Basic Computer Instruction and Resources

The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library offers free in-person computer instruction to beginning computer users. Patrons also have access to online programs and resources to practice or improve their computer skills. 

Basic Computer Class 

Tuesday, January 3, 10, 17 and 24, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Computer Lab

This series offers beginning instruction for first-time computer users such as basic computer operation, learning how to use a computer keyboard, operating a computer mouse, and basic instruction on Windows 10. Classes are free to the public. To register for these classes, call or visit Adult Services.

 Open Computer Lab 

Wednesday, January 4, 11, 18 and 25, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Computer Lab

The Computer Lab is designed to offer reinforcement and practice time for students in the Library’s computer classes and is open to all those who need personalized help with computer programs such as e-mail, MS Office, the Internet and mobile devices. A library staff member will be present to answer questions. Seating is limited to a first-come, first-served basis.

Library Resources

GetSetUP Learning center is a social learning platform for individuals 50+, taught by peers. The classes are live and consist of digital learning, physical health, mental health, social health, and vocational health. Patrons will receive a pass or code to be able to access all the classes they would like to participate in for a month at a time.

Learning Express assists in exam preparation, including the California Basic Educational Skills Test(CBEST), California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), California Real Estate, Salesperson exam prep, and the California Police Officer Exam. Learning Express provides tools for resume building, interviewing, and job seeking. This resource also supplies tools for earning a high school equivalency diploma in California. Offers video courses to help Californians build computer literacy skills. 


Online Tutorials

DigitalLearn is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share resources, tools and best practices.

Excel Easy offers tutorials on how to use Excel.

GCFLearnFree.org offers a comprehensive collection of computer training tutorials, including videos for Microsoft Office and more.

Mousing Around will help you learn to use a mouse to interact with a computer. Read each page and follow the instructions to build your skill in using a mouse.

Mousercise is a mousing exercise to help beginning computer users learn how to use a mouse.

TechBoomers features free tutorials that teach older adults and other inexperienced technology users how to use the most popular and trusted websites and Internet apps. It currently offer over 60 free courses packed with video and article tutorials tailored for those with limited computer skills: written in easily-understood, non-technical language; providing context through real-world parallels.

Typing Club is the most effective way to learn how to type. It is free, web based, and highly effective.