The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

February 9, 2012

Library offering free Internet access, computer training classes

By MARY RAINWATER
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — The Palestine Public Library is offering new computer training classes in February, as well as access to the Internet through an enhanced public computer center that now features 28 new computers and a new printing station.

Community members are invited to come use the computers to look for jobs or keep in touch with family and friends, as well as participate in free computer classes offered at the library.

February classes include: PowerPoint 2010, from 4 to 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 16 and Thursday, Feb. 23; Meet the Program: Excel, from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13; Using E-mail, from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14; and Using the Internet, from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29.

“Our community members need reliable Internet access and upgraded computer skills in order to live more productive, prosperous, and fulfilling lives,” library director Theresa Holden said. “Our library welcomes anyone who needs help applying online for jobs or learning basic computer skills, Microsoft Word, social media and e-mail.

“Learning these skills can help you reach personal and professional goals and, ultimately, enhance your life.”

The library’s technology upgrade is one of 154 made possible by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s TEAL (Technology, Expertise, Access and Learning for ALL Texans) project, funded by the federal stimulus Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

TEAL is providing new computer equipment, faster Internet connectivity and technology training opportunities at libraries and branches, plus community colleges, public schools, recreation centers and health facilities.

The State Library also will launch three mobile learning labs that will be used to provide computer training wherever it is needed. The goal is to close the “digital divide” among disadvantaged Texans so all residents can learn, work and prosper.

Registration for computer classes is by phone; patrons are encouraged to call the library at 903-729-4121 to reserve a spot.

The Palestine Public Library Computer Center is open to the public from noon to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The library is located in the Palestine Mall, 2000 South Loop 256, Ste. 42. For more information, call Lisa Tang at 903-729-4121.

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Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com