It may seem odd to think that in this era of technology and 24/7 online connection some people still may not have access to the internet when they need it. For those that may be looking for a good place to get online or to get their child the access they need to stay ahead in school, here are a few of the places we have found to provide that access.
1) Forest Ave Library – 1326 Forest Ave. 515-283-4152
With a selection of computers for web access, word processing, and children’s activities, this is a great place to get online. They have educational software for young children, language programs for anyone wanting help with a new language, and free WiFi throughout they entire building for those with laptops. For an extra resource, they also partner with ISED to provide job search and resume building assistance. Open Monday: 12-8pm, Tuesday-Thursday: 10am-6pm, and the 1st/3rd Saturday: 10am-5pm.
2) Creative Visions -1343 13th St. 515-244-4003
The list of things that Creative Visions does could go on forever; they truly are a very active community center. One of their great programs is their computer lab. It used to be open all the time for public access, but there are great programs, like their Outside the Box program that helps high schoolers graduate and work on goals, that utilize some of the time. Available hours are Tuesday: 2:30-5:30pm, Wednesday: 1:30-5:30pm, Thursday: 4:30-5:30pm, and Friday: 9am-12:30pm.
3) Children and Family Urban Ministries – 1548 8th St. 515-282-3242
Here at Mid City, we find ourselves going on and on about CFUM, but we can’t help ourselves with such a great group. The kids at CFUM have quite a computer lab to help them with all of their school work and educational development. While this isn’t a public computer lab, this is a great resource for the kids in the morning and after school, and all of the kids come form Moulton Extended Learning Center across the street.
4) Polk County Senior Center -2008 Forest Ave. 515-286-3677
If you’re a senior and want to get on the web, which according to statistics seniors are one of the largest groups of users, a good place to go is the Polk County Senior Center. They provide much more than just computers, so check them out for more to do as well. They are open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.
5) John R. Grubb YMCA –
Their computer lab isn’t fully up and running yet, but they are hoping for a launch date of May 1st. It will definitely be utilized by their GED program, after school drop-in, and active older adults, but there is going to be plenty of time for use by the public.