Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Library programs Absolute Beginners

Patrons of the Webster Parish Library have given "outstanding" reviews to a new program, which started in January.

"We had our first Absolute Beginner Computer Class for adults and got great feedback," said Beverly Hammett, director of Webster Parish Libraries.

Class participants wrote comments on feedback forms they filled out at the end of the course.

One student said the instructor, Janetta Robinson, was "perfect" and others requested to have the same instructor for future computer classes.

"We got great comments on our evaluations like, 'Thank you for having a class for those of us who have been out of school a long time,'" Hammett said.

The library has offered various computer courses in the past and the addition of the Absolute Beginners computer class is a response to feedback from patrons.

"We found the classes the library was teaching were very intense for some and can be overwhelming if you're not familiar with the computer already," Hammett said. "We found people wanted a less intensive, non-threatening class.

"This class is for absolute beginners, that is what most people told us was needed here," she continued. "We always had really good participation when we had Word and Excel training and various other programs."

Hammett found that many people wanting to take a computer course were computer illiterate.

"Computer illiterate people don't know how to use a mouse, right click or how to make a colon," she said. "Often times, older people have not had that type of training, and there is no place exactly for them to get that very beginning training."

Hammett feels Robinson is just the person to teach computer literacy.

"Our trainer has the patience of Job," Hammett said. "Janetta is also available to help library patrons with their devices and other electronics. For instance, she might explain how to use the iPad® someone got for Christmas.

"Things used to have instructions manuals, but almost nothing comes with a manual now, unless you go online to get the manual," Hammett continued.

"She is great at sitting down one-on-one with people and helping them become familiar with their device or answering a question."

Because the library is often busy, Hammett suggested calling to make an appointment with Robinson for help or to sign up for the computer classes.

The computer class is open to persons 18 and older and all materials are provided. Each class is held in two sessions on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays.

The next class will be held February 21 and 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. until noon on Friday.

Another class will be held on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. until noon on Friday.

The last session will be held Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 from 1 until 4 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 a.m. until noon on Friday.

To sign up for the classes call Janetta Robinson at 371-3080 ext. 126 or stop by the Reference Desk at Minden Main Branch.






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