Library Acception in our days

At this time the library was spending $1900 for staff costs, $1200 for books and materials, and $1100 for other operating costs. Library services were extended to Everett Borough and the surrounding townships of West Providence, East Providence, Hopewell, Monroe and Snake Spring. The library was associated with the district library in Altoona and had unlimited access to books through interlibrary loan. Service was also provided to home-bound patrons with "books-by-mail".

Today, the library houses a collection of about 39,000 titles. The new addition houses most of this collection and the library is handicapped accessible. A private donation has provided the Elsie May Colvin Children's Corner. Thanks to a donation by Dr. John C. Baker, the previous reading room has become the Robert C. Baker Technology Room, in memory of his brother. Internet access has increased for patrons. In 2003 the library added a wireless network. The library, with the help of the Gates Foundation, now has 10 desktop and 5 laptop computers for use by the public. Popular computer resources offered are ACCESS Power, giving access to thousands of searchable periodicals and databases. The microfilm Reader/Printer is also located in the Technology Room. Volunteers and community work programs have been important to the library. Program employees include those from Experience Works and CareerLink. Allegany College of Maryland, Penn State Altoona, and Indiana University of PA also place work-study students at the library. One full-time library director, a part-time library assistant, a part-time bookkeeper and a part-time reference librarian are employed. Programming is important to the library. Story Hour is held every Friday from 11 am to 12 pm and the summer reading program is very popular. The library is a site for literacy training and the meeting place for many community groups. Since 1998, the library has been an Assistive Technology Lending Library, giving technology assistance to those with disabilities. The former circulation room, now the Everett Community Room, has space for reading, watching TV or DVD s and playing board games, and is available as a meeting room. Refreshments are offered every day. The Bedford County Reading Group meets in this room at 7 PM on the second Friday of every month, offering discussions on an interesting book each month. New members to this group are always welcome. The library is always striving to meet the growing needs of the community and welcomes new ideas for programming.

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