Prendergast Library, along with public libraries in Dunkirk and Olean, will offer area residents several opportunities this fall to learn basic computer skills.
Classes will be offered in cooperation with Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES with support from the New York State Library's Adult Literacy Library Services grant program.
Students will meet for six two-hour sessions from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The first introductory course runs Sept. 9-20.
Cindy Chang of Bemus Point uses a public access computer at Prendergast Library, where classes to help people develop computer skills will begin Sept. 9.
Other six-part courses covering the same material will start on Oct. 16 and Nov. 4. More classes will also be available early in 2014.
"This will be helpful if you are wondering about the most basic computer questions," according to Tina Scott, library director.
The course covers computer terms, turning terminals on and off, using a mouse, navigating the Windows operating system, creating letters and resumes with Microsoft Word, and saving to different computer drives. Students also learn how to set up, send and receive email and use the Internet for purposes such as job searching.
Classes, which are free and open to the public, will be offered in person in Jamestown and through videoconferencing in Dunkirk and Olean. As the grant recipient, the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System has opted to deliver instruction through these libraries' public computer centers.
For information or registration in Jamestown, call 484-7135, or visit Prendergast Library at 509 Cherry St.
To sign up at the other locations, call the Dunkirk Free Library, 536 Central Ave., Dunkirk, at 366-2511, or the Olean Public Library, 134 N. 2nd St., Olean, at 372-0200.