For the students that entered college this year as freshmen, the word “online” has always been a part of their daily vernacular.

Their generation has made a habit of watching television on devices that are not television sets. They are also, as reported by Beloit College’s The Mindset List, accustomed to forgoing heavy textbooks for digital books conveniently stored on e-readers.

For those of an older population segment, navigating the ever-evolving technology landscape may present a few challenges, challenges that can stand in the way of enjoying the potential of digital developments.


The Public Library to the rescue. The downtown branch is now offering free adult computer classes.

Every other Thursday and Saturday, those with technology queries can work with librarians based on their individual needs and interests.

The class will cover material such as how to create an email account, how to use tablet devices and how to transform their e-readers into their own personal walking library by downloading library books.

The classes, held from 2 to 3:30 p.m., are scheduled for Feb. 28 and March 2, 14, 16, 28 and 30.

The Public Library is located at 1001 Broad St. To learn more or reserve a space, call 423-757-5310.