Free computer classes are one of the most popular services BPL (Bossier Parish Library) offers. The IT Department is preparing for a new series of classes beginning in September. In addition to some basic lessons, they will be adding several new subjects like how to navigate the free digital services on the library website, how to stay safe online, and how to avoid identity theft.
Bossier Parish Library cardholders who are in good standing with the library are eligible to take any of the classes offered. Call ahead at (318) 734-9275 one week before a class begins between 9a.m.—5p.m., Monday—Thursday and 9a.m.—3p.m. on Friday. Leave a message with your name, phone number, and the class you would like to take. You will receive a call from the IT Department to confirm your reservation. If you do not receive a call, you will not be registered.
It is recommended that participants have basic keyboard and mouse skills. Online exercises are available to anyone wanting to brush up on their form. Go to the BPL website at www.bossierlibrary.org to access these exercises.
Internet Basics is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9 from 2:30—4p.m. at the Benton Library. Email Basics will be taught Monday, September 14 from 10:15—11:45a.m., at the Aulds branch in south Bossier.
A new class will be offered on Friday, September 25 from 10—11:30a.m., at the Central Library. Digital Services 101 is for those interested in learning how to borrow movies and eBooks using Hoopla and Overdrive or how to download your favorite magazines from Flipster. Also, if you are interested in taking a Gale Course to continue your education, you can find out how to enroll in a wide range of classes offered by Gale. All of this is free.
October is Cyber Security Month. During the month patrons can learn about Internet security and identity theft. Dates, times and locations for these computer classes will be announced at a later time.
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