Computer & Tech Training

See below for online programs.

We have free computer, smartphone, and eBook classes at our libraries, currently all virtual. Always check the Calendar of Events and your branch for additional classes. 

The library offers online resources, books, and DVDs that can help you learn about basic and advanced computing.  Our online resource Lynda.com includes videos and tutorials in software and design. You will need your library card number and PIN to access Lynda.com. If you do not have a library card, see our Library Cards page for information on how to obtain one.

Computer and Smartphone Classes

All classes are free and conducted online through Zoom.

To register, email Stephanie.Katz@mymanatee.org


Mergent Intellect Database for Business Research: Thur 5/27, 2pm

Use the library’s free Mergent Intellect database to look up detailed company profiles, industry overviews and forecasts, market research by location, business ratios, job listings, and residential contact information. Taught by librarian Sylva.

 

Health Apps for Smartphones: Wed 6/2, 10am

Learn about popular, free apps for fitness, nutrition, sleep, and stress management. Taught by librarians Stephanie and Brooke.

 

Windows 10 Settings and Security: Mon 6/7, 2pm

Learn the basics of Windows 10 computer and laptop settings and built-in security features. Taught by Microsoft employees.

 

Android Summer Spruce-Up: Fri 6/11, 2pm

Learn tips for cleaning up your Android phone, such as how to update and organize saved passwords, offload apps you don’t use often, manage your storage, and backup your data to the cloud. Taught by librarian Angela.

 

Top Streaming TV Services: Wed 6/16, 2pm

Learn the basics of streaming TV services. The top services—such as Netflix, Hulu, Sling, and Prime Video will be compared. Taught by librarian Stephanie.

 

PowerPoint Basics: Mon 6/21, 12pm

Learn how to use PowerPoint to not only make presentations, but also create easy, eye-catching flyers and other marketing material. Taught by Microsoft employees.

 

 iPhone Summer Spruce-Up: Wed 6/30, 10am

Learn tips for cleaning up your iPhone, such as how to update and organize saved passwords, offload apps you don’t use often, manage your storage, and backup your data to the cloud. Taught by librarians Stephanie and Brooke.

 

Firefox Browser Basics: Wed 7/7, 2pm

Learn the basics of using Mozilla Firefox to browse online. Learn how to create bookmarks, open multiple tabs, clear your history, manage saved passwords, sync Firefox across your devices, and more. Taught by librarian Stephanie.

 

Edge Browser Basics: Mon 7/12, 2pm

Learn the basics of using Microsoft Egde to browse online. Learn how to create bookmarks, open multiple tabs, clear your history, manage saved passwords, easily share websites via email and social media, and more. Taught by Microsoft employees.

 

Chrome Browser Basics: Wed 7/14, 2pm

Learn the basics of using Google Chrome to browse online. Learn how to create bookmarks, open multiple tabs, clear your history, manage saved passwords, and more. Taught by volunteer Jim.

 

Windows 10 Accessibility Settings: Mon 7/26, 2pm

Windows 10 has many built features to make using your computer easier depending on your visual needs and preferences. Learn how to increase the text size, adjust the background color, use a screen magnifier, enable Narrator, and more. Taught by Microsoft employees.

 

All classes are free and conducted online through Zoom.

To register, email Stephanie.Katz@mymanatee.org


Other Classes in the Community

theCoderSchool of Sarasota

6293 Lake Osprey Drive, Sarasota (941) 355-2633

Courses: Coding (Scratch, Python, Java, Javascript, and more). Courses are designed with kids of all ages in mind.Individual class costs vary, but are usually $15.

Apple Store
The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center, Sarasota (941) 358-4600
Courses: Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple Cloud basics, iPhone photography and videography, and more.
Cost: Free
Website

Microsoft Store
All Virtual
Courses: Group courses include new device set-up and Windows basics, while one-on-one personal training topics include Microsoft Office, Skype, and the Windows phone.
Cost: Group classes are free.
Website

Renaissance on 9th Meals on Wheels Plus Senior Enrichment Center
1816 9th Street West, Bradenton (941) 749-0100
Courses: Windows, iPad, Android, eBay, and more.
Cost: Individual class costs vary. Membership costs $55 annually or $15 monthly. Must be age 50+.
Website

Women’s Resource Center of Manatee, Inc.
1926 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton (941) 747-6797
Courses: Email, Internet, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.
Cost: $10 for non-members. $5 for members.
Website

State College of Florida - Manatee/Sarasota
Bradenton Campus 5840 26th Street W, Professional Development Center, Bradenton (941) 752-5203
Lakewood Ranch Campus 7131 Professional Parkway East, Sarasota (941) 363-7000
Venice Campus 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice (941) 408-1300
Courses: Computer basics, Microsoft Office, and more.
Cost: Non-credit classes are offered at $49 and up.
Website

Manatee Technical College, Non-Credit Enrichment Classes
Main Campus: 6305 State Road 70 East, Bradenton (941) 751-7900 ext. 1108
North Campus: 801 Ninth Street West, Palmetto (941) 845-2092
Courses: Computers basics, intermediate computers, Apple products, Microsoft Office, and more.
Cost: $25 per class or $100 for five classes.
Website
 

FREE ONLINE TUTORIALS

These recommended tutorial websites are created by other organizations and free to use. 

DigitalLearn.org
GCF LearnFree
Tech Boomers
Using the Mouse Tutorial
Word Tutorial