At the Library
Recently, the library conducted a survey to better understand how the community uses and benefits from free access to computers and the Internet. We offer 22 computers, wireless Internet, and assistance for all members of our community. Of the survey respondents who reported visiting the library in the past year, 64 percent used a public access computer or the library's wireless network during their visits.
Highlights from the survey include:
- Fourteen percent of public technology users indicated they had used public access technology for employment needs. Fourteen percent of users searched for a job online and 7 percent applied for a job by submitting a resume or filling out an online job application.
- Seven percent of public technology users used public technology for educational activities, such as online classes.
- Twenty-nine percent of public technology users used library technology to get information on health and wellness topics.
- Forty-three percent of public technology users reported using library resources to stay in touch with family and friends and to build and maintain social networks.
Fifty-seven percent of public access technology users also received help from a librarian when using the computers or Internet at the library. Of those users, 88 percent have access to the Internet at home, school, or work but still choose to use the library's technology. This shows the library offers critical resources and services even as people increasingly have their own Internet connections and devices.
These are only a few of the impacts from the library's public technology access and training. The future of our community depends on the Washington Public Library's ability to sustain the quality technology services that provide opportunities for all people. Let's make sure our library gets the support it needs to make this happen. Visit the Washington Public Library to see how you can help.
The following new materials are available.
Gifts & Memorials
The Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel given in memory of Virginia Booth by the General Fortnightly Club
Starfire by Dale Brown, Godless by James Dobson, Walking on Water by Richard Paul Evans, Death at the Door by Carolyn Hart, The Keeper by John Lescroart, Unlucky 13 by James Patterson, Field of Prey by John Sandford, The Advocate by Randy Singer
Large Print Fiction
The Target by David Baldacci