Over the next four months, older adults can work with a trainer to enhance their skills on mobile phones, tablets, computers and other Internet connected devices. 

Nicholas Cook is the digital literacy trainer, providing the free service at the library. He will provide training material and information to help older adults find their way in the digital world. 

He will be available for one-on-one sessions at three library branches of Western Counties Regional Library.

“The training sessions are usually about an hour,” Cook says. “But, I will give as much time as needed if the time is available.”

His role is to be patient and work with people to overcome any difficulties they may be having with digital technology, he says.

“Everybody can struggle if they haven’t had the experience,” he says.

He says people need to practice on the devices. He provides handouts to help people work through challenges once they leave a session.

“The handouts address various subjects related to using technology,” he says.

He is at Yarmouth library, 405 Main St., most of the time. He will be at Digby library, 84 Warwick St., on March 10 and April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. He will be at Shelburne library, 17 Glasgow St., on March 24 and April 28 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Dates and times for May sessions are yet to be determined.

The program ends on May 31.

All three branches have a sign-up sheet for appointments with the trainer. People can book an appointment by visiting, calling, or e-mailing the library branches. To book an appointment at the Digby library call 902-245-2163 or e-mail digby@westerncounties.ca. To book the trainer at the Shelburne library call 902-875-3615 or e-mail shelburne@westerncounties.ca. To make an appointment at the Yarmouth library call 902-742-5040 or e-mail yarmouth@westerncounties.ca.

@NS funded the project. @NS’s vision is to ensure everyone can use technology for individual and community well-being and growth.

Photo of Nicholas Cook with striped shirt on sitting at a desk next to an open laptop computer in the Yarmouth library.
Nicholas Cook provides older adults with free training in the use of tablets, computers and other Internet connected devices at the Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth library branches.