Beginning in January, the Pleasanton Library will offer free classes for individuals who have never had the opportunity to learn how to use email or go online.

It's likely that at least several readers of this column have never used a computer or have become uncertain when trying to use a computer. If this is you, the library wants to help, so don't be too shy to register. The classes will be held for one hour in the mornings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and there are four one-hour classes in each series.

The librarians organizing these free classes have said that attendees will learn in a safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere how to stay in touch with loved ones through email and how to access Internet sites. Registration is free and can be arranged by visiting the library's reference desk or calling Merry Luskin at 925-931-3400, extension 4. The library is at 400 Old Bernal Ave. in Pleasanton.

Prose and Song: Speaking of the Pleasanton Library, a new opportunity is being offered for local poets, prose writers, and songwriters to "Raise Your Voices in Poetry, Prose and Song" on the second Monday of every month (excluding holidays).

In partnership with the Tri-Valley Writers group, the library is promoting this open microphone opportunity free of charge. Anyone interested in reading his or her poetry or prose or singing a song is encouraged to sign up between 6:00 and 6:15 p.m. in the library's large meeting room for a 5-minute time slot.


Advertisement

Because some subject matter and language may not be suitable for those younger than 16, this event is designed for older teens and adults. As a former poet laureate of Pleasanton, I can attest to the creative talent in our community. I have seen many new poets and story writers emerge with confidence in their work after attending open readings such as this one.

If you've been shy about sharing your work, now is the time to step beyond your shyness and come to the next reading, which will take place Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.

Police charity: This holiday season, the Pleasanton Police Officers' Charitable Foundation is once again giving back to the community with its annual Giving Tree Program. The foundation is collecting gifts for local families and seniors in need of care.

Local families and adults who qualify have been identified by the Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley and the Pleasanton Unified School District. Community members, businesses and faith communities are asked to drop by and pick up a gift tag off the Giving Tree at the Pleasanton Police Department located at 4833 Bernal Avenue in downtown Pleasanton.

Each tag indicates what a specific family and senior have requested. For more information, contact dispatcher Betsy Jones at bjones@cityofpleasantonca.gov or at 925-931-5100.

Contact Jim Ott at jimott@sbcglobal.net.