Keeping up with computers and books, local students and their families face limited hours at county libraries. County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer now works with Librarian Nancy Masters to change that.
McAteer said, “I’m a big supporter of the libraries. I think it’s absolutely essential for our youth. 50% of our youth do not have internet connection at home. So, how can children be competitive in this market place today with kids who do have internet connection and are able to word process and Google?”
Again, McAteer said, 50% of the kids can’t. He said of the libraries which do have computers and books, “We need hours that are more conducive for the families and students, and we need technology.”
McAteer said he and Nancy Masters have been working on a plan that will expand library hours on Saturdays for families and kids and week nights. The Superintendent said that in turn the schools will provide the libraries “state of the art technology and expanded technology because at the Bishop Library currently there are four computers. We need fourteen computers. There’s so much demand out there,” he said.
McAteer said they will unveil a “new, refurbished look to our libraries.