Archive for Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Library Corner

March 4, 2009

Computer Café is now open.

What is a Computer Café? Well, if from 10 a.m. to noon on a Monday you happen into the library, you will see a small group of people sitting in front of laptops learning all kinds of things about how to use computers. This service has been recently enhanced with the purchase of additional library laptops.

How does the Computer Cafe work?

The reason the library decided to call it a café was that we thought that the people who attended the café should be in charge of what they learn, instead of us telling them what they need to learn.

Here is how it works: When you first come in I introduce myself to you and welcome you to the café. Then I ask if you would like a cup of coffee. (Caution: I make really strong coffee!) I then ask you what it is you hope to learn about in the café, and then we set about figuring out the best way for you to learn about it. The next time you show up, I will do my best to make sure I either have a book about what you wish to learn, or I will have a list of resources that you will, it’s hoped, find handy.

Are there weekly specials at the Computer Café? Yes. Each week we will discuss some aspect of technology that I find interesting, or that I feel everyone should know. These mini-tutorials usually take about 15 minutes.

I look forward to seeing you next Monday at the Computer Café. Make sure to call ahead as seating is limited to the number of laptops we have on hand, which is currently five. However, if you have your own laptop, you are encouraged to bring that along.

See you at your library.

— Royce Kitts is director at Tonganoxie Public Library. For more information, contact the library at (913) 845-3281.

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