Catherine Roche is the director of Braswell Memorial Library.

Catherine Roche is the director of Braswell Memorial Library.

Catherine Roche: Library provides tech help

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When you think of the library, you think of books.

The mission of the library certainly includes books but it also encompasses a whole lot more.

The mission of Braswell Memorial Public Library is to nurture life-long reading and learning, provide access to information, and promote community enrichment and achievement.

The library offers many services and activities that you might not think of, but which are designed to help us fulfill this mission.

The ability to navigate the digital world is no longer optional for anyone who wants to fully participate in today’s society, but many people don’t have the technology skills needed and don’t know where to turn for help.

A classroom setting is not necessarily the answer.

With the variety of internet devices and the wide range of individual skills it makes sense to help people one-on-one.

That is exactly what we do at Braswell. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday you can book a 45-minute appointment between 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. to get some help with your particular technology need.

Requests range from help downloading an eBook to learning how to Skype. Library staff have helped people with things like formatting a resume, searching for job openings, setting-up a WordPress account, uploading a YouTube video, and more.

On Fridays from 10 a,m. to 1 p.m., the computer lab on the second floor is staffed by expert volunteers that work with individuals who need computer assistance. Both services are available free of charge.

Cultural enrichment is not limited to literary works. Beginning in February, the library will host visual art exhibits by local artists. Photographer Donna Hodgins will launch this ongoing series with an exhibit titled “Reflections.”

She will be at the library to meet members of the public and talk about her photographs on Feb. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will be on display on the second floor from Feb. 1-27.

The youth services department has a new series of programs for children that combine reading with supervised dramatic play-time.

Participants listen to the story and then have the opportunity to make-believe aspects from the book.

The theme next month is dental care. Children are invited to join us in the Storytime Room on Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for a story about going to the dentist and stay to pretend to be a dentist to Rocky Rabbit’s stuffed animal friends.

Dramatic play reinforces the material in the story and helps children build social and communication skills

Braswell Memorial Library strives to provide enriching programs and services for individuals in every stage of life.

All events are free and open to the public. Your comments and suggestions for program offerings are always welcome.

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