Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will present a series of introductory online demonstrations in August to introduce people to various aspects of computer use and technology.

These how-to tutorials can be viewed on the Fort Bend County Libraries website – www.fortbend.lib.tx.us – by clicking on the “Classes and Events” tab, selecting “Virtual Programs,” and finding the virtual “class” on the dates listed.

Some of the topics includes multiple sub-topics, and participants can choose to view the whole series or the individual parts of their choice. The schedule for August is as follows:

“MS PowerPoint Survival Basics” – Monday, Aug. 9 (pre-recorded video)

In FBCL’s “MS PowerPoint” series, learn the basics of using this slideshow-presentation software program. In this multi-part series, learn how to use different features of MS PowerPoint, such as creating slides, inserting text and pictures, and adding transitions and animations.

“MS Excel: Pivot Tables” – Thursday, Aug. 12 (pre-recorded video)

In FBCL’s “MS Excel” series, learn the basics of using this spreadsheet software program, which features calculation tools that are helpful for financial and statistical needs. In the multi-part series, learn how to use different features of MS Excel, such as formulas, filters, tables and graphs, pivot tables, VLOOKUP function, and more. In this segment, learn how to utilize pivot tables.

“MS Word Q&A” – Thursday, Aug. 12, 2 p.m. (live-streamed via Webex)

In this live-streamed videoconference, library staff will answer questions about this word-processing software program. Registration is required; those who register will be emailed a link to the Webex session.

“Cyber Security” – Monday, Aug. 16 (pre-recorded video)

In this multi-part series, learn about steps to take to ensure your online accounts remain safe and secure from virtual attacks and breaches. Get tips on how to create strong passwords, recognize and avoid email scams, verify “fake news,” avoid malware and viruses, and protect one’s privacy on social media.

“Exploring Databases: Literary Reference Center” – Tuesday, Aug. 17 (pre-recorded video)

In this EBSCO database, discover literary criticisms, biographies, bibliographies, and social and historical context from full-text essays, articles, and reviews. Access full-text poems, short stories, plays, author portraits, literary terms, links to websites, and links to NPR broadcasts.

“Exploring Databases: Texas Reference Center” – Wednesday, Aug. 18 (pre-recorded video)

In this featured-database episode, learn about the Texas Reference Center. This comprehensive database contains full-text journals, publications, newspapers, books, and primary-source documents covering Texas history, ethnic & cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, biographies, public health, and business, as well as home & garden and sports & leisure.

“Intro to 3D Printing” – Monday, Aug. 23 (pre-recorded video)

This 2-part instructional video will provide an overview of 3D printing. Learn about how the 3D printer works, the process for printing, and how to use Tinkercad to design 3D objects.

“Using Online Resources to Find Medical Information” – Thursday, Aug. 26 (pre-recorded video)

Learn how to find authoritative health and medical information in FBCL’s databases and on other websites.

“Computers 101” – Monday, Aug. 30 (pre-recorded video)

FBCL’s multi-part “Computers 101” series consists of basic, introductory videos providing an overview of computers and how they can be used. Episodes in the series cover the physical parts of a computer, the differences between a Microsoft PC and an Apple Mac computer, and the meanings of different computer terms. Get an overview of the software programs in the Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint), and much more.

The sessions are free and open to the public. .To access these online tutorials, go to the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the date indicated. .For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

For more Fort Bend County Libraries computer and technology tutorials, visit the library system’s YouTube channel — https://bit.ly/FBCLYouTubeChannel.

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