Because Corning Friends of the Library group is such a dedicated part of the community, the Corning Library is now home to 10 new public-use computers. Over the years, Friends of the Library members have put countless hours into making possible many improvements at the town’s library through fundraising efforts, with the new computers being the most recent.
The desktop computers were purchased at $3,000 each, including installation, through a very generous donation made by Corning Friends of the Library, said Tehama County Librarian Todd Deck.
“They are Dell desktops computers with 19 inch flat screens. These are identical to the computers we have available in our Los Molinos and Red Bluff locations,” he said.
Deck said he couldn’t express enough his appreciation to Corning Friends of the Library.
“I would like to thank the Corning community for the enthusiasm and support they express for the library,” he said.
Carroll Williams, a Corning resident who uses the library’s computers on a regular basis, completely agrees.
“I surely appreciate the library’s computers and those who made the new computers possible,” he said. “I live outside of town where fast Internet access is not available, and it would take me forever at home to get the information through the internet.”
Deck said information and access to the internet continue to be a vital component to the services the county’s libraries provide.
“Last year, we were able to install high-speed internet at all three of our libraries. I am happy that we now have computers that can equally match the high-speed internet,” he said.
All of the library’s new computers are for public use. Seven of them are for general computing purposes, and two of them are for searching the library catalog and one is stored in case one of the available ones has technical issues in the future.
“In addition to the computers, Corning Friends of the Library recently have made some fantastic donations to the library,” Deck said. “This includes funding a new community billboard, $1,000 worth of new youth books and $500 to support our summer reading program. We are slowly making changes to the library and none of this would be possible without the support of the Corning Friends of the Library.”
Two fundraisers Friends of the Library hosts is the Spring Book Sale and Fall Book Sale, both of which are well supported by the community.
Corning Friends of the Library President Susan Olsen Higgins said the group was thrilled to be able to make the donation for the new computers and looks forward to seeing members of the community using them.
The Corning Library is located at 740 Third St., and is open 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, call the library at 824-7050.