BTOP Computer Classes continue at Caz library

— Through the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program, free computer classes continue at the Cazenovia Public Library during August and September.

Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays with instructors from Mid-York Fritz Meeusen, Kevin Perez, Jennifer Recht, and Katie McCauley.

“Microsoft Publisher 2010 Basics” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27 Microsoft Publisher software allows users to create, personalize and share a range of professional-quality publications and marketing materials.

This class will focus on how to access and edit Publisher templates for personal and business use. Topics covered include selecting an appropriate template, defining an organization name and information, editing text within a template, changing color schemes, and adding pictures/logos.

Being comfortable with the keyboard and mouse are prerequisites for this class, and while previous experience with any version of Microsoft Office will be beneficial, it is not required.

“Social Networking Basics” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29 concludes the August BTOP classes. During this session, participants will learn to use social networking tools to connect with friends and family or to promote their businesses.

The basics of Facebook, Twitter, blogs, LinkedIn and RSS feeds will be covered as well as creating an account, updating profiles and postings, and navigating privacy settings. Being an experienced computer user is a prerequisite for “Social Networking Basics.”

All classes will be held in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room and require pre-registration. Call the library at 655-9322 or stop by to reserve a spot. When not in class, instructors will also be available for tutoring. Call ahead to arrange a time.

Watch for details on additional classes in September, including a second offering of “Introduction to Computers” on Sept. 5, 12 and 19 and “Basic Internet Security and Computer Maintenance” on Sept. 10 and 24.

Funding for this Satellite Public Computer Center at the Cazenovia Public Library is through a grant, part of $9.5 million, that was awarded to the New York State Library, a unit of the Office of Cultural Education within the New York State Education Department.

It was awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration in order to increase access to computers in public libraries across New York State. Funding for this award is being provided by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

More information is available at 655-9322 or at cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.

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