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Guiding Ohio Online Begins at the Library

AmeriCorps Volunteer Melissa DownsThe Adams County Public Library is participating in a new technology training program to help community members learn computer skills through classes and one-on-one assistance. Starting in October, the library will host AmeriCorps Volunteer Melissa Downs, who will provide free computer and Internet training at the library, and also at other locations around the Adams County community.

Melissa is serving with AmeriCorps as part of Guiding Ohio Online, a statewide initiative to provide hands-on help with learning computer and Internet skills. Guiding Ohio Online is a statewide partnership between AmeriCorps, Serve Ohio, and the State Library of Ohio, which seeks to help everyone “participate in online government, search and apply for jobs online, understand the risks and benefits of internet finance, connect with family online, and protect personal information in the digital age.” The Adams County Public Library participates in Guiding Ohio Online thanks to a grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio. We’re pleased to welcome Melissa, and look forward to hosting her at the library.

Melissa is a long-time Adams County resident, and is excited to see many familiar faces participating in Guiding Ohio Online, and benefiting from the free technology training. She plans to offer classes ranging from helping high school students use free online ACT and SAT preparation resources and apply for FAFSA, to helping seniors learn computer skills and apply for Social Security benefits online. Training is available for almost any topic, including using Windows 8, using Microsoft Office, beginning computer skills, and privacy and safety online.

Melissa will offer scheduled computer classes, will help people with computer questions at each Adams County library by appointment, and will be available for walk-in questions at the Peebles Library on Mondays, the West Union Library on Tuesdays, the Manchester Library on Wednesdays, and the North Adams Library on Thursdays. Watch for a published schedule of classes and trainings in the next few weeks. For more information, or to sign up for a free class or help session, stop by any library, or call Melissa at 937-587-2085.