Libraries see improvements, longer hours

Staff report
Posted 1/6/18

Faster computers, longer hours and enhanced staffing are just some of the improvements Pines and Plains Libraries users will see this year. Last year, the library district increased its computing …

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Libraries see improvements, longer hours

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Faster computers, longer hours and enhanced staffing are just some of the improvements Pines and Plains Libraries users will see this year.

Last year, the library district increased its computing power, bought more books and offered more activities. Thanks to an increase in revenues and effective budget management, the improvements will continue in 2018, according to a news release from the library district.

The Elizabeth and Simla libraries will be open extra evening hours during the week, and Kiowa will be open on Saturdays. The Elbert branch is moving its Monday hours to afternoons.

Residents unable to make it into the library can enjoy tens of thousands of ebooks and audiobooks at the digital branch, pplibraries.org.

The public-use computers are being replaced, and the new units have three times the horsepower. The Kiowa and Elizabeth libraries also will get boosts to Internet speeds and hardware, resulting in better wi-fi for those who bring their own mobile devices to the library.

The Elizabeth, Kiowa, and Simla branches will have full-time library service leads, who will bring new levels of expertise and skill sets to visitors. Three new program and outreach coordinators will create more and better activities to entertain and educate all Elbert County residents as well.

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