THE way people access information and stay in touch with each other has change dramatically over the last 20 years and younger generations couldn’t imagine a world without instant access to a world wide web of information and electronic mail.
For those who haven’t yet discovered this cyber world or haven’t got access at home the library is a place you can go for a free introductory session and free internet access.
To help people who haven’t used a computer before Leicestershire County Council Libraries offer free taster sessions to show people the basics of using the internet or how to set up an email account.
These one-to-one sessions with a member of staff last one hour and are often enough to get people started on the journey to becoming an internet savvy surfer.
If people feel they would like a more in-depth course the library has information about beginner computer courses run by the Leicestershire Adult Learning Services.
Melton Library has 18 computers for the public to use and offers one hour free to customers each day. We also offer an additional free hour for people using the computers to search and apply for jobs.
There is a small charge for printing but people printing CVs, job applications or children doing their homework are offered five sheets of printing for free each day.
Melton Library also offers WiFi access for people with mobile devices such as laptops and mobile phones. Library members can access the library’s WiFi for free by using their library card number and pin code and visitors can have access for a small charge.
For more information about Melton Library call (0116) 350 3646 or visit www.leics.gov.ukbymeltonmowbray_library
Here are the top 10 most borrowed computer books at Melton Library in July 2013:-
1 Windows 8 in Easy Steps by Michael Price and Stuart Yarnold
2 Windows 7 in Easy Steps by Harshad Kotecha
3 The Rough Guide to Windows 7 by Simon May
4 Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 by Ken Bluttman
5 Microsoft Office Excel 2007 by Denise Etheridge
6 Computer basics for the over 50s by Greg Holden
7 Brilliant Microsoft Office 2013 by Steve Johnson
8 Using your computer: The beginner’s guide for PCs running Windows XP Home
9 Windows 7 Explained by P.R.M Oliver and N. Kantaris
10 Using Photoshop CS6 by Robert Penfold