Canastota Public Library Offers Computer Classes

By Elizabeth Totten

(Canastota, NY – Jan. 2012) Tech Tuesdays and Computer Therapy Thursdays are being held at the Canastota Public Library through the month of March. Mid York Library System (MYLS) is the recipient of a grant to create a Public Computer Center (PCC).  The PCC has been located primarily in Utica at the Mid York Headquarters until this month. On a trial basis, the PCC has moved five laptop computers to the Canastota Public Library to offer programs to our patrons.

In January, there are three programs being provided to the public. These programs include Introduction to Computers, Social Networking Basics and How to Download E-books and Audio books. The classes will be held in the library’s Lawson Community Room on the lower level of the library. You must reserve a spot for these sessions as there are limited computers for the training.

Introduction to Computers is a hands-on class with guided instruction and hand-outs to use when practicing the skills. The class is designed for people who have little to no experience working with a computer. There are three classes and each of the classes lasts two hours long.  Introduction to Computers will be offered on the following dates: Tuesday, Jan. 17, Thursday, Jan. 19 and Tuesday, Jan. 24. All classes will begin at 10am.

Social Networking Basics is a two hour class which will be offered on Thursday, Jan. 26 beginning at 10am. The class will help patrons learn how to use social networking tools to connect with family and friends. Social Networking can also be a very effective marketing tool for business marketing. The classes will cover Facebook, Twitter, blogs, LinkedIn and RSS feeds.

How to Download E-Books and Audio Books is our most popular class. This program will be offered on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 10am. This hands-on class walks participants through the very simple steps of downloading eBooks and Audio books to a computer or mobile devise.  Participants may bring their own laptops or mobile devices to these sessions.

The public may also drop in during Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am until 4pm to obtain help on any of the services that the trainers offer including but not limited to digital literacy training, workforce training to help job seekers with locating employment  opportunities, resume preparation, test preparation, interviewing skills, teleconferencing, job research, completion of online applications, assistance for small businesses and access to essential e-government and other online resources for healthcare, education, social services and citizenship.

The three programs offered for January will be held in the library’s Lawson Community Room on the lower level of the library.

Elizabeth Totten provides public relations for the library. Located at 102 W. Center Street in Canastota, the library is a timeless community resource for you and your family.




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