Foundation gives computers to three community libraries

Mar 3, 2014 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Patrons of three community libraries in Fremont County have new computers to use thanks to a donation from the Fremont County Library System Foundation.

Last fall, the group granted roughly $14,000 to give six machines to a community library in Crowheart, three computers to one in Hudson and two computers and a printer to one in Jeffrey City.

"The kids use them for school work," said Kaye Stoll, a director of the Crowheart community library. "They are able to get in and use those things."

Before it received the new computers, the Crowheart library had several used machines individuals had donated, Stoll said. The new equipment is up-to-date and has the same programs the students use at school.

"These are the first new ones we've had in a long time," she said.

The library also plans to offer courses on using the computers for older patrons who are interested in subjects such as genealogy and history, Stoll said.

The volunteer-run library is located in Big Wind Hall and is open 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Patrons can borrow books and use the computers. The space also hosts events, such as a book discussion group.

Fremont County Library System technology manager Jenny Wills set up the new equipment for all three community libraries.

The group decided to give the computers through a grant process in the fall, said foundation board member Roger Hicks. The foundation gives money to long-term projects related to libraries.

"Usually it has to do with a program that might not otherwise be funded," Hicks said. "We don't want to get into operations."

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