The library has installed a Promethean Smart Board, an interactive whiteboard that brings computerized learning to a huge screen.
“It’s available for clubs, businesses and groups,” said Librarian Barbara Rich. Groups can call ahead to reserve the room, then use the Smart Board with just a few minutes’ instruction, Rich said.
The library received a $4,800 federal Library Services and Technology (LSTA) grant and provided matching funds to buy the $6,800 equipment.
Interactive whiteboards have been growing in popularity in recent years for use in classrooms and in business training. Generally, the screen can be used as a video screen visible to a roomful of people, a touch screen to navigate the Internet, and a whiteboard where notes or diagrams can be written.
The library’s system was installed in mid-January, and the Childersburg Garden Club was the first to use it. Rich said members planned to watch a video tour of Bellingrath Gardens, and had so much fun they ended up watching several online videos.
“It’s a great tool, and we really want the community to use it,” Rich said.
Members of the library staff are researching ways to use the board to enhance lessons in the Summer Reading Program and other staff-led activities.