Friday, September 27, 2013

Affordable Health Care Act - Open Enrollment Starts Oct 1

Three Rivers Public Library District has created this page with helpful information about the Affordable Care Act at

In addition to a link to a Marketplace Checklist, it also contains information about the law, the marketplace, insurance carriers, and other useful links.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Internet is Important

This Infographic introduces a project supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) and based upon Building Digital Communities: Framework for Action (The Framework), also funded by IMLS. The Framework recommends community-wide digital inclusion efforts involve a variety of sectors. Local leadership teams representing government, libraries and nonprofits lead the nine pilot communities. The pilot communities have taught us many lessons, including:
  • Many local leaders tend to understand the need for broadband infrastructure but not the need for home broadband access, public broadband access, and digital literacy skills.
  • Explaining the importance of information technology access and use is complex.
  • Local government involvement is essential.
The Internet Is Important To Everyone aims to bring attention to the impact broadband has on our lives, our health, our government, our jobs, and our education while considering who among us does not use the internet and who does not have home broadband access. The infographic explains why Americans are not using the internet or purchasing home internet service and offers actions our communities can take.

Friday, September 13, 2013

LME Open House Visitors

At our September 11th Open House, both our Representative David Leitch and our Senator, Darin LaHood joined the celebration.  The LME Library recently completed several renovation projects to improve the overall condition and aesthetics of the library interior.   

Senator LaHood is pictured with Gayle Brackett, President of the LME Library Board and Beth Duttlinger, Library Director.  

Representative Leitch is pictured with Gayle Brackett, President of the LME Library Board.

The renovations included several projects.  In the first phase, the doors at our library entrances were replaced with tempered glass to improve safety and energy efficiency.  The interior was repainted to make the library a more inviting place.  Finally, the carpeting has been replaced with a wood look vinyl plank and new carpeting designed to resist and hide stains.  All these improvements were made during and after regular library hours.  Without the support and assistance of our patrons and staff, we would have been unable to stay open and operational during this entire process.   Below are additional pictures of the completed renovations.
The meeting room is now a plank looking vinyl.  It's easier to clean and the new rug can be brought out for children's programs.

The Children's Area--the soft furniture was donated by the LME Library Friends.

Our computer area now has vinyl under the task chairs.

Kathy Sullivan donated 22 hours to complete the "splash" mural in the Teen Section.

Our wonderful Turner Room is now more colorful--it's a perfect place to enjoy the garden views.