Libraries share information – not just books
Last week we waxed lyrical about the importance of the library as a vital community space.
Nowadays, libraries are not just in the book business. They are in the information sharing business. Books have been the primary method of sharing information for half a millennium. As technology advances into every aspect of modern life, people are depending upon the library system for not only free books, but access to computers and the internet as well.
New Zealanders are connecting to the internet to do everything from paying bills to playing cards. Keeping in touch with family and friends across the globe has never been easier. Revisiting the past with all your photos at your fingertips and ordering the groceries for home delivery are only a few clicks away. Google seems to be the go-to for an answer to nearly everything but what does that mean for those who aren’t so comfortable online?
The digital revolution has created incredible opportunities for learning at our libraries. It sits perfectly with our ethos of offering lifelong learning opportunities and access to information to all.
You can learn new computer skills by coming along to our weekly Stepping Up classes. Stepping Up is free communitybased digital literacy programme that helps adults build their digital skills in small easy steps.
The classes have small numbers so you can have the full attention of one of our librarians to help with topics such as CV making, word or using Facebook. Ever wondered what a CAPTCHA is? Cookies and spam are no longer just types of food. We can help translate the baffling world of technological jargon.
The programme is ideal for anyone wanting basic computer knowledge who wishes to develop skills relevant to their work and life.
“A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing,” Emmo Philips.
If you feel like kicking your computer, pop into the library to book in for one of this year’s classes. You may also want to suggest a topic for next year’s classes.
Have you heard of the book The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith?
Craig Smith is coming to Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po!!
Spread the word! Craig will be performing on Saturday, November 3at 10.30am. There will be Wonky Donkey books for sale and signing as well as his new book Drizzly Bear. This is a must to bring your children to and even better — it’s free!