The Literacy Council of West Alabama on Monday will furnish two complete desktop computer systems to the James C. Poole Memorial Library in Eutaw for community use through the council’s financial literacy initiative.
Library patrons will use the computers in a variety of ways, from basic living and social needs to more specific ones like educational, job readiness, and workforce development.
“These computers couldn’t have come at a better time. As we approach the summer, we are in need of resources for our children and community as the library is one of the only locations open and being routinely used,” said Marilyn Gibson, library director. “While the library is a place of learning, we also like to be able to address the everyday demands of the community by combing resources with the means to accomplish their needs.”
The James C. Poole Memorial Library in Eutaw serves a population of 9,045 in Greene County with 9.8 percent of the population unemployed and a poverty rate of 36.6 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010-14 estimates. On average, the library circulates 8,201 items per year throughout the community. With the addition of new computers, patron usage and participate in expected to increase by at least 10 percent.