Take advantage of free library classes and presentations

In the coming weeks, the Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central is offering a computer class, a genealogy research workshop and an author event.

Microsoft Word: Basics

Thursday, Nov. 8
4 - 6 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Learn how to use the ribbon, enter and delete text, basic formatting, cut, copy and paste; and when to use 'save' and 'save as.' Register Online or call 612-543-8000.

Dreamland Faces Program

Thursday, Nov. 8
7 - 8 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library

Minneapolis duo Dreamland Faces will play an original score to two short silent films: Buster Keaton's "One Week" (1920) and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's "Coney Island" (1917), which features beautiful nighttime footage of the famous amusement park and some rare shots of a young Buster Keaton actually smiling. Dreamland Faces will be joined by Ryan Billig and Chris Hepola on drums, piano and sound effects.

Computer Class for Complete Beginners

Tuesday, Nov. 13
6 – 8 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Learn the difference between hardware and software, practice using a mouse and keyboard. Find out more about computer training resources at the library. This class is for students with little or no experience using a computer. Register online or call 612-543-8000.

Microsoft PowerPoint: Basics

Saturday, Nov. 17
2 - 4 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Learn to create presentations and use the ribbon to create a basic slide show. Register online or call 612-543-8000.

Talk of the Stacks with Geoff Dyer

Saturday, Nov. 17
7 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Geoff Dyer, author of four novels (“Paris Trance,” “The Search,” “The Colour of Memory” and “Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi”), three essay collections and five genre-defying titles (“But Beautiful,” “The Missing of the Somme,” “Out of Sheer Rage,” “Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It” and "The Ongoing Moment”), will read from his latest collection of essays, “Otherwise Known as the Human Condition,” which won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award for Criticism in 2012. His publisher, Fiona McCrae of Graywolf Press, will join Dyer on stage for a conversation about his work. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Genealogy Research: Get Started

Wednesday, Nov. 21
10:30 a.m. - noon.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Learn how to access family history resources, including census and immigration records and the best of what's available at the library and the Web. Register online or by calling 612-543-8000.

Registration and more information

For a complete listing of other free learning opportunities sponsored by the Hennepin County Library, visit www.hclib.org. For programs that require registration, visit www.hclib.org or call 612-543-8000.

Published Nov 7, 2012