Libraries have help for tech-challenged

For first-time owners of a smartphone, a tablet or laptop computer, getting started with them can be confusing and frustrating. Or maybe you’ve just always struggled with a technology device and never quite been comfortable with it.

Pierce County Library System can help with its new Book a Librarian program. A librarian will meet with you by appointment for free at a county library branch to explain how devices work, answer questions, help download apps, and point out handy functions such as uploading photos and organizing calendars. All you do is get a Pierce County Library card and make an appointment for a free, one-on-one session with Book a Librarian.

Book a Librarian is also available to help people learn about research techniques, find out about library resources and how to use them, locate business information, get reading suggestions or explore a hobby.

Sessions lasting up to 45 minutes can be made at

Other free tech learning is offered through Pierce County Library’s Get Smart classes. Subjects range from computer basics to cloud storage, Word and Excel, Microsoft Imagine Academy, 3D printing and web safety. Additional information is available at