11-16-16-computer-basics-screenA recent Michigan State University study found that contrary to popular belief, adults enjoy emailing, instant messaging, Facebook and other forms of social technology. It also has been shown to benefit their mental and physical health over time.

Are you new to using computers? Do you have some experience but still not sure what you are doing? Are you being asked to use online forms to apply for jobs or services but don’t know where to start?

The James V. Brown Library is offering a free “Computer Basics” class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16. The class will be facilitated by Jessie Young, adult programming coordinator, and Brandan Gracia, a Lycoming College sophomore, who will introduce basics such as how to turn the computer on and use a mouse, give an overview of how the internet works, how to use it to search, as well as email basics. There will be some time for questions but this is a hands-on learning opportunity.

This program is one of the many ways Pennsylvania public libraries support the PA Forward initiative by providing information literacy opportunities for learning. PA Forward’s goal is to have a Pennsylvania where citizens know how to use online resources and current technology to improve their education, to enhance their job skills, and to fully participate in a digital society.

Registration is limited to 15 participants and the program will be held in the second-floor teen computer lab. Visit calendar.jvbrown.edu to register or call 570-326-0536.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.