Technology @ the Library

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The Essentials: Public computers and Wifi during Covid-19

  • Public Computers

    By appointment only during Covid-19. Call the Reference Desk to make a 60 minute appointment: (860) 673-9712, ext. 4

    • PCs and Macs are available.
    • All computers have access to high speed internet, online research databases and the library catalog, and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher).
    • Save your documents to a USB drive, external disk, or the cloud.
    • Printing is available: $.15 per page for black & white, $.50 per page for color.

    Internet Policy

  • Wifi

    Wifi is available throughout the library and outside in the courtyard and parking lot. For best signal outside, park in the row of parking spaces nearest to the building.

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

    Log in to Wifi

    1. Choose the Wifi connection, “Avon Public Wireless” or “Avon Library Guest”
    2. If you have trouble connecting automatically, go to the address, 192.168.11.1 to sign in. You do not need a library card.

    Wireless Policy


  • 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 computer area on the 1st floor, this computer station has:

    • DVD/VCR player and 8mm film converter to convert old home movies
    • Record/cassette player to convert old audio recordings
    • Flatbed scanner to scan images and slides
    • 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.

 

 

 

Take It Further: 3D Printing, Digitization, and Creation (Limited availability during Covid-19)

  • 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 computer area on the 1st floor, this computer station has:

    • DVD/VCR player and 8mm film converter to convert old home movies
    • Record/cassette player to convert old audio recordings
    • Flatbed scanner to scan images and slides
    • 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:

 

 

 

Take It Home: iPads, Hotspots, eReaders, & more (Limited availability during Covid-19)

  • 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

  • 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

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)

    Learn relevant, professional skills on LinkedIn Learning (formerly LyndaLibrary).  With your Avon Library card number and PIN, you can access more than 16,000 online courses in seven languages taught by expert instructors with real world experience.  Popular topics include leadership, project management, cloud computing, Microsoft products, and web development.

    For PIN problems or other technical support,  call the reference desk at 860-673-9712 x4

    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 & 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