St. C Public Library opens tech center

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday afternoon to celebrate the public library’s new technology center.

Chamber of Commerce members and the general public were invited to attend the event. The center boasts nine new computers and increased wireless capabilities, made possible through donations from the Feisley family, Friends of the Library, and the library’s Board of Trustees. In total, $17,500 was donated.

At the ceremony, the Feisley family announced they will also be donating two new iPads for the tech center. The computers are meant for public use and are equipped with Microsoft programs and high-speed internet. The tech center is located on the second floor of the building, and in addition to the computers it has an area set aside for patrons to use the wireless internet on their own devices.

“We’re very pleased to have this tech center here. We’re going to reach out to a lot of people who wouldn’t get this otherwise,” said Chamber of Commerce President Wendy Anderson. “If it wasn’t for the Board and its supporters this wouldn’t be possible.”

She also expressed gratitude to Jacob Feisley for his role in helping the tech center become a reality.

“We’re just excited to have the new tech for the public. We’re continuing to add to it to increase our ability to educate the public,” said Library Director Sheila Perkins.

In addition to the tech center, the library offers eBooks and downloads in the digital catalogue. Titles in the digital catalogue are supported on most eReaders and tablets, and patrons can access them easily on the stclibrary.org website.

The St. Clairsville Public Library is located at 108 West Main St. and is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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