Castlegar Library gets tech upgrades

Columbia Basin Trust grant helps library purchase computers and equipment.

The Castlegar and District Library is about to get some new tech thanks to a Columbia Basin Trust grant.

The library is receiving $18,000 to purchase new computers and other technology upgrades.

“We are trying to increase access to technology for the community,” said library director Kimberly Partanen.

A new digitization station will be set up on the library’s main floor. It will include a high-end Epson scanner capable of scanning photos and negatives and two new computers. The computers will be outfitted with the full Adobe Creative Cloud digital suite of programs.

“It will allow people to do a lot of creative things with photos and videos,” explained Partanen.

Ten new laptop computers will be set up in a mobile cart so they can be used in any location in the library, including the basement and meeting rooms. They will also be available for use for Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy programs. Partanen also has plans for a coding club for youth.

A new digital projector and screen is also on the supply list. These items will enhance classes and learning opportunities.

“We are helping people use the creative side of technology, but also helping people with basic computer skills,” added Paratnen.

The new equipment will start arriving this summer.

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