Library computer lab slated for upgrades, renovations for new year

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by Jeremy Nobile | Reporter
Stow — One of the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library’s most popular assets is getting an aesthetic and functional facelift.
The library’s computer instruction room — an upstairs lab featuring modern, touch-screen computers where a variety of technology-focused classes take place — will be renovated with a fresh paint job, new carpeting and a state-of-the-art touch-screen whiteboard monitor.
Library Executive Director Doug Dotterer said all improvements are slated for a January unveiling.
“This room is really essential to matching our library mission,” said Dotterer. “We’re in the information business, and we’re here to reach out to the community, to help them with keeping up with their computer skills and keep them fresh, up to date with the latest software applications. We help people who are job hunting, people who need to upgrade their skills for work, and we’ve really taken that seriously in our mission overall, and it’s worked out better than we could’ve hoped for.
 “We’ve been doing this for years and years,” he added, “and we’re excited to continue that tradition and expand and improve upon this room. I believe the public is going to see it as a big success.”
On Nov. 15, the library announced the reception of a $7,795 grant from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation that enabled the purchase of the new, 65-inch, Samsung 650TS-2 Touchscreen Whiteboard Monitor. An additional estimated $5,000 in other general renovations will be completed as part of the building’s capital improvements.
Dotterer said the sleek device’s large, bright, anti-reflective screen will allow optimum viewing by anyone in the computer lab, especially those with reduced or impaired vision, which is particularly significant because the library offers a slew of technology classes for seniors.
“We’re excited that this is going to help every audience,” said Dotterer. “This will enhance all our selection of computer classes in all areas, from children to adult.”
The lab itself is about 15 years old and has not before undergone renovations like those planned.
The technology, however, is still quite modern. Dotterer noted there’s no plan to replace the “state-of-the-art” touch-screen computers available in the lab and throughout the rest of the library, which were purchased with a roughly $106,600 grant from the John S. James L. Knight foundation in 2010.
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