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We offer a variety of computer instruction opportunities for beginners. Computer classes and Tech Tutoring are held at the Cedar Mill Library. Both Cedar Mill and Bethany have weekly Open Computer Labs.

Computer Classes for Beginners

These classes are designed specifically for beginners and include basic skill building and clear explanations. Classes cover a variety of topics including: Basic computer use; the Internet; Email; and Digital Photo editing.

Registration is required for all computer classes. Space is limited. If you are interested in a class, please register at the Cedar Mill Library Adult Reference Desk or call 503-644-0043 X114.

Class schedule:

Cedar Mill: Link to Library Calendar - to look for just the computer classes, use the Keyword Search for "computer", "internet", or "email" depending on the title of the class you want.

Class Titles:

  • Computer Comfort
  • Internet For Beginners
  • Email for Beginners
  • Word Processing Skills for Beginners
  • Digital Photo Editing with Picasa
  • Digital Photo Sharing
  • Exploring Excel for Beginners
  • Intro to Your iPad

Class Descriptions

Computer Comfort for Beginners

Beginning computer class.

Feeling confused by all of the talk you hear about computers?  If so, this class is for you! Computer Comfort starts at the beginning, and covers the basics, including:

  • Parts of a computer
  • How to open and close programs
  • How to use a mouse

Classes are held in two parts over one week, registration is required. 

Internet For Beginners

Internet instruction, including techniques for using web browsers and search engine.

In Internet for Beginners, you will learn how to:

  • Use a web browser
  • Use a search engine
  • Keep from getting lost on the Internet

This class includes hands-on demonstrations and activities to help you practice your new skills. Classes are held in four parts over two weeks, registration is required. 

Email for Beginners

A basic overview of email and common pitfalls.

This class is designed for people who have email accounts and would like a basic overview.

Key topics covered in this class include:

  • Composing email
  • Etiquette
  • Attachments
  • Pitfalls such as spam and fraud 

Students must already know how to use a mouse or touchpad to move around in a program.  Information on creating an email account will not be covered in class. 

This is a three session class and registration is required. 

Word Processing Skills for Beginners

This class helps students build word processing skills such as:

  • Saving
  • Changing Fonts
  • Cut/copy/paste
  • Using Tables
  • Inserting Graphics

This class does not cover typing/keyboarding skills.  Students must already know how to use a mouse or touchpad to move around in a program.

Classes are held in three sessions during one week and registration is required. 

Digital Photo Editing

This class is designed for people who are interested in learning more about editing digital photos on a computer using Picasa.

Topics include:

  • Editing Overview
  • Cropping
  • Brightening
  • Red Eye Removal

Students must already know how to use a mouse or touchpad to move around in a program. 

This is a two session class, registration is required. 

Digital Photo Sharing

This class covers the key concepts of uploading and downloading photos, skills you use when posting photos on the web, ordering photos online and saving photos that have been emailed to you.  Resizing photos, online privacy and copyright concerns will also be discussed.

To get the most from this two session class, students need a basic understanding of computer files and experience using email and the internet.

Exploring Excel for Beginners

This class will take you through the basics of Excel including instruction on:

  • Cells and worksheets
  • Formulas
  • Charts
  • Tips and tricks to make your work go faster

Students must already know how to use the mouse (both left and right buttons), how to use toolbars and menus, how to cut, paste, and move text in an application such as Word.

Classes are held in three evening sessions over one week and registration is required. 

Intro to Your iPad

This class offers hands-on help for iPad owners. Class topics include:

  • Buttons and basics
  • Setting up email
  • Connecting to Wi-Fi
  • Photos and music on your iPad
  • Checking out e-books from your library

This three-part class takes place during one week.  Students will need to bring their own iPad, fully charged, for hands-on time in class.

Open Computer Lab

Need help setting up an email account or formatting your resume?  The Cedar Mill Library offers an open computer lab on Tuesday mornings from 10 am - Noon and Thursday afternoons, 3-5 pm in the upstairs meeting room.  The Bethany Branch offers Open Computer Lab from 9 - 10 am on Thursday mornings.

Drop by the library for help with computer skills, Internet research, email and word processing. Volunteers and staff will be available for help with practicing computer skills, continuing class exercises, and answering questions related to programs such as Word, Explorer and Email.

Adults only. Bring your own laptop or use one of ours. 

No registration is required for Open Lab, but there is limited space each session. 


For information on the Open Computer Lab at Cedar Mill, please call 503-644-0043 ext. 114.

For information on Open Computer Lab at Bethany, please call 503-617-7323.

Tech Tutoring

**Tech Tutoring is on break. We hope to resume the program soon.**

These ½ hour sessions with a volunteer instructor can be reserved for Library2Go and E-book questions, as well as, basic computer help.  This is a great place to get assistance loading e-books on your smartphone, formatting your resume or getting your first email account set up.

Limited reservations are available each week so visit the Adult Reference desk or call 503-644-0043 X114 to reserve your spot.


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12505 NW Cornell
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