New e-classroom opens at Webb Wesconnett library

At ribbon cutting, left to right: Board of Library Trustees Chair Dr. Brenda Simmons-Hutchins; Board Member Jackie Perry; Board Member Ronnie King; Branch Manager Sharon Kirkes (holding scissors); Library Director Barbara Gubbin; Region Manager Marshelle Berry; Friends of the Murray Hill Library Vice President for Social Media John Louis Meeks

At ribbon cutting, left to right: Board of Library Trustees Chair Dr. Brenda Simmons-Hutchins; Board Member Jackie Perry; Board Member Ronnie King; Branch Manager Sharon Kirkes (holding scissors); Library Director Barbara Gubbin; Region Manager Marshelle Berry; Friends of the Murray Hill Library Vice President for Social Media John Louis Meeks

The Jacksonville Public Library celebrated the opening of a new e-classroom at the Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Apr. 13. Created from a niche space, the e-classroom at the library will be used for computer classes in English and Spanish, e-reader instruction, and sessions on navigating online government services.

The Webb Wesconnett Regional Library reports the highest computer usage of all the branches – second only to the Main Library. The e-classroom at the Webb Wesconnett Regional Library was funded through a State Aid to Libraries grant.

The self-contained e-classroom, constructed out of a Steelcase post and beam system with surrounding privacy walls, will accommodate up to 10 students and an instructor. The lab is outfitted with 10 computers, a printer, new desks, chairs and a state-of-the-art interactive whiteboard and projector system for instructional use.

A variety of core classes will be offered year round such as introductory courses in how to use a computer, Windows, Internet, keyboarding, e-mail, MS Word, MS Excel, and PowerPoint; intermediate classes in MS Word and MS Excel; e-instruction, e-government, downloading library e-books and “Petting Zoos” to learn about the Kindle, iPad, Nook, and other tech devices.

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