NEW PHILADELPHIA -- The Tuscarawas County Public Library is announcing its winter schedule for Connect Ohio's free Every Citizen Online basic computer training being offered at the libraries in New Philadelphia, Bolivar, and Tuscarawas, as well as the Carlisle Inn at Sugarcreek and the Ramada Limited at Strasburg. The six hours of coursework consist of an introduction to the computer, introduction to the Internet, and set-up of an email account.

"This grant-funded program will end this summer," said Director Michelle McMorrow Ramsell. "We are so grateful to Connect Ohio for their continued support which has allowed us to bring this training to over 400 residents of Tuscarawas County. In these final months of the program, we hope that more residents will take advantage of this free opportunity to gain computer, Internet and email skills."

Space is limited, and classes fill up quickly. Interested residents should call the main library at 330-364-4474, ext. 101 for more information or to register. Participants must attend both sessions and do not need to bring a computer with them. The complete schedule of winter course offerings for the Tuscarawas County Public Library System is as follows.

Tuesday, Jan. 22 and 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. (New Philadelphia location)

Monday, Feb. 4 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Bolivar location)

Saturday, Feb. 9 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (New Philadelphia location)

Thursday, March 7 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Carlisle Inn, Sugarcreek)

Thursday, March 21 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (New Philadelphia location)

Tuesday, April 2 and 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. (Tuscarawas location)

Tuesday, April 23 and 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. (New Philadelphia location)

Monday, May 6 and 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. (New Philadelphia location)

Tuesday, May 14 and 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. (Ramada Limited, Strasburg)

More than 30,000 Ohio adults have already completed the Every Citizen Online training since it launched in late December 2010. The free computer training sessions are provided at public libraries, community colleges, and educational centers throughout Ohio to introduce new users to a wide range of communication, education, and health care tools available online. Interested adults are eligible to participate in the program, which is geared toward first-time computer and broadband users.

"Connect Ohio is proud to partner with the entire team at the Tuscarawas County Public Library System to provide our Every Citizen Online digital literacy training program," said Stu Johnson, executive director for Connect Ohio.

Connect Ohio is a nonprofit public-private partnership, whose mission is to see all Ohioans connected to the benefits of high-speed Internet service. Through the Every Citizen Online program, Connect Ohio is assisting libraries and community colleges with the cost of instructors, computers, and public awareness to provide training to as many as 200,000 new users over the next two years.

Connect Ohio, a division of Connected Nation, also works with telecommunications providers, business and community leaders, information technology companies, researchers, and public agencies in an effort to help extend affordable high-speed Internet service to every Ohio household.

For information about what Connect Ohio is doing to accelerate technology in Ohio's communities, visit http://www.connectohio.org.