Need to improve your IT skills?  Free library courses and drop-in sessions

Published August 22, 2017 at 16:26

A series of basic IT courses and drop-in sessions are being held in libraries across Blackburn and Darwen to help people improve their IT skills.  The courses are free of charge and are designed as basic introductory sessions for people who are new to computers or need to brush up their skills.

Is this you?

  • I have no idea how to use a computer – are there courses on how to use computers?
  • I want to shop online and use sites like eBay and Amazon but I don’t know how to.
  • I want to keep in touch with my family on Facebook and Skype – how do I use these sites?
  • I want to use the internet to find a job. If I come into the library will there be someone who can help me?

If you need help to improve your IT skills sign onto the free courses listed below or come along to one of the drop-in sessions.

IT drop-in sessions

(No booking required)

Course Branch Day Date Time
IT Drop In Roman Road Library Monday 04.09.2017 2-4pm
IT Drop In Roman Road Library Monday 11.09.2017 2-4pm
IT Drop In Livesey Library Monday 09.10.2017 2-4 pm
IT Drop In Livesey Library Monday 16.10.2017 2-4pm
IT Drop In Livesey Library Monday 23.10.2017 2-4pm
IT Drop In Mill Hill Library Monday 30.10.2017 2-4pm
IT Drop In Mill Hill Library Monday 06.11.2017 2-4pm
IT Drop In Mill Hill Library Monday 13.11.2017 2-4pm
IT Drop In Roman Road Library Monday 20.11.2017 2-4pm
IT Drop In Roman Road Library Monday 27.11.2017 2-4pm
IT Drop In Roman Road Library Monday 04.12.2017 2-4pm

Blackburn Library courses

To book a place contact (01254) 661221.

Course Branch Date Time
Introducing the Internet Blackburn Library 30.08.2017 10.30am-12.30pm
Gmail Basics Blackburn Library 06.09.2017 10.30am-12.30pm
Using the Internet Blackburn Library 13.09.2017 10.30am-12.30pm
Mouse & Keyboard Skills Blackburn Library 11.10.2017 10.30am -12:30pm
Introducing the Internet Blackburn Library 18.10.2017 10.30am -12.30pm
Gmail Basics Blackburn Library 25.10.2017 10.30am-12.30pm
Using the Internet Blackburn Library 01.11.2017 10.30am-12.30pm
Working with Google Drive Blackburn Library 08.11.2017 10.30am-12.30pm
Google Docs Blackburn Library 22.11.2017 10.30am-12.30 pm
Ancestry Basics Blackburn Library 29.11.2017 10.30am-12.30pm
IT Skills for Jobs Blackburn Library 06.12.2017 10:30am-12.30pm
Online Shopping Blackburn Library 13.12.2017 10:30am-12.30pm
Library Online Blackburn Library 20.12.2017 10.30am-12.30pm

There is a general drop in session every Tuesday 10am-12 noon and Wednesday 2pm – 4pm (no booking required).  There are also weekly drop in sessions at Audley and Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Learning Centre on Thursdays between 1pm–3pm.  There are weekly drop in sessions at Bank Top Community Centre on Thursdays between 10am-12pm.

Darwen Library

To book a place call (01254) 706021.

Course Branch Date Time
Mouse & Keyboard Skills Darwen Library 24.08.2017 2-4pm
Introducing the Internet Darwen Library 31.08.2017 2-4pm
Gmail Basics Darwen Library 07.09.2017 2-4pm
Using the Internet Darwen Library 14.09.2017 2-4 pm
Mouse & Keyboard Skills Darwen Library 12.10.2017 2-4pm
Introducing the Internet Darwen Library 19.10.2017 2-4pm
Gmail Basics Darwen Library 26.10.2017 2-4pm
Using the Internet Darwen Library 02.11.2017 2-4pm
Working with Google Drive Darwen Library 09.11.2017 2-4pm
Google Docs Darwen Library 16.11.2017 2-4pm
Ancestry Basics Darwen Library 23.11.2017 2-4pm
IT Skills for Jobs Darwen Library 30.11.2017 2-4pm
Online Shopping Darwen Library 07.12.2017 2-4pm
Library Online Darwen Library 14.12.2017 2-4 pm

‘Silver Surfers’ course

An 8-week ‘Silver Surfers’ course is being held at Blackburn Library for people over 60 years old.  The course starts on Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 1.30pm-3.30pm.  The course will cover basics such as mouse and keyboard, using the internet and email as well as looking at the gov.uk, Council and Library websites and how to shop online and book holidays.  The course has been designed to build people’s confidence and help learners to see the benefits of being online.  The course will run at a pace that suits the group and support will be on hand for learners.  There are ten places available and booking is essential.  To find out more or to book a place call (01254) 661221.

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