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Libraries: Transforming your Community

When you think about libraries, what comes to mind? Books? Movies? A quiet place for studying? You are not wrong to think these things, but the modern library now presents more than you could ever imagine. Did you know that we have a number of computers available for public use? We also provide Wi-Fi. Numerous people come to use it during the day on their laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices. As a Technology Librarian, I receive more questions about how to do something on a computer than on how to find a something within our library. Outside of my time at the Reference Desk, I teach computer classes that we offer at each of our library branches. They are all FREE too! The classes that I regularly teach are generally basic computer skills and computer use classes. Twice a week between August and November, I teach a class at each branch that lasts about an hour and a half. You can learn how to navigate a computer, how to search the internet, and even how to create word documents and spreadsheets!

Did you know that we also offer free classes through Alamance Community College (ACC) in our libraries? You can receive a High School Equivalency (GED), learn computer skills through our Microsoft Digital Literacy class, or get your National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). We have amazing ACC instructors that teach these classes. The GED class is all year round and we have such awesome students that work hard to succeed. Two of our students have already passed their GED test and their success has fueled the energy in that class to an all-time high! The Microsoft Digital Literacy class is a computer class that teaches basic computer skills and software at your own pace WITH an instructor. That same instructor does the National Career Readiness Certificate course for those that want to learn or update their computer skills to re-enter the workforce. With each of these courses, you earn a certificate of completion at the end. We owe a special thanks to our awesome instructors Beth Snow and Danny McMasters. We are forever in their debt.

We offer all of these opportunities in order to help anyone and everyone who may need them! Libraries are here for you, your family, your friends, and your community. We want ALL of Alamance County to have opportunities of lifelong learning and success.

Tamia Taylor is the Technology Librarian at the May Memorial Library. She can be reached at (336) 229-3588 or ttaylor@alamancelibraries.org.