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Beth Doud, a reference librarian, offers computer instruction at the Mims/

Scottsmoor Public Library.

A local widow’s grief was complicated by not knowing how to pay bills online as her husband always had. The woman’s children tried to help her, but that didn’t work out. Ultimately, she heard about Reference Librarian Beth Doud at the Mims/ Scottsmoor Public Library, who offers individualized instruction in computer basics. Doud provided the needed help.

There is no cost for the hour-long sessions; however interested persons must call to register.

“Topics are based on the student’s interest and an entire class can be devoted to learning to use the mouse. Other classes may focus on learning to use the keyboard, how to copy and paste, Microsoft Word, email and the internet, needs vary,” Doud said.

She recalled a man whose company became more computer oriented and he came to keep up with technology. “Everything worked out well,” Doud said.

Another woman wanted to self-publish her memoir and needed instruction in using Microsoft Word and formatting a book.

Today, that finished product, “Falling in Love in the Land of Aphrodite: Memoir of a Defiant Daughter,” by Behjat Henderson is available at the library and on Amazon.

The author mentioned Doud in the book’s acknowledgements.

Instruction is also available at the Titusville Public Library. Free sessions are held monthly in the computer lab. Seating is limited to the first 16 arrivals.

Those without computer or internet access can find it at both locations. Two hours of computer time is free for library card holders. Visitors without cards may purchase a one-time guest pass for $1.

Computer classes at the North Brevard Senior Center are on hold because the instructor moved to another state.

“People keep calling, asking for laptop and cell phone instruction,” said Operations Manager Dan Williams. “We need someone with technical skills to provide this.”

The North Brevard Senior Center is at 909 Lane Ave. in Titusville. Call 321-268-2333 or visit

The Mims/Scottsmoor Library is at 3615 Lionel Road in Mims. Call 321-264-5080 or visit Mims/Scottsmoor Library.

The Titusville Public Library is at 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. Call 321-264- 5026 or visit TitusvillePublicLibrary