23rd Oct, 2020

Council to host online event on virtual library services

Andy Morris 18th Oct, 2020

A VIRTUAL event to let people know what they can get from their libraries is being held by Warwickshire County Council (WCC) next week, as part of Get Online Week 2020.

Warwickshire’s Digital Library Team will host an informal online chat through Microsoft Teams, allowing residents to ask them about eBooks and eAudio, eMagazines, eNewspapers, and eInformation and Learning resources.

The event is designed for first time users as well as those who already use WCC’s virtual services but would like further help.

According to Good Things Foundation, the social change charity behind Get Online Week, 4.1million people are not online in the UK and 11.9million people are estimated to have low digital skills and interest.

WCC’s customer and transformation spokeswoman Coun Kam Kaur said: “We are committed to supporting our residents to develop the digital skills they need in an increasingly digital environment. Now more than ever we want to see people online and accessing the many services available to them.

“Getting online and learning digital skills can also help to combat feelings of isolation and loneliness which many of us have experienced this year, and which can be very harmful to our physical and mental health.

“Last year we held events in our libraries across the county to celebrate Get Online Week. This year we need to do things differently, so we’re holding a virtual event with our Digital Library Team. It’s easy to book on to the event and I would encourage as many people as possible to sign up.”

The event takes place on Friday 23 October between 11am and 12noon. Visit https://tinyurl.com/y3upugkc to book a free ticket.

Visit https://uk.getonlineweek.com for more information.

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