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iPad and Android Demonstration Sessions

Have you got an iPad, iPhone or Android tablet 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.

Our 'Introduction to the iPad and Android Tablets' lasts 90 minutes and is totally free. It's open to all (not just library members) and is run by a well established local company, Happy Lappy Ltd.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Poole Central Library
    Wednesday 1 November - 11am
    Wednesday 13 December - 11am
  • Canford Cliffs Library
    Wednesday 29 November - 2pm

You can just come along and listen, but if you have a device 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).


Learn My Way computer sessions

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, and then you have access to a range of courses (listed below).

If you enjoy learning with other people, we offer:

  • Online Basics: Suitable for complete beginners. There are three sessions over three weeks. Each will last two hours.

In session one and two we introduce you to the mouse, keyboard, internet and email. In session three we will set you up with a Learnmyway account. You can do the online courses at your own pace, so you don't need to worry about keeping up with the rest of the class. Volunteer help is available as before. The sessions are open to all (not just library members) and take place in Canford Heath Library on a Monday.

We don't have any courses coming up but if you are interested please call 01202 262449 and we will add you to a waiting list, and let you know as soon as we have set up a course.


Computer Buddy drop-in sessions

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:

  • Branksome Library - Mondays 10:30am to 12:30pm, Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm and Fridays 11am to 1pm

  • Broadstone Library - Mondays 2pm to 4pm

  • Canford Cliffs Library - Mondays 2pm to 4pm, Tuesdays 10am to 12pm and Wednesdays 1.45pm to 3.45pm

  • Canford Heath Library - Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm, Thursdays 10am to 12pm and Fridays 2pm to 4pm

  • Hamworthy Library - Thursdays 1pm to 3pm

  • Oakdale Library - Tuesdays 10am to 12pm and Saturdays 10am to 12pm

  • Parkstone Library - Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm

  • Poole Central Library - Tuesdays 1pm to 4pm, Wednesdays 10am to 12pm, Thursdays 10am to 12pm, Fridays 10am to 12pm and Saturdays 10am to 1pm

  • Rossmore Library - Mondays 10:30am to 12:30pm, Wednesdays 10am to 12pm, Fridays 10.30am to 12.30pm and Saturdays 10:30am to 12.30pm

No need to book, just drop in!


Special equipment

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.


Other ways to learn

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 Ebay, there's something for everyone.

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