Join the iCrowd: Library offers Mac classes

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 I ahave been very impressed by the Apple program beginning in the Carroll County School System.

Each high school junior and senior will have the opportunity to receive a MacBook for use at school and, more importantly, at home. I am a huge fan of Apple products. You can come into my office anytime and see an iPod, iPhone or iPad connected or being used in some way or another. The products are intuitive, fun to use and very creative. But, they are also different. 

A Mac and a PC do not work the same, which can be intimidating at first.

There is no Internet Explorer or a task bar.  What in the heck is Safari?

The mouse looks strange and has no buttons to click.  What? No buttons click?  Don’t even get me started on no right or left click. 

The library staff is going through the same growing pains. We recently installed two Mac minis in our public computer banks.

While Macs are very intuitive to the user, most people are adjusted to PCs, and do not quite know how to make the transition between the two. 

We think it is time for some free Mac training at the library. 

Trust me, once you learn how to use these machines, you will love them (or at least not be intimidated by them). 

We are partnering with Powered On to provide ongoing Mac classes.

In the first class, you will learn how to use a Mac to do the everyday things you already know how to do on a PC. We are very fortunate to have Brent and his staff from Powered On available to help us in this endeavor. 

The classes will be offered on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 1 p.m., and Wednesday Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. You only need to attend one session.

If interest continues, we will continue classes with topics such as iTunes, iLife, iMovie, iPhoto and much more.  Please call the library, (502) 732-7020, for further information.


Hillary Arney is director of Carroll County Public Library.