Category Archives: Computers

Kid coders can join the ‘program’ at Aldridge Library!

Code Club logo

A free Code Club designed to inspire young people interested in computer programming will be officially launched at Aldridge Library on Friday 4 March.

Run by Library staff and volunteers with computing backgrounds it has been established to help children aged 9-11years old learn to code weekly between 4 – 5 pm on Friday’s.

Starting from scratch

Code Club computer

Step-by-step projects help young people to develop programming language skills like Scratch which are then used to create computer games, animations and websites.

Developed as a nationwide network of volunteer-led free Code Clubs, the aim of the initiative is to build up coding skills so that the young people can learn new ways to analyse and solve problems. Creative approaches to thinking around problems in turn enhance vocational skills that can be used in other areas of life in later learning.

Clubbing together

Code Club kids

With more than 41,000 children learning to code in thousands of clubs throughout the UK it is hoped that this first club for Walsall Libraries will pave the way for more to be established throughout the borough.

If you would like to become a code club volunteer then visit the following site for more information: www.codeclub.org.uk

Please contact Aldridge Library for more information 01922 655569 or email  aldridgelibrary@walsall.gov.uk

Tasty computer courses in Walsall Libraries!

Walsall Libraries Adults Zone
Walsall Libraries Adults Zone

Walsall Libraries have just launched their new programme of computer taster courses for the whole academic year starting from September 2015 – July 2016.

There are now an extensive range of courses available from lots of individual teaching slots where you can seek help on specific things e.g. if you are unsure of how to create an email, how to buy and sell online, to more structured sessions on Ebay, Family History, CV help and Work Clubs.

In partnership with Walsall College, some of the libraries will be running 3 week basic taster courses and also a brand new 3 week course covering social media, and using comparison websites.

Helena Denham Information and Learning Co-ordinator said “Walsall Libraries love to offer new learning opportunities for our customers. Libraries are a great place to learn in an informal, relaxing and friendly environment.”

To book your place you can visit or telephone your local library, or check out the Adults Zone, then click ‘Learning’ on the Walsall Libraries  website at www.lovelibrarieswalsall.co.uk

Computer self help group starts at Stan Ball Centre

Stan Ball Centre Main Building

A new computer self help group aimed at the fifty plus age group started on Thursday 7th June at the Stan Ball Centre in Bloxwich.

The group forms part of the Stan Ball Centre Young at Heart Project 50 + Friendship Circle which started on the 23rd May and offers a variety of friendship opportunities throughout the week, such as breakfast meetings, hosted lunches, dancing lessons and Tai Chi.

Deb Brownlee, Young at Heart Project Co-ordinator said:

“The idea of the self help computer club is that everyone knows just a little bit, in fact usually more than they think they do, and by pooling knowledge we will all learn something new or solve problems small or large. We hope the group will also become very social, as that is the aim of all the activities within the Friendship Circle. And if we do get stuck with a question, we’ll find out for the next time”.

The group will run weekly from 5pm to 7pm, and will cover any computer related issue such as computer security, emails, facebook, ebay, and a wide variety of software. There is an entrance fee of £1.50 and participants are welcome to bring their own laptops. Refreshments will be available.

Computer lessons for complete beginners are also available at the centre, along with digital photography and computer maintenance.   

More information can be obtained by calling into the Stan Ball Centre in Abbotts Street, Bloxwich, by emailing stanball@bloxwichcp.co.uk or telephoning Karen Smith or Deb Brownlee on 01922 403351.

Computer newbies needed at Stan Ball Centre

Computer Newbie

The Tuesday morning Computer Beginners Club at the Stan Ball Centre has started the New Year under threat of closure – due to its own success!

Deb Brownlee Young at Heart Project Co-ordinator said:

“Our tutor Alan Vaughan has done such a great job with our first group of computer beginners that they are no longer beginners!

‘Unlike most job ads asking for people who are IT literate we’re looking for people who don’t know the first thing about it – or very little – to join the class”.

The classes run from 10am to 12pm and can also be used as a ‘Computer Clinic’ for learners to take in their own questions and queries.

The first session is free and thereafter the cost is £4. The classes run on as a pay as you go basis and can be joined at any time.

For enquiries call into the Stan Ball Centre in Abbotts Street, Bloxwich, telephone 01922 403351 or check out Bloxwich Community Partnership Stan Ball Centre on facebook.