Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to celebrate the launch of the new computer center at Bennett Martin Public Library Tuesday, July 23. The main library at 136 S. 14th St. will open 30 minutes early for the event at 9:30 a.m. The library received 21 new computers through the Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities project. The computers are installed and ready for immediate use by the public free of charge.
The celebration will include remarks from Library Director Pat Leach, Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner and City Council Chair Carl Eskridge. Refreshments will be served, and library staff will demonstrate online resources, including JobNow, which provides live interactive help for job seekers; Ancestry, a popular genealogy program; TumbleBooks, which provides animated, talking picture books for kids; and OverDrive, the downloadable audio and eBook supplier.
"The broadband technology grant presents an unprecedented opportunity for many Nebraska public libraries to upgrade their public computing capacity for serving community residents," said Wagner. "Technology enhancements will result in measurable increases in use of library computers for E-Government, learning, employment information and more. The ultimate benefit goes to the many Nebraskans who will have greater access to library computers and high-speed connectivity networks for personal, education and job-related needs."
The new computers and furnishings at Bennett Martin Public Library are valued at more than $40,000. The project was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.
More information about library services is available at lincolnlibraries.org.