SILVER surfers and technical novices are riding the wave of tech-savviness thanks to new help sessions at Leeds Central Library.
The ‘New Tablet New Year’ drop-in workshops, which launched last week, help people of all ages learn to use tablets and smartphones as well as offering help with the library app.
Kathleen Killeen, 70, from Scott Hall, attended the first session last Friday with her friend Carol Bennett.
They both bought tablets last year and decided to learn how to use them together.
Ms Killeen, who wanted help with email and Skype, said: “When you’ve not grown up with this sort of thing it is harder to pick up.
“And it is very frustrating when you can’t do something and there’s no one to show you how.
“I can go so far towards learning things with a help book but it’s not as simple as having someone in front of you explaining it.”
Edward Darcy, 62, also attended the first session. He said: “I looked everywhere for help sessions for tablets and couldn’t find anywhere doing them.
“There were only sessions for computers, so I think this sort of thing is very much needed. I couldn’t understand why my emails weren’t sending. It turns out my device was in flight mode - I didn’t know what that was before but now I do.
“The sessions are helpful for little things like that really.”
Librarian John Audsley said one-on-one help is targeted to what people need whether it be email, web browsing or social media.
“The key thing is that everyone who comes to these sessions gets a little bit of something to take away with them,” he said.
“By 2016, I think around one in two people will have a tablet, and some of those people will know straight away how to use a tablet but some of them won’t and that’s where we come in.”
FREE SESSIONS ARE OPEN TO ALL
The ‘New Tablet New Year’ drop-in sessions will run from noon until 2pm in the Tiled Hall Cafe at the library on Calverley Street every Friday throughout February. There will also be a session on Friday, January 30, from 10.30am until noon.
The library is also starting Minecraft sessions for fans of the popular block-building game, where players build whole communities and share videos online.