Library reaps benefits of grant, offering classes to public

Published 6:24 pm Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Continuing their outreach to community members of all ages, the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library is rolling out the first of many different classes to help with an ever-changing world of technology.
Maryann Owen, with the public library, announced a series of basic computer classes will be unveiled starting in November to help patrons learn more about the ins and outs of computer-based programs.
Thanks to an awarded LTT Grant, the library is now in possession of a handful of laptops, which will be used for 30 classes that will be spread throughout the coming months.
November’s schedule for upcoming classes include:
Basic Computer Classes
• Tuesday, Nov. 7 – 1 to 3 p.m. (Part One)
• Tuesday, Nov. 14 – 1 to 3 p.m. (Part Two)
• Tuesday, Nov. 21 – 1 to 3 p.m. (Part Three)
Facebook 101 with McKenzie Schaffner
• Saturday, Nov. 18 – time TBD
Introduction to the Internet
• Tuesday, November 28 – 1 to 3 p.m.
Owen added the classes will be led by Danny Lane, a well-liked instructor by previous patrons that went through classes.
Having the opportunity to go through the technologic world has been a well-utilized tool for the library, according to Owen, who added the classes will help fill a want by patrons that have asked about courses.
Registration before the first day is required due to limited seating and computers. Patrons can either call (423) 547-6360 or stop by the library, located on North Sycamore Street, during regular business hours.
The library is also offering ACT workshops, being presented by renown instructor Amy Schaffner.
Renita Barksdale, library director, has credited the work of Shaffner, recently alluding to the fact students that have participated in the workshops have seen their test scores rise by considerable margins. In some cases, scores have gone up by five points.
Classes are currently set for Monday, Oct. 23, and Thursday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. with preregistration required.

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