Pembroke Library patrons probably noticed something different about the facility when they walked in the door last week.
The library now has a technology center with an eye-catching look thanks to a grant, hard work and some pitching in from the Friends of the Library.
In essence, the addition of the center — without adding any space — increases the number of computers the library has available for users from six to 10.
The additional technology in the form of Google Chromebooks and new furniture to put them on came about after library manager Nancy Nubern got backing from the Bryan County Library Board. She then went full-speed ahead.
Whereas the library’s row of computers once sat in the middle of an open space in the library near the front desk, the technology center now is more its own area, though it’s still not far from the front desk.
“With limited space, you have to figure out how to make it work,” Nubern said. “I did a lot of measuring.”
But what sets it apart now is a fresh coat of paint that “pops,” she said.
“I decided if we were going to do a technology center, we needed to brighten it up,” Nubern said. “So we chose colors that kind of pop out at you when you walk in the door.”
The color of the paint, a bluish teal, is called “setting sail.” That’s appropriate given the library’s move to provide users with more resources, staffers said.
And so far, the reaction’s been positive.
“Everybody really likes it,” said Kim Bragg, the assistant library manager.
The new computers are just part of the Pembroke Library’s move to bring in more patrons. Though roughly 16-20 cardholders use the computers a day during the week, Nubern hopes the Chromebooks will attract more people. And that’s not all.
In addition to the PCs, which also have the latest Microsoft software on them, the library provides free Wi-Fi. The library also is a Georgia download destination, meaning patrons can download books to Kindles and other similar devices. Pembroke Library also offers fax and copying services and intends to begin accepting debit cards soon, according to Nubern.
“Our hope is as we grow more, people will realize the library is not just about books anymore,” she said. “Libraries are about technology, too.”