Blanco Library patrons are excited about new computers at the Main Street location and ready for free computer training classes, according to Blanco Library Director Crystal Spybuck. “People are looking forward to learning new things,” she said.
The free classes are offered by Technology For All (TFA), a Texas non-profit organization that recently installed new computers at the Blanco location and other libraries in the Hill Country and rural Texas. Classes are taught by Blanco resident and TFA Training Specialist Curtis Knutson. The systems and classes are made possible by a federal grant through the Department of Commerce’s National Technology and Information Administration as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The program expands broadband access and adoption in communities across America.
For February, classes are scheduled for the mornings and afternoons of February 20, 24, 27 and 29. The first class, Computer Proficiency, starts at 10 a.m. and ends at noon. Computer Proficiency is a time for people to ask specific questions about computers. The second class, Using a Computer, is from noon to 1:30 p.m. It focuses on basic computer terms, hardware and software functions. The classes repeat at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Future lessons will teach about using email and various Microsoft products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. All classes are held at the library, 1118 Main Street, Blanco.
Spybuck said Blanco County residents are already using the high speed connections and new machines to work or tax returns, update resumes, and conduct job searches. One visitor is also designing video games at the library. His home system lacks capabilities that are present on the new machines.
For more information about the classes, please stop by the library, visit the library’s website at www.blancolib.org, or call 830-833-4280. More information about TFA’s BTOP initiative is available at txc2.org.