Technology Classes

All Things Google Lunch and Learn Series

Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Because Blount County Public Library has received a Library Technology Training Grant, this series of 40 Google Lunch and Learn classes is being offered to the public during 2018. Online registration is required at no cost. For lunch options, you may bring a sack lunch or an optional $10 box lunch is available from the library’s Bookmark Café.  Lunch order options are on the registration forms below under Registration Online Forms for Google Lunch & Learn Series. The classes will be held in the library’s new Learning Lab, a stand-alone building on Cusick Street, across from the library’s outdoor sign. Participants who have Gmail accounts should bring their email address and password. Those who do not have a Gmail account will create one at their first class. Participants should bring their library card. In some classes, participants will also learn how to use, a new leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business,software, technology and creative skills to achieve their learning goals. A staff person will be at all classes to make sure that participants have an ecard to access for participants without library cards. Be sure to include email address on registration form. Each class is limited to 10 participants. Participants are invited to bring their personal laptops with wireless access to use in classes.

Class Information: Google Lunch & Learn Series

Computer & Job Skills Classes

Free computer classes are offered in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint (2016) and Gmail. Receive an opportunity to gain a nationally recognized certificate from Northstar Digital Literacy. Course descriptions and schedules are listed below.  The free classes meet in the Blount County Public Library’s new Learning Lab (outside the library in the former First Tennessee Bank branch building) unless otherwise *noted. For those with no previous computer experience, you will nee to practice using a mouse before you may enroll. Here are a few practice websites available:  and  


Spaces are limited and registration is required. To register, please visit the library's Adult Services Desk (Reference) or call 865-982-0981, option 3, or 865-273-1428. Sign up no earlier than one month prior to a class.

Class Information

It's Your Career Soft Skills Training Classes

Once a Month on Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • “It’s Your Career,” will be a part of an ongoing series of Soft Skill workshops designed to take your career to the next level. Class format features a short lecture on each topic, case studies discussion in small groups and resources for use in businesses and organizations. Bring your laptop or tablet, or one will be provided for your use. This class will be at the Blount County Public Library’s new Learning Lab, a stand-alone building on Cusick Street, across from the library’s outdoor sign.

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ARCONIC Foundation Global Internship Program for Young Adults (18-26):  Registration Required

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The ARCONIC Foundation Global Internship Program is made possible through a generous grant from the ARCONIC Foundation. It is provided by the Institute of International Education, Blount Partnership, Blount County Public Library and the Blount County Friends of the Library..

Paid Internship Program For Young Adults Interested in Manufacturing Careers:

Are you between the ages of 18 – 26 and would you like to get paid to intern at a local manufacturer? Join us November 1 through 
December 21 
to gain training and real-world, hands-on manufacturing experience with the possibility of getting hired permanently. Spaces are limited and registration is required.  Contact Jackie Taylor-Tente with questions and to register, at 865-680-7668 or  For More Information go to

The program consists of three components:

1)   November 1 – 21:  3 weeks of Workforce Readiness Training (60 hours)
  •      Training will run 1-5 p.m., Monday - Friday.  During this time participants will receive training in skills needed to obtain and maintain a job in the manufacturing field.  Participants will receive a $300 stipend upon completion of this component.
2)   November 26 – December 14:  100 hours of hands-on manufacturing experience interning with a Blount County   

  •      The Internship will be at a local manufacturer where participants will be paid $10/hr. for 100 hours, get hands-on job experience, and potentially get certifications such as forklift operation.
3)   December 19, 20 and 21:  3 half-days of Follow-up, Career Fair and Graduation
  •      Participants then return for Follow-up, Career Fair and Graduation. Participants will receive a $60 stipend upon completion of this component. 
Participants must complete all three components.

Wordpress Classes – Online Registration Required

Tuesdays, October 2 through November 20,  6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  This 8-week class series, led by Jeremy LaDuke of Epic Nine Marketing, will explore how to setup, edit, and design a Wordpress website.  Students will learn some basic HTML and CSS as well as explore some of the uses of PHP. If you are a business owner who wants to learn more about your website or an aspiring blogger, or if you just want to understand a little more about web design, then join us for this exciting workshop series. Online registration is required at no cost, and students should attend the whole class series. Limited seating available. This 8-week class will be in the Learning Lab, a stand-alone building on Cusick Street, across from the library’s outdoor sign.
  • Week 1: October 2, Introduction to Wordpress
  • Week 2: October 9, Plugins
  • Week 3: October 16, Themes
  • Week 4: October 23, Inner Workings of Wordpress 1
  • Week 5: October 30, Inner Workings of Wordpress 2
  • Week 6: November 6, Customizing with HTML and CSS
  • Week 7: November 13, Basics of Online Marketing
  • Week 8: November 20, Best Practices and Site Migration

Online Registration Form for Wordpress 8-week Class Series

  • Wordpress Classes – Online Registration Required - OCTOBER 2 THROUGH NOVEMBER 20, 2018
Open Lab – Ages 16 and Up
 Saturday, Begins October 6,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (1st Saturday of Each Month)
  • Ages 16 and up come play with all the cool tech in the Learning Lab! This month’s focus will be on microcontrollers using Sparkfun’s Inventor’s Kit an easy introduction to Arduinos. Other lab equipment includes 3D printers, a vinyl cutter, a heat press, and other small electronics. Learn more about materials costs, equipment certification, and lab policies by emailing  This will be in the Learning Lab, a stand-alone building on Cusick Street, across from the library’s outdoor sign.

​Tech Time

Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Need help with technology and don’t know where to start? Tech Time is designed to be a space to get your questions answered and set you on the path you need for technology success! Having trouble with email? Can’t find what you need on the internet? Curious about Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest? Need help with eBooks? Bring your technology questions and get assistance from a Tech Time facilitator. Tech Time will be held in Study Room A in the Reference Area of the library.