Millburn Library offers a variety of technology & computer training— click the boxes below to reveal our list of free learning tutorials & resources to accompany our programming. You can also check out our Online Resources page for more self-learning content available with your Millburn Library card, or our Calendar for upcoming tech events.
We hope to offer more technology classes in the future. In the meanwhile, you can drop suggestions in the Contact form at the bottom of this page, or if you have specific questions, join us for Drop-In Tech 1-on-1 Help, run every Monday from 3:00-5:00pm in the Williamsburg Room (second floor). Please contact Digital Resources Librarian Matt to reserve a 30-minute timeslot, or drop-in to see if there is free availability.
The Python language is one of the most popular and easy-to-use coding languages today. With it you can develop websites, create games, use artificial intelligence and much, much more. A great introduction to the world of programming, Python is the best place for new coders to start.
From students to working professionals, most people will need to use office software at some point, whether its writing text documents, creating spreadsheets or making slideshows. Both Google (Gmail) and Microsoft OneDrive (Outlook email) provide a free suite of cloud-based office apps to users who have an email account with them.
Before you start writing your own programs and starting projects, it’s best to learn the foundations. Complete one of the following tutorials as step one of your programming journey (or, if you’re looking for a complete textbook, search the library catalog).
Lastly, every programmer needs a repository to store all their files in the cloud, no matter what language they use.
While you can download & install software to write & run code, it’s easiest to use a web-based IDE (integrated development environment) when getting started, because you can get started in seconds.
Did you know that you can get Microsoft Office Suite for free? With your free Microsoft OneDrive account you get the Web versions of popular programs like Word, Excel & more. You’ll also get a cloud-based storage drive and an email address. You can even share & collaborate on the same file with others at the same time. Each link below is a tutorial for that program.
In addition to the free OneDrive account, students & educators can get Microsoft365 (which has the ‘full version’ of each program) for free— check here to see if you’re school participates.
With your free Gmail account, you also get access to a whole suite of free web apps, just like the free Microsoft Office apps. Most Google & Microsoft apps are cross-compatible, meaning if you create a document in Microsoft Excel, for example, you can import and finish it in Google Sheets.
All three languages work together to build websites, and with free, online tutorials you can easily teach yourself enough basics to build your own webpages, without the need to handle complicated software downloads or have other advanced computer skills.
Click on the tabs above for online resources.
HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is the foundational language with which webpages are written. HTML content (the text that shows on the webpage itself) is wrapped in tags that tell the web browser what kind of content it is: paragraph text, a heading, a web-link, etc. A webpage is merely .html file with ‘plaintext’ content, plus HTML tags to describe the structure and meaning of content (e.g. this is a heading, this is a hyperlink).
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a programming language used to select and define the style of HTML elements of webpages, from colors, spacing, borders, font-size, mobile-responsiveness and even animations. While .html files can have inline or page-level style, an external .css file can save a lot of time and apply styles to any webpage(s) that refer to it.
Once you’re comfortable with CSS, take a look at Sass, which is “super-powered CSS”. Or, use a CSS framework like Bootstrap, Bulma or Foundation, which provides you with ready-made framework so you don’t have to code everything manually.
Publishing a website live to the Internet will usually have hosting costs, but the following all offer free static website hosting for small projects:
Millburn Library also offers personal Tech 1-on-1 Help every Monday, between 3:00-5:00pm. Book an appointment with our Digital Resources Librarian Matt below to ask questions about a topic. The Library also has a whole shelf full of technology & computer skills books for borrowing.