DigiLit goes online

Join Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for virtual technology classes to improve your skills and explore resources.

As we all learn to work in a new environment, technology skills have never been more important. Whether just getting started with technology or looking to brush up on your skills, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has something for you. Our popular “DigiLit” program – short for Digital Literacy – has gone online and is now accessible from home.   

What is DigiLit?  

The Library’s digital literacy brand: ‘DigiLit’ provides a range of technology training options. We offer a variety of learning tracks, from Basic Skills to Workplace Tools. We are currently offering our technology classes and 1-on-1 technology appointments online using Zoom video chat software.  Learn about Zoom here.

What classes are coming up?  

We are currently running a schedule of our Basic Skills and Workplace Tools classes, which feature popular Microsoft Office software and Google services. You can register using the links below:  

Canva Design Class: The BasicsFriday, January 15 at 3 p.m. 

No design experience? No problem! Join us for this introductory course to Canva.com, a graphic design website that allows you to create stunning (and free!) flyers, business cards, and more in order to promote your business or personal brand.

Getting Started with Microsoft Outlook Tuesday, January 19 at 11 a.m. 

If you're new to email, join us to create an email account using Microsoft's free email service Outlook. Learn to send emails, attach files, manage your contacts, and organize your inbox. 

Getting Started with Microsoft OneDrive, Tuesday, January 26 at 11 a.m. 

Are you thinking about a better way to back-up your files? If you're new to the cloud, join us to create an account using Microsoft's free cloud service OneDrive. Learn to use cloud storage, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. 

Getting Started with Gmail Tuesday, February 2 at 11 a.m.

If you're new to email, join us to create an email account using Google's free email service Gmail. Learn to send emails, attach files, manage your contacts, and organize your inbox. 

Getting Started with Google Drive Tuesday, February 9 at 11 a.m. 

Are you thinking about a better way to back-up your files? If you're new to the cloud, join us to create an account using Google's free cloud service, Google Drive. Learn to use cloud storage, as well as managing, sharing, and real-time editing of files.  AN ACTIVE GMAIL ACCOUNT IS REQUIRED. 

Canva Design Class: Tips and TricksFriday, February 12 at 3 p.m. 

Are you familiar with Canva and looking for a few tips and tricks to take your designs to the next level? Join us for this special tutorial for those who already have some experience but want to learn a bit more about Canva.com -  a graphic design website that allows you to create stunning (and free!) flyers, business cards, and more in order to promote your business or personal brand.

Getting Started with Microsoft Word, Tuesday, February 16 at 11 a.m.

Create, edit, and save a document in Microsoft Word. This class is for people with some computer experience but little or no previous word processing experience. 

Beyond the Basics: Microsoft Word, Tuesday, February 23 at 11 a.m. 

Go beyond the basics and learn to use paragraph formatting, headers & footers, and other more advanced formatting tools. Previous Microsoft Word experience is required. 

Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint, Tuesday, March 2 at 11 a.m. 

In this introductory class, you'll learn how to create, edit, and save a presentation, as well as learn basic formatting techniques, including how to navigate the various functions in Microsoft PowerPoint. 

Beyond the Basics: Microsoft PowerPoint, Tuesday, March 9 at 11 a.m. 

Go beyond the basics and learn to create charts and graphs, adjust presentation timings, and add multimedia effects in this second of a two-part series introducing Microsoft PowerPoint. Previous Microsoft PowerPoint experience is required. 

Canva Design Class: Presentations, Friday, March 12 at 3 p.m.

Are you looking for an alternative to PowerPoint or Google Slides? Join us for this hour-long tutorial on how to create beautiful slides that strengthen your message and present your information clearly and effectively. Some experience with Canva is required. 

Getting Started with Microsoft Excel, Tuesday, March 16 at 11 a.m. 

In this introductory workshop, create a simple spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel. Participants must be comfortable with working in the Windows environment, and basic knowledge of Microsoft Word is helpful. 

Beyond the Basics: Microsoft Excel, Tuesday, March 23 at 11 a.m. 

Go Beyond the Basics and learn to create formulas, functions, spreadsheet modifications, charts, and graphs. Previous Excel experience is required. 

Beyond the Basics: Intro to Microsoft Excel PivotTables, Tuesday, April 6 at 11 a.m. 

Have you ever wondered what is an Excel PivotTable and how it is used?  Join us as we explore what many people say is one of Excel's most powerful features. Learn how to organize your data for a PivotTable, how to create and manipulate them, and how to arrange the data in a format anyone can read--even if they don't know Excel! This is an ADVANCED class. Must be familiar with Excel. 

Canva Design Class , Tuesday, April 13 at 11 a.m. 

No design experience? No problem! Join us for this introductory course to Canva.com, a graphics design website that allows you to create stunning (and free!) flyers, business cards, and more in order to promote your business or personal brand! 

What can I expect in a virtual technology class?  

Our classes are held via Zoom. You will need to register for the class you are interested in and then a Zoom link will be emailed to you. Once you join the Zoom call, your instructor will begin the class and you can ask questions using the chat feature. Most classes do allow you to do exercises along with the instructor and practice on your own. If you are new to using Zoom, we recommend this quick tutorial. 

Where can I find more resources?   

You can download the curriculum packets from our classes, find links to more resources, and more, at our DigiLit homepage here.