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No more waiting to use computer

Published 12:08pm Thursday, November 3, 2011

Library Laptops: No more waiting in line to use a computer.

Have you ever found yourself waiting in line to use a computer at the library? Well, wait no more.

Fergus Falls Public Library customers logged onto the library’s 8 Public Internet Computers a total of 20,708 times last year. That’s almost 8 customers using all 8 computers each hour we are open. During busy times of the day, customers often reserve computers and wait in line.

The library staff knew we needed to somehow increase computer access but with limited space and connectivity issues, we wondered how we could do so.

Luckily, today’s technology has given us some options. Beginning this week, the library will start checking out laptops for use within the library.

Laptops can be checked-out at the library \ check-out desk and can also be reserved by calling the library 218-739-9387.

Laptop users will have one hour of computer time per daily session. As a reminder, you can also bring your personal laptop, tablet computer or other wireless device to the library and access our free wireless internet service.

The library laptops will also be used by library staff as a mobile computer lab. This mobile lab will allow our staff and other community instructors to begin teaching hands-on, technology-related classes in the library’s Jean Dahling Meeting Room.

Look for a schedule of classes early next year. Thank you to the Friends of Fergus Falls Public Library for help funding this project.

Due to the success of our first ever “Gadget Petting Zoo,” library staff will be offering two additional opportunities for customers to come in and test run some electronic gadgets in advance of the holiday gift-giving season. Come to the library on Friday, Nov. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. or Tuesday, Dec.13 from 4 to 6 p.m. to try out an iPad 2, Barnes and Noble Nook, Color Nook, Sony Reader, and, possibly also a Kindle Touch. Try before you buy.

Also, as a reminder, the library offers popular ebooks and downloadable audiobooks via our website: www.fergusfalls.lib.mn.us.

Virtually all devices and ebook applications will now work with library downloadable books, including the Amazon Kindle. The library has downloadable ebooks and audiobooks for all ages, including picture books for the youngest readers and nonfiction. Check us out online.

See you at the Library.

 

Erin Smith, Director, Fergus Falls Public Library

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