How we celebrated Adult Learners’ Week

Edinburgh Libraries were host to a wide variety of activities, celebrating Adult Learners Week (May 14 – 18), and despite the unusually cold temperatures a good crowd joined Carol for a walking exploration of Robert Louis Stevenson country around Oxgangs Library.

“Good guide and beautiful scenery”, “very, very interesting” and “Lets have some more please” were among the reactions from our walkers.

Family History and LearnIT taster sessions proved extremely popular with over 75 people participating. The quality of learning was very much appreciated at the Book Cafes and poetry sessions for learners of English as an additional language. Here are some ESOL students at Fountainbridge Library:

And here’s a happy group of LearnIT computer rookies at Drumbrae Library, proudly clutching their course folders:

Highlight of the week was the Celebration of Learning held at the impressive City Chambers, organised by the Edinburgh Adult Education Group on the evening of Friday 18th. Thirteen groups from across the city – offering a wide variety of learning opportunities to adults – were nominated to attend and receive awards. It was fantastic that the libraries’ LearnIT and its learners city-wide were presented with a Special Achievement Award – real recognition of the excellent work both of all the library staff who organise and deliver the beginners computing courses and the many volunteers who support these classes and offer 1:1 buddying sessions too!

Congratulations to all those adult learners who are now confidently surfing the net and emailing those distant relatives…


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