Access is Everything: Our avenues of technology may surprise you!
The world wide web was first launched around 25 years ago. Today, almost 84% of U.S. households own a computer; 73% of whom have a computer with a broadband connection to the Internet, according to Pew Research Center. But, we are not all “plugged in” and rely on places like Hershey Public Library where access to technology is part of the main mission.
Many use the library’s public computers to read e-mail, pay bills, apply for jobs, write and print documents, read the news and search for information. If you're using a mobile device, you can access free wi-fi and print to the wireless printer easily anywhere in the library. Don’t have Internet at home? With your library card, borrow a mobile hotspot that provides Internet-on-the-go with unlimited data.
Great for personal interest and workforce development, take an online instructor-led course through Gale Courses on the library’s website at www.hersheylibrary.org. We have over 300 to choose from! Topics include Computer Applications, Graphic Design, Business, Law and Legal, Medical and Health, and many more. If online courses are not for you, schedule an appointment for free one-on-one training.
In 2017, we held over 44 trainings on computer basics, smartphone and tablet troubleshooting. At the library, staff can help you access digital media like e-books and audiobooks in OverDrive, and explain how to stream TV shows, music and movies through Hoopla. Delve into one of our 30 plus eResources to download free legal forms, find consumer, business, health, and residential information. Need a new career? eResources will help users create resumes, write cover letters, apply for positions and even have interactive interviews. Information you won’t find in a Google search. All free with your Hershey Public Library card.
The library’s new state of the art audio-visual system provides superior sound and image projection for programs, speakers and movie events, as well as for virtual reality gaming at our regular Tuesday and Thursday after school teen program, Open Space. In addition, it is a place for teens to pick up STEAM activities, and for teams like Lego League to hone their skills within Lego robotics.
The Hershey Public Library connects the commmunity with information and knowledge, and is a technology hub providing access to everyone.