Athol Public Library begins outdoor laptop access

  • Robin Shtulman, assistant director at the Athol Public Library, demonstrates personal safety guidelines for patrons taking advantage of Laptops under the Portico computer sessions, a new offering on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contributed photo

Published: 7/2/2020 5:09:27 PM
Modified: 7/2/2020 5:09:17 PM

ATHOL — As of June 30, the Athol Public Library (568 Main St.) began offering laptops under the portico (weather-dependent) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon, according to Robin Shtulman, assistant director. “We hope this will make it easier for people to file unemployment claims and complete other necessary tasks.”

Sessions will be 30 minutes long and by appointment only. Internet access will be available. The computers available will be Chromebooks. Users will be able to search the internet and use any features of their Google accounts (Docs, Sheets, Gmail, etc). Google accounts are free and patrons may sign up for them during this computer time.

Computer users must wear a face covering and use hand sanitizer before beginning their sessions. Limited assistance will be provided, as staff and patrons must practice social distancing.

Initially, patrons will be limited to one computer session per week. Call the library to schedule your session: 978-249-9515.

For more information, see the library’s website, or call 978-249-9515.

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