Technology Tuesdays comes to the Colfax Library on Tuesday, March 21 with a program called Easy Access OverDrive. From 12-1 p.m. expert staff will be on hand to assist users in installing the OverDrive app, navigating the website and downloading a free library eBook or audio book to their phone or device. This class is the first of many being scheduled as a result of the library’s new lab and focus on technology training for all skills, ages and everyday life.
Future classes will be held each Tuesday including Drop-In Tech Help on March 28 from 2-4 p.m. where participants can sign up for Microsoft Imagine Academy or get one-on-one assistance with computers, printers, devices and any technology question. Tech Tuesdays in April include: Kids that Code, Toddler Preschool Tech Time, Whitman County Rural Heritage Online and Drop-in MOS and Tech Help.
Tech Tuesdays developed after a new lab was secured for The Bettie Steiger Community Enrichment Center. Known as the TEK Center, this “Technology, Education and Knowledge” center will provide a variety of classes and programs, both structured and unstructured for community members of all ages. Key to TEK Center will be Coding, Microsoft Imagine Academy, and other technology uses and instruction that help residents meet the changing parameters of today’s world. TEK Center funding was provided by Library Services and Technology Act funding administered by The Washington State Library.
TEK Center currently provides free WiFi, 8 laptops, projection capabilities, tables, chairs and access to a wide variety of library resources including experienced instructors, educational software, coding kits, Lego learning, online instructional programs and more. The library hopes that very soon TEK Center will provide the community with open lab times and also, be available to local businesses looking for a place to train their staff or for small business professionals looking for a place to highlight their online services.