- Posted November 13, 2015 by
Cell Makeover is making a difference in the community
By Tom Livsey, OurTown National News Editor,
Public libraries have evolved from just being a quiet place to research or rent a book. They have become a vital source for individuals to access the internet for those who do not own a personal computer.
This new generation of library visitors consist of students in need of a computer to do homework assignments, while others needing to apply for a job. The common denominator are single mothers who are already working two jobs, are the ones who find themselves burden to take others to the library after work.
That is until Cell Makeover has decided to address this new market,. They also hope to provide sources for cell phones and repairs.
The librarian in our online panel overwhelmingly said that providing access to computers and the internet was an important service for libraries. “Our most popular area is the public access computers,” one library staff member wrote. “They are constantly full.” A rural librarian told us:
“As a public library in a poverty stricken rural community we provide the only link to the outside world through our computers. Our citizens do not have internet service or computers at home. Many do not have transportation and there is no public transportation which leaves many adults and children isolated. We, at the library, are working to develop a way to provide internet access and computers to everyone in our county.”
Many librarians emphasized that they see the role of a library as a place to enable access to information, regardless of the format. Several said that this focus on access is even more important in the digital age than before. “I believe public libraries should move away from being ‘houses of knowledge’ and move more towards being ‘houses of access.’” One wrote. “This is what the public is asking for and we are here to serve them.” Another librarian said:
“I believe libraries need to provide computers and Internet access for patrons who cannot afford these items or cannot purchase high speed Internet access in their home area. Many job applications, etc. are online now which widens the digital divide unless libraries provide this service.”
Over three-quarters (77%) of Americans think it is “very important” for public libraries to provide free access to computers and the internet to the community.
Quiet study spaces for adults and children.
Some 76% of Americans think it is “very important” to the community for public libraries to provide quiet study spaces for adults and children. Another 19% consider quiet study spaces “somewhat important,”
Almost nine in ten blacks (89%) and Hispanics (86%) consider libraries’ quiet study spaces to be “very important” to the community, making them significantly more than whites (71%) to say this. Additionally, women (81%) are more likely than men (70%) to consider this resource “very important,” as are Americans who have not graduated from college (78%) compared with college graduates (69%).
Adults ages 50-64 are also somewhat more likely than other age groups to consider quiet study spaces “very important,” although Americans under the age of 50 are most likely to consider these areas important overall.
Those living in urban areas (81%) are also significantly more likely than those living in suburban (73%) or rural (73%) communities to say quiet study spaces are “very important.”
Now with the community commitment of Cell Makeover's,'Falling Like Leaves' November Sale Special, many will be able to stay home, and do their research in a quiet place called, Home.
For more information please visit Cell Makeover website or go by and visit CEO Terrence Robinson. Make sure to ask for your OurTown discount for inexpensive upgrades.
Please listen to him on OurTown National Talk Show: