Computer and Technology Training

Below you will find information regarding training resources and classes our SMART STAFF™ regularly offers. We also provide tutorials for navigating our online catalog, the Internet, Mac, Microsoft and mobile devices and software.  You will find  booklists, web links and websites you can explore to learn more about current and emerging technology.  

Be sure to pick up the latest issue of the Smart Scene. It has a complete list of the computer and technology classes offered each quarter, as well as program information and news from the main library and all Stark County District Library branches. You can read the latest issue online or pick up a paper copy at any of our locations, just ask the staff at the circulation desk.

Also, join us at SCDL Technology Training blog and learn more about our Technology Trainer Librarians discoveries and instructions.

 

Welcome to Stark Library's SMART Technology Training for digital materials. Our digital collection includes e-books, audio books, music, magazines, videos, and movies. Each section listed below provides information and tutorials on how to download digital materials provided by the Stark County District Library depending on the device you wish to use.

From Hollywood blockbusters to best selling authors and artists, you're sure to find something you'll enjoy. But it's not just the latest titles - we also have an extensive catalog of educational materials, children's titles, foreign films, and other hard-to-find content not offered anywhere else.

To set up an account and get started.

1. Go to https://www.hoopladigital.com/register 
2. Click on Stark County District Library or find us on the drop down list.
3. Enter your library card number (2133300...) (PIN not required) and click continue.
4. Enter your email address and password that you wish to use for the sign in of your account.
5. Materials lending periods include: Movies 72 hours, Music 7 days, Television Programs 72 hours per episode, AudioBooks 21 days.
6. Enjoy!

 

Select from our collection of 129 digital magazines that can be read on your desktop/laptop or downloaded to an app for reading on a mobile device. So no matter where you are you can have access to your favorite magazine at home or on the go! The library collection account connects you to your local library collection and allows you to check out magazines available in it.

Note: A separate Zinio.com account is needed to access and read magazines. When a magazine is checked out through the library collection account the link to the Zinio.com account automatically opens.

Go to the library's Zinio Library Collection page. Browse the collection and click on a magazine to check out. Click the "Create an Account" link, enter the required information, and click submit. You'll receive an email to validate your library collection account. A library collection account is required to ensure you are an active member of the library. The account enables the magazine to be available for check out, lets you check it out at no charge, and keep it forever.

Check out a magazine by clicking on the magazine cover to open the product detail page.

After selecting the check-out button, you'll be prompted to log in (if you aren't already logged in) to complete your check out. Upon completed checkout, a Zinio.com personal reading account browser window will open. Log into Zinio.com (or create a Zinio.com account if this is your first time at Zinio.com). You can check out as many magazines as you like, but you must do it one at a time. You'll have the option to continue browsing through the collection prior to launching your Zinio.com personal reading account.

The Zinio.com personal reading account is the account required to view and read checked-out magazines. The Zinio.com personal reading account is available for desktop and mobile devices via apps. It manages the checked-out magazines and provides the location to read the magazines. This account is separate from the library collection account (the first account created to check out the magazines from the library.) The Zinio.com personal reading account is a regular Zinio.com account used by both the library patron and the paying consumer on Zinio.com, but library patrons activate the Zinio.com personal reading account without any consumer or financial information.

The library collection account connects you to your local library collection and allows you to check out magazines available in it. A Zinio.com account is needed to access and read magazines.

A Zinio.com personal account mobile app allows enhanced reading options, including reading offline via downloaded magazine and bookmarking.

There are apps for the iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, Kindle Fire™/Fire™ HD, Windows 8, Blackberry® Playbook™, and Nook® HD/HD+.

Your library collection account checked-out magazines are available on all the supported apps. Log in to your app using your Zinio.com personal reading account email and password.

Note: Apps show the 500 most recent magazines you've checked out so over time you may have more magazines in your online desktop account than available through your app.

 

All classes are offered throughout the year, please check our event calendar for locations, dates and times

Job Skills and Productivity Training Classes

The Job Skills and Productivity Training Classes include Microsoft Office Suite, iWorks for Mac, Google Apps, as well as other programs that will assist a job seeker or an individual wanting to improve their computer and technology skills.

 

Apple Mac Products

Meet the Mac I & II

Get to know your Mac in this two part class. Learn the basic features, menus, settings, track pad, keyboard, Mac applications (iLife, iWork), iCloud and Time Machine.

Mac: iPhoto

Join us as we present iPhoto, a Mac software that stores photos, create albums, basic edits, share and edits prints from an Apple Mac, camera or other camera device.

Mac: Keynote

Learn to use iWork’s Keynote presentation software including: Themes; Toolbar; Format Bar, and Inspectors.  Learn to add text, images and slide transitions.

Mac: Numbers

Learn to use iWork’s Numbers for creating a spreadsheet.  Learn about the Templates, Toolbar and Inspectors; work with rows, columns and cells; sorting; and quick formulas.

Mac: Pages

Learn to work with Mac’s Pages.  Pages is a word processing software for creating documents. 

Communication Tools

Skype

Skype is an online communications site.  Patrons will create and learn to use a Skype account; use a webcam while talking to others around the world.

FaceTime

Google Apps

Google Documents

Learn to use Google’s word document creator Google Documents.  A Google account is required.

Google Presentation

Learn to use Google’s presentation creator Google Presentation.  A Google account is required.

Google Spreadsheet

Learn to use Google’s spreadsheet creator Google Spreadsheets.  A Google account is required.

Job Searching Tools

Job and Career Accelerator

Learn how to use this database for computer skills, resume building, as well as other job searching needs.

Resume Recovery

Learn the secrets of writing a solid resume that will make a lasting first impression on potential employers.

Microsoft Office Products

Access 2010: I, II, & III (Job Skills Series)

In this three part series, learn basic features of Microsoft Office Access by creating your own database.  You will work with the blank database features as well as templates.

Access 2010: IV, V, & VI (Job Skills Series)

In this three part series, learn the basic features of Microsoft Office Access by creating your own database.  You will work with the blank database feature as well as templates.

Excel 2010: I, II, & III (Job Skills Series)

In this three part series learn: Open, close, and save; Ribbons; gain an understanding of the basic navigating and formatting skills; AutoSum; a basic Excel formula; sort information and templates.

OneDrive

Learn the basics of OneDrive, Microsoft's online cloud storage for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office files.  Class includes setting up an account with either an Outlook or Hotmail email address; uploading, downloading files; sharing individual files and entire folders; basic editing in web apps.

PowerPoint 2010: I & II (Job Skills Series)

 In this three part series learn: open, close, and save; create a storyboard; learn formatting of text boxes; animation; and how to show your presentation.  Build your skills and learn images, graphics, tables and charts; navigation tools; hyperlinks; the Design Template.

Publisher 2010: I & II (Job Skills Series)

Learn to open, close, and save; format; images, clipart and graphics; work with auto shapes, lines and tables. Build your skills and learn to add pages; hyperlinks; design features and templates; convert pages to web design.

Word 2010: I, II, & III (Job Skills Series)

In this three part series learn: Open, close and save; Ribbons; formatting including alignment, font and underline; bullets; tabs; Header and Footers; columns and tables; editing a document. 

Excel 2010: IV, V, VI (Job Skills Series)

Microsoft Excel: Continue learning Excel with formulas; Name Ranges; charts; subtotals; Find; Sort/Filter; Mail Merge and more.  

Windows 07

Learn the desktop; Start menu; log in, off and shut down. Learn the Computer, Documents and Pictures options.

Windows 8 (Demonstration)

Struggling with Microsoft Windows 8?  Join us for a demonstration on some of the

Word 2010: I, II, III (Job Skills Series)

Microsoft Word: navigating; explore fonts, bold, italic and underline; cut, copy and paste.  Continue with tables and pictures; Page Layout; Review, and more. popular features of Microsoft Windows 8. 

Word 2010: IV, V, VI (Job Skills Series)

Learn to create mass mailing letters; Page Set up and Special Paste; Hyperlinks.  Learn to create, store, and access a template.

All classes are offered throughout the year, please check our events for locations, dates and times

Computer Maintenance

 Computer Running Slowly?

Is your computer running SLOW?  You know there’s something wrong with your computer, but the neighbor kid and tech support talk in a language you don’t understand.  This class will focus around the terms Spyware, Malware, Viruses, Hackers and the affects they can have on your computer.  You will also discover ways to keep your computer protected from these threats and breathe new life into your online exploration.

Removing Viruses from a PC

Learn this three step process to removing viruses from a Windows PC using the free software Super Anti Spyware Tech Edition, Malware Bytes, and Combo Fix software. 

Running an Open Source Operating System

Learn how to download and operate your computer using Ubuntu, an open source operating system 

Speed Up Your Old PC with Linux

Thinking about replacing an old PC? Rather than spending hundreds on a new one, consider trying Linux: a fast, safe, and completely free open-source operating system that can replace Windows on any PC. Join us for an overview of what Linux is and why you should consider using it, as well as a hands-on demo of how to install it. (Skills Needed: Basic Skills Windows/Os, Basic Skills PC)

Stay Safe from Viruses & Malware

Learn about malware and how to stay safe from viruses, worms and other malicious software that can infect your PC. Antivirus software is discussed, as well as what to do if you’ve been infected. (Skills Needed: Basic Skills Windows/Os, Basic Skills PC)

E-Commerce

Amazon: A Buyers’ Market Place

Learn to create an Amazon account, shop the site, and learn the many options available on Amazon.com. (This is not an entrepreneur’s class.) 

eBay

Learn to shop and sell on eBay; navigate through eBay’s many layers; and create an account. (This is not an entrepreneur’s class)

Getting Creative

Creating Holiday Cards

Learn how to use Microsoft Word to create and print greeting and holiday cards for friends and family.

Mango

Always wanted to speak a second language just for the fun of it?  If so, the library has the solution—Mango Complete, a database that can help you become conversational in any one of over 30 languages.  Come learn more about this low-stress, self-paced way to learn a language.

Shutterfly: Creating Memories

Join us and learn how to create an online photo album to share with family and friends, or create and purchase a hardbound photo album.  

What GIFS?

Learn how to color photos or create your own animated GIFs and post them to social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.

Getting to Know Your Mac

Meet the Mac I-IV

Get to know your Mac in this two part class. Learn the basic features, menus, settings, track pad, keyboard, Mac applications (iLife, iWork), iCloud and Time Machine.

Mac: iPhoto

Join us as we present iPhoto, a Mac software that stores photos, create albums, basic edits, share and edits prints from an Apple Mac, camera or other camera device.

Mac: Keynote

Learn to use iWork’s Keynote presentation software including: Themes; Toolbar; Format Bar, and Inspectors.  Learn to add text, images and slide transitions.

Mac: Numbers

Learn to use iWork’s Numbers for creating a spreadsheet.  Learn about the Templates, Toolbar and Inspectors; work with rows, columns and cells; sorting; and quick formulas.

Mac: Pages

Learn to work with Mac’s Pages. Pages is a word processing software for creating documents. 

Getting to Know Your Windows Machine

Windows 8 & 8.1 (Demonstration)

Struggling with Microsoft Windows 8 or 8.1?  Join us for a demonstration on some of the popular features. 

Windows 7  I & II 

Online Photo Editing, Movie, and Music Making Tools

In the Intermediate Skills Searching class you can learn about basic Internet browsers such as Google and Yahoo; web address Navigation; Internet Explore Tools; the URL; copy and paste; print; bookmark; standard and advanced searching.

Audacity

Learn the basics of editing and recording music using Audacity free recording software.

Digital Cameras 101

Learn the features of a digital camera including zoom, the modes, pixels, composition, depth of field and a free program to add color, depth, cropping.

Digital Photo Tools

Learn to transfer photos from a camera to a computer; explore free online tools for adjusting color and contrast, cropping and eliminating red eye. (Skills Needed: Intermediate Level Computer Skills)

Garage Band 

Photo Bucket

Learn the basics of Photobucket, a website for editing and storing images and short videos.  Sign up for a free account with a valid email address. (Skills needed: basic skills, email, and internet)

Picasa

Want to edit your photos, but can’t pay thousands for Photoshop? Try Picasa, a free Google product that lets you clean-up and edit your pictures, as well as create collages and posters. 

Windows Live Photo Gallery 

Learn to upload, edit and store your photos.  Download required.

Windows Media Player 

Learn how to navigate through your Microsoft Windows Media Play to listen to music or watch a video.

Making Movies with Windows Movie Maker 

Learn to create mini movies using your photos, videos, and music using Microsoft Movie Maker.  Movie Maker is free software found on most PCs that support Microsoft Windows or can be accessed as a free download. 

Research

Academic Search Premiere

Prepare yourself for the coming school year by learning how to find authoritative sources for your research through Academic Search Premier, an extensive scholarly database.

Effective Research Techniques

Calling all college and high school students: want to impress your teachers? Come learn how to find reputable sources for your research with Academic Search Premier. 

Chilton’s Auto Repair

Learn how to find diagnostic and repair information for autos and light trucks with the Chilton’s Auto Repair database available through the library.

Climb Your Family Tree: Effectively Using Ancestry.com

Want to learn more about online genealogy?  Learn tricks and tips to get results when searching Ancestry Library Edition Database  

Social Networking Sites

Social networking is a form of digital communications or a way to share information, videos, and/or pictures with others in you circle of friends.  It has become one a typical way for people, groups, communities even education organizations and businesses to communicate information.  Most social networking sites require an account to join a community, circle or, family of people who share a common interest.

Do You Instagram?

Instagram is a photo-sharing app that allows users to take and upload photos, apply filters, and share it with the world! Bring your Apple or Android mobile device to use during the demonstration. 

Facebook

Learn more about Facebook, a social networking site; create an account; post to friends.

Pinterest

This service provides a fun way to organize your interests online.  Learn more about social content sharing and how to “pin” images, videos and other links to your “pinboard.”

Skype

Skype is an online communications site.  Patrons will create and learn to use a Skype account; use a webcam while talking to others around the world.

Social Networking for Book Lovers

Connect with other book lovers, participate in online book groups, or just keep track of what you've read with Goodreads. Explore how the site can help you find your next good read right here at the library. (Skills Needed: Internet and E-mail) 

Social Networking for Genealogists

Join us and learn about some of the popular social networking sites that can help you with your genealogy research. 

Tablets and More

Android Tablet Basics

Join us and learn more about the basic features of an Android tablet such as a Samsung Galaxy.

iPad Basics

Join us and learn more about the basic features of an iPad.

iPad Intermediate

Build your iPad skills and learn about Settings, Mail and Photos.

iPad: Facetime

Learn the basics of using the online video chat app on your iPad, iPod or iPhone.

Kindle Fire (HD) as a Tablet

Join us and learn more about the basic features of a Kindle Fire HD.

Nook (HD) as a Tablet

Join us and learn more about the basic features of a Nook HD.

All classes are offered throughout the year. Please consult the events page for locations, dates and times.

Basic Computer Skills

Welcome to the SCDL Basic Computer Skills pages. The Basic Skills classes focus on the introduction to using a computer.  All Classes are part of a Seniors Program Series and General Classes. 

Basic Skills: Parts of a Personal Computer

Understanding the physical parts of a computer is an important part of Basic Skills Computer Training.  In the Basic Skills Parts of a Personal Computer you can learn about the monitor, mouse and keyboard; about the different ports and their uses as well as the CD/DVD options.  You can also learn about necessary power supplies, cables, and cords that work best for your computer.

Basic Skills: Keyboard

Learn the basic keyboard functions; Enter, Space bar, Tab; arrow keys; delete and backspace; Help. Learn the basic functions of the alphanumeric computer keyboard.  The instructor will discuss what each key does, and how they work.  Make use of your computer's function keys and discover several keyboard shortcuts for common operations.  Proper care and cleaning of the keyboard will be taught, as well as tips to begin practicing your typing skills.

Basic Skills: Mouse

Learn about different kinds of a computer's mouse, how they work, and which style of mouse is right for you.   Familiarize yourself with operating the scroll wheel and the right and left clicking functions.  Get comfortable holding and moving the mouse and discover the different ways it will appear on your computer screen.  Fun practice exercises will be shared to help improve accuracy.

All classes are offered throughout the year. Please consult our events page for locations, dates, and times.

Intermediate Skills

Welcome to the SCDL Intermediate Computer Skills pages.   SCDL also provides one-on-one assistance with computer skills and computer and technology training classes.  Dates and times are listed on the SCDL Events Calendar as well as the SCDL Smart Scene Newsletter

Introduction to Software (Microsoft Office Word)

Microsoft Office Word is a word processing software for creating documents such as flyers, announcements, and more.  In the Microsoft Word I class you can learn how to open, close and save a documents; basic skills such as cut, copy and paste; basic formatting including Bold, Italics, Underline, Font Color, Font Size, and Font Style.

Intermediate Software II (Files, Folders, and Storage)

Building on your Microsoft Office Word skills in Intermediate Software II, you will be introduced to the Libraries the document storage area of a PC, editing new document and those that already exist, save verses save as, and renaming folders or document.

Intermediate Skills Internet Searching

In the Intermediate Skills Searching class you can learn about basic Internet browsers such as Google and Yahoo; web address Navigation; Internet Explore Tools; the URL; copy and paste; print; bookmark; standard and advanced searching.

DO YOU NEED HELP SEARCHING FOR A JOB? 

Have you found a job, but need help applying?  Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a librarian for assistance with online job searches, the Job and Career Accelerator database, applying for jobs online, creating a resume and cover letter, and much more.  Appointments are up to 55 minutes, fit your schedule, and are tailored to your individual job seeking needs.

We can offer valuable assistance with:

  • Library job search resources, including the Job and Career Accelator, an all-in-one database that enhances job searching through interactive personalized guided assistance
  • Using email to contact potential employers
  • Internet job searches using sites such as Indeed, Monster, LinkedIn, and the Job and Career  Accelerator.
  • Finding a job fair
  • Creating an account for an online job application
  • Creating a resume and cover letter using the Job and Career Accelerator

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

Schedule your appointment by phone or email using the numbers and address below, or by picking up a Book a Library form and submitting it to any Stark County District Library staff member.

Jackson Township Branch | 330.833.1010 | jackson@starklibrary.org

Lake Community Branch | 330.877.9975 | lake@starklibrary.org

Main Library | 330.458.2743 | askalibrarian@starklibrary.org

Technology Training Services | 330.458.3150 | trainer@starklibrary.org

North Branch | 330.456.4356 | north@starklibrary.org

Perry Sippo Branch | 330.477.8482 | perry@starklibary.org

 Ask a librarian for details, or to schedule an appointment.

 

  • Tech Tuesdays

    Main Library

    SCDL Technology Trainers and IT Specialists present various technology "I didn't know you could do that" demonstrations at each session. Click here to see what we'll be talking about.

  • Smart Scene is here!

    Summer 2015 Program Guide

    The latest Smart Scene is here! Find fun and FREE activities at your library. Pick up a copy at your nearest SCDL location or read it online.

  • Minecraft Mondays

    Perry Sippo Branch

    Grades 4–8: Bring your device and join with others to build cool, new biomes in Minecraft worlds. Must have Minecraft app and WiFi enabled device. Click for dates and more information.

  • Gardening Programs

    Get ready for Spring with your Library!

    We have free programs with Cindy Petitti, a Master Gardener from Petitti Garden Center, and Jill Manda of Manda's Plant Farm, and our Annual Plant Swap. Register today for these free programs.

  • Heirloom Seed Bank

    Main Library

    The Stark County District Library is a Seed Sharing Library, a resource for distributing free heirloom seeds to the community. Seeds are provided through the Master Gardeners of Stark County and OSU Extension Services.

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