Past Slide Presentations and Handouts
at Skokie Public Library

Did you miss a computer class or presentation? We’ve got you covered! Check this page for handouts and other information from past technology programs at Skokie Public Library.

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Teach Yourself a Second Langauge Online for Free
Presented August 25, 2014

Do you want to learn Spanish, Urdu, Russian, Icelandic, or one of many other languages? Learn how the Library can help you help yourself with our outstanding online resources, as well as other free Internet resources.

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Watch TV and Movies on the Internet
Presented August 16, 2014

Learn how to watch TV and movies through the Internet! This lecture will review the best free and premium websites for viewing your favorite shows.

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Social Media for Job Seekers
Presented August 4, 2014

Get an overview of the best social networking software to help you develop a personal brand and enhance a job search. Tips will be offered for using Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other online tools.

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Be an Online Detective
Presented July 30, 2014

You might be surprised at what information you can find about yourself or other people on the Internet. The class will show participants which websites are best for tracking people down and where you can find public record information (including foreclosures, new home buyers, and new businesses) on the Internet

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Understand the Cloud
Presented June 11, 2014

Learn what the cloud is, how it works, and how you can use it (or how you already are). This class will define the cloud and discuss advantages of using it. Free resources you can use to get in the cloud will be presented.

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Video Editing for Beginners
Presented July 8, 2014

Make your home movies look beautiful with Microsoft Window's Movie Maker Live. Topics include importing footage, editing content, adding special effects, and producing to DVD or the Internet.

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Social Media Simplified
Presented June 11, 2014

Don’t know a hashtag from a check-in? Befuddled by tweets, likes, and pins? Never fear! We’ll decode Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and others—you’ll learn which ones to try, how to share, and what to skip. Class is lecture-based.

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Harvard on the Couch: Free Online Learning
Presented May 28, 2014

MOOCs (massive open online courses) are all the rage, allowing anyone with an internet connection and computer to take free classes on virtually any subject from elite universities. This lecture-based class breaks down the top MOOCs and other great sources for e-learning.

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iPad - News, Research & Information
Presented May 27, 2014

News/Research/Information: They say that knowledge is power and the iPad is powerful tool. In this class we’ll discuss the best apps for information, research, and news.Basic iPad knowledge is a necessary prerequisite for this class.

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iPad - Productivity Apps
Presented March 25, 2014

In this class we’ll discuss the best apps for productivity to help you get the most out of your iPad. Basic iPad knowledge is a necessary prerequisite for this class. 

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Facebook Basics
Presented March 18, 2014

Wondering what the Facebook fuss is all about? Join us for a lecture-based class that explores the social networking phenomenon. Learn how to set up an account, navigate the site, find friends, upload photos, and manage privacy settings. 

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Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 for Beginners
Presented March 14, 2014

This class is an introduction to the essentials of Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: tabs, layouts, themes, background, bullets, animations and more. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are needed. If you attend any three Microsoft Office classes you may receive a Skokie Library Certificate of Learning for Microsoft Office 2010. 

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Google Tips and Tricks
Presented February 6, 2014

Do you know the Google search box can tell you the weather, calculate sums, and even translate multiple languages? Learn these and other tricks, tools, and shortcuts of the world’s most popular website. 

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Test Drive Google Drive
Presented February 5, 2014

Google Drive allows people to create, store, and share documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and forms online. This presentation will demonstrate how to create a Google account, create new files, collaborate on files with friends and co-workers, and publish and share files. 

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Create a Free Website with Google Sites
Presented January 7, 2014

Come learn to create a free website with Google Sites and share it with a small group or the whole world.

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Harvard on the Couch: Free Online Learning
Presented November 4, 2013

MOOCs (massive open online courses) are all the rage, allowing anyone with an internet connection and computer to take free classes on virtually any subject from elite universities. This lecture-based class breaks down the top MOOCs and other great sources for e-learning.

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Introduction to Crowdfunding with the Kangaroo Cup
Presented September 16, 2013

Crowdfunding is revolutionizing the creation of products and art because it allows inventors and artists to pre-sell products before they are finished in order to get them to market. In this class, a father and ten year old daughter will tell the story of getting her invention into production using crowdfunding in a way that would have been impossible just a few short years ago

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Test Drive Google Drive
Presented September 10, 2013

Google Drive allows people to create, store, and share documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and forms online. This presentation will demonstrate how to create a Google account, create new files, collaborate on files with friends and co-workers, and publish and share files.

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Podcasting for All
Presented September 9, 2013

Have you ever wanted your own radio show? Podcasting makes it possible. In this lecture class, we’ll teach you how to record, edit, and share your voice on the Web.

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Watch TV and Movies on the Internet
Presented September 9, 2013

Learn how to watch TV and movies through the Internet! This lecture will review the best free and premium websites for viewing your favorite shows.

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Windows 8
Presented August 19, 2013

Get a feel for Microsoft’s latest operating system that presents a dramatic visual shift to provide seamless integration between mobile devices (such as tablets and phones) and traditional desktop and laptops.

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There's an App for That
Presented December 12, 2012

Review the best apps that have been released or updated in 2012. We'll discuss apps available for Apple, Android, and Windows-based devices.

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Give the Gift of Movies
Presented December 10, 2012

Learn to turn your photos or films into awesome holiday gifts using iMovie and Window's Movie Maker.

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Teach Yourself Technology
Presented January 30 and November 5, 2012

Find out how the Library can help you help yourself when it comes to learning to use Photoshop, Excel, iMovie, gMail, PHP, or other programs and technologies. If you learn by doing, this class is a must for you.

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LinkedIn: Online Social Networking for Professionals
Presented February 16, 2010, March 12, July 19 and October 1, 2012

This presentation will teach participants how to use LinkedIn.com, an online social networking website that allows professionals to connect with colleagues and improve the power of their professional networking.

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Hello, iPad
Presented July 23, 2012

Need some help getting started with your iPad? This class will take you on a tour of the basic features and functions of your iPad. We'll also cover how to download Library books to your device.

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You Can't Google This
Presented February 7 and June 30, 2011, and June 25, 2012

Join a reference librarian as he demonstrates how you can learn to find information that "you can't Google!" This might include learning a language online, getting a diagram to help you repair your car, finding a recipe that was in the Chicago Tribune years ago, reading today’s newspaper headlines from papers from around the country or the world, taking practice exams, uncovering copies of original documents to fill in your family tree, getting lists of foreclosed properties, obtaining a sample business plan, and even more!

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Developing a Social Media Plan for Your Business
Presented May 16, 2012

So you’ve put your company on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Now what? In this presentation, we’ll discuss ways to better connect with your customers online. We’ll offer suggestions for finding your audience, responding to customer feedback, and crafting a voice for your organization. Bring your questions and share suggestions with your fellow entrepreneurs. Turn social media into social business.

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Facebook Privacy
Presented May 3, 2012

Privacy continues to be a hot-button issue for Facebook users, but few actually understand how to make their account more secure. As part of "Choose Privacy Week," this informative presentation will leave you much better prepared to manage your Facebook privacy settings to your satisfaction.

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Google Earth 101
Presented April 9, 2012

Learn about all the exciting adventures you can take with your computer using Google Earth. From the Google Earth website, "Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean." What's not to like?

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Search the Web
Presented April 14, 2010, January 25, 2011 and April 4, 2012

This beginner-level class offers participants instruction on how to effectively search the Web using a wide variety of search engines, Web directories, and library databases. Attendees must already know how to use a mouse and keyboard.

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Your Guide to Music on the Web
Presented February 6, 2012

Spotify, Pandora, iCloud, and Rdio… There are now so many options to listen to and store digital music collections. We will explore the pros and cons of the different music media options out there and show you several methods for importing, downloading, organizing, and sharing music.

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Twelve Websites That Will Change Your Life
Presented February 2, 2012

By some estimates, there are more than a trillion websites. Get a road map for a dozen you need to know about -- free, useful, and interesting tools for work and play.

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Google+
Presented December 15, 2011

Learn about the newest social networking alternative to Facebook by touring Google+ and exploring its unique features. This is a great class if you are new to social networking, thinking of making a change, or interested in another way to connect with people online.

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Follow that Blog
Presented December 12, 2011

Can't keep up with all your blogs? Sick of having to check a million different sites to get your news? Learn about free RSS feed aggregators online and off to organize all of your blogs, news, and even tweets in just one place.

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Job Hunting on the Web
Presented April 18 and July 15, 2010, and December 5, 2011

This class will provide participants an overview of how to use the Internet to find employment. Topics will include using various job search engines, completing online application forms and posting resumes, and taking advantage of social networking websites for professionals.

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The Ins and Outs of Online Shopping
Presented December 16, 2010 and November 10, 2011

Shopping online can be fast, fun, and convenient! Learn guidelines for shopping safely online and get tips on great sites for browsing, finding product reviews, and making purchases.

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Introducing Google Chrome
Presented October 24, 2011

Think you’ve learned all there is to know about web browsers? Think again. Google’s foray into Web software adds a whole set of functions that go beyond the Back, Home, and Refresh buttons. We’ll take a look at the browser’s core features, and offer recommendations for Chrome’s app market.

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Google Map Maker
Presented September 26, 2011

Learn to add information to a public map about your favorite restaurant, walking path, or great place you've found to sit and read. Take advantage of this great tool to do all of these things and more.

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Practice Exams: Learning Express
Presented September 22, 2011

Planning on taking the SATs or ACTs this year? We can help you prepare. Come for a walkthrough of the Learning Express Library, a free test preparation course that will help you ace these important exams.

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Facebook Pages
Presented August 15, 2011

Is your business on Facebook? Do you want to create a separate identity for your “professional” and “personal” online identity? One easy way to do all of this is with a Facebook Page. In this class, we’ll talk about how these differ from the traditional Facebook profile, and how you can use them to connect with your audience. Bring plenty of questions for this useful lecture-based workshop.

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Introducing Google Sites
Presented August 4, 2011

Create your own Google website. In this hands-on workshop, you will build a basic website, step by step, and learn how to navigate the available tools. Knowledge of HTML is not necessary. Google resources will be provided for business, resume, or personal site development. A Google account is required.

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Video Editing for Beginners
Presented January 31 and July 25, 2011

Make your home movies look beautiful! This presentation will introduce editing movies with Apple's iMovie and Microsoft Window's Movie Maker.

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Skype for Beginners
Presented March 4 and October 12, 2010, and July 19, 2011

If you want to find a way to connect with friends and family all over the country and world, this presentation on Skype is perfect for you. Skype is a software program that allows you to make telephone calls to people over the Internet. Learn how to make cheap phone calls over the Internet, contact other Skype users for free, and use the videoconferencing option to see people all over the world!

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Tweet Your Heart Out
Presented July 7, 2011

This class will teach participants the basics of the social networking site Twitter. The instructor will demonstrate how to set-up an account, find people to follow, and integrate Twitter into your daily routine at work, at home, or on your mobile device.

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Introduction to Google Docs
Presented August 17 and August 21, 2009, and June 8, 2011

Google Docs allows people to create, store, and share documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and forms online. This presentation will demonstrate how to create a Google account, create new files, collaborate on files with friends and co-workers, and publish and share files.

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Be Your Own Travel Agent
Presented May 13, 2008, June 17 and September 22, 2010, and May 26, 2011

Ride the information superhighway to your travel destination! Learn how to use the Internet to book transportation and lodging, find special Internet deals, and explore your destinations before leaving home. Class is lecture-based.

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Facebook: Beyond the Basics
Presented May 9, 2011

Now that you have a personal Facebook account, discover how to make the most of it. Understand privacy settings, manage friends through groups and lists, explore apps, and send invitations. This hands-on class is for people who already have experience using Facebook and want to learn more.

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Be an Informed Patient: An Introduction to Health and Medical Resources Online
Presented April 21, 2011

This presentation will introduce attendees to various free websites and Library databases that have reliable medical and health information. The instructor will also discuss ways to find information about doctors and hospitals. Medical advice will not be provided.

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Internet Safety
Presented April 18, 2011

Passwords, credit cards, forwards, scams, oh my. Come learn how to protect yourself on the Internet. We will discuss password security, some of the most common scams, and how to tell if a site asking for your credit card number is legitimate.

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Investing on the Web
Presented June 27, 2008 and April 4, 2011

This class will provide a basic overview of how to find investment information on the Web. Topics will include finding stock quotes and charting past performance, researching companies using the Library’s subscription databases, setting up an online portfolio to monitor your investments, finding the best interest rates, and more.

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Android Boot Camp
Presented September 21, 2010 and March 9, 2011

Google's new operating system is making some serious waves in the mobile phone world. In this workshop we'll take a look at some of the best features available on the platform and learn about the best free apps you can dowload for your device.

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Introduction to Microsoft Office 2010
Presented February 9, 2011

Need a doctor for your .docx files? Think the Ribbon is something you use to wrap gifts? This introduction to the new Microsoft Office software is for you. In this hands-on class, we'll take a look at the major changes Office has undergone between its 2003, 2007, and present-day versions.

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Tapping Into the Hidden Job Market
Presented February 3, 2011

This program will highlight how to use Library resources to go beyond the typical job search. Skokie Public Library subscribes to a number of specialty databases which job seekers can use to create contact lists of potential employers and help locate the decision makers in targeted companies. Mike Buhmann, the career librarian at Skokie Public Library, will review a number of specialty databases and a core of websites that can help job seekers go beyond the typical job search.

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Search the Web
Presented April 14, 2010 and January 25, 2011

This beginner-level class offers participants instruction on how to effectively search the Web using a wide variety of search engines, Web directories, and library databases. Attendees must already know how to use a mouse and keyboard.

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I Have an eReader. Now what?
Presented January 10, 2011

Although eBooks are less expensive than hardcovers, they can still be costly if you buy a lot of them. So, why not get them for free? If you have Nook, a Sony Reader, or a Kobo, we'll show you how you can check out eBooks onto your eReader, as well as how to find websites that offer free eBooks.

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Facebook Basics
Presented December 13, 2010

Wondering what the Facebook fuss is all about? Join us for a lecture-based class that explores the social networking phenomenon. Learn how to set up an account, navigate the site, find friends, upload photos, and manage privacy settings.

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Making the Most of Your Mobile Phone
Presented February 19 and November 24, 2009, and November 23, 2010

Whether you’ve got the most basic model or the latest iPhone, your mobile phone can do much more than make calls. In this presentation, we’ll show you how you can use your mobile phone for text messaging, browsing the web, and much more. The presentation also features an in-depth look at the Library's suite of mobile-friendly services.

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Web Browser Showdown
Presented November 11, 2010

This presentation will give participants an understanding of the major web browsers available today, including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome and Opera.  Only the fastest, most useful web browsers will stand the test of the Browser Showdown.

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Screencasting for Beginners
Presented October 18, 2010

This presentation will teach you how to make screencasts, video screen captures of your computer, using free and premium software.

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Understanding E-Readers
Presented August 10, 2010

eBooks are more popular than ever, which has led to an explosion in eBook formats, mobile apps, and devices for reading. This class provides a survey of some of the most popular models, as well as suggestions for finding paid, free, and Library eBooks.

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Google: The Basics and Beyond
Presented November 28, 2007, February 5, 2009 and August 5, 2010

This class will demonstrate Google’s many special features such as advanced Web searching, maps, images, video, and news. You’ll also learn about Google’s competitors for those times when using Google is not the best option. Class is lecture-based.

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The Best Free iPhone and iPod Touch Apps
Presented May 26, 2010

With over 100,000 apps available for the iPhone and iTouch, it can be difficult to find the best ones. This presentation will introduce participants to some of the best free apps in categories such as social networking, entertainment, games, news, shopping, productivity, travel, and finding information!

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Making Google Personal
Presented May 24, 2010

Learn how to personalize your use of Google using iGoogle, Google Calendar, and more!

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iTunes and Digital Music
Presented August 12, 2008 and May 13, 2010

Explore many of the different methods for importing, organizing, and sharing music with your computer. We'll also take a look at Internet resources for downloading music, and for connecting to the social web of music fans.

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Twitter for Beginners
Presented March 18, 2010

This class will teach participants the basics of the social networking website Twitter. The instructor will demonstrate how to set up an account, find people to follow, and integrate Twitter into your daily routine at work, at home, or on your mobile device.

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Fun with Flickr!
Presented January 15, April 29, August 19, 2009, and March 3, 2010

Got a new digital camera? Discover how to share your fantastic digital photos online using Flickr.com. You will learn how to upload, organize, and share their photos with friends, family, and the world beyond!

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Simple Steps to Creating Your Own Website
Presented January 26, 2010

Participants in this hands-on class will learn how to design a free, easily manageable website and get it online fast! The instructor will demonstrate Webs.com, which provides powerful and easy to learn tools for building custom websites perfect for small businesses.

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Tuesday Tech Talk: Introduction to Drupal CMS
Presented November 3, 2009

This class will provide a brief introduction to Drupal, a free and open source Content Management System (CMS) used as a back-end system for many different types of websites, ranging from small personal blogs to large corporate websites.

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Understanding YouTube
Presented March 4, 2008 and October 14, 2009

Millions of people are making their own videos and sharing them with others on websites like YouTube.com. This presentation will help you understand how YouTube works, including how to watch videos created by others and also how to share your own original videos.

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Search Engine Showdown
Presented September 23, 2009

This presentation will give participants an understanding of the key search engines available to today's web surfers. Search engines to be addressed include Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Wolfram Alpha.

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Job Hunting on the Web
Presented September 17, 2009

This class will provide participants an overview of how to use the Internet to find employment. Topics will include using various job search engines, completing online application forms and posting resumes, and taking advantage of social networking websites for professionals.

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Introduction to Google Docs
Presented August 17 and August 21, 2009

Google Docs allows people to create, store, and share documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and forms online. This presentation will demonstrate how to create a Google account, create new files, collaborate on files with friends and co-workers, and publish and share files.

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Social Networking for Book Lovers
Presented August 11, 2009

Bibliophiles all over the world have discovered the value of websites like GoodReads, LibraryThing, and Shelfari. These sites make it easy to keep track of your personal collection, rate books you’ve read, and discuss everything reading with people from all over the Internet. Join us for a guided tour of these venues, and learn how to create your own profile. As an added bonus, we’ll give you sneak peak at the Library’s own social reading tools!

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Computer Skills for Job Seekers: Finding Jobs Online
Presented June 15, 2009

This class will provide participants an overview of how to use the Internet to find employment. Topics will include using various job search engines and setting up email alerts to receive the latest job listings.

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Computer Skills for Job Seekers: Email
Presented June 13, 2009

If you are applying for a job online, you will need to have an email address. This presentation will show you how to create your own web-based email account so you send and receive emails.

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Microblogging: Twitter 101
Presented May 5, 2009

This presentation will provide participants with an understanding of how microblogging services like Twitter, Tumblr, and Friendfeed work and how you can use them to stay connected with others. Microblogging allows users to send brief text updates, photos, or audio clips and publish them, either to be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group which can be chosen by the user.

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Listening to Music Online
Presented May 4, 2009

This class will provide participants an overview of the best websites for music lovers. The presenter will teach you how to find and listen to your favorite music, as well as create and share playlists with others.

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Using Craigslist to Buy, Sell, Rent & More!
Presented June 11 and November 12, 2008, and April 15, 2009

This class will teach participants how to use Craigslist.org, a popular website where anyone can view or post classified ads for free. Participants will learn the basics of creating an account, finding items, buying items, and listing items on Craigslist.

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Digital Camera Basics
Presented January 6, 2009

Join professional photographer Yazmin "Yazy" Raclawski for an introduction to digital cameras. Learn all about how digital cameras work, their most important features, and what to consider when shopping for one.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Storage
Presented November 6, 2008

Come explore the world of external storage media, including USB flash drives and SD memory cards, card readers, external hard drives, and online storage options. This class is for those looking to learn more about how to store and manage their data, how devices connect to a computer, how to find files you have saved, and how to attach files to an email or upload them to the Internet. Hands-on instruction will also include how to sign up for a free Google Docs account, which can be used to make your documents accessible from anywhere.

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Election Info on the Web
Presented October 28, 2008

The 2008 elections are heating up and the Web offers a nearly inexhaustible supply of information related to the candidates, the issues, and your rights as a voter. We’ll show you how to find the most useful resources, from looking up your polling place to finding all the top political blogs. You'll also receive an in-depth look at SkokieVotes, the Library’s new information directory for election information.

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Blogging for Moms and Dads
Presented September 24, 2008

Family blogs can help family members and friends stay tuned to what is happening in your family using words, digital photographs, and videos. Learn how to set up a fun, interactive website for your entire family to enjoy. Experience using the Internet is required.

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Facebook, MySpace, and More
Presented September 22, 2008

Social networking sites have become one of the most popular destinations on the Web. They are easy (and free) ways to stay in touch with friends and family, and a fun way to let your personality show. In this class, we’ll take a look at several popular social networking sites, help you get started with your personal page, and discuss ways to stay safe online.

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Wikipedia: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Presented September 16, 2008

Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, is one of the most popular
and controversial websites in the world. Come learn how Wikipedia works, the pros
and cons of using it for research, and tips on how to evaluate articles. Both students
and non-students are welcome to attend!

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Investing on the Web
Presented June 27, 2008

This class will provide a basic overview of how to find investment information on the Web. Topics will include finding stock quotes and charting past performance, researching companies using the Library’s subscription databases, setting up an online portfolio to monitor your investments, finding the best interest rates, and more.

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Mastering Firefox and Internet Explorer
Presented November 12, 2007 and June 5, 2008

Get more out of your Web browser! The new versions of Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox offer a treasure trove of add-ons and features that few people really know about. We’ll also take a look at the Skokie Public Library Toolbar, a convenient new way to connect with the Library and its website.

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RSS Feeds 101
Presented May 28, 2008

Learn to use RSS feeds to maximize your experience using the Web. RSS feeds can help you stay on top of your favorite blogs, events, job listings, financial news, shopping deals, weather, traffic, real estate, and more! You'll have an opportunity to set up an account with an RSS reader, where you can look at new Web content in one convenient place!

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What's New with Google?
Presented March 18, 2008

Google is most commonly associated with searching the Internet, but it is actually capable of much, much more. Receive an overview of many of the useful features Google offers for free, including email, chat, driving directions, documents, and more. We'll also take a look ahead to see what Google is cooking up for the future.

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iTunes and Digital Music
Presented February 25, 2008

Explore many of the different methods for importing, organizing, and sharing music with your computer. We'll also take a look at Internet resources for downloading music, and for connecting to the social web of music fans.

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Become a Google Guru
Presented December 10, 2007

Most people know of Google as a search engine, but Web-savvy folks know it's good for a lot more. Maps, video, email, photo organization, and creating documents and spreadsheets — these are just a few of the many features we'll explore on our way to Google enlightenment.

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Introduction to the World Wide Web
Presented September 18, October 16, and December 6, 2007

A great class for the beginner! Learn the basics of the Internet—what is the World Wide Web, how do you get connected, what’s on it, and how do you use it?

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eBay for Beginners
Presented December 4, 2007

Curious about using eBay for buying and selling? Bruce Brigell, Coordinator of Information Services, will give you the tools and tricks needed to become a successful buyer and seller. Topics include setting up an account, posting items for sale, bidding strategies, payments, and avoiding fraud. Experienced eBay users are welcome to share their tips with others!

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Become a Blogger
Presented November 15, 2007

There are now more than 71 million blogs in existence, with about 120,000 new blogs being created every day. Everyone is blogging! So, what are you waiting for? This class will help you start your own blog so you can publish your thoughts and connect with others.

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Blogs: The Basics and Beyond
Presented November 8, 2007

You’ve probably heard the term “blog” being used everywhere, but maybe you’re not so sure what it means. Sign up for this class and learn all about using blogs (short for “web logs”), web feeds (RSS), news aggregators, and more.

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Secrets of Online Shopping
Presented November 1, 2007

Just in time for the holidays, discover the perks of shopping from home. We will talk about choosing and using reputable retail and auction websites, finding bargains, and keeping your credit cards safe.

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Searching the World Wide Web
Presented October 23, 2007

Learn how to search the Web effectively. This class teaches basic search strategies and discusses various search engines.

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Instant Messaging, Video Chat, and Text Messaging
Presented October 2, 2007

With instant messaging, video chat, and text messaging, staying in touch has never been easier, faster, or more fun! Adult Services Librarian Toby Greenwalt explained the purposes of each tool, offered suggestions in how to find a webcam, and showed off some useful tricks with each.

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