Redmont Employee Attends Free Computer Classes at BPL to Improve Job Performance

Calvester Sanders credits free beginner computer classes at Central Library
for taking her from being afraid to use a computer to mastering it on the job

Before June 2016, Calvester Sanders had no knowledge of how to use a computer. Today, thanks to two months of free basic and advanced computer classes she took during the summer at the Central Library, Sanders is no longer afraid to use a computer.

“The classes helped me tremendously,” said Sanders, supervisor of housekeeping at the Redmont Hotel downtown. “Before I took them, I couldn’t even turn on a computer. Now I’m familiar with computers and not afraid of them anymore. I can communicate with my staff using the computer now. I now know how to print out documents.”

Sanders is one of 1.5 million lives touched in a positive way by resources and workshops available for free to the public at BPL’s 19 locations. She is appreciative of her supervisor, Redmont Hotel General Manager Nicole Schrader, who found out about Central Library’s free computer classes and signed her up, knowing the computer skills gained would help Sanders communicate better with her staff.

“If the library still offers those classes, I encourage anyone to go and take them,” Sanders said. “Thanks to the Birmingham Public Library.”

Free computer classes are offered several times a month at many of BPL’s 19 locations. To find the library computer class nearest you, visit the BPL calendar at and under Event Category click on Computers & Technology.