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Library will help people with gadgets

Posted: Sunday, January 10, 2010

Learning how to use new electronic devices can be hard, but staff at the Columbia County Library will help area residents do just that this week.

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The library in Evans will provide assistance for those who received a "cool gadget" during the holidays.

"A lot of people get presents and they're not really sure how to use them, but they want them," said Tracey Busbee, collection development and young adult librarian. "We can help save them time and some frustration."

Residents can bring any type of electronic device to the library's downstairs meeting room from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday or 2:30-6 p.m. Thursday. Devices can include MP3 players, cell phones and electronic book readers.

"If we don't know how to use it, we're going to help you find a way to learn how to use it," Busbee said.

The program is open to people of all ages.

In December, a Martinez-based organization held a similar event for seniors.

The Senior Citizens Council offered a course with information about computers, the Internet and other technologies.

Six seniors between the ages of 58 and 65 showed up with questions primarily regarding laptops and social networking sites, said Nikki Johnson, a marketing and fundraising assistant at the council.

"A lot of times some people tend to be impatient, and (they) really just need somebody to take their time and really go through certain things," Johnson said.

Council personnel, who contact seniors via Facebook, hope to hold another technology workshop in the future.

Those interested in attending the library's program are asked to bring the device's box and instruction manual. No cookware instruction will be offered.

For information, call the Columbia County Library at (706) 863-1946.

If you go

What: How to Use New Gadgets

When: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and2:30-6 p.m. Thursday

Where: Columbia County Library at 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.

More: (706) 863-1946



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