Library offers classes, SAT prep, game day

The North County Regional Library will offer several classes on computer software and the Internet.

A class in the basics of Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet program at 10 a.m. Dec 13 and Jan. 7. Participants will learn how to create, edit and save a basic spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel 07. The class is designed for adults and seniors with basic computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Word.

An Internet Basics class at 10 a.m. Dec. 14 will cover how to access, navigate and print from a website. It also will demonstrate some basic techniques for finding information on the Internet. This class is for adults and senior adults with some computer experience but little or no previous Internet experience.

At a PowerPoint class at 10 a.m. Dec 22, adults and senior adults can learn to create, edit and save a basic presentation in Microsoft's presentation program, PowerPoint. PowerPoint Basics I is for adults of all ages who have mastered basic computer skills. Organizers strongly recommend that you take the Word Basics class before this class.

For those who have taken PowerPoint Basics I, there is PowerPoint Basics II, which will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 5. Students will learn to create charts and graphs, adjust presentation timing and add multimedia effects in this second class, which introduces PowerPoint 2007. You should take PowerPoint Basics I before taking this class.

A class titled Email Basics will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 9. Adults of all ages can learn how to read, create and send email, pictures and other files using one of the free email providers such as Gmail or Hotmail.

The library also plans these activities coming up:

For students ages 12 to 18, "Operation College Launch: SAT Test Strategies" will be offered at 2 p.m. Jan. 14. Participants will prepare for the upcoming SAT college admissions test with an official Kaplan instructor. Students are given a brief overview of the content and format of the SAT, as well strategies for several types of questions found in the test. The strategies taught will help test takers succeed.

A family gaming session will be open to everyone at 1 p.m. Dec. 17. Families can enjoy games with teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking. Wii and Xbox consoles will be available. The fun is intended for all ages.

To register for any of the classes or activities listed above, call the library at 704-416-6000.