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iPad and Android Demonstration Sessions

Have you got an iPad, iPhone or Android tablet and are now struggling to use it? Perhaps someone bought it for you with good intentions and you don't want to leave it gathering dust. Perhaps you are thinking of getting one and are just wondering what all the fuss is about, and why everyone seems to be using one.

Our 'Introduction to the iPad and Android Tablets' lasts 90 minutes and is totally free. It's open to all (not just library members) and is run by a well established local company, Happy Lappy Ltd.

Upcoming Sessions:

Poole Central Library

  • Wednesday 15 March - 11am

Canford Cliffs Library         

  • Wednesday 1 March - 2pm
You can just come along and listen, but if you have a device just bring it along and log on to the library's Wi-Fi. Either way you need to book as these sessions are popular and places are limited.

To book, ring 01202 262449 (24 hour  booking line), or ask at any library. (If you find you cannot attend, you can also use this phone number to cancel).

iPad and Android Apps

A demonstration of the wide range of iPad and Android Apps, which are fun, productive, useful for travel, artistic and much more. This session will really open your eyes to how much you can do on these amazing devices. Each session is two hours long and is charged at £10 per person or £8 for Happy Lappy members.

  • Canford Cliffs Library: Wednesday 29 March - 2pm   

To book, ring 01202 262449 (24 hour  booking line), or ask at any library. (If you find you cannot attend, you can also use this phone number to cancel).

Discover BBC Weather Watchers *NEW

During this free 90 minute session learn how to take a good weather photograph with your tablet or iPad, set up a Weather Watchers account and post your photographs on the BBC Weather Watchers website.

  • Broadstone Library: Wednesday 8 March - 11am

To book, ring 01202 262449 (24 hour  booking line), or ask at any library. (If you find you cannot attend, you can also use this phone number to cancel).

Computer Buddy drop-in sessions

If you just want drop in to talk to someone about your computer problems or need guidance how to learn on your own, we now have Computer Buddy Drop-in sessions at all of our libraries. This is ideal for you if you are just starting out using a computer, but need a bit of help.

One of our volunteers will either sit with you at one of our library public computers, or you can bring in your own laptop (or other device) and the volunteer will connect it to our free wi-fi internet. They will show you websites which have a number of free online tutorials to help you learn, or they will just answer your questions the best they can. You may need to explore solutions together!

Come and meet the Computer Buddies at these libraries:

  • Branksome Library - Mondays 10:30am to 12:30pm and Fridays 11am to 1pm

  • Broadstone Library - Mondays 2pm to 4pm, Wednesdays 10am to 12pm and Thursdays 2pm to 4pm

  • Canford Cliffs Library - Mondays 2pm to 4pm and Wednesdays 1.45pm to 3.45pm

  • Canford Heath Library - Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm

  • Creekmoor Library - Mondays 10am to 12pm

  • Hamworthy LibraryMondays 10am to 12pm and Thursdays 1pm to 3pm

  • Oakdale Library - Tuesdays 10am to 12pm and Saturdays 10am to 12pm

  • Parkstone Library - Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm

  • Poole Central Library - Mondays 2pm to 4pm, Tuesdays 1pm to 4pm, Wednesdays 10am to 12pm, Thursdays 10am to 12pm, Fridays 10am to 12pm and Saturdays 10am to 1pm      

  • Rossmore LibraryTuesdays 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Wednesdays 10am to 12pm, Fridays 11am to 1pm and Saturdays 10:30am to 1pm 

No need to book, just drop in!


Special equipment

Special keyboards are available for all class sessions, as well as a trackerball pointing device, and a large monitor. We also have an adjustable desk for wheelchair users at Poole Library. If you require any of these, please tell us when you book (please note - only one of each item available per session). Each venue is fitted with a hearing loop.


Other ways to learn 

We recommend the guides on the Digital Unite website.

Learndirect has lots of IT courses, some of which are free. To find what you are looking for, just use the search facility on the site.

If you would rather go to lessons on a regular basis, check out what Skills and Learning have to offer. From basic computer skills, to shopping on Ebay, there's something for everyone. 


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