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Computer for beginners series hosted by Ellsworth Public Library

Computer for beginners series hosted by library

By Bill Kirk

Usually it's older people who want to learn how to use the computer.

Ellsworth Public Library Director Shelley Anderson has found they want to access photos of their grandchildren or research topics or simply get things done they can't otherwise do as easily.

Anderson knows this because she's taught a basic computer class at the library twice in the past. The problem was the facility only has three computers available to the public, limiting participation and not ideal for her teaching style.

"It was slow-paced with no pressure," she said Wednesday, noting she didn't even require her students to be skilled at typing.

But that meant the library's trio of computers had to be tied up for class purposes longer than desired, she said. Indeed, she ended up extending her sessions to six weeks.

Now comes a new opportunity for novices to learn the computer, the director said. The library will host a Basic Computer Series through the University of Wisconsin-Extension the second Tuesday of the month from 8:30 to 10 a.m. for four months, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Sept. 7.