The Hanson Public Library will be helping the town’s active older patrons become better versed in the use of new technologies, as a result of a $7,500 award by the state. According to library director Nancy Cappellini, the library will team up with the Council on Aging to offer classes and workshops to people age 50 and over on topics ranging from digital books to social networking. The year-long program, which begins in October, will also include workshops on varied health and wellness topics for the targeted population. In addition to library staff time, the grant will fund the purchase of a white board for use in classes and workshops, and the purchase of materials, such as a genealogical database, the library hopes will be of interest to older patrons. The grant was one of 37 recently awarded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act. The funding for Hanson came under the Next Chapter program, which helps libraries focus on using new technologies to better serve older adults.