Corner Brook Public Library helping people become computer savvy

Diane Crocker
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CORNER BROOK  They all have different experience with using computers, but one thing the five women who took in Tuesday night’s tech help class at the Corner Brook Public Library had in common was an interest in learning more.

Tuesday night’s class featured a lesson in online shopping and Community Access Program intern Dave Connors discussed everything from bidding on items on eBay, to buying from classified sites like Kijiji and shopping through sites like and retailers like Best Buy. He also ran through using Paypal as a payment option. It’s the fourth session he’s held and others have included instruction on navigating a website browser, keyboard shortcuts and Facebook.

Sisters Kira Hackett and Barbara Hewitt attended the class for the first time.

Hackett said they came to see what it’s all about.

“I don’t know very much about computers,” said Hackett. She’s had a laptop for five or six years. “But there’s nobody to show you what to do.”

With her children living away, she added it’s hard to do it by phone.

“And when I heard about this I thought ‘oh that’s great.’”

So she called up Hewitt and both were impressed by what they learned.

Rowena Laing was also a first-time participant. She uses a computer a bit and hopes to learn more about the eLibrary service and how to put pictures from a camera onto a computer and then send them to be printed.

“I got an iPad mini for my birthday and I want to impress my son and daughter who gave it to me with how smart I am,” she said with a laugh.

Irene Grandy and Marg Howe have attended all four sessions offered so far.

“It’s absolutely excellent,” said Grandy, “I have learned so much.”

With a new baby recently added to her family, Grandy said transfering pictures from her email to a computer is something she wants to learn more about and plans to work on that in private lessons with Conners.

Howe said she got into computers after she retired 13 years ago and has grown partial to Apple products.

She’s already taken a private lesson and was pleased with the results.

“I did an hour with him with my MacBook Air and I found things that I never knew I could do with it,” she said.

 “And I learned things tonight,” she said, adding not a week has gone by that she didn’t learn something. “And I’d recommend this to anybody.”

After Tuesday night Hackett, Hewitt and Laing all plan to take some private lessons.

Connors is available during the week for hour-long private sessions. To book a session or find out more about the tech classes call 634-0013.

Next week’s session will delve further into social media.

Organizations: Corner Brook Public Library, EBay, Best Buy Paypal Apple

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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