Prince Edward County’s public library system continues to stay on the cutting edge of technology, utilizing a federal grant to add more high-tech equipment to its Picton branch.
Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis was in Picton on Friday morning, joining officials from the Prince Edward /Lennox & Addington Community Futures Development Corporation (PELA CFDC), the municipality and the library to show off three new pieces of equipment purchased with a federal grant of almost $9,000.
Library IT coordinator Julie Lane said the new equipment will have a wide range of uses.
“We had a gentleman come in who had broken a piece of his shower door,” she explained. “We were able to design a replacement piece with the 3D printer and make the replacement for about $2.50, instead of him having to buy a new shower door as everyone had been suggesting.”
Ellis said the printer along with the two cutters will benefit many in the community
“Our library has always been a place that makes learning, while having fun, possible. When there’s a chance to learn with others who have shared interests, this brings our community closer together. A cutting-edge tool like this one will certainly bring even more community innovations to life,” said Ellis. “The Bay of Quinte is very glad that the Community Futures programming continues to increase public access to dynamic activities and possibilities for our region.”
Prince Edward County Mayor Steve Ferguson agreed with Ellis, saying public access to the latest in technology is important.
“The library is a multi-use makerspace that offers many educational and leisure activities for families. The Library and Archives in Prince Edward County are a vital part of the community,” he said. “Their extensive resources afford our residents and visitors the opportunity to work, play, learn and explore. Public access to these services and resources is extremely valuable to growing communities like ours.”
Library and Archives CEO Barbara Sweet thanked both Ellis and PELA CFDC chairperson Angela Miller for making the funds available for the purchases.
“The Picton Library is always evolving and bringing some new value-added service to the community. The library works hard to keep up with the latest in technology,” she said. “We want to give people more reasons to come to the Library. Increasing the programming and services is one of the best ways that we can do that. We are grateful and invigorated by MP Neil Ellis and Community Futures’ commitment and ongoing public support for the Library. Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card.”
Sweet said the library must continue to keep pace with changes in technology.
“We are currently engaged in a capital campaign that will see our makerspace grow, not only with this equipment, but also in square feet,” she said. “The board and volunteers involved with this effort have worked tirelessly for over a year.
“Technology has become a key component of our library operations — our IT staff give tutorials, tour County schools and design whole programs around the equipment this grant made possible. Paramount in our services must be the provision of technology that keeps our residents current in an age of rapid change.”
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