Thanks to the generosity of the Burt and Nancy Marans Charitable Fund, Jefferson Carnegie Library now has nine new computers and two new color printers. This new equipment completely replaces the older computers and printers, which had reached the end of their useful lives.
“We are so pleased for our patrons to be able to have current technology available at the library,” Circulation Manager Debra Brewer said. “The grant enabled us to provide new computers and monitors with Windows 10 and Microsoft Office so that employment applications, educational assignments as well as other needs should be much faster and easier to complete. The new printer is working well also.”
Four of the public-use desktop computers are located in the central workstation, with a fifth computer set up to allow patrons to access the library’s catalog of books and media.
The library does not charge for computer use; there is a per page fee for printing.With the new computers, all three of the library’s staff members, including Brewer, Children’s Director Michele Otstott and Library Director Peter Kuchta, now have computers.
The ninth computer, a laptop, was purchased to provide a means for presenters, including visiting authors, to project pictures on the TV screen in the ballroom.
“We are thrilled to have received a grant from the Burt and Nancy Marans Charitable Fund that covered much of the cost of the new computers,” said Leah Cooper, President of the JCL Board.
“The Marans established the fund in 2008 with the goal of promoting education in the East Texas area. Their passion for education and their generosity is their continuing legacy. We are also grateful to Mike Gannon for his assistance with the installation.”
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