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Cook Memorial Library, situated at the center of Tamworth Village, is at the heart of the community. Many residents come in every day that the library is open – to meet with their friends, to read periodicals, to use a computer, to attend a program or a meeting, and to check out library materials.
With eight public access computers, and unsecured wireless access both inside during open hours, and outside (24/7/365 ) of the library, we welcome many daily computer users. We have several of our public access computers set up with Skype so that patrons, who have friends and relatives abroad for work, education, military service or travel, can communicate with their loved ones for free (and can both hear and see them on our library computers.) We lend MP3 players for downloading music and audios, two Nooks and two Kindles for reading ebooks, a DVD player for travel, a telescope, three Kill-o-Watt meters (for testing household energy consumption), and an LCD Projector (for local community organizations.) We even lend Netflix DVDs to patrons. We try hard to help patrons of all ages with their technology needs and questions. We try to be a library that does not say “no” or “I can’t help you with that.” All the staff are prepared to provide help with technology issues any time during our open hours.
And we also have books. Lots of ’em!
The following testimonial is from a teen patron, copied off the back of a usage survey form, “This library totally rocks. I feel as though we are so lucky to have a library/librarians that so totally encourage and enhance community education and well-being.”