Tech Classes

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert at technology, we teach a wide variety of classes at the library for all skill levels. Check out our list of classes.

Upcoming Events

Beginning Google Docs

Saturday, March 2, 2024, 10:30 am

This hands-on class introduces the online, shareable documents of Google Docs. Learn to create documents, share, save, download, upload, print, and more.

Registration required, limited to eight participants.

Online Tools for Planning Your Next Vacation

Monday, March 4, 2024, 2:00 pm

Come learn about the best resources, tips, and tricks you need to make your next vacation a success.

Discover ways to find great flights, build an interesting itinerary, and keep travel documents at the ready—including using AI tools.

Registration required, limited to 15 participants.

Getting Started with Google Drive and Cloud Storage

Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 3:00 pm

Learn how to use the popular cloud-based file storage option connected to your Google account.

Learn to navigate the interface and how to organize, sync, and locate files. Access, create, and edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more using Google Drive. Plus, learn how to share and access files using the mobile app.

Basic mouse and keyboard skills required, Google account preferred.

Limited to eight participants.

Computer Basics in Urdu: Introduction and Navigation to Windows

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 5:00 pm

Presented in Urdu, this class will go over the basics of navigating a computer, including basic mouse and keyboard skills. We will introduce menus, files, and system functions of a Windows computer.

Introduction to Library Apps Libby and Hoopla

Sunday, March 10, 2024, 1:30 pm

With your library card, you have access to online eBooks, audiobooks, and more. Learn the basics of Libby and Hoopla, where you can check out and download more of what the library has to offer.

Personal mobile device recommended. Limited to eight participants.

Getting Started with Genealogy Research

Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 5:00 pm

This class will introduce all the library has to offer to help with searching for your roots.

Interested in your ancestry or finding information on bygone family members? We will go over basics of, HeritageHub for obituaries, and other online tools that can help you connect with your family history.

Learn tips, tricks, and best practices for getting started with genealogy.

Registration required, limited to 15 participants.

Introduction to Google Photos

Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 10:00 am

Learn how to use the free photo sharing and photo storage service from Google.

Back up, edit, and organize your photos using this tool. A Google account is highly recommended.

Registration required, limited to eight participants.

Artificial Intelligence (AI): What Parents Need to Know

Thursday, March 14, 2024, 7:00 pm

Get the knowledge and resources parents need to guide their children through the dynamic emerging landscape of artificial intelligence (AI).

In this moderated panel, experts will address and offer solutions to concerns faced by parents with students in grade school through high school.

Our panelists--Roman Eng, AI safety researcher at Clarkson University, and David Chan, director of instructional technology at Evanston Township High School--will delve into key topics. They will discuss the fundamentals of AI, its integration into education, evaluating potential risks and benefits, preserving academic integrity, and strategies for initiating conversations with your children about AI.

This is an invaluable opportunity for parents to gain insights and practical tools. Cosponsored by the Skokie Telecommunications and Technology (STAT) Commission.

Navigating Your iPhone

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 2:30 pm

This introductory class is intended to teach the basic functions of an iPhone.

Learn about screen navigation, popular applications, and more. Bring your own device.

Limited to eight participants.

Excel Basics: Track Your Reading and Organize Your Book Club

Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 3:00 pm

This class will help you get more comfortable with Microsoft Excel by introducing filters and formatting to help you plan, log, and track your reading.

Learn how to use Excel to track author demographics, time periods, and curate all the aspects of your reading journey--individually or in a club! Mouse and keyboard skills required, some familiarity with Microsoft Excel preferred.

Limited to eight participants.

Advanced Microsoft Excel: VLookup

Monday, April 1, 2024, 3:00 pm

Already familiar with Excel, but want to continue learning the functions and features? This hands-on class explores VLookup and other advanced topics.

Limited to eight participants.

Be Secure with Strong Passwords and Password Managers

Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 1:30 pm

Online account security is a necessary part of everyday life.

This introductory session will empower you to better manage your passwords and online security through learning about the elements that make a password secure. We'll also go over the benefits of and options for using a password manager.

Limited to eight participants.

Getting Started with Gmail

Thursday, April 4, 2024, 5:30 pm

In this hands-on class, learn how to create a free Gmail account; write, send, and save emails; and navigate Gmail.

Basic mouse and keyboard skills are required. Limited to eight participants.

Microsoft PowerPoint for Beginners

Saturday, April 6, 2024, 10:30 am

Learn how to use PowerPoint 2021 to tell your story in a presentation.

This hands-on class is an introduction to the essentials of Microsoft PowerPoint 2021: tabs, layouts, themes, background, bullets, animations, and more.

Basic mouse and keyboard skills are needed. Limited to eight participants.

Music on the Go: Explore Streaming and Make a Playlist

Monday, April 8, 2024, 5:30 pm

This class will review the options for listening to music from your personal devices. Learn how to create an account, get ad-free subscriptions, and make a playlist of your favorite songs.

Limited to eight participants.

Microsoft Word 2021 for Beginners

Saturday, April 13, 2024, 11:00 am

This hands-on class introduces the essentials of Microsoft Word 2021: tabs, saving and printing, downloading templates, clip art, bullets, and more.

Basic mouse and keyboard skills are needed.

Limited to eight participants.

Editing Short Video Clips for Social Media

Monday, April 15, 2024, 6:00 pm

This how-to class provides tips and tricks to help you learn to edit short videos for social media. We'll show you how to add effects, transitions, and voice-overs to your content using Viva Video.

Familiarity with social media platforms required, knowledge of content creation preferred.

Limited to eight participants.

Using the Yahoo Mail App

Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 1:00 pm

Yahoo Mail is free for personal use, and it is a great email option on your mobile device. Learn how to use this email service, including writing and sending emails, light file organization, and more.

Bring your personal device. Limited to eight participants.

Exploring Facebook

Sunday, April 28, 2024, 1:30 pm

Whether you've used it for a long time or are just getting started, come take a look at all Facebook has to offer.

We'll go through the basic functions and navigation, and have plenty of time for specific questions.

Limited to eight participants.

Computer Basics: File Clean Up and Organization

Monday, April 29, 2024, 5:30 pm

Working on a Windows computer, explore file organization, storage options, and how to take out the trash.

Basic mouse and keyboard skills required. Limited to eight participants.