Maureen Gallagher, branch manager, said the old computers had been in place since 2002, when the Hoke Library was built. That is a long time for the life span of a computer and especially with all the technological changes that are constantly being made. “The old computers often broke down and these run perfectly. Many of our patrons like to listen to music on their headphones and the new sound cards make it a pleasure to listen,” Maureen commented.
The Library Foundation has donated $36,000 for the replacement of the public PCs system-wide. The Hoke was selected because of the age of their equipment. Next up for replacement will be the Hobe Sound Library.
To facilitate the use of the computers, four computers are “Express Computers” intended for 15 minutes or less of use. Many people come in to print out an email or perhaps print their boarding passes. The on-site copy machine ($.25 per copy) makes this an easy task to accomplish.
The other computers are available for 45- minute sessions. Patrons may reserve time on the computer at the library but not online. The staff works closely with patrons to ensure that they get the necessary time on the computer and will schedule additional time if needed.
One of the unique resources available at the library computers system-wide is access to OverDrive, a service that allows access to more than 1,000 e-books and audio books that patrons can download to their tablets and reading devices. Another data base resource is Freegal Music, which will allow anyone to download up to three songs per week and keep them for their personal use.
The summer is a great time to explore all that the Martin County Libraries have to offer so take some time to drop into your local branch and see what is available.
The Library Foundation of Martin County is a 501 c 3 organization that provides technology, bricks and mortar and other programs and services. Donors to the Foundation may earmark their gifts if they wish. For more information about the Library Foundation please visit the website at www.libfoundmc.org or phone the office at 772-221-4109.
PHOTO ID: Library Foundation board member Mike England met with the staff of the Jensen Beach Library to see the new computers paid for by the Library Foundation of Martin County. Left to right: Board member Mike England with library staff members Darlene Encomio, Martha Torio, branch manager Maureen Gallagher and Gerry Lynch