Technology @ the Library

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The Essentials: Public computers and WiFi

  • Public Computers

    Public computers are available in the adult, teen, and children areas.

    Both PCs and Macs are available.

    All computers have access to library catalogs, high speed Internet, online research databases, and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher).

    Documents should be saved to flash drive, external disk, or the cloud.

    Printing is available at $.15 per page for black & white, $.50 per page for color.

    Internet Policy

  • WiFi

    For users with their own laptop computers, WiFi access is available at all locations throughout the library and outside in the courtyard and parking lot.

    Most standard wireless devices will connect automatically to the wireless network, but if you have any questions about changing settings, ask for help at the Reference Desk.

    Log in to WiFi

    1. Choose the WiFi connection, “Avon Public Wireless”
    2. Open an internet browser and go to the address, 192.168.11.1
    3. Sign in with your library card number. If you don’t have your library card, you can get a guest pass from any of the Library service desks.

    Wireless printing

    • Available from Windows and Mac computers, iOS and Android devices.
    • The printers are located in the computer area on the first floor.

    How to print from WiFi

    1. Go to the WiFi login page, 192.168.11.1. Make sure that you are signed in.
    2. Find the appropriate installer listed for your device and follow the instructions to install the driver, if needed.
    3. Select your printer: “1stFloorBW” for Black and White ($.15 per page), “1stFloorColor” for Color ($.50 per page).
    4. Print your document.
    5. Go to the Mac and Wireless Print Station in the computer area on the first floor of the library and log in the same way that you logged into the WiFi.
    6. You should see a list of documents that you have sent to the printer. Select the document to print. If you need to add money to your account, you can go to one of the Library service desks.

    Wireless Policy

 

 

 

Take It Further: 3D Printing, Digitization, and Creation

  • Digitization Station

    Do you have boxes of old photos and videos? Don’t let them get left behind! The Digitization Station can help preserve, organize, and share your memories.

    Located in the Copy Center on the 1st Floor, this computer station has:

    • A DVD/VCR to convert old home movies
    • A record/cassette player to convert old audio recordings
    • A floppy disk drive to access old computer files
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements and GIMP to edit images
    • Adobe Premiere Elements to edit video
    • Audacity to edit audio
    • Microsoft Office for documents

    Reserve your spot ahead of time at Reference Desk or call 860-673-9712, ext. 4.

  • Maker Activities & 3D Printing

    The Library has a Lulzbot Taz 6 3D printer in the Computer Lab. Check our Events page for related programs or contact the Reference Department with any questions.

  • The White Room

    What is the White Room?

    Collaborate, Interact, and Create with the tools you need to bring your project to life

    • For up to 6 people
    • Writeable whiteboard walls and tabletop
    • Interactive projector
    • iPad movie-making equipment
    • Green screen
    • Special effects lighting
    • Microphone

    How do I reserve the White Room for my group or project?

    How do I use the equipment in the White Room?

    • Instruction videos are on YouTube:

  • Video & Photo editing

    The library has the software you need to edit your photos and videos.

    Macs are located in the Adult, Teen, and Children’s departments, which have iMovie and Photo apps.

    The Digitization Station and Teen Room PCs have Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements software.

 

 

 

Take It Home: iPads, Hotspots, eReaders, & more

  • eReaders

    Check it out for 3 weeks.

    Nook readers are pre-loaded with several popular books. You can also use library apps like Overdrive and RBDigital to read eBooks checked out from the library. (Find out more about checking out downloadable library books here)

    Children’s and Adult eReaders are both available.

    Check availability in the Library Catalog

  • Gale Courses

    Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.   As an Avon Library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

    IMPORTANT!  Students who have enrolled in a course must log in and view lessons one and two within 13 days after the start date of the course, or they will be automatically dropped.  Students who are dropped from a course will be able to enroll in the course during a later session.

    From the Library & Home

  • iPads

    Check it out for 1 week. Must be 18 and over.

    You can install your own apps with your Apple ID.

    Check availability in the Library Catalog

  • Launchpads

    Interactive tablets with games for kids on a wide range of subjects.

    Check it out for 3 weeks.

    Check availability in the Library Catalog

  • LyndaLibrary

    LyndaLibrary provides online, self-paced courses on software, creative, and business skills taught by passionate educators who are respected authorities in their fields.  Popular topics include Microsoft Office, WordPress, Photoshop and much more.

    Technical support for LyndaLibrary login problems is available by phone at 888-335-9632.

    From the Library & Home

  • Mango Languages

    Mango Languages’s PhD-created and linguist-approved software teaches real conversations in over 60 languages and makes it fun too! Free mobile apps, easy progress tracking and film based learning make it one of the most popular language learning programs.

    From the Library and Home

  • WiFi Hotspot

    Check it out for 1 week. Must be 18 and over.

    Connect up to 10 devices. No data limits. Coverage varies depending on cell signal strength.

    Check availability in the Library Catalog