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Community Education

Community Education

Digital Literacy and Workforce Development for Library Patrons.

The Idaho Falls Public Library Community Education Program supports the educational needs of our community through digital literacy and workforce development training.

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Microsoft Office Certification

Enhance your resume and add to your professional development efforts by enrolling in our Microsoft certification classes. Earn Microsoft Office 2016 Specialist certifications in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook. These certifications demonstrate your knowledge of both the core and advanced features of Microsoft Office products.

We teach certification classes at the library on a rotating schedule. If you work hard, you can earn a Microsoft Office Specialist certification every 2-3 months and the Microsoft Office 2016 Master designation in a year’s time.

For the self-directed, online learner, we also offer independent study options. Certification classes and exam vouchers are free to library patrons through a program funded by the Idaho State Department of Education.

Class Rotations and Times  |  Word 2016 Schedule  |  Excel 2016 Schedule

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Class Rotations and Times

We teach Microsoft Office Specialist certification classes on a rotating schedule. For starting dates, search our current class postings:

Semester Time* Class Exam
Fall 12-1pm Word 2016
8-9pm Excel 2016
Winter 12-1pm Excel 2016
7-8pm Access 2016 77-730
8-9pm Word 2016
Spring 12-1pm Excel 2016
8-9pm Word 2016 Expert 77-726
Summer 12-1pm Word 2016
1-2pm PowerPoint 2016 77-729
7-8pm Outlook 2016 77-731
8-9pm Excel 2016

*These are classroom session dates. Independent study is available at all times.

Independent Study

Are you an self-directed, independent learner? Are you already familiar with a software platform but want to improve your skills? Consider our independent study options. Our online resources are available to you at home or work where you may learn and practice on your own time and at your own pace.

Microsoft Imagine Academy

We invite all students pursuing certification in Microsoft Office 2016 to join our Microsoft Imagine Academy. After you enroll in our program, watch for an email inviting you to join the academy. Sign in using the link in the invitation and the personal email on your Microsoft account.

Returning users may access the academy here.

The following webpages provide supporting materials for our independent study students. Each page is password protected. Your instructor will provide the login credentials when you enroll in class.

Lynda.com Video Library

Anyone interested in modern business skills can benefit from the vast training resources available on Lynda.com. Lynda is a premium, online video library with thousands of complete courses covering the following topics:

To access these courses, visit our patron login portal and create a profile using your library card number (all digits, no spaces) and password of choice.

If you have questions about Lynda or need help with the login process, please call 208-612-8329.

Learning Express Library

The Learning Express Library is available to all Idaho residents courtesy of the Idaho Commission for Libraries. This library contains several multimedia learning resources, including test preparation tools. To access the Learning Express Library:

  • Log in with your zip code and city
  • Register or sign into your account
  • Open your learning center of choice:
    • Career Prep
    • High School Equivalency
    • College Admissions
    • K12 Students
    • College Students
    • Adult Students
    • Popular Software Tutorials

*Lynda.com and the Microsoft Imagine Academy are restricted to library patrons only. To sign up for a card, visit our library cards webpage.

Basic Computer Class

Our staff offer recurring classes on basic computer skills. We use the Digital Learn curriculum developed by the Gail Borden Public Library in conjunction with the Reaching Across Illinois Library System and the Public Library Association.

Our classes cover the following topics:

  • Mouse and Keyboard – Learn how to left- and right-click and use basic keyboard commands.
  • Computer Basics – Learn how to start and shut down a computer, create/save/open files, create folders, and rename files and folders.
  • Internet Basics – Learn basic internet terminology, how to navigate a browser, find a website, identify common domains, and stay safe while surfing the web.
  • Outlook Email – Learn how to create a free Microsoft Outlook email account and send, receive, and organize email messages.
  • File Management – Learn how to find electronic files easily by creating and organizing folders.
  • Computer Maintenance – Learn common maintenance tasks to improve your computer’s performance, stability, and speed.
  • Cybersecurity – Learn about common computer viruses, email safety, internet safety, firewalls, and other security practices.
  • Windows 10 Basic – Learn how to navigate Windows 10, use the task manager, manage your files, and more.
  • Windows 10 Intermediate – Learn more about Windows 10, including desktop icons, exploring settings, Windows Defender, installing and uninstalling programs, and using the Windows Store.

To sign up for our basic classes, call 208-612-8329 or visit the Idaho Falls Public Library computer room. To see our current class schedule, visit our class announcement page.

Notice: The Digital Learn curriculum is licensed CC BY-SA 3.0 by the Gail Borden Public Library and partners. The Idaho Falls Public Library has made minor adaptations to class presentations to meet local needs and circumstances.

OverDrive Workshops

Idaho Falls Public Library patrons* have access to thousands of ebooks and digital audiobooks through OverDrive. As an online service, OverDrive requires access to the internet and is delivered through ereaders and mobile apps.

In this workshop series, you will learn how to access OverDrive and use apps and ereaders to locate ebooks and audiobooks.

We offer 4 workshops monthly, each in our library computer room from 2-3pm on Tuesdays:

  • First Tuesday: Introduction to OverDrive – Create an account on OverDrive, learn to adjust your reading preferences and search and browse for titles. Learn how to read or listen through your internet browser or Windows app.
  • Second Tuesday: OverDrive App – Learn how to install, setup, and use the OverDrive app to access ebooks and audiobooks. Bring your reading device.
  • Third Tuesday: Libby App – Learn how to install, setup, and use OverDrive new Libby app to access ebooks and audiobooks. Learn the advantages of the Libby app, including how to connect multiple cards and libraries. Bring your reading device.
  • Fourth Tuesday: OverDrive on Ereaders – Learn how to access OverDrive titles on a Kindle Fire, Kindle ereader, and Nook.

Participation in these workshops requires preregistration. Use the following link to reserve a seat in class.

* OverDrive access is restricted to residents of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County. Patrons with non-resident cards are not able to access OverDrive titles.

For more information about our program, call 208-612-8329.