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Classes for those looking to enhance their skills with various software and social media applications.

Device Advice

Need help figuring out how to use your tablet, smartphone, or eReader? Bring your questions and your device to the library for some 1:1 help!.

Rakow: 1st & 3rd Thursdays/ Main: 2nd Thursday/ South Elgin 4th Thursday of the month

1:1 Assistance 

Can't make it to Device Advice? Stop by the Information Service desk with quick questions. Need more time? Schedule a one hour appointment!

 Google Tools: Gmail *NEW* Starting Fall 2016

Learn how to streamline electronic communication with an in-depth overview of Gmail and Google Contacts in this class.

Google Tools: Chrome *NEW* 

Learn how to personalize Google Chrome with the Web Store and enhance your web browsing experience in this class.

Google Tools: Drive *NEW* 

Learn the many ways in which Google Drive can be used for uploading, organizing, and sharing files in the cloud in this class.

Google Tools: Docs *NEW* 

Learn how to use Google Docs’ basic features for creating, editing, and sharing word processing documents in this class.

Google Tools: Sheets

Learn how to create and manage spreadsheet data using the basic features of Google Sheets in this class.

Google Tools: Slides

Learn how to use Google Slides’ basic features to add and delete slides, load templates, format text, and add graphics to a presentation in this class.

Google Tools: Calendar

Learn how to use Google Calendar to keep track of upcoming events, commitments, and tasks in this class.

Google Tools: Forms

Learn how to use Google Forms to create and share interactive questionnaires, surveys, and quizzes in this clas.

Facebook Basics

Learn about profiles, messages, posts and adding content to Facebook in this introductory class.

Facebook: Getting Started *NEW*

Learn how to build your profile, add friends and share content in this hands-on class.

Flickr Basics

Learn how to use Flickr-a free online photo application--to upload, edit, organize, share, and store your pictures in this class.

Flickr: Getting Started

Learn to use Flickr's editing tools to adjust photo elements like lighting, coloring, and cropping to present your photos at their best in this class.

Pinterest Basics

Learn to use Pinterest to create virtual bulletin boards to share images, recipes, craft ideas, and other things you love in this class.

Best Travel Apps *NEW* Fall 2016

Learn how popular travel apps such as Priceline, Trip Advisor, Uber and even First Aid can help you enjoy your next trip in this class.

Heath & Wellness Apps *NEW*

Learn about some of the best new health and wellness apps for nutrition, fitness, medical information, personal care and more in this class.

What Do I Read Next?

Learn how to use Goodreads and Novelist to browse reading interests, discover new authors, rate and review your reads, and choose your next literary adventure in this class.

Fantasy Football Basics

Learn how to use online tools like Yahoo and ESPN to set up and participate in your own fantasy football league this season.

Craigslist Basics

The classifieds have moved online! Learn how to use Craigslist--the largest online classified ad website--to buy, sell, trade, and more in this class.

Ebay Basics

Learn how to navigate and buy merchandise on eBay--the world's largest online marketplace--as well as how to pay for purchases with PayPal in this class.

Selling on Ebay

Learn how to create an auction, employ selling strategies to maximize profit, navigate eBay's rules, and earn seller ratings that boost future business in this class.

Tablets: Getting Started

Learn basic features and functions of your tablet like how to navigate, connect to WiFi, download apps, adjust settings and more in this class.

Tablets: Working with Apps

Learn about some of the best apps for enhancing your life and having fun with your tablet. Must bring your own device and understand how to download apps.

Tablets: Library Entertainment Apps

Learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, and music using your library card and GBPL's entertainment apps. Bring your device and a valid library card.

WordPress: Basics

Learn how WordPress allows users to build websites or blogs in this five-part series. 

WordPress: Getting Started

Learn how to pick WordPress themes to match your web content and how to customize the style and layout of your website while managing posts and pages in this class.

WordPress: Configuring Options

Learn how to improve and manage your WordPress website with plugins, manage multiple site contributors, add interactive forms and more in this class.

WordPress: Maintaining Your Site

Learn options for securing, updating, and backing up your website and dive deeper into options for managing site performance in class four of the WordPress series.

WordPress: Hosting Your Site

Learn how to choose a hosting service that suits your website and well as how to set up and FTP account and create a database in class five of the WordPress series