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AT BLOOMFIELD PUBLIC
The Bloomfield Public
Libraries are dedicated to providing our
patrons with a wide-range of technologies
and digital materials and services. We want
to provide you with as open and smooth a
computing experience as possible, while also
attending to the need for security and
privacy. If you need to print, scan, read an
e-book, find an article, learn a skill, or
simply surf the web, we have everything you
“A Computer When
You Really Need One”
Public Computers and
Computers Whether you prefer a Mac or
a Windows-based PC, the Bloomfield Public Libraries have
you covered. The Prosser Public Library has 12 PCs in
our adult department, 4 PCs in our children’s area, and
2 iMacs in our teen area. The McMahon Wintonbury Library
branch has 8 PCs and 4 iMacs.
A few quick facts about
The libraries use the
Cassie Computer Management system, which allows you
to start a session with either a library card or a
guest pass. (The password for card users is your
last name.) When the Cassie screen is green, the
computer is available for you to use. If no
computers are available in the area where you wish
to work, you can easily add yourself to the waiting
HERE for more detailed Cassie instructions.
Session times vary based
on the computer’s intended use. Sessions are for 15,
30, 60, or 90 minutes, with automatic renewals if no
one is waiting.
Printing is $0.05 per
black & white page and $0.50 per color page. Duplex
printing is also available.
All print jobs are sent to a print/reservation
station with a vending machine attached. Print jobs
are accessed with your card or guest pass, and then
released once you deposit the appropriate amount
into the vending machine. The machine accepts
nickels, dimes, quarters, one dollar bills, and five
Most computers have MS
Office 2007 Professional on them, which includes
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher, as
well as the latest browsers, plug-ins, etc. to
enhance your Internet experience. Downloading
documents/photos/videos is permissible, as is using
In addition to our regular
PCs and Macs, both libraries have children’s game
computers, which include games such as Arthur’s Teacher
Trouble, Dora’s Magic Castle, Jumpstart Preschool,
Reader Rabbit Toddler, and Stellaluna. These games are
fun and educational!
Earbuds ($1.00) and Flash
Drives ($5.00) are available for purchase at the adult
circulation desk at both libraries.
“An Office Away
from the Office”
Faxing, and Copying services
Whether you’re a student, a
telecommuter, an entrepreneur, or just someone who needs
a quiet place to work on your laptop, catch-up on
paperwork, and scan/ fax/copy important documents, the
Bloomfield Public Libraries offer services that give you
an office away from the office.
Wireless Internet The Prosser Public Library
offers a robust Wi-Fi internet (named Prosser Wireless) that
can be accessed from the login screen with the
following: username: publicuser / password: guest.
Wireless printing is available for laptop computers.
CLICK HERE for wireless printing instructions.
The McMahon Wintonbury
Library also has Wi-Fi Internet access on the network
(named Wintonbury Library). No login information is
required. The McMahon Wintonbury Library does not currently
offer wireless printing, but the service is forthcoming.
Scanners The Prosser Public Library has two PCs with scanners,
and the McMahon Wintonbury Library has one PC with a
scanner. The scanners are very easy to use, with
one-button operation for creating JPGs (photo) or PDFs
(read-only document) files. Additionally, these computers have a
link to a free Internet faxing service that works well
with the scanners.
CLICK HERE for scanner instructions.
Fax Machine The Prosser Public Library
has a self-serve fax machine that can be used with
either a credit/debit card or a prepaid fax card (available at
the adult circulation desk). The first page is $1.75,
with each additional page costing $1.00. (International
faxes can be sent for $3.95 (first page) and $3.45 (each
Copy Machine A copy machine with a range
of settings/options is available at both libraries. The
cost to copy is $0.10 per page. There is no color option
on these machines.
Computer Lab and Classes
Computer Classes The Bloomfield Public
Libraries recognize that computer literacy is essential
for navigating today’s world. From keeping up with
family and friends to applying for a job, more and more
of our lives are being conducted on a computer. In
December of 2012, the Friends of the Bloomfield Public
Libraries donated money to acquire a laptop computer lab
to be used for computer classes. This lab, equipped with
12 laptops, allows for hands-on learning. The Prosser
Public Library offers a schedule of ongoing computer
classes on a variety of topics, such as:
to Microsoft World, Levels I-III
Learn About Online
Library E-Books for
Mac Users Group
To help fit your schedule,
classes are offered in the mornings, afternoons, and
CLICK HERE to see our calendar of events and to
register for computer classes. Computer/Tech classes are
marked with a yellow bar.
Lessons One-on-One computer classes
are available at both libraries by appointment. Please
contact Allison Wilkos, by phone at 860-243-9721 or by
email at email@example.com,
to set up a session.
for a checklist of
computer skills that will help you decide on which areas to
Typing Instructor software
is available on the 6 PCs at the McMahon Wintonbury
Library. This software offers full lesson plans to help
even the most inexperienced students become great
typists. You can save your work, chart your progress,
and play games for those times when you just want to
practice. Stop by the McMahon Wintonbury Library and
give it a try, or contact Mara Whitman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for help getting started.
Electronic Resources and Mobile Computing
Today’s smart phones, tablets, and e-readers
put an enormous amount of computing power and
information in the palms or our hands. The Bloomfield
Public Libraries are dedicated to providing services,
education, and assistance aimed at the latest on-the-go
gadgets, whether you have a Kindle, iPad, Nook, or other
Library Content for
Mobile Devices E-books, downloadable audio
books, and free music downloads can be accessed with
your library card through our OverDrive, Freading, and
Freegal services. Digital magazines, easily
compatible with an app for your iPad, Kindle, Android
device, or home computer, are available through our
CLICK HERE to get started with these
services (you will need a valid Bloomfield library card
to access these services).
Bloomfield Public Libraries offer a wide variety of
online tools and resources for school work, personal
research and education, consumer information, and job
CLICK HERE to check out our electronic
resources (you will need a valid Bloomfield library card
to access these services).
Assistance Our Tech Talk program is a
drop-in session where tablet/e-reader/smart phone users
can bring in their devices and receive help from library
staff or tech-savvy volunteers. In addition, we offer
periodic classes on using mobile devices with digital
library services such as OverDrive and Freegal.
One-on-One tablet help is also available by appointment.
Contact Allison Wilkos, by phone at 860-243-9721 or by
email at email@example.com,
for more information.
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