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- Learn English
- Become a U.S. Citizen
- Learn to Read
- Online Learning (with lynda.com)
- Hands-On Computer Classes
- Additional Online Computer Instruction
- Find out about our free conversation groups for high-beginner to intermediate level English speakers who want to practice their English
- Learn about other English classes in Quincy
- Learn about all the ways we can help you learn English on your own
Become a U.S. Citizen
Learn about how to become a citizen of the United States.
Learn to Read
Need to read? We can help. Learn more here, or give us a call (617-376-1314) to learn more about Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts - Quincy, at the Library.
We offer a very wide range of online learning opportunities. Some of the types of courses available 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 and a Quincy resident, you can access its content from any computer with an Internet connection simply by entering your 14-digit library card barcode and 4-digit PIN. Thanks, lynda!
(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 more than 3,000 courses that include more than 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.
Hands-On Computer Classes in Quincy
The library periodically offers computer classes for beginners on a variety of topics. To find out about upcoming classes, please call 617-376-1316.
Each Saturday in January and February, 2017 the computer classroom is open from 10:00 a.m. to noon to help people prepare for the Intermediate computer class being offered later in the spring, starting on March 15. Registration for each practice session is strongly encuraged and each week will open on the Monday before the next Saturday. Bring your questions and get help. At the start of the lab you will be able to sign-up for a period of one-on-one help. To enroll in this spring's Intermediate class students are expected to have the following skills, which will be the focus of the winter Saturday sessions:
- Open and log in to a Mac or a PC
- Navigate the Task Bar, Quick Launch Tool Bar, Desktop, & Folders
- Set up a Wifi Connection and understand how to use Airplane mode
- Open and use a web browser (Google, Firefox, Internet Explorer)
- Be able to personalize your background, lockscreen, colors, & sounds
- Understand how to set the region, date, time, and language for your computer
- Have a basic understanding of security and privacy and how it relates to your camera, location, and virus protection
- Be able to manage basic system settings including display, notifications, apps, and power
- Manage updates and simple security
- Setup and use email, including: managing account names, passwords, mail profiles, composing email, adding addresses, using the signature tool, sending, reading, and replying to email, and adding and accessing attachments
- Open and save documents
- Use the Microsoft Ribbon
- Type and save a letter
- Use personal devices such as Bluetooth, printer, and a mouse pointer
Registration will open on Saturday, February 25 for two intermediate classes, held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. starting on March 15. Follow a link to register (on or after February 25 for the first class, April 12 for the second).
- Advanced Excel & Publisher - March 15 through April 12
- Social Life Online: Creating Online Materials - April 26 through May 31
The following Quincy organizations also 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. Call 617-471-1000 for more information.
- 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.
- Quincy Housing Authority
QHA offers computer, office and job readiness skills training, as well as senior life enrichment training. Classes are open to all Quincy Housing Authority residents and Section 8 participants.
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.
- Computer Basics from Bradley University
Basic mousing, keyboarding and tutorials
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.
- List of MOOCs
MOOCs, or massive open online courses, offer students a way to learn from the comfort of their homes and at their own pace. Most MOOCs are free.
- Online Colleges
This site helps prospective students find the right online college for them. OnlineU also can be used to find affordable online college courses.