The world at your fingertips: computer courses for absolute beginners

Côte Saint-Luc, January 28, 2010 – Two introductory computer courses at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library have furthered the library’s reputation as a centre of learning.

“These courses are tailored to those who have never touched a computer,” said Mona Turner, Manager of Programs and Marketing. “We want to help people overcome any anxiety they may have about using computers and learn the ABCs in a pleasant, relaxed environment.”  

Graduates of the computer courses often say they that learning the basics about computers has given them the confidence to learn even more and has made staying in touch with family and friends that much easier. Course instructor Tammy Halpern structures the course to help students first get comfortable with the computer (using the mouse, opening and closing windows, etc.) and then set up a personal e-mail account.

A recent student of Intro to Computers and E-mail has high praise for the course:

 “I learned so much from these computer classes,” Blandina Henriques said. “I can now easily stay in touch with my family now that I have my own email account.”  

Life long learning is one the mandates of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

 “We see the public library as a sort of people’s university,” said Tanya Abramovitch, Director of Library Services. “While that certainly includes books, it extends to all aspects of learning and knowledge. We want to help people pursue and realize all of their goals, and courses like these help do that."  

Intro to Computers and Email (Level 1) is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 12pm from February 2 to 18, 2010. The follow-up course, Beginners Computers – Surfing the Web (Level 2) is also on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 12pm from February 23 to March 11, 2010.

The price per course is $90 for residents of Côte Saint-Luc and library members and $120 for everyone else. People can register in person at the main circulation desk of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

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