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Learning coaches

The library offers one-on-one (or two) training sessions called Learning Coaches. These sessions cover a specific topic of interest (such as setting up an email account, downloading an ebook, researching family history, or learning to use the create space equipment). This service is intended for patrons 9th grade and older at all skill levels who need to get more comfortable with specific activities before working on their own.

Sample topics we will coach:

  • Basic Internet skills
  • Basic Photo editing
  • Creating a resume or cover letter
  • Downloading eBooks or Audiobooks
  • Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest
  • Genealogy research using library databases
  • How to use tablets and smartphones: Nook, Kindle, iPad, and Android-based devices
  • Library databases
  • Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher
  • Utilizing Create Space equipment
  • Windows 7 and 10

If there is a topic you would like to learn that is not listed, please see Shawn Walsh, Emerging Services and Technologies Librarian, or call 440-428-2189.

Topics we will NOT coach:

  • Adobe Products
  • Any request that violates state and federal law
  • Fixing appliances/devices
  • Accounting or Tax software
  • Specialized, job-related software
  • Windows OS Errors
  • Typing on a patron’s behalf

Topics are limited by software the Library has access to and staff knowledge. We reserve the right to deny a coaching request based on these and other criteria.

FAQ

  • Does it cost anything?
    • Learning Coaching is a free service.
  • How long are Learning Coaching Sessions?
    • 30 minutes to an hour.
  • What times do you usually have coaching sessions?
    • Monday-Saturday at various times. Coaching sessions are limited and scheduled in advance. Please call 440-428-2189 to schedule a session or stop by the Public Services desk.
    • We offer Walk-in half hour sessions every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6-8 pm (unless noted otherwise) in the Create Space. Walk-in coaching sessions are first come, first serve. You may not arrive more than 10 minutes before the walk-in time blocks for a coach.
  • Who are the Learning Coaches?
    • Library staff with the knowledge or experience on a particular topic.
  • Do I need a library card to sign up for a session?
    • No, unless you want to use the Create Space. Then you need a library card and to have signed the equipment waiver.
  • How often can I have a learning coach session?
    • An individual can have 2 learning coach sessions per month, but exceptions can be made on an individual and topical basis by a learning coach.
  • What if I need to cancel?
    • Please call and cancel at least 24 hours in advance. If you do not call and cancel, your session will be labeled as a “No Show.”
      • PLEASE NOTE: 2 “No Show” sessions will result in a suspension of Learning Coaching privileges for 6 months.
    • Can you repair my device?
      • We do not remove viruses or repair devices. This is strictly for educational purposes only. If we determine the coach is no longer fulfilling its purpose as an educational exercise, we will end the session.