Hundreds get first taste of digital technology at county’s libraries
MORE than 400 residents have started their first digital journey in one of Buckinghamshire’s libraries in the past year.
Bucks County Council’s nine main libraries, including Chesham Library, have been running Learn My Way courses for people with no internet experience to teach them how to get online.
Buckinghamshire County Council’s information and learning services manager Gina Nicholls was delighted that between April 2015 and March 2016 library, staff had helped 427 people through digital inclusion courses.
The sessions, she said, opened a wide range of training, from learning how to apply for a job online and filling in government forms, to reading e-books and even keeping in touch with family overseas by Skype.
On Thursday April 28, Bucks County Council chairman Bill Chapple and the council’s cabinet member for community engagement and public health Martin Phillips joined digital students for a celebratory tea at Aylesbury Library.
Thanks to a £1,250 government grant through the Tinder Foundation, Aylesbury Library had been able to run extra training sessions until the end of March with capacity for 75 people. Owing to demand, the extra sessions will continue into May.
Mr Phillips said: “This is really good ground-floor training that will enable people to get on the first rung of the digital ladder, and help them to take advantage of the online services available today.”
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Chesham Library and (below) Bucks County Council chairman Bill Chapple