All Poole libraries are registered UK online centres and support learning through the Learnmyway website. You can do them on your own on the library computers - just go to www.learnmyway.com, or if you need some help to get started either come to our Computer Sessions or drop in to see a Computer Buddy at any one of our libraries. You just create a free learning account on the site, then you have access to a range of courses (listed below). The great thing is, you can do them more than once and the site remembers how far you have progressed.
We have a new session All about Android tablets and phones, which has been very popular, so we are going to run it on a regular basis.
It is run by Alex who has his own company (Mobile Business Hour, www.mobile-bh.co.uk) and who is also one of our computer buddies. He specialises in Android devices. Come and listen to what he has to say about them at this session and come ready with all your questions.
You are welcome to bring your own device and can log on to our free libraries wi-fi later in the session.
We currently have sessions planned as follows:
Have you got an Ipad and are now struggling to use it? Perhaps someone bought it for you with good intentions and you don't want to leave it gathering dust. Perhaps you are thinking of getting one and are just wondering what all the fuss is about, and why everyone seems to be using one.
We have a new session The Ipad – what it is, what it can do.
It lasts two hours, is totally free and is open to all (not just library members). It is run by Happy Lappy, who also run our 'What the internet can do for me' sessions.
Come to one of these sessions:
- Wednesday 10 September 11:00am
Canford Heath Library
- Wednesday 17 September 2:00pm
- Wednesday 17 September 11:00am
Poole Central Library
You can just come along and listen, but if you have any kind of Ipad, just bring it along and log on to the library's wi-fi. Either way you need to book as these sessions are popular and places are limited.
To book, ring 01202 262449 (24 hour booking line), or ask at any library. (If you find you cannot attend, you can also use this phone number to cancel).
If you enjoy learning with other people, we offer:
We use Learnmyway online courses (so you start using a computer right away). Volunteer help is available as before. You will do the online courses at your own pace, so do not need to worry about keeping up with the rest of the class. The sessions are open to all (not just library members).
In session one we help you sign up to your learning account, then you move on to mouse and keyboard, internet and email courses. If you have time you move on to the Online Plus courses (complete list below) or just repeat any of the earlier courses if you wish.
As all the courses are online, you can do them anywhere, anytime (at home or on the library computers)
Online Plus courses:
Using online forms
Job hunting online (prepares you for Universal Jobmatch)
Jobs and interviews
Understanding public services
Make money work
Facebook and socialising online
Staying safe online
If you complete Online Basics you will be sent (online) a certficate which you can print off.
Dates and times
Canford Heath Library
These sessions are held in a corner of the library.
We hold these sessions in the library meeting room
- Monday 11, 18 August and 1 September 10:00 to 12:00
These sessions take place in the IT Learning Room on the top floor.
- Thursday 7, 14 and 21 August 2.30 to 4.30
If you just want drop in to talk to someone about your computer problems or need guidance how to learn on your own, we now have Computer Buddy Drop-in sessions at all of our libraries. This is ideal for you if you are just starting out using a computer, but need a bit of help.
One of our volunteers will either sit with you at one of our library public computers, or you can bring in your own laptop (or other device) and the volunteer will connect it to our free wi-fi internet. They will show you websites which have a number of free online tutorials to help you learn, or they will just answer your questions the best they can. You may need to explore solutions together!
Come and meet the Computer Buddies at these libraries:
No need to book, just drop in!
Back to top
Special keyboards are available for all class sessions, as well as a trackerball pointing device, and a large monitor. We also have an adjustable desk for wheelchair users at Poole Library. If you require any of these, please tell us when you book (please note - only one of each item available per session). Each venue is fitted with a hearing loop.
Back to top
To find a list of helpful web sites with exercises and courses to help you get started go to the Getting Started section of cyberLibrary. We recommend the guides on the Digital Unite website.
Learndirect has lots of IT courses, some of which are free. To find what you are looking for, just use the search facility on the site.
If you would rather go to lessons on a regular basis, check out what Skills and Learning have to offer. From basic computer skills, to shopping on E-bay, there's something for everyone.
Back to top