The St. Marys Public Library recently upgraded computer equipment inside its Children's Library, which was funded by a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities. The grant will also provide funding for acoustic improvements for the library's large meeting room.
Linda Hoffman, owner of McDonald's of St. Marys, was on hand Monday afternoon to present a check to Scarlette Corbin, library director, and Vicki Miller, children's services director.
"The St. Marys Public Library is very interested in providing the best children's services possible," Corbin said. "Our consistent effort to provide current materials, engaging programming, and the types of technology needed by today's youth can prove to be very expensive. Being that library funding at the state level has been cut year after year, we must look to foundations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities to assist in funding projects that are not within the range of our normal operating budget."
Corbin explained the library applied for the grant, with the two projects totaling $10,180.
"This is the fun part with being involved with McDonald's and the Ronald McDonald House Charities," said Hoffman, who is also the treasurer of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Mid-Penn chapter, a position she has held for the past six years.
The library was granted early approval to purchase five new computers through the grant. The total cost of the computer upgrade was just over $3,600. This includes five HP/Compaq 8000 series computers with flat-panel monitors, along with an HP OfficeJet printer.
Work has yet to begin on the acoustic project, which will take place in the large meeting room located on the ground floor of the building, next to the Children's Library. As part of this project, 10 cloth-covered sound panels, measuring 2 feet by 4 feet, will be installed in the room along with a double door to replace the existing door, which will aid in the soundproofing of the room. The total cost for this project, including labor, is $6,550.
Corbin explained the current computers, which were used machines donated by Weyerhauser over three years ago, had an out-of-date operating system and lacked the latest technology is disk drives as well as speed, memory and processing capability.
"The need for computers in our children's room is imminent," Corbin noted.