In a world full of likes, pokes, and tweets, it’s already hard to keep up with Internet lingo.
Comes now pin, pinner, pinning and pinteresting to add to the dictionary of the World Wide Web and perhaps to the confusion of navigating through new specialty social media websites popping up with greater regularity.
But at Baright Public Library in Ralston, expert staffers are trying to make it easier for people to cruise through these sites by hosting classes in the basics of the sites to get people on their way.
On June 14, Library Associate Yolanda Jasso taught a class of seven people the ins and outs of one of the fastest-growing and objectively useful social media websites — Pinterest, a virtual bulletin or pin board where people “pin” the items that interest them. Hence the title.
She went over everything from joining Pinterest to creating boards and “pinning” from another website. Jasso even talked about Pinterest etiquette... or Piniquette?
People of all different ages and with varying computer familiarity were among the pinners, said Jasso. There were also people in the class that had already taken a previous Pinterest class, but were maybe getting reacquainted with the website.
Among the repeat visitors was Susan Daly, who wanted a brush-up on how to navigate the website.
She already had a Pinterest account, but she said because Jasso is so patient with her she came back for a refresher course.
There were also a couple students who hadn’t already had an account. Jolene Sedlacek said she has been very curious about the website.
“I’ve had several friends ask me to join,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to get on it and when I came in today and saw the sign, I just asked.”
She now plans on using the site for gardening tips, recipes, home improvement ideas and party plans.
In addition to the Pinterest class, the library is also expanding its technological class offerings this year.
Classes on Facebook, Microsoft Office and learning about eReaders like the Nook or the Kindle are all being held at the Library, said Jasso. The sessions are usually held during the school year, but the library is running some classes in the summer to keep people updated and to keep people coming to the library.
“We’re trying to promote the library through Pinterest,” Jasso said. “So we put classes out there that are relevant like Pinterest and Facebook.”
The library is also giving away a lunch for two at Upstream Brewing Company as another way of getting more people to the library’s Pinterest page.
To enter the drawing, just comment on a photo in the “Can you picture it?” board. All the photos are of a certain place in the library. Enter your guess in a comment and each comment will earn one entry for the prize.