Children & Teen Death by Chocolate Party
Our 3rd annual party! Children and teens are invited to come and create a delicious work of art, entirely made out of chocolate. There will also be some chocolate-related games!
This event is FREE, but space is limited. You may register for this program at the reference desk, or by calling the library at 414-357-0106.
Recently, Brown Deer Public Library conducted a survey to better understand how our community uses and benefits from free access to computers and the Internet at the library. The library offers 14 full-function computers for public use, free wireless Internet, and assistance for all members of our community. Of the survey respondents who reported visiting the library in the past year, 100% used a public access computer or the library's wireless network during their visits. Highlights from the survey include:
Library computers are in demand –
Most respondents use a library computer on a monthly basis or more frequently (50%=1-3 visits/month; 41%=1 visit/week or more).
Computer use = economic development and personal business rather than fun and games –
The most common use for library computers was employment related (68% of respondents), for example:
· 59% of the respondents used library computers to ‘look for a job’
· 55% ‘applied for a job or sent out a resume’
· 55% also ‘worked on a resume’
· 41% ‘found information related to a job or profession’
Respondents noted several additional uses they made of library computers, including:
· ‘Learn about an illness, disease or medical condition (36% of respondents)
· ‘Find information about a doctor or other health care provider (32%)
· ‘Get help from a government official or agency (41%)
· ‘Learn about government programs or services’ (50%)
· ‘Get government forms’ (36%)
· ‘Learn about getting out of debt’ (32%)
· ‘Bank online’ (32%)
· ‘Research or compare products/services’ (36%)
The most frequently used computer technology, aside from the computer itself, included the printer (79%), email (89%) and internet search engines (95%).
The beneficiaries of library Internet access often extend beyond the individual users –
45% of users found information or performed tasks for other people using the library's computers or Internet connection.
Library staff matter –
Of survey respondents who use the library's public access technology, 77% got help from library staff to use the library's computers and Internet.
Computer users are not mostly kids playing games –
55% of survey respondents are 55+ years old. 45% have a 4 year college degree or higher.
Free computer access at the library cuts costs at home for struggling families –
45% of respondents are low income (below 200% of the federal poverty level).