Technology Classes

Computer and Job Skill Classes


Microsoft and Google Apps Computer Courses – Registration Required
Free computer classes are offered in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (2016), and Gmail. Receive an opportunity to gain a nationally recognized certificate from Northstar Digital Literacy. Is your workplace moving over to Google-based products? Sign up for free classes in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Calendar.  The free classes meet in the Blount County Public Library’s Learning Lab, a stand-alone building on Cusick Street, across from the library’s outdoor sign. If you desire to enroll in computer courses but do not have computer experience, you will need to practice using a mouse before you may enroll. Listed are a few practice websites available: www.mouseprogram.com and www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/mousercise.htm
Click Register Here  to see course descriptions, schedules and online registration forms available.

Social Media for Business Classes – Registration Required
Nearly 7 out of every 10 Americans are on social media. You want your marketing to be where your customer base is, yet not every social media platform is a good fit for every business. Join us for this eight-part, stand-alone series on Using Social Media for Business. Discover which tools are the best fit for your business, gain strategies to engage new and existing customers, create highly optimized, high quality ads, capture leads, drive brand awareness, and monetize the social platform. *These are single-session, stand-alone classes.  The free classes meet in the Blount County Public Library’s Learning Lab, a stand-alone building on Cusick Street, across from the library’s outdoor sign. Feel free to bring your own device or a laptop will be provided for you.
Spaces are limited and online registration is required. For assistance with the online registration please visit the library’s Adult Services (Reference Desk) or call (865) 982-0981, ext. 1450, or (865) 273-1428.  
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It's Your Career Soft Skills Training Classes

Once a month on Fridays,  7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

“It’s Your Career,” will be a part of an ongoing series of Soft Skill workshops designed to take your career to the next level. Class format features a short lecture on each topic, case studies discussion in small groups and resources for use in businesses and organizations. Bring your mobile device, tablet, or laptop, or one will be provided for your use.  All participants will earn .5 CEUs (Continuing Education Unit) for participating.  Online Registration is required.   This class will be at the Blount County Public Library’s Learning Lab, a stand-alone building on Cusick Street, across from the library’s outdoor sign.

 Soft Skills are strengthened and developed over time and are necessary if you desire to climb the career ladder. The classes are a collaboration of Blount Partnership, Adult Education Foundation of Blount County and the Blount County Public Library. For more information go to bcpl.populr.me/itsyourcareer         Click Register Here  to see class synopsis and registration information.
Open Lab – Ages 16 and Up
Saturday, August 3 and Saturday, September 7,  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1st Saturday of each month) All ages come play with all the cool tech in the Learning Lab!  Lab equipment includes 3D printers, a vinyl cutter, a heat press, and other small electronics. Learn more about materials costs, equipment certification, and lab policies by emailing abaker@blounttn.org   Open Lab will be in the Learning Lab, a stand-alone building on Cusick Street, across from the library’s outdoor sign.
  • During Open Lab,  Saturday,  August 3,   1 p.m. to 4 p.m., “Robots.” Curious about robots? Meet Edison (https://meetedison.com/), a Lego compatible robot that is fun and easy to program. In this workshop everyone will have the opportunity to learn about robots, play with Edison and program it to avoid obstacles or follow a line or make silly sounds.  This workshop is led by Thomas Proffen of ORCSGirls, a nonprofit, to inspire girls in the Oak Ridge area to explore technology, coding and science.  Workshop targeted towards teens but open to all ages.
  • During Open Lab, Saturday,  September 7,  1 p.m. to 4 p.m., “You Can Code.” Think coding is hard? Everyone can code. Join us at the workshop to get started. We use Blockly, a drag and drop language to instruct the computer. We will be trying a number of puzzles, mazes and games to explore sequential events, selection and repetition. After, students will be able to access the web pages at home to continue their learning. This workshop is led by Thomas Proffen of ORCSGirls, a nonprofit, to inspire girls in the Oak Ridge area to explore technology, coding and science. Workshop targeted towards teens but open to all ages

​Book-A-Librarian

Need help with technology and don’t know where to start?  Have a tough research question? Need a new resume?  Having trouble with R.E.A.D.S.? Go to https://goo.gl/forms/35a9eT5qArPctgmU2  to complete a registration form to schedule assistance from a professional library staff member, and get help setting up your own personal learning plan using library resources.