Since mid-October Tiffany has been on staff to teach various aspects of technology free of charge to anyone who requires instructional aide. As the youth technology intern, Roberts is able to offer help that caters to a variety of needs.
“I teach people how to use technology, which is especially important in an aging population,” she said. “Our goal is to help people learn and just become more comfortable with the Internet and computers.
“We have had some people come in already for help with online shopping, and moving photos from one device to another.”
Tiffany is available to help individuals learn to Skype and FaceTime, a very popular form of online communication in an area where so many people have to work away from their families. She will also be promoting the eLibrary by showing individuals how to use eReaders or their tablets for borrowing eBooks from the library.
“We would like to promote eLibrary usage to high school students because we find that age group gets left out a lot in the mix of things,” Roberts said. “We have all these books here, but we also have almost any book that you may want online.”
Besides catering to an aging population, Tiffany noted that they also realize the age of children using technology and social media is getting younger. A kids cyber camp will be offered for Grades 3 to 6, which will promote online safety. Tiffany also hopes to educate parents and guardians on the importance of safe Internet usage, as has been done in other public libraries in the province.
“It was done in Clarenville and we are hoping to do it here,” she said. “We want to teach parents how to supervise online use and introduce them to child friendly apps.”
She also has plans to show the youth how to use technology for creativity by introducing them to websites where they can write a story, create a simple character and then make a digital movie.
“We are really trying to cater to everybody's comfort level,” Roberts said. “So, if you want to come and bring a friend we can do that, or if you just want to come by yourself and sit down for an hour or so to work on whatever it is you want to learn or figure out how to do, that can be arranged too.”
To find our more about the services offered at the Twillingate Public Library, call 884-2353, or simply show up at the library Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-5 p.m.