North Shelby library to host computer classes during October

By AMALIA KORTRIGHT / For the Reporter

NORTH SHELBY – The North Shelby Library is offering several computer classes for adults during the month of October.

Computer Comfort, Introduction to the Internet, and Introduction to E-mail will be taught by Kate Etheredge. Michelyn Reid will teach Introduction to Microsoft Word and Introduction to Microsoft Excel.

According to Etheredge, computer classes have been offered for over 10 years. Classes are held on a monthly basis, except during the summer. These classes are designed for beginners, and no prior experience with computers is necessary to attend.

“People come in all the time and ask for help on the computers. Many people in the community would like to do more with their technology. These intro classes are designed to help them use their computer to do more things. These are for people who are looking to improve their skills in certain programs,” said Etheredge.

The classes are open to all ages. However, Etheredge said that the ages of around 12 and up would benefit the most from these classes.

“Anyone younger than middle school age is considered a ‘native user.’ They’ve always been around computers, so they don’t really need it.” said Etheredge. “Typically, the people who take these classes are older or they are looking to re-enter the workforce after an extended period of time.”

Classes will be held in the Young Adult department of the library and last for two hours. There is a five dollar deposit fee that will be reimbursed upon attendance or upon cancellation 24 hours in advance. Registration for these classes is required, and can be taken online, by phone or by e-mail.

In addition to computer classes, the North Shelby Library has recently instated their “Book a Technology Trainer” program. People now have the option to sign up for a private, hour-long session with a staff member on whatever computer program or issue they choose. According to Etheredge, “Book a Technology Trainer” is completely one-on-one and is not reliant on a certain class time. It also allows staff members to focus more on a certain computer issue or program.

Contact the library at 439-5510 or nsref@shelbycounty-al.org.