Library program offers help with new technology

Creation station - Julie Lane, the County Library’s technology resource centre co-ordinator stands in front of the Picton branch's 3D printer with some examples of what the printer can create. The library holds regular technology workshops.(Terry McNamee/For The Gazette)



Puzzled by your new printer? Tablet giving you trouble? Help is available at the local library.

“Two Saturdays a month, we do some kind of clinic to do with technology,” said Julie Lane, the technology resource centre co-ordinator at the Prince Edward County Public Library.

Lane said the clinics began in the fall, and have dealt with everything from using a cell phone or smart phone to coding and using tablets and apps. The most recent one, a new technology drop-in clinic, was held Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Picton branch, and the same clinic will be repeated on Saturday, Jan. 27, between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Wellington library. People are invited to come and ask questions about any kind of new technology involving computers and related devices.

She said the popularity depends on the topic, but noted, “The weather has a huge impact!”

Some of the clinics are drop-in, while others require advance registration, but they are all free. Lane said the age range of those who come includes children as young as 4 right up to senior citizens, again depending on the topic.

Additional Picton clinics coming up soon include “Coffee With a Cop: Technology and Winter Road Safety,” scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, and a clinic on Microsoft Office at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. There also will be a tech clinic on Windows 10 on Feb. 24 in Wellington.

All programs are posted at the library’s web site at

The library also offers 3D scanning and printing for a very nominal charge. There is an after school Maker Club for 3D Printing held at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Wellington Library.

“It’s great to be able to offer so many types of programming,” Lane said.

If you can’t wait for a clinic, never fear, help is here. Just call the library at 613-476-5962.

“The offer’s always open to book an appointment to help people,” Lane said.