Technology Classes

Technology Training

Plano Public Library COVID-19 – Open for Grab and Go service
Monday-Thursday 9:00am – 8:00pm, Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday 1:00 – 5:00pm

Grab and Go – mask required
  • Browse materials/self-checkout
  • Holds pickup inside (porch pickup is also available - instructions (PDF))
  • Computer access (first come, first served – one 2-hour session per day)
  • Shop Friends lobby sales
  • Mask required at all times in the library
  • No seating, in-house programs, kids play areas or meeting room use
Online Services
  • Access to digital resources (PDF) (e-books, e-newspapers, e-magazines, e-audio and databases)
  • Classes and programs for all ages (Calendar)
  • New library cards apply online, 2-3 days processing time – you will be contacted
General Services
  • Holds pickup (available inside or porch side - instructions (PDF))
  • Book Bundles – request in English, Spanish and Chinese for children and teens
  • External book drops for returns, 72 hour item quarantine, some account delay, no impact to borrowing privileges
  • Book a Librarian and telephone reference (email)
  • Donation drop off – loading dock during daylight hours
  • FAQ (PDF)

Online Classes

Learn new skills with our online technology and digital creativity classes. Explore additional resources on our Research & Learn page and our blog Plano Library Learns. Use your Plano Public Library card to access Lynda.com and Learning Express Library for more online tutorials 

Click on the links to navigate to the topic you are interested in

Adobe

Adobe Creative Cloud is a collection of 20+ desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX and more

Technology - Adobe InDesign - Design a Business Letterhead with Plano Public Library
Adobe InDesign: Design a Business Letterhead
Letterhead is essential for projecting brand awareness and official business communications. Learn techniques for designing and applying impactful letterhead

Sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud for a free 7 day trial to follow along with the class
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Technology - Adobe InDesign Design a Business Card (Intermediate) with Plano Public Library
Adobe InDesign: Design a Business Card (Intermediate)
Promote yourself or your business by designing your unique business card with Adobe InDesign

Sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud for a free 7 day trial to follow along with the class
Class Handout (PDF)
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Technology Adobe InDesign Create a Book with Plano Public Library
Adobe InDesign: Create a Book
Learn the basics of formatting a book in Adobe InDesign

Sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud for a free 7 day trial to follow along with the class
Class Handout (PDF)
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Technology - Adobe InDesign Advanced Book Design with Plano Public Library
Adobe InDesign: Advanced Book Design
Learn advanced features of InDesign for book creation including book file synchronizing, and application of character, paragraph and object styles

Sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud for a free 7 day trial to follow along with the class
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Technology Adobe InDesign Create a Flyer with Plano Public Library
Adobe InDesign: Create a Flyer
Learn how to create one-of-a-kind flyers for any event using basic formatting techniques using Adobe InDesign

Sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud for a free 7 day trial to follow along with the class
Class Handout (PDF)
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Technology Adobe Photoshop Product Photography with Plano Public Library
Adobe Photoshop: Product Photography
When starting an online business selling products or services quality photos are a must. Learn how to stage and edit product photos in Photoshop

Sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud for a free 7 day trial to follow along with the class
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Technology Adobe Photoshop with Plano Public Library
Adobe Photoshop: Basic
Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop and editing images

Sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud for a free 7 day trial to follow along with the class
Class Handout (PDF)
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Technology - Adobe Illustrator Pen Tool with Plano Public Library
Adobe Illustrator: Pen Tool
Learn to use the pen tool to create complex vector graphics

Sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud for a free 7 day trial to follow along with the class
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GIMP

Technology GIMP Graphics with Plano Public Library
GIMP: Graphics
Create and edit image-based documents or single-use menus to support your business. GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes

Download GIMP here to follow along with the class
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Podcasting

Technology Podcasting with Audacity with Plano Public Library
Podcasting with Audacity
Learn to produce your own podcast using Audacity (freeware available for PC, Mac, or Linux). This class covers basic microphone information, recording and editing your podcast, and how to post it for others to enjoy

Download Audacity to follow along with the class
Class Handout (PDF)
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Photopea

Technology - Photopea 101
Photopea 101
Photopea is a web-based image editor similar to Photoshop. Learn the differences and advantages of with a tour of this free software

Download Photopea to follow along with the class
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Microsoft

Microsoft 365 is designed to help you achieve more with innovative Office apps that include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more

Technology Microsoft Excel Simple Budgets with Plano Public Library
Microsoft Excel: Simple Budgets An introduction to Microsoft Excel budgets and an overview of how to choose a budget template in Excel and navigate through it

Sign up for Microsoft 365 for a free 30 day trial to follow along with the class
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Technology Microsoft Excel Basic with Plano Public Library
Microsoft Excel: Basic
Learn the basic structure of a worksheet and workbook, along with basic formatting, functions and other data types

Sign up for Microsoft 365 for a free 30 day trial to follow along with the class
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Google Suite

Google Suite is an integrated suite of secure, cloud-native collaboration and productivity apps powered by Google AI. Includes Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet and more

Technology Google Suite Digital Skills for Everyday Tasks with Plano Public Library
Google Suite: Digital Skills for Everyday Tasks
Use Google tools to stay organized. Learn to create a personalized to-do list and how to use Google docs for meetings and collaborative work

Sign up for a Google account to follow along with the class
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Technology Google Drive with Plano Public Library
Google Drive (Basic)
Take files with you by setting up a Google Drive account. Learn the basics of file organization and how you can access and save files from a variety of devices. Create a free Google account or sign in to your account to follow along with the class

Sign up for a Google account to follow along with the class
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Technology - Google Docs with Plano Public Library
Google Docs (Basic)
Learn the basics of Google’s free word processing app using a resume as an example. Create a free Google account or sign in to your account to follow along with the class

Sign up for a Google account to follow along with the class
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Technology - Google Sheets with Plano Public Library
Google Sheets (Basic)
Learn the basics of Google’s free spreadsheet app using a monthly household budget as an example. Create a free Google account or sign in to your account to follow along with the class

Sign up for a Google account to follow along with the class
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Technology - Google Slides with Plano Public Library
Google Slides (Basic)
Learn the basics of Google’s free presentation app. Create a free Google account or sign in to your account to follow along with the class

Sign up for a Google account to follow along with the class
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Lynda

Technology Lynda with Plano Public Library
Lynda.com (LinkedIn Learning) Basic
Learn how to search, save videos and set up a profile to get the most out of this online learning resource

A Plano Library card is required to access Lynda.com for free. Sign up for a library card
Class Handout (PDF)
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Zoom

Technology Zoom Basic with Plano Public Library
Zoom: Basic
Learn the features of Zoom to connect with friends and family

Find additional Zoom learning resources on our blog Plano Library Learns
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