The Dunkirk Free Library, along with public libraries in Jamestown and Olean, will offer area residents several opportunities this fall to learn basic computer skills.
Classes will be offered in cooperation with Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES with support from the New York State Library's Adult Literacy Library Services grant program.
Students will meet for six two-hour sessions from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The first introductory course runs Sept. 9-20.
Michele Quatroche of Dunkirk uses a public access computer at the Dunkirk Free Library, where a course in basic computer skills will begin Sept. 9 via videoconferencing.
Other six-part courses covering the same material will start on Oct. 16 and Nov. 4. More classes will also be available early in 2014.
"This will be helpful if you are wondering about the most basic computer questions," Library Director Janice Dekoff notes.
The course covers computer terms, turning terminals on and off, using a mouse, navigating the Windows operating system, creating letters and resumes with Microsoft Word, and saving to different computer drives. Students also learn how to set up, send and receive email and use the Internet for purposes such as job searching.
Classes, which are free and open to the public, will be offered through videoconferencing in Dunkirk and Olean and in person in Jamestown. As the grant recipient, the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System has opted to deliver instruction through these libraries' public computer centers.
For information or registration in Dunkirk, call 366-2511 or visit the library at 536 Central Ave.
To sign up at the other locations, call the Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, at 484-7135; or the Olean Public Library, 134 N. Second St., Olean, at 372-0200.