you haven’t pre-registered. If the class is already full when you call to pre-register we will tell you to come on the day of the class as a “walk-in”. This simply means that if other class participants don’t show up that morning you, as a walk-in, can simply take their place. We have never had to turn anyone away because of lack of space!

The next classes will be offered on Saturday, May 19th.  We have two classes that day. The first one is Microsoft Excel.  As it stands at the moment, that class is full but you are welcome to come as a walk-in.  The second class is Creating Your Resume/Job Hunting on the Web. This class is not full so feel free to call 205-226-3798 or 205-226-3799 to register. We look forward to seeing you in the near future.