Joslyn Adult Center looks to launch state-of-the-art computer lab

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From the Burbank Leader:

WEST BURBANK — Catherine Nicholls’ family has tried many ways to goad the 89-year-old into trying her hand at the personal computer.

But each time she’s avoided lessons, despite pleas that it would serve as means to connect with 13 grandsons via e-mail and social networks.

“To be honest, it seems a little scary,” said Nicholls while waiting for lunch at the Joslyn Adult Center, which serves those 55 and older. “They say, ‘Why don’t you join Facebook?’ I don’t know how to respond.”

Her refrain is common among a generation more prone to pick up a phone than log on to a computer. But as baby boomers retire and continue to seek socialization, entertainment and education, city officials are hoping that a proposed cyber café might change that.

The roughly $500,000 project, funded through a mix of federal grants, calls for converting an courtyard into an arts-and-crafts center complete with a sky-lit atrium, and changing the craft center space into a state-of-the-art computer laboratory with about two dozen machines and a coffee bar. Construction is slated to begin this winter.

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 26, 2009 at 6:07 pm

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