Patrons at all CRDL libraries have public workstations for Internet access, Microsoft Office, and educational games, all with laser printing capabilities. Veterans Memorial Library has over 40 stations available for adults, teens and children. Faith Johnston Memorial Library in Rosebush, the Shepherd Community Library in Shepherd, the Rolland Township Library in Blanchard, and the Fremont Township Library in Winn each have several public workstations. All CRDL branch libraries also have MAC laptops that are available for checkout to be used within the library. CRDL library card holders receive $2.00 in free printing and up to one hour and forty minutes of computer access each day. Guests are limited to a half hour access with no free printing privileges. Guests can have items printed at a cost of 10 cents per black and white sheet, 20 center per color sheet. These prices are in effect until January 1, 2013. As of January 1st the cost of printing will increase to 20 cents per black and white sheet, and 40 cents per color sheet. We apologize for the change, but with the increasing cost of toner and ink it is a necessary adjustment.
The Burgess Adult Computer Lab (BACL) is located on the main level of Veterans Memorial Library. The BACL is a 20 station computer lab that is open to the public for both free classes and open computer time. Both PC and MAC platforms are available and the computers are equipped with a variety of software applications, including Microsoft Office 2010, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. The BACL also offers both black & white and color printing. FREE classes are offered on a variety of topics. Please see our Events calendar for class offerings.
The Curtis E. Nash Family Computer Lab is located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Library. The Family Computer Lab is equipped with computers for adults and children to use together in a safe and secure environment. Toys, puzzles, and other items are also available to keep little ones entertained and busy while their parents do what it is they need to do on the computer. We have also been known to put in a DVD once in a while to help keep the little ones entertained while Mom is busy on the computer, just ask at the help desk.
In the Curtis E. Nash Family Computer Lab and throughout the other CRDL branch libraries, you will find AWE Early Literacy Workstations. The AWE Early Literacy Workstation is a special computer designed for children up to 8 years old. Outside you'll find a large monitor, high contrast keyboard, and a mouse fit for smaller hands. Inside 7 different learning areas are covered by over 50 different educational software programs. With everything from Reader Rabbit to JumpStart to Dora the Explorer, every child will find something special on our AWE Early Literacy Workstations. Learn more about AWE Digital Learning Solutions here.
Inside the Reference Office on the main floor of Veterans Memorial Library you'll find our Enhanced Tech Station. This workstation has been loaded with programs and tools for those who may need extra assistance or special software. Onboard you'll find: Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition software, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, Winway Resume Deluxe, Zoom Text, and Lexia Reading. Ask at the help desk for access to your Enhanced Tech Station.
In addition to the World Wide Web, our computers can be used to access our online reference collections. The collection includes journals, encyclopedias, and subject area databases that are created by researchers and experts to provide high-quality, authoritative, advertising free information.
Even more important than offering equipment and access is the friendly help available to assist with your questions when you are trying to navigate the ever-changing information highway. Our knowledgeable staff at the Help Desk and in the BACL are available whenever the library is open. Please ask!
Please contact us if there is anyway we can improve this service!