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February 2011

Putnam County library receives 8 new computers 232 N Third Street, Suite 201 l columbus, OH 43215 (614) 220-0190 l Toll Free: (866) 881-9424

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Connect Ohio State Operations Manager Heather Delany distributes 8 new computers to Putnam County District Library Director Kelly Ward.

Many libraries in Ohio have faced budget constraints and even cuts within the past few years and Putnam County District Library is no exception. In January, Connect Ohio State Operations Manager Heather Delany distributed 8 new HP Omni desktop computers to Putnam County District Library Director Kelly Ward. “These computers will be replacing old public computers throughout the county,” said Ward. “This otherwise wouldn’t have been possible after budget cuts and a levy failure.” The Putnam County District Library has partnered with Connect Ohio to offer self-paced Every Citizen Online training at their multiple branch locations throughout the county. This partnership allowed the library to be granted new computers as a sub-recipient of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant.

Website of the month http://speedtest.connectedoh.org/ Curious what the broadband speed is at your home or office? Test it! The speed test on the Connect Ohio website tells you upload and download speeds of the Internet network you are using at the time of the test.

Get to Know: Nicole Smolic Title: Project Coordinator Contact information: nsmolic@connectohio.org Office: 614.220.0190 Cell: 614.256.6866 Favorite Website: Yahoo.com, I use it for everything! I can check the weather, get my personal e-mail, get the latest breaking news stories and life tips, catch up on celebrity gossip, and do a crossword puzzle all from one site. What does broadband mean to you? Broadband means being able to visit with my family, even though they are 200 miles away.  Using Skype, I get to see my niece and nephew’s smiles and hear their giggles.

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