Two very successful iPad/tablet classes were held in Westhill Library run by Aberdeenshire Council’s Leisure Learning, partnering with Libraries and iConnect North East. These six week classes in January & February were open to all the community and taken up by a broad age range of participants from 50 years young to 97 years old!!! – YES, 97 years old and hungry for continual learning, she kept the tutors on their toes! Fully funded through a grant from ‘The Garioch Partnership’, each class was limited to five participants to provide quality time to help familiarise themselves with their digital device to browse the internet, contact their families and friends through email/social media, take photos and be able to access the free downloads from Aberdeenshire Libraries – e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, music and more. The participants thoroughly enjoyed the course saying ‘having a small group helped us ask questions and gave us confidence to try things that we wouldn’t have. I am now so much more confident in using my iPad/tablet – thank you so much’
The course was also assisted by two volunteers, Stephen Malcolm, a satellite communications engineer, and Agnieszka Walicka, originally from Poland, living locally and doing a Masters at RGU in Information and Library Studies.