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If you read my articles, you will know that I always say the best deals in any town are places of worship and libraries. For those of you who are out of work, and seeking a job, or lacking in your computer skills, you can update your skills FOR FREE by attending Computer Classes in February at the Charleston County Public Library (CCPL).

The ones listed below are for the Main Library on Calhoun Street. There are additional free classes offered in other CCPL branches at Dorchester Road (552-6466); Maybank Highway (559-1945); Otranto Road (572-4094); and Woodmere Drive (766-2546); - call them for times and classes.

CCPL - Main Library also offers an Open Computer Lab for you to practice your software skills in the times listed at the end of this article. You can sign up for a one-hour session (first come-first served) for a wide variety of computer programs, including Internet Explorer, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and MS Publisher. Staff will be available to assist you during these sessions.

**Check out Online Job Searching. And for your career excellence in learning new skills or brushing up on current ones, below is a list of computer classes at the Main Library (805-6930) for the month of February:

Working with Windows

Come explore the typical menus, toolbars and dialog boxes you’ll see when working with Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2007. Learn how to resize windows, open files and make selections from the toolbars. Experience using the mouse and keyboard is expected.

Tuesday, February 15 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Registration begins February 8

File Storage and Organization

Discover how to save and organize your computer files more efficiently. Learn how to rename files, move and copy files, create folders to save files by subject and delete unwanted files. Experience using the mouse and keyboard is expected.

Friday, February 11 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Registration begins February 4

Tuesday, February 22 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Registration begins February 15

**Internet Explorer: Online Job Searching

Explore some of the most popular national and local job search sites and practice searching for position openings. Discover helpful tips for beginning a job search and take a look at some online resume resources. Completion of Internet Basics (or previous experience) is expected.

Thursday, February 24 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Registration begins February 17

Microsoft Access 2007 Basics

Databases store large amounts of related data, like inventory and address lists. Discover the basic tools used to create and modify related tables, forms, queries and reports in a database. Completion of Excel Basics (or previous experience) is expected.

Monday, February 7 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Registration begins January 31

Microsoft Excel 2007 Basics

Explore the parts of a workbook and learn how to enter, edit and duplicate data. Practice inserting formulas, formatting text, resizing columns, creating charts, renaming and deleting sheets and printing. Completion of Word Basics (or previous experience) is expected.

Saturday, February 19 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Registration begins February 12

Microsoft Excel 2007: Beyond the Basics

Learn how to customize a worksheet by inserting and formatting rows and columns, sorting and filtering data, applying additional formulas and functions and selecting print options. Completion of Excel Basics (or previous experience) is expected.

Saturday, February 26 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Registration begins February 19

Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Basics

Learn how to create an electronic slide show, apply themes and styles, edit and format text, work with images and placeholders and view your presentation. Completion of Word Basics (or previous experience) is expected.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2007: Beyond the Basics

Discover how to insert slides and modify placeholders to display digital photos. Learn how to link to other slides and websites, format text as WordArt and apply custom animation. Completion of PowerPoint Basics (or previous experience) is expected.

Thursday, February 10 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Registration begins February 3

Word 2007: Mail Merge Magic

Create an address list in Excel and then merge it with Word to generate personalized letters, envelopes and labels. Learn how to filter and format the addresses, too. Completion of Word Basics and Excel Basics (or previous experience with both) is expected.

Monday, February 28 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Registration begins February 22

Open Computer Lab - Mondays through Sundays

Practice your computer software skills during these open lab times. Sign up for a one-hour session (first-come, first served) to use a wide variety of computer programs, including Internet Explorer, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and MS Publisher. Staff will be available to assist you during these sessions.

Sundays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 from 2 – 5 p.m.

Mondays, February 7, 14, 28 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Tuesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 from 12 – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, February 2, 16 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, February 9 from 3:30 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, February 23 from 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Thursdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24 from 12 – 4:30 p.m.

Fridays, February 4, 11, 18, 25 from 12 – 6 p.m.

Saturdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26 from 1 – 6 p.m.

Marie Coppola February 2011

Ref: Jamie Thomas: Public Relations and Marketing Manager CCPL

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