The Madison County Public Library is making it easier for local residents to catch up with advances in technology.

Throughout the year, the library is offering basic computer classes free of charge.

“Learning how to use a computer has become a life skill, not just a luxury and one of our goals as a public library is to promote lifelong learning in the community,” said Christina Cornelison, adult programmer for the library.

Classes include Introduction to Computers, Introduction to Windows, Introduction to the Internet, Resume Writing, Microsoft World Level One and Microsoft World Level Two.

Interest in the classes has been so high that all January courses have already been booked, and the library plans to increase the number of classes offered in March, Cornelison said.

Each of the 90-minute classes is limited to 12 students.

The library has been holding ongoing job-seeker workshops to help prospective employees learn how to apply for jobs using computers and the Internet.

The new classes also can be beneficial to job seekers, said Cornelison.

“In our current job market, a lack of computer skills makes a job seeker less marketable,” said Cornelison. “Nearly every application is online now, plus applicants are expected to at least be able to use word processing software to write a resume.”

Classes will use Windows XP and Microsoft 2007 software, but no prior computer experience is needed for basic classes.

“We hope to educate the community, not just in computer skills, but in learning something new, even breaking out of a shell,” Cornelison said. “I strongly believe that it is the library’s position to provide resources for adults to continue the learning process and I think that computer classes will certainly benefit the library and the community.”

Registration is required to attend classes. Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

To register for classes sign up at the library, or call the Richmond branch at 623-6704 or the Berea branch at 986-7112.

Schedule of available classes

Feb. 2

• Microsoft World Level One, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Richmond.

Feb. 8

• Introduction to the Internet, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Berea.

Feb. 16

• Microsoft World Level Two, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Richmond.

Feb. 22

• Microsoft World Level One, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Berea.

Tim Mandell can be reached at or 623-1669 ext. 6696.

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