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


PhotoPea: A Free Alternative to Photoshop

Monday, June 24, 2024, 3:00 pm

In this introductory class, explore the basics of PhotoPea, a free online photo editor.

This web-based software lets you edit photos; apply effects, filters, and text; and crop or resize pictures.


Create a Resume Using Microsoft Word

Thursday, June 27, 2024, 5:30 pm

We'll create a simple resume and cover letter using Microsoft Word and review best practices for formatting, saving, and submitting.

Additional job search resources will be available.

For people who are already familiar with word-processing basics; mouse and keyboard skills required.


Google Sheets for Beginners

Saturday, July 6, 2024, 10:30 am

This hands-on class will introduce Google Sheets and its basic concepts as an alternative to Microsoft Excel.

Learn how to create a Google sheet, cells, and simple formulas, as well as how to save, share, download, upload, print, and more. Basic mouse and keyboard skills are required.


Using Google Docs to Write an Email Newsletter

Monday, July 8, 2024, 11:00 am

Learn the basics of writing an email newsletter collaboratively using Google Docs.

Add photos, interesting stories, and apply consistent formatting. Learn how to compress and send to your audience and make it work for both print and email.

For people with some familiarity with Google Docs or Word. Mouse and keyboard skills required. Limited to eight participants.


Learn with Online Training and Tutorials

Thursday, July 11, 2024, 5:30 pm

Learn about the online trainings and courses available free through the library. For Skokie cardholders.

We will introduce various free resources, including Gale Courses, LinkedIn Learning, Creativebug, and Mango Languages. Dive into a new skill or brush up on old interests. Limited to 15 participants.


Creating with Canva.com

Monday, July 15, 2024, 3:00 pm

Get started creating flyers, exploring tools and templates, and many other free aspects of the design platform Canva.com.

This class will introduce elements of Canva design. Mouse and keyboard skills required.


Introduction to Internet Browsers: Navigation and Features

Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 3:00 pm

Learn the basics of internet browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge--powerful tools to help you navigate the internet.

This introductory class will walk through the basics of what to look for, how to navigate, and how to customize your browser start pages and bookmark your favorite sites.

Mouse and keyboard skills required. Limited to eight participants.


Reading Newspapers and Magazines Online

Friday, July 19, 2024, 3:00 pm

Did you know that with your library card, you have free access to many online magazines and newspapers?

Learn the basics of these online tools and how to read your favorites, from the Chicago Tribune and The New York Times to Rolling Stone and Bon Appetit!

For Skokie cardholders. Limited to 15 participants.


Navigating Your iPhone

Tuesday, July 23, 2024, 11:00 am

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 10 participants.


Introduction to Libby and Hoopla

Sunday, July 28, 2024, 12:30 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 offers.

Personal mobile device recommended. Limited to 10 participants.


Start Using Google Drive and Cloud Storage

Tuesday, July 30, 2024, 3:00 pm

Learn how to use this popular cloud-based file storage option connected to your Google account. Navigate the interface and learn to organize, sync, and locate files.

Access, create, and edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. Plus, learn how to share files and access them through the mobile app.

Basic mouse and keyboard skills required, Google account preferred, new accounts will not be created in class.

Limited to eight participants.


Exploring Job Search Websites

Thursday, August 1, 2024, 5:30 pm

Wondering where is the best place to look for jobs? This class will present many of the basic job searching websites and look at navigation, best practices, and how to find the right job for you.

We'll discuss Indeed, USA Jobs, Idealist, and ZipRecruiter, and we will have plenty of time for questions.


Microsoft PowerPoint 2021 for Beginners

Saturday, August 3, 2024, 10:30 am

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.


Presented in Urdu: Create a Resume Using Microsoft Word

Monday, August 5, 2024, 3:00 pm

We'll create a simple resume and cover letter using Microsoft Word, and will review best practices for formatting, saving, and submitting.

Additional job search resources will be available.

For people who are already familiar with word-processing basics; mouse and keyboard skills required.


Improve Your Writing with Online Tools

Thursday, August 8, 2024, 1:30 pm

This introductory class will survey tools used to improve your writing: Microsoft Word's spellchecker, Grammarly, and Tutor.com.

We'll also look at some AI features for topics where additional help may be useful.

For people already familiar with word processing; mouse and keyboard skills required.


Microsoft Word 2021 for Beginners

Monday, August 12, 2024, 3:00 pm

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.


Introduction to Strong Passwords and Password Manager Apps

Tuesday, August 13, 2024, 2:00 pm

Online account security is a necessary part of everyday life.

Learn to better manage your passwords and online security through secure password elements and the benefits of and options for using a password manager.

Limited to 15 participants.


Social Media Questions and How-to

Sunday, August 18, 2024, 12:30 pm

Bring your questions on the most popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and X (formerly Twitter) to this drop-in session.

Make the most of what these sites have to offer for interacting with friends, sharing information, posting pictures, and more. We will help you learn how to navigate, or bring any of your own questions talk about social media.


Create a Resume Using Microsoft Word

Thursday, August 22, 2024, 5:30 pm

We'll create a simple resume and cover letter using Microsoft Word and will review best practices for formatting, saving, and submitting.

Additional job search resources will be available. For people who are already familiar with word-processing basics; mouse and keyboard skills required.


Staying Safe Online: Looking at Scams and Phishing

Friday, August 30, 2024, 3:00 pm

Understanding how to detect scams, frauds, and bad actors on the internet continues to become more important.

Learn common signs of scams and phishing, as well as other tips and tricks to stay safe online.