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The MSU-Billings College of Technology/Parmly Billings Community Library (3803 Central Avenue on the campus of MSU-B College of Technology) will be hosting an event on Tuesday, April 10th, from 4:30 pm-6:00 pm in celebration of National Library Week. Highlights include:

  • Laptops: 20 laptops, made available through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).
  • Online Services: There will be a short presentation on electronic resources available through both the MSUB and Parmly Billings Libraries.
  • Popular Fiction & DVDs: Review of their collection of popular fiction and popular DVDs.
  • Interlibrary Loan: You can learn how to request materials from the East Campus Library, the downtown Parmly Billings Library, or from other libraries around the world.
  • ADA Work Station: This PC is designed to be accessible by individuals with disabilities (also provided through the BTOP program).
  • Cookies!: The basic fuel of all academic work.

The Chouteau County Library is holding several events throughout the week. To start the week off, Monday, April 8th from 1-3 PM there will be a Meet Your Librarian gathering and then in the evening from 5-7:30 we are holding an Open House to show off the computers we received from the BTOP project through the State Library. We have 2 workstations plus 2 new laptops that are available to the public for use. Refreshments will be served. Tuesday is National Library Worker’s Day so the staff will be honored, Wednesday, Friends of the Library meets at Noon and will be discussing the book, Double Take: A Memoir by Montana author Kevin Michael Connolly, Thursday will start with Story Time at 10 AM for all ages birth- pre-school, followed by the Woman’s Club meeting at Noon and finishing the day with the Library Tea hosted by Woman’s Club members. Throughout the week you are invited to stop in and sign up for drawings that will be held on Friday.

Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children or a student searching for your next favorite book, you belong @ your library.

For more information, call the Chouteau County Library at 622-5222 or visit at 1518 Main in Fort Benton, or one of its 3 branches, Big Sandy Branch Library at 203 1st Avenue, Geraldine Branch at 603 Main or Highwood School/County Library at 160 West St S.

On April 10, during National Library Week, Parmly Billings Library and the Community Library will host a variety of classes and an open house to celebrate the addition of new computers and increased broadband access for patrons. During the last year, Parmly Billings Library added 14 new computers and increased our broadband speed by 700% - all through a federal grant called the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program. We added ADA-compliant computers at both libraries for public access and at the Community Library, we added 20 laptop computers for in-house check out. Please join us on April 10 as we celebrate new technologies for our patrons!

Parmly Billings Library – Downtown
10 am – 6 pm – Facebook Reader’s Advisory – All-day online sharing for reading advice and our favorite reads!
11 am – Hard Drive Health – Learn how to shape up your computer’s hard drive for better performance and longer life
7 pm – Skype Demonstration – See how to have free online video conversations

Community Library – 3803 Central Avenue
4:30 – 6 pm – Open House for our Library – Enjoy cookies, class and demo
4:30 pm – Get it Online! A Guide to Online Resources from the Library – Commons Area
4:30 – 6 pm – See a demonstration of our touch-screen computer complete with software for the visually impaired

Glasgow City County Library will host an Open House Wednesday, March 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Montana State Library Consultant, Lauren McMullen will be demonstrating gadgets such as Nooks, Kindles, iPads or iPods, smart phones and other devices. Bring your gadget if you need help or would just like to try the new technologies. Tech Nite will be Thursday, March 15th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Brian Gregory will be the instructor. It will be a general question and answer session.

Parmly-Billings Library upgrades its broadband to burstable speeds up to 100 mbps! By upgrading network equipment, its wireless access has also been improved.

Belt Public Library expands its operating hours from 3 days per week to 5 days per week.

Preston Hot Springs Town/County Library expands its operating hours from 3 days per week to 5 days per week and upgrades its broadband to from 1mbps to 4.0 mbps.

Phillips County Library upgrades its broadband speed for public computers from 1.5 mbps to 3 mbps.

Red Lodge Carnegie Library upgrades its broadband speed for public computers from 1.5 mbps to 5 mbps.

Livingston-Park County Public Library upgrades its broadband speed for public computers from 3 mbps to 7 mbps.

Carnegie Public Library in Big Timber upgrades its broadband speed for public computers from 1.5 mbps to 12 mbps.

Miles City Public Library upgrades its broadband speeds for their adult and teen computer access areas to meet their patrons’ demand for broadband. The teen line increases from 1.5 mbps to 3.0 mbps; the adult line increases from 5.0 mbps to 12.0 mbps.

Missoula Public Library launches their Web On Wheels (WoW) Bus. The WoW is equipped with eight computer workstations, one of which is ADA accessible. Additionally, the WoW will provide vital Internet resources to communities with little access to broadband. County residents will be able to use the bus to more easily find jobs online, to complete homework, to enroll in public benefits, and to seek legal advice. Click here for more information.

Ronan City Library adds a children’s computer, loaded with popular learning software for ages 2-9.

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