Computer Training at the Arlington Public Library are free and open to the public. Most of the classes occur at the Family Learning Lab at the East Arlington Branch Library and the TechLiNK. Interested in volunteering? Volunteer to be a Cyber Coach!
Register for classes online (click the class name) or by calling 817-459-6900.
Information About our Classes:
- A library card is not required to register for or attend a class.
- Classes last up to 2 hours.
- Class topics range from basic computer skills to Microsoft Office classes.
- Participants may register for a class starting two weeks before the class is scheduled.
- Participants must pre-register for all classes, including Saturday classes.
- You may only register yourself and one other family member.
- Classes are limited by the number of available computers. Due to space constraints, only one person and one chair per computer.
- Classes will begin promptly at the time scheduled. You must arrive 10 minutes ahead of class to ensure your seat. Five minutes before class we will start assigning empty seats to those on the waiting list.
- Individuals who are wait-listed for a class may come to class and check in with the instructor. Five minutes before the class begins, empty seats will be assigned based on who arrived and checked in first that day.
- Any individual who registers for a class must attend or cancel their registration before the class begins. If an individual fails to cancel or attend more than two classes in a month, they may be suspended from registering for computer classes for the next 30 days
Online Learning Resources
No time to come to a class? Try some of these online resources to jumpstart your computer knowledge:
Practice typing skills on TypingWeb (create a free account) or test your skills on FreeTypingGame.Net . If you need to learn 10-key typing (using the numeric keypad), here is a good place to start: Ten Key Test.
Practice using the mouse: from the very beginning: Introducing the Mouse ; more practice with Mousercising ; and even more practice with this GCF Tutorial ! Here is something for Seniors . And you get to see Abraham Lincoln in this one. Also, en español: ejercicios del ratón.
Learning Express Library Software Tutorials: Interactive video tutorials to master computer and internet basics, popular software programs (Microsoft Office), and more. It requires a library card and an account set-up (free).
GCFLearnFree.org: Online tutorials on everything from computer basics to social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc). You can choose to follow a Lesson, click through an Interactive, take a quiz in the Extras, or watch a Video.
For beginners, we recommend the following sequence:
- Computer Basics – Getting started with desktop and laptop computers.
- Internet 101 – Tips for browsing and strategies for searching online.
- Internet Safety – Avoid the most common threats and learn how to protect your data and privacy.
- Email 101 – Introduction to email basics, etiquette and safety.
- Beyond Email – Chat, Skype, blogging and more.
Adobe Creative Suite is available at East Branch!
Software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are FREE using your library card.
If you’re unsure how to use the products but want to learn, check out Lynda.com for tutorials!
Lynda.com is an excellent online learning tool offering hundreds of video courses and tutorials in software, creative and business skills. Library card is REQUIRED; at first use, you will have to create an account.
Microsoft Online Training for Office: Online tutorials for Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more.
Learning on Your Phone
Use these apps to learn something new on the go!