Self-Help Courses and Online Resources

Close up image of laptop and mouse on wooden desk. Computer classes for adults at the main library are among the self-help courses in Pine Bluff. Credit: StockSnap/Pixabay

This October, the library offers self-help courses for adults wanting to learn the basics of computers. Also, take advantage of the array of online resources and other information from several nonprofits and university services covered in this post.

Self-Help Courses: Computer Basics

Introduction to Computers – Adult Class

This class for adults covers basic, introductory use of the computer. If enrollees are familiar with basics already, the class will move on to word processing (with Microsoft Word), using the internet, and setting up email, as time permits.

  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018.  Choose a class at either 10:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. Each session lasts approximately an hour.
  • Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Library, Main Library at 200 East 8th Avenue in Pine Bliff
  • The state library will provide laptops (up to 14)
  • Link to library’s event:
  • Registration required. Call (870) 534-4802 or click event link (above) and choose “Begin Registration.”

Safety Program for Teen Girls

Full Circle 360 runs several educational programs for children and teens, including a store that the teen participants help run. One self-help program highlighted here is the safety program for pre-teen and teen girls. Recreation is worked in to the activities also.

  • Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings in October
  • Starts at 5:00 p.m.

Full Circle 360
3400 W 34th Ave
Pine Bluff, AR 71603

Online Resources and Library Databases and Collections

Many other informational and educational sources are available. All are available for self-help initiatives and some as educational entertainment.

Arts and Science Center’s Online Educational Videos

The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas runs art exhibits and several educational activities regularly. They also have online resources, including this long-running “tinkering” video series.

Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC)
701 South Main Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71601

Jefferson County Library

The Jefferson County Library, in addition to their book and media collections on site, has a geneaology database and even blogs and news to access from their website.

  • Genealogy database
  • Collections of books and media on site and online
  • Website home page (link below) includes links to their eBooks Catalog and help for eBooks and Audiobooks, Genealogy Blog, Best Seller Blog, and library news.

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library
200 East 8th Avenue
Pine Bluff, AR 71601

UA Agricultural Extension Service

The University of Arkansas Agricultural Extension Service is well known for providing information to farms and other businesses. However, they provide many resources useful to individuals and households.

Check their website’s home page,, for tabs such as Yard and Garden, Business and Communities, and Health and Living to see the variety they offer. Of particular interest given the election year, listed under Business and Communities, is the Public Policy Center and its nonpartisan information on ballot issues.

They can also be contacted at (501) 671-2000 (main office in Little Rock). For Arkansas Relay Service, dial 711.

UAPB’s Economic Research and Development Center (ERDC)

The ERDC at UAPB provides business development services and other assistance to business owners or entrepreneurs with low to moderate income or in traditionally underserved communities. For more information, visit their website or their business support incubator:

UAPB / ERDC website:
UAPB / ERDC Business Incubator: 615 South Main Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas


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