Chances are, if you are reading this, you have some basic computer skills. But 1 in 5 Americans don’t use the internet. That’s 62 million people! And it matters when 4 million jobs are online.
So libraries across the country have joined a campaign to get Everyone On. Across the country, training in using computers and the internet is being offered at hundreds of locations in person and online. It's a project of Connect2Compete, a non-profit organization that is helping people to get high-speed internet connections to reduce the digital divide. Libraries, including your San Juan Island Library, are joining with other sponsors to provide training to people who don’t know how to use a computer or how to use the internet.
This fall the library will offer two 4-part classes for using PC or Windows-based computers, email, and the internet in collaboration with Skagit Valley College. Each session has room for nine-students. The college computer lab is an easy place to see a presentation, practice on a desktop computer, ask questions and meet others learning basic computer skills. This is a popular class, so early registration is important.
Look for future classes on downloading ebooks from the library and other topics. Let us know what kind of classes or opportunities you’d like to see offered.
Last spring two classes were offered, and participants improved skills in using the mouse, locating files on a computer, making email attachments, and searching the web.
Even though you are reading this online, you probably know someone who claims to be a Luddite, lacks internet access, or who could benefit from learning about using the internet. They might say, “I’ve lived this long without the internet. What do I need it for?” For communicating, accessing government services, getting a job, saving money, staying healthy and life-long learning, including entertainment. It’s a huge window to the world, and the library is here to be sure everyone has a chance to participate.