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Ludlow is hub of broadband project

Ludlow was one of the first towns selected to participate in the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project, which helps rural communities bridge the "digital divide" by offering assistance to individuals, businesses, governments, organizations, schools and community groups interested in improving their use of online resources.

E-Vermont is a partnership of 11 organizations, each of which brings a particular expertise to the project. One of the partners, the Vermont State Colleges, is offering free workshops to Ludlow residents this winter. These workshops are designed to help beginners become comfortable with computers and the online world.

The schedule is as follows:

All free classes are at the Fletcher Memorial Library-

•Feb. 3-Basic Computer Skills (5:30-7 p.m.)

Get the skills you need to feel comfortable using a personal

computer.

•Feb. 10-Social Media for Beginners (5:30-7 p.m.)

Introduction to the most popular social media resources, including Facebook, Twitter and blogs.

•March 3-Web-based Communications tools (5:30-7 p.m.)

Learn tools for connecting with others, from e-mail to Skype to virtual meeting tools like DimDim.

•March 31-Evaluating Information on the Web (5:30-7 p.m.)

There's a lot of information online, but how do you know what to trust? This workshop will show you how to be smart in finding information online.

All workshops take place at Fletcher Memorial Library. For workshops requiring participants to use a computer, computers will be provided. Participants who have their

own laptops are encouraged to bring them.

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