Computer Classes


Class Descriptions | One-On-One Sessions | Practice

Classes are free and open to all Williamson County Public Library
patrons in good standing. Classes are held at the Main Library in Franklin.

  March classes are from 2:30 - 4:30 unless otherwise noted by **

image of a computer mouse

Class participants must know how to:

  • Use a keyboard and mouse
  • Open and close a program
  • Find and use menus and scroll bars
  • Click here to learn these basic skills

Registration is required for all classes
Register online, by calling (615) 595-1243 ext. 1, or stop by the Reference Desk for staff assistance with registration
Microsoft Office 2016 is used to teach all classes
Classes with fewer than 5 registered to attend will be canceled


Cancelled  Tuesday
March 12
2:30 - 4:30
Introduction to PowerPoint
March 14
2:30 - 4:30
Introduction to the Computer
March 15
2:30 - 4:30
Introduction to Twitter
March 19
2:00 - 4:00**
Introduction to Word I
Cancelled Wednesday
March 20
2:30 - 4:30
Google Drive 101
March 21
2:00 - 4:30**
Introduction to Excel Basics I
March 22
2:30 - 4:30
More Than eBooks
March 26     
2:30 - 4:30
Introduction to Word II
  Thursday March 28
2:30 - 4:30
Introduction to Excel Basics II
  Friday March 29
10:00 - 11:30**
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Computer Class Descriptions

Introduction to the Computer: Can't tell your hardware from your software or your mouse from your monitor? Beginners can learn about the parts of computers and the Windows operating system – the basics needed to start using a computer. This class is for those with very limited or no experience with computers. It is not a typing or keyboarding class.

Introduction to Gmail: Learn how to compose, send, read, reply to, forward, and delete messages. We'll also cover folders, address book, and e-mail terminology and etiquette. *Prerequisites: "Introduction to the Computer" AND "Surfing the Web 101" or equivalent skills.

R.E.A.D.S. eBooks: eREADER101: There are thousands of eBooks available for you to borrow from the library through our R.E.A.D.S database for FREE! Library staff will introduce you to R.E.A.D.S. and show you how to download books to your Kindle, Paperwhite, Nook or other eReader. Be sure to bring your eReader if you have one.

R.E.A.D.S. eBooks: APP 101:Thousands of eBooks can be borrowed from the library with the READS database app for FREE! Library staff will introduce you to the free OverDrive Media Console app and show you how to download it and use it. Bring your tablet or smart phone and your library card.

i 101: Do you have or are you thinking about getting an iPad or iPhone? Come learn some of the basics. This roundtable will cover searching, installing and removing apps, creating folders and more.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel Basics I: This class is an introduction to Excel for those with little or no experience using spreadsheets. Participants will create a basic spreadsheet, perform simple formatting (alignment, numbers, font style and size), sort, print, and save a spreadsheet.  *Prerequisites: “Introduction to the Computer” or equivalent skills; experience with Microsoft Word is preferred.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel Basics II: This class is for participants with some experience with basic spreadsheets. This class offers an introduction to simple formulas as well as cell references. *Prerequisites: “Introduction to MS Excel I” or equivalent skills; experience with Microsoft Word.

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint: Do you have a public speaking engagement or presentation?  Learn how you can use PowerPoint to enhance it.  This class will show participants the basics in creating a PowerPoint slide show, from changing the slide background and colors to adding clip art and sounds. *Prerequisites: "Introduction to the Computer" or equivalent skills; experience with Microsoft Word or equivalent skills.

Introduction to Microsoft Publisher: Microsoft Publisher is a software program used to create a variety of promotional materials, such as brochures, invitations and business cards. We will identify and navigate the basic features and elements of the Microsoft Publisher program. Participants will create and format text boxes; insert WordArt and other graphics; and design a flier and business card. *Prerequisites: "Introduction to the Computer" or equivalent skills; experience with Microsoft Word or equivalent skills.

Introduction to Microsoft Word I: This class is for people with limited experience using word processing software. Participants will learn the basic MS Word tools, how to type a paper or letter using Word, how to save documents to a disc, basic formatting commands including setting margins, selecting and modifying text, cutting and pasting text, and how to open and save documents. Participants will also learn multiple ways of completing particular tasks using MS Word. This is not a typing or keyboarding class. *Prerequisites: "Introduction to the Computer" or the equivalent skills.

Introduction to Microsoft Word II: This class is for people with some experience using word processing software. Participants will learn how to insert clip art, create lists, make columns, format paragraphs and create tables. This is not a typing or keyboarding class. *Prerequisites: "Introduction to MS Word I" or the equivalent skills.

Surfing the Web 101: Don't be overwhelmed by the Internet! Come to this class to learn the basics of navigating the web. We will introduce you to web browsers and search engines, teach you how to search online, and how to evaluate what you find online.*Prerequisites:"Introduction to the Computer" or the equivalent skills.

Introduction to Twitter: Learn about Twitter, what it is, how it works, and how you can use it to your advantage personally, or for your business. Class includes step-by-step site navigation and account set up and maintenance.

introduction to Facebook Profiles: This class is for those with little or no experience using Facebook. It covers basic Facebook features such as setting up a profile, creating a status update, uploading photos, and privacy settings.  

Editing Digital Photographs: Learn basic digital photograph terminology, uploading and downloading, editing tips and tricks and explore the free online photo editor PicMonkey. Be sure to bring your digital camera and connector, or a USB or CD with photographs so that you have something to practice with during the class.

Introduction to Pinterest: Learn about and gain hands-on experience with Pinterest the increasingly popular image-based online community. Pinterest is a photo sharing website that allows users to create theme-based collections related to their personal interests by "pinning" images to "boards." You can use "boards" to plan events like weddings, decorate your home and dream home, and visually organize your favorite recipes, crafts, and more!

Introduction to is one of the most powerful and user-friendly genealogy tools available, and patrons can access it free with a WCPL card in the library or at one of our branches. This guided introduction will cover the basics of using to search through census and other records to find your ancestors, as well a a few tips to help get more accurate results from your searches. Basic experience using a computer and mouse is needed. If using a computer is new to you, please contact the Reference Department for Introduction to Computer classes.

Gadget Zoo: Terrified of technology? Baffled by BYOT? Get ready to conquer your technology fears at our Gadget Zoo! We will introduce you to some of the most commonly used devices or you can bring your own.

Appy Hour: With millions of apps available for smart phone and tablet users, choosing the best apps for your purposes can be overwhelming. The best way to discover a great app is from a friend's recommendation. So, we are inviting new smartphone and tablet users and pros to join us for an Apple & Android app mixer. Bring your device and your favorite apps! Library staff will share their favorite reading apps, as well as apps for daily fun and practical use.

Introduction to Libby: Come find out how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks on your smart phone or tablet using the new Libby app. Libby is a simplified version of the original OverDrive app. Bring your device and your library card with you for a hands-on demonstration of the setup and downloading process.

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Instruction: One-On-One Sessions


Sessions may be scheduled by appointment with a member of the Reference staff.

  • Call or stop by the Reference desk to schedule a 30-minute session
  • Computer assistance customized to answer a specific question
  • Limited to patrons with a valid library card

Ideal for learning how to:

  • Create an email account
  • Manage your library account
  • Use electronic library resources
  • Format Word documents, Excel spreadsheets or PowerPoint presentations

Call the Reference Department at (615) 595-1243 for more information or to schedule a session.


We recommend practicing computer basics before attending a class.

Mousing Web Sites :

Typing Web Sites :

Hands on Computer Literacy Web Sites:

  •  Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101 
  • Digital Learn -- Short tutorials that offer introductions to basic computer skills.
  • GCFLearnFree -- Click on the "Technology" link to learn computer basics or the "Microsoft" link to learn Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft Office programs.
  • TechBoomers -- Learn basic computer skills and how to use popular websites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
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