East Riding Libraries are encouraging residents to 'Get reading, Get listening and Get watching' for Get Online Week 2021, which runs from Monday, 18 to Sunday, 24 October.
During the week, there will be members of the library team on hand at sessions in Beverley and Bridlington North and on the Gilberdyke Mobile Library to help anyone to start using the huge digital library of eBooks, audiobooks, digital newspapers, magazines and streaming services available completely FREE to East Riding Library members. By providing these workshops, the friendly libraries team hope to make the range of services more accessible to more people and help anyone who is struggling to get online.
East Riding Libraries offer free WiFi, internet access and computer use at all locations throughout the East Riding and it's free to join the Library.
Gary Smith, Digital Services Officer, said: "We wanted to build on the development and success of our digital resources during and after the pandemic lockdowns. There are many people who are still cautious to visit public places and the digital library offer provides a safe option to continue benefitting from this community service.
"Reading, listening, and watching cultural events for pleasure all have great health benefits such as improved mood and stress reduction, and it's also an opportunity for people to try a new online experience that develops their digital skills."
Sessions are being held at two libraries and one mobile library. Customers can bring their own tablet or smartphone and connect to the free libraries WiFi, or just try the resources on the library tablets.
Monday, 18 October at Beverley library
Tuesday, 19 October at Bridlington North library
10am to 11am eBooks
11am to 12 eAudiobooks
12 to 1pm eMagazines
1.30pm to 2.30pm eNewspapers
2.30pm to 3.30pm Medici.TV
3.30pm to 4.30pm Library app
Gilberdyke mobile library
Wednesday, 20 October, 10am to 12pm
Drop-in session covering all the above topics.
For those who can't attend any of the sessions, access all the links and instructions on the Digital Library section of the libraries website at https://www.eastridinglibraries.co.uk/libraries-online/
Councillor Mike Medini, portfolio holder for cultural and leisure assets, said: "We want to continue to engage and support our residents through technology with informative and pleasurable digital resources, enabling people to build their digital skills and confidence, supporting mental health, wellbeing, and education.
"This activity shows how innovative our library service is and helps us to deliver the digital goals we aim for within the service. I am delighted that our East Riding Libraries are able to support residents in this way."
It's free to join East Riding Libraries. Just drop in to your closest library https://www.eastridinglibraries.co.uk/find-a-library/ or join online at https://www.eastridinglibraries.co.uk/memberships/