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The Library's Literacy Department helps adults who are looking to improve their English skills, whether they are native English Speakers and want to learn to read, or know another language and are learning English for the first time. Learn more on their web pages, or give them a call (617-376-1314).
Starting on July 1, 2015, we are offering a very wide range of online learning opportunities. Some of the types of courses avaible include:
- Art, graphic design, and music classes, teaching everything from 3D animation to engineering sound to the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, and more)
- Help with computer programs, including videos on how to use Microsoft Office
- Courses that can help you in your career—everything from public speaking to marketing to dealing with workplace issues
- Computer programming, IT management (Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X), and web design
- Photography and video… just to name a few.
This is all made possible through our partnership with lynda.com. Start learning here.
Normally, using lynda.com requires a paid subscription, but as a TCPL cardholder you can access their content from any computer with an Internet connection simply by entering your 14-digit library card barcode and 4-digit PIN.
(The best way to access free course content is through this page, so please bookmark accordingly. If you go directly to lynda.com you will need to use the option to login via an organization and then enter thomascranelibrary.org as the organization. Please also note that while the library's lynda.com accounts are accessible through mobile devices, they are not accessible through lynda.com apps. Use your mobile device's browser.)
Once you have logged into lynda.com with your library barcode you must create a personalized lynda.com account by entering your name and e-mail address. This account can help you manage your course history, playlists, bookmarks, and Certificates of Completion. Many courses also featured exercise files, so that if you're watching a tutorial about Microsoft Excel you can follow the activity with downloadable, pre-populated Excel spreadsheet files.
What is lynda.com?
lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos, with more being added all the time. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.
Need help navigating the site? Watch a quick overview video of how to use lynda.com here.
Learn more here:
Hands-On Computer Classes in Quincy
The library is not currently offering computer classes. The following Quincy organizations do offer computer classes:
- 1000 Southern Artery Senior Center
For students aged 62 or older, open to both Quincy residents and non-residents. The fee is $10 for 10 weeks.
- Quincy Elder Services Department
The Quincy Elder Services Department offers basic and more advanced computer classes on a regular basis at the Kennedy Center, open to all Kennedy Center members. Membership is free to all Quincy residents aged 60+. Check their online calendar for computer class details.
- Quincy Career Center
Classes are free to all, regardless of employment status. Open to both Quincy residents and non-residents.
Additional Online Computer Instruction
If you do not have mouse/keyboard experience, try one of the following online practice tutorials:
- Mouse Exercises
Some simple exercises to help you get acquainted with the mouse.
- Mousing Around
This tutorial will help you learn to use a mouse to interact with a computer.
A fun way to practice your mousing skills!
- Learn the Net
Includes Web-at-a-Glance, which introduces Web basics in a 10-minute tutorial.
- In Pictures
Free computer tutorials based on pictures, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Access), OpenOffice, Dreamweaver, PhotoShop, and more.
Beyond the Basics
In case you missed it at the top of this page, this is a great resource with lots of classes to help with intermediate and advanced computer training.
- GCFLearnFree Computer Tutorials
Whether you are new to the computer, returning for review or just want to gain more 21st century skills, the Goodwill Community Foundation free computer tutorials can help. From Computer Basics to Microsoft Office to Apple, there is a wide range of free technology tutorials to choose from.