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Library session to help with using a computer and smart phone

If the new Smart Phone or iPad you got for Christmas is overwhelming you, relax. Help is on the way during the free Open Access session at the Royalton Hartland Community Library from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 14.

Open Access refers to time on a computer with a trainer, and you can take advantage of the upcoming session at the library at 9 Vernon St. in Middleport, to learn how to use just about any of the new devices out today.

In addition, you can learn how to download the free e-books from the NIOGA library system’s online service called Overdrive, and learn how to use Freegal, the free music download service.

Freegal offers patrons up to three free songs each week and features songs from tens-of-thousands of popular artists. The songs can be played on any device and downloading them is a snap, especially after learning how to do it at the upcoming Open Access Session.

Residents are invited to come to meet with an e-mobile trainer from the NIOGA Library System, who will be at the library to answer questions and show how to use just about any electronic device on an individual, walk-in basis.

Come with your Kindle, Nook, iPad, flash drive or other computer equipment (including your charging cords) and ask questions about them or about Overdrive and Freegal. You will be able to download items right at the session so you will know how to do it on your own.

“We scheduled this Open Access session in the afternoon and early evening to be convenient for most people,” said Rose Bernard, Library Director. “It’s important to know that there no fee for this helpful session. Since NIOGA now offers books for downloading to e-readers and music for every device, so it’s a great time to learn exactly how to use these services.”

Open Access and the NIOGA Library System’s BTOP Express E-mobile unit are funded by the New York State Library through grant funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunication and Information Administration in order to expand computer access in public libraries across New York.

“No one should be embarrassed to come and ask questions,” said Bernard. “That is what the January 14 Open Access session is for.”

The Royalton Hartland Community Library periodically offers sessions like Open Access and residents are encouraged to check the library’s website at for program information or you can call the library at 735-3281.


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