The Mullica Hill Library offered free computer classes – dubbed the Labor and Literacy Lab – to help residents familiarize themselves with the digital world.
The classes began in March and ended Aug. 17. They were offered one day a week for six weeks, according to librarian Beth DeGeorge. The program is intended for the “unemployed, underemployed and for seniors,” according to DeGeorge, though anyone 18 or older was also welcome.
“We help them get a job and to excel in Microsoft Word,” said DeGeorge of course participants. “I’m pretty sure we have one of the most accessible libraries in the area.”
Subjects also included how to build connections with others and how to construct a proper resume and cover letter. Classes are taught by people DeGeorge referred to as “masters” who are good at what they do and help participants better understand computers and the Internet.
The Labor and Literacy Lab is supported with funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library services, according to the events page on the Gloucester County Library System website. Funds came from a New Jersey State Library grant worth $25,000, DeGeorge said, and was used to build a state-of-the-art training room inside of the library.
The hope is for more classes in the fall. Call (856) 223-0648 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.