If you’re wanting to make holidays easier this year by shopping online, you are wise to also be aware of the possibility of fraud, scams and identity theft.
To help give you a safer online shopping experience, the Blount County Public Library is offering a computer class to help you avoid pitfalls.
Shop Safe Online! will be taught by Jennifer Spirko, Reference Librarian, at Blount County Public Library on Thursday, November 17, at 2 p.m. in Dorothy Herron Room B. There is no fee, but pre-registration is required by visiting or calling the library’s Reference Desk at 865-273-1428 or 982-0981, ext. 4, to register. The class will last approximately 90 minutes.
Online shopping opens up a world of opportunities and bargains that can’t be matched in traditional “brick-and-mortar” stores. Shopping online also lets shoppers dodge the crowds in malls and parking lots. While no shopping experience – in person or online – is completely secure, there are simple, commonsense steps to better ensure your shopping safety.
This class is designed for those with some basic understanding of computer use. If you are new to computing, sign up for the prerequisite course, Meet the Mouse, held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 16. Both classes are part of the library’s basic computer class series and meet in the Library’s Dorothy Herron Room B.
Spirko coordinates the Basic Computer Classes at Blount County Public Library and in the past has taught at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Pellissippi State Community College, Maryville College, and North Carolina State University. She has designed and taught online courses and has developed social media for schools and nonprofits.
Open to the public, this program is hosted by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.