Computer & Tech Training

All in-person programs, events and meeting room use are cancelled until further notice. See below for online programs. 

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

***Email Stephanie to register at stephanie.katz@mymanatee.org.***

October

 

Hoopla for Streaming Movies, TV Shows, Ebooks, and More

Thur 10/22, 10:30am

 

Learn how to check out free streaming movies, TV shows, music, ebooks, e-audiobooks, and comics from the library through Hoopla.

 

Mango Languages (for English Speakers)

Fri 10/23, 10am

 

Learn how to use the library's free website and app, Mango Languages, to learn a new language. Mango Languages has fun, interactive tutorials on dozens of languages.

 

November

 

 

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Financial Database

Fri 11/6, 10am

 

Morningstar Investment Research Center is a financial database that provides independent ratings of mutual funds as well as providing financial news that may affect market values.

 

Libby App for Ebooks

Mon 11/9, 10:30am

 

Learn how to download free ebooks and e-audiobooks from the library through the Libby app. Learn how to transfer ebooks to your Kindle.

 

PowerPoint Basics

Fri 11/13, 1pm

 

Learn the basics of creating a presentation with PowerPoint.

 

Flipster for e-Magazines

Mon 11/16, 10:30am

 

Learn how to check out popular magazines on your phone or tablet with the Flipster app from the library.

 

Windows 10 Settings and Security

Thur 11/19, 10:30am

 

Learn the basics of Windows 10 computer and laptop settings and built-in security features

 

Value Line Financial Database

Fri 11/20, 10am

 

Value Line is a diverse financial database that evaluates stocks and mutual funds as well as providing financial news that may affect market values.

 

December

 

 

LinkedIn Basics

Thur 12/3,10:30am

 

Learn the basics of LinkedIn, a popular social media platform for professionals, job-seekers, and small business owners. This class will be taught by a

Microsoft employee.

 

Excel Basics

Thur 12/10, 10:30am

 

Learn the basics of using Excel to create helpful spreadsheets and stay organized. This class will be taught by a Microsoft employee.


 
 ***Email Stephanie to register at stephanie.katz@mymanatee.org.***

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

theCoderSchool of Sarasota

6293 Lake Osprey Drive, Sarasota (941) 355-2633

Courses: Coding (Scratch, Python, Java, Javascript, and more). Courses are designed with kids of all ages in mind.Individual class costs vary, but are usually $15.

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
All Virtual
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