Working to Promote Digital Literacy in Evanston

Basic Computer Skills Classes

Computers and the Internet can be intimidating to those who are unfamiliar with them, and EPL helps its community members develop the digital literacy skills necessary to fully participate in today’s society with an array of classes and one-on-one help. EPL’s technology offerings are designed to develop independent, confident, and digitally literate citizens.

A curriculum of basic computer skills classes is offered at the library on an on-going basis. These classes include Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Email Basics, and Microsoft Word Basics. The classes are given in English but the instructor speaks Spanish.

Individual Computer Help

In addition, library patrons can sign up (at the third-floor Reference Desk) for half hour one-on-one sessions offered weekly in English or Spanish. The sessions help answer personal computer or mobile device questions that can range from how to turn on a computer to how to use online resources to start one’s own business. Appointments in English or Spanish are offered two to three days a week. Interested patrons can book an appointment at the Library’s Reference Desk, but should be aware that this is a popular service that fills up quickly.

A library tech trainer provides computer support classes on Mondays out in the community, visiting low-income and senior housing buildings (Jacob Blake Manor, Ebenezer Primm Towers, Jane R. Perlman Apartments) for one-hour computer lab sessions. EPL provides laptops and internet access via a library wifi connection or  uses on-site computer labs.

Parent Classes

Last fall EPL joined with ETHS to offer Chrome Camp sessions at the library and at ETHS for parents of high school students using Chromebooks, laptops running the Chrome operating system, to introduce them to the technology and Google digital tools students used everyday at the high school.

Now, in partnership with D65, the library is offering parents of elementary and middle-school children computer classes at King Lab School and Family Focus. In addition to basic computer skills, these sessions introduce parents to the district parental portal, and show them how to fill out forms, contact teachers, and set up email alerts on their phones. The sessions are held Wednesday nights at King Lab School, 2424 Lake St., and Thursday night at Family Focus, 2010 Dewey Av. The instructor speaks Spanish as well as English. Childcare is offered at all sessions. Signup is available through Ismalis Nunez at District 65.

Every Thursday morning and afternoon, Thursday Tech Tutorials are offered at the library in partnership with North Shore Village and SASI (Services for Adults Staying in their Homes). While most of the attendees are seniors, the classes are open to all. Because these are small classes, it is necessary to register in advance.

For More Information

To find out information, dates, and times for adult computer classes offered by the library, go to the EPL website (epl.org). Under the line of tabs across the top of the homepage, select “Attend.” On the Attend menu, select “Technology Classes.” Scroll down to find the classes that interest you. When registration is required, visit or call the Reference Desk at (847) 448-8630.

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