Thursday, December 22, 2011

Weippe Library helps bring technology to area

Dan Lambert from Frontier Communications helped string the lights on the tall trees near Weippe Library.

  The Weippe Library is helping community members light up their world.  A Technology Petting Zoo was held at the library with help from First Step Internet. Two tech savvy support personnel assisted Library Director Terri Summerfield with relieving gadget fears of the young and old alike. 
  First Step Internet has been instrumental in providing high speed Internet to the Library and community and was part of the BTOP (Broadband Technology Opportunities Program) grants provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and federal government. With the recent upgrade, the library’s Internet speed has increased from 1.5 Mbps to over 9 Mbps.  This increase helps the eight person Technology Center, free WiFi and cell service run smoothly with little noticeable slow-downs.
  Smart-phones, iPads, laptops, Kindles and MP3s were on display and available for the public to touch and play with. While checking out the latest gadgets, patrons were able to register for a free iPod, won door prizes and enjoyed refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. After the Technology Petting zoo, patrons went outside to see the lighting of the trees around the library.
  Dan Lambert from Frontier Communications helped string the lights on the tall trees making the library a festival community hub.  Frontier Communications is also supporting and promoting high-speed Internet to the Weippe area with Fiber Optics.
  If you have any questions about gadgets, technology or the Internet, don’t hesitate to call the staff at the Weippe Public Library, First Step Internet or Frontier Communications.

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