Library Tip for Touch-Screen Children’s Computers

We were at the library this morning, and the touch-screen computer my younger son was using froze.

The librarian pressed Alt+F4 and that brought him back to the main game menu.

(Just in case any of the children in your life use those computers!  I’m sure the PC-using world knew this about 15 years ago, but I live in a Mac world…)

Also, something I saw at the library that you might appreciate…a two-page .pdf that illustrates how people are using the library this year.  (It’s perfect for sending to those who’d be inclined to cut library funding, if you catch my drift.)

4 thoughts on “Library Tip for Touch-Screen Children’s Computers

  1. t-traveler says:

    i love libraries, but they are barking up the wrong tree with this handout. Operating buildings filled with professional librarians is a very expensive way to hand out free wifi and free meeting space. (sounds like Bruegers without the bagels to me!) LIbrarians need to explain why/what professional graduate librarionas with hi salaries and benefits add to the mix

  2. Hannah says:

    It seems that more and more people go to the library to use the computers rather than to check out books. I’m working with Pernet Family Health Service on Millbury St to offer a free community computer lab, complete with six computers, a printer, and internet access. Although the library is about half a mile from the organization, we’re hoping to get people in the Green Island neighborhood to learn how to use computers and to get them talking to each other!

    • Nicole says:

      @t-traveler: I think the WPL has been doing a good job of showing that professional librarians are necessary (for instance, the txt4answers service). I was at the library (to drop off books) on a weeknight last week, and I helped direct a couple of people to the genealogy section. The problem is that some of the things that the library provides that can’t be done elsewhere or by others (programming, specifically) are the first on the chopping block.

      @Hannah: I don’t necessarily see that as a problem. I tend to use the library for the books, and what I liked about this brochure is that it’s a reminder that many library patrons DON’T use the library for books. But I do think the library needs to evangelize better. The library board members hosted some City Councilors on a tour around the library to highlight the awesome things that happen. What if there were a tour of those same services for regular residents, once a month?

      • t-traveler says:

        I used the service in place before text4answers, and I was very discouraged with the quality of the research…they basically used google for the answer.

        Think the idea of the walking tour monthly is excellent

        I dont miss the programming, I always thought that it was an extra, and not especially well thought out

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