Adults learn how to use computers at the library
People of all ages continue to visit the library to learn about technology. The Computer Basics series for adults recently surpassed 500 attendees for the year.
Responding to demand from library users, staff have developed a comprehensive curriculum of computer classes, offering a variety of programs for beginners with topics including privacy, security, Microsoft Office, job searching, fake news, and more.
The Computer Basics classes go beyond demonstrations of technology. Workshops are designed to provide a hands-on learning experience; each class includes an exercise or activity that applies the skills covered during the lecture. During the activity, library staff work together one-on-one with students, helping them complete their assignment.
Computer Basics students have responded with positive comments about their experience. They most often cite "hands-on learning" as the thing they like most about the library's workshops. Other comments include:
- "feeling more confident about using the computer"
- "I learned how to put charts into Microsoft Word. Something I didn't know how to do"
- "gave me a good overview of the software"
- "simple and slow paced; greatly appreciated"
- feel "comfortable to ask questions and the staff are very helpful"
This week, at the library's Introduction to Email class, students learned the basics of an essential technology, including how to send emails, attach documents, and delete messages. Additionally, students asked questions such as how to insert a photo into the body of an email message, how to manage multiple email accounts, and tips for managing spam.
Participants in this course followed along with librarians to learn the basics of Gmail and Yahoo. They have the chance to build on their skills in our upcoming class - Email 2: Beyond the Basics. Students can also take a self-guided course on email through DigitalLearn.org and GCF LearnFree.
Check out the library's calendar for more technology workshops.