Larry Maki (centre)

Larry Maki (centre)

Free library workshops teach tech skills

Workshops open to anyone who wants to learn about computers and technology.

Barbara Roden

The Journal

The Ashcroft Library hosted an iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch workshop on Feb. 16. It was part of an ongoing series of computer and technology courses sponsored by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System (TNRDLS).

The workshop was run by Larry Maki, a computer trainer for the TNRDLS. The 90-minute session taught the basics of using any device that runs Apple’s iOS operating system, including finding, installing, deleting, and organizing apps; connecting to Wi-Fi; accessing useful settings; and much more.

Ashcroft Branch Head Deanna Porter says that there are more than a dozen workshops that can be booked, and that there’ll all free. “We encourage patrons to come in and suggest a session that they’d find useful. We can’t guarantee getting it, but we’ll try.” The workshops are open to anyone who wants to learn more about the subject under discussion. They’re also available to be offered by any TNRDLS library; check your local branch for information.

The next workshop will be on March 15 from 10:00 to 11:30am, and will be about Android tablets and smartphones. Anyone who has an Android tablet or smartphone, or who is thinking about purchasing one, can learn how to operate a portable touch-screen device running the Android operating system. This workshop will be followed on April 16 with a session about Windows 10.

Porter encourages anyone interested in either of these workshops to come in to the library and sign up. She says everyone on the list for a workshop will receive a reminder phone call about it.