Grant Helps Library Expand Class Offerings For Residents

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At the end of her first two-hour Photoshop Elements tutorial class, Patricia Petteruti had “popped” out a section of a photograph.

A chicken now seemed to jump off the laptop’s screen and into the Payson Public Library.

Patricia hadn’t expected to learn anything beyond basic cropping Thursday night, but now delighted at her new skill.

Working at a nearby laptop, her husband, Thomas Petteruti, had taken a normal beach scene and cropped it in such a way to make the water seemingly run off the edge using Elements vast tool bag.

The class marked the first of a series of free computer classes at Payson Public Library, at 328 N. McLane Road.

Through a $14,000 grant, the library is offering three free courses, Photoshop Elements, intermediate computer skills and basic computer skills. The basic course covers the skills needed to navigate the Internet, including the Gila County Library District’s new Web site and online resources.

For the Petterutis, they admit they aren’t computer gurus and don’t need to be. They want to learn the basics of Photoshop so they can alter photographs and send them to family and friends.

Reference librarian Bessie Tucker, who teaches the courses, said the classes are designed to reach all skill levels.

There are still three open spots in the Photoshop class, which runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every other Thursday and four spots in the intermediate computer class, which takes place every other Friday from noon to 2 p.m. The classes are expected to run through December.

The classes are taught on a dozen laptops the library received last year through a federal grant. Grant money is also funding the computer classes, which all eight Gila County libraries received money for through the Arizona State Library, said Terry Morris, Payson library director.

Beyond classes, an exciting new addition to the library’s services is an expanded Web site.

The site, www.gcldaz.org, offers library cardholders free access to 15 programs, including Mango Languages, a language-learning system comparable to Rosetta Stone, Morris said.

There are also programs covering hobbies and crafts, auto repair, home improvement, history and access to Consumer Reports.

For more information on the Web site or to sign up for a computer classes, call (928) 474-9260.

Also this fall, children’s librarian Katie Sanchez is offering several art classes for children.

All classes are free, but class sizes are limited, so sign up is required.

Classes include:

• Cake pop making from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5, for ages 4-10.

• Jewelry making basics from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6, for ages 6-12.

• Photography from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18, for ages 10-14.

• Boxing from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20, for ages 7-12.

• Freehand Drawing from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25, for ages 5-10.

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