Free basic computer training classes for adults are being offered at the Beverly Public Library. Do you want to feel comfortable using a computer and the Internet? Then these classes might just be the answer. Those attending will be eligible for special Internet and computer offers. Classes are forming now at the library.
Connect Ohio and Every Citizen Online have implemented a statewide broadband training program in order to increase sustainable broadband adoption in Ohio. The project provides free computer training sessions at public libraries, community colleges, community organizations, and educational center throughout Ohio and teaches new users how to access th Internet and how to best utilize all the Internet has to offer. The goal of this project is to showcase the many educational, healthcare, economic, and communication benefits of broadband use.
To sign up for the classes or for more information call 1-855-NOW-I-CAN (669-4226). The Beverly Public Library is located at 300 McIntosh Street in Beverly.
STORY TIME THIS WEEK
Story time for preschoolers is scheduled for 11 a.m. this Wednesday at the Beverly Public Library. Children ages 2 5 are invited to attend the program and must be accompanied by an adult who will remain with them throughout the entire program. A morning of stories, movies, crafts, snacks, and fun are planned for the children. This fall's theme centers on Australia, and this Wednesday's program is entitled 'Wombat'. As part of the week's activities, children will make a wombat for the refrigerator.
For more information about this free library program, contact the library at 984-4060.
Tomorrow is Columbus Day. Columbus Day, which is celebrated annually on the second Monday of October, remembers Christopher Columbus' arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492. The website timeanddate.com says "Christopher Columbus is often portrayed as the first European to sail to the Americas. He is often portrayed as the discoverer of the New World. However, this is controversial on many counts. There is evidence that the first European to sail across the Atlantic were Viking explorers from Scandinavia. In addition, the land was already populated by indigenous peoples who had 'discovered' the Americas thousands of years before.
Columbus Day originated as a celebration of Italian-American heritage and was first held in San Francisco in 1869. The first state-wide celebration was held in Colorado in 1907. In 1937, Columbus Day become a holiday across the United States."
Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.