Getting connected: Hayner has the answers on social media
ALTON — Don’t know the differences between Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest? Hayner Library can get you started.
Learning how to use the various types of social media applications on the web can be daunting, especially if you’re not certain which site where you should invest most of your time.
Those looking to quickly improve their online know-how are in luck; the Hayner Library offers a series of computer classes that teach the public how to get on board — Pinterest boards, that is.
On Saturday, a small group gathered at the Hayner library branch at the Alton Square Mall for the Exploring Pinterest and Twitter Program. It was the third class offered this year in a series that focuses on introductions to the three biggest web applications – Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Library Assistant Teressa Heafner has been with the Hayner Public Library District for eight years and enjoys teaching the classes and helping patrons better understand the web.
“We have 11 classes covering a variety of things, anywhere from basic PC skills to Internet basics and MS word,” she said. “We also teach how to use flash drives, and computer maintenance and security.”
Though this branch has been in operation in Alton Square Mall since 1985, Heafner says the unusual location has been its biggest asset.
“Of the three locations that we have, this is one by far the busiest. We have the most people coming in and out and the most items circulated here.”
First time attendee, Linda Thomas is learning how to use Pinterest for recipes and crafts, while her mother, Irene Gawlinski, would like to use it to keep in touch with her grandchildren.
“I had a profile already but didn’t understand how to fully use it. It’s not as intuitive as it is for me and my mom as it is for the kids. I’m not really sure what’s different for them,” Thomas said.
Heafner echoed that response.
“The patron’s needs are usually navigation, but we focus on the web browsing experience. I give tips for tablets and phones when people have questions,” she said.
Thomas and Gawlinski learned a lot from the class and plan to attend more. “It’s fantastic. The facility is really nice, the presentations are clear and the teacher is very knowledgeable,” Thomas said.
When asked if her grandkids can knit as well as she, Gawlinski laughs. “No, they’re not that crafty yet.” Thanks to the class, maybe she can show them how to make the most of Pinterest.
More information on classes can be found at www.haynerlibrary.org or by calling 618-462-0677.