MASON COUNTY — The Mason County Library System will soon be receiving eight new circulation computers, after being awarded a grant from the West Virginia Library Commission.
Pam Thompson, library director for Mason County, said she applied for a technology grant and was awarded $4,500. The funding was enough to purchase eight Dell computers, which she said were ordered the very next day after receiving the grant notification. Thompson said the computers should be delivered and set up in the next few weeks.
“The circulation computers will allow us to serve the community faster,” the director said.
Thompson added library employees were regularly having to call a repairman for the present computers. She said they have “fought” the one in the main library at Point Pleasant for some time.
The Point Pleasant location will be getting four of the new computers, while Mason and New Haven will receive two each. The libraries also maintain a number of computers available for public use.
The state library commission awarded more than $110,000 in grants to 30 public libraries. The grants were either awarded for facility maintenance or technology enhancement. Commission Executive Secretary Karen Goff said the funds will help with basic improvements to facilities, and for computer access for patrons.
Other libraries receiving grant monies were Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry, Brooke County, Burnsville, Chapmanville, Clay County Craigsville, Gassaway, Hamlin-Lincoln County, Kingwood, Logan Area, Lynn Murray, Marion County, Moundsville-Marshall County, Mountaintop, Nutter Fort, Paden City, Pendleton County, Philippi, Raleigh County, Roane County, Rupert, Shepherdstown, Summers County, Summersville, Sutton, Swayne Memorial, Valley Head, Wayne and Webster Addison.
The local libraries have been holding children’s reading programs throughout the summer, as well as serving free lunches to all children 18 years and under, regardless of parents’ incomes. The summer programs will continue through July. When school begins in August, the libraries will be gearing up for the pre-school story hour sessions.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.