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Library can help with computers, eReaders

January 26, 2012
Estherville Daily News

Letter to the Editor:

Last fall I read in the Estherville Daily News that computer classes were being held at the Estherville Public Library. I called and talked to Carolyn Walz (former librarian), and she gave me the information I needed to join the classes. This series began in October and ran until mid-December 2011. There were 10 classes, held weekly on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 12:00 (noon). There were library computers available, but those with laptops were welcome to bring their own, as well.

The classes were wonderful. They were very informative, and each week we received a thorough printout detailing what we would be learning in that session. The staff members were wonderful. They were very patient, and on occasion I think they learned something, as well. We had many good laughs, and the coffee was good, too.

Well, Christmas came and my eleven-year-old granddaughter and I each received a Kindle. I knew within five minutes of watching her that Grandma was in trouble again. I visited with the new librarian, Tena Hanson, and she informed that library staff have set aside time to help people with Kindles, Nooks, and any eReader or Tablet on Tuesday mornings from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Well, you can guess where I went this week!

I want to thank Carolyn Walz for her many years of service to our community, and for her encouragement the day I called about the classes. I want to wish Tena the very best. She had big shoes to fill, and she has done so and is off and running. Thank you to the staff, as they are doing a wonderful job. We all need to be so proud of our library. We are fortunate to have the library we do. I would like to encourage anyone who is frustrated with their computers or eReaders to look into the classes offered through the library. They are fun, informative, and free!

Carol Pluth,




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