Pilot program brings gadgets to the masses


Forest Park residents can check out everything from laptops to speakers to a mini keyboard and synthesizer, for no cost, through the Forest Park Public Library’s latest pilot program. It is the most recent adaptation for a library that continues to evolve to meet its users’ needs.

The 21-item “gadget collection” sprang from the COVID-19 pandemic, when the library, like much of the rest of the world, responded to a more online reality in which access to technology, especially things like computers for school-aged kids and video connectivity for older adults, becoming a crucial part of day-to-day life.

So, in July of this year the library rolled out what it calls its gadget collection — a mix of technology that includes tablets, laptops, a projector screen, webcams, portable DVD and Blue-Ray players, a digital camera, a light therapy lamp , a media hub, power bank, Bluetooth speaker, synthesizer, microphone, audio recorder and even a boombox — and the response so far has been a resounding thumbs up.

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