'Tech Buddies' helping seniors

Program through library in New York
March 23, 2008 9:00:00 PM PDT
They're comfortable surfing the web. But when it comes to high tech gizmos like I-phones or the new "Flip", lots of seniors just don't get it.

Now, at the Queens library in Forest Hills a program called Tech Buddies is familiarizing them with the rapidly growing electronic world.

Librarian Karen Keys got a mini grant from the young adult librarians association to develop the program.

Lots of seniors visit here every day and Karen figured the library was the right setting to bring tech savvy teens onboard to help the seniors.

They loved the 'Flip' which is the latest craze in camcorders.

But it was the I-phone that had the biggest wow factor.

The biggest challenge is-figuring out how to play Wii.

In a few weeks they will learn about podcasting.'

It's an eight-week program and a summer session is also being planned.

For more information you can call the library at 718 268 7934 and ask for information about the tech buddy program.