Payson Library Offering Free Computer Classes On Various Nights

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The Payson Public Library is offering free computer classes covering a variety of topics through January.

Courses range from learning the ins and outs of Facebook and Twitter, setting up a blog and using networking tools like LinkedIn.

Each two-hour class, at 328 N. McLane Road, will focus on one topic.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, reference librarian Bessie Tucker will tackle Facebook, a popular tool with 800 million active users.

For many people, however, setting up a profile and learning to use it can be confusing and Tucker said she hopes to demystify the networking platform. Tucker will cover setting up a profile, security features, uploading photos and adding/blocking friends.

Other classes include:

• Dec. 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., using LinkedIn and Twitter;

• Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon, setting up a blog with Blogger;

• Dec. 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., setting up and customizing a WordPress blog;

• Dec. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., fun, useful Web sites you might not know about, but cannot believe you lived without;

• Jan. 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., an overview of Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 — bring pictures to touch up;

• Jan. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon, course wrap-up — bring any remaining questions or projects to work on.

Classes are informal, so if there is something on the Web you do not understand, ask, Tucker said.

The classes are funded through a $14,000 grant the library received through the Arizona State Library. The classes are taught on laptops the library bought last year through a federal grant.

Tucker recently wrapped up teaching three classes, Photoshop Elements 9, intermediate computer skills and basic computer skills.

Basic computer skills are a requirement for the Web courses.

For more information on any of the classes, call (928) 474-9260.

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