Computer & Tech Training

We have free computer, smartphone, and eBook classes at our libraries. 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 LearningExpress Library includes videos and tutorials in computer and internet basics. You will need your library card number and PIN to access LearningExpress. If you do not have a library card, see our Library Cards page for information on how to obtain one.

Computer and Smartphone Classes

OCTOBER

Managing Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter Accounts Thur 10/3, 2-3pm Braden River Library

Windows 10 Basics Thur 10/10, 10am-12pm Downtown Central Library

Intro to Social Media Wed 10/16, 2-4pm Palmetto Library

iPhone Basics Thur 10/17, 10am-12pm Downtown Central Library

iPhone Photography Sat 10/19, 2-4pm Downtown Central Library

Siri Tips for iPhones Tues 10/22, 2-4pm Downtown Central Library

Android Basics Tues 10/29, 2-4pm Downtown Central Library


NOVEMBER

Instagram for Beginners Tues 11/5 2-4pm Downtown Central Library

Windows 10 Basics Wed 11/13, 2-4pm Palmetto Library

Android Basics Fri 11/15 10am-12pm Downtown Central Library

iPhone Basics Tues 11/19 2-4pm Downtown Central Library


DECEMBER

iPhone Photography Tues 12/10, 2-4pm Downtown Central Library

Streaming TV for Cable Cutters Wed 12/11, 2-4pm Palmetto Library

Android Phone Photography Sat 12/14, 2-4pm Downtown Central Library

Great Apps for Seniors Tues 12/17, 2-4pm Downtown Central Library

One-on-One Tech Help

See each branch for times, help offered, and appointment information.

Library staff and volunteers can help you:

  • Download or stream eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, and music from the library
  • Use your smartphone, tablet, ereader, or computer

Downtown Central Library

Learn from staff how to download or stream eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, and music from the library. 

Call or email for a 30-minute appointment:

941-748-5555 ext 6309 reference@mymanatee.org

Appointments can be made at Downtown Central during the following times each week, availability permitting:
  • Wednesdays at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., or 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
  • Fridays at Noon, 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays at 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

Braden River Library

Learn from staff and volunteers how to download or stream eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, and music from the library. No appointment needed. Drop-in at any time during the following: 

  • Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.
  • Fridays, Noon - 2 p.m.

Island Library

Volunteers are available Tuesdays 2-4pm with no appointment. Volunteers are only available January to April. 

Staff can help you learn how to download or stream eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, and music from the library. Make a 30-minute appointment by calling 941-778-6341 or emailing liz.williams@mymanatee.org

Palmetto Library

Get basic help with your tablet or computer from staff. Also learn how to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, and music from the library. 

Call 941-722-3333 for a 30-minute appointment during the following times:

  • Second Saturday of the month,  9:30-11:30 a.m. 
  • Fourth Thursday of the month, 2-4 p.m.

Rocky Bluff Library

Volunteers can help you learn to use your computer, smartphone, tablet, or e-reader.  

No appointment needed- drop-in on First and Third Saturdays of the month, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

South Manatee Library

Tech Tutors can help you learn to use your computer, smartphone, tablet, or e-reader.  

Call (941) 755-3892 for a half hour one-on-one appointment on Saturdays, 2-4 p.m., and Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m.

Other Classes in the Community

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
The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center, Sarasota (941) 893-1200
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