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Library Expands Tech Collection: Vehicle Diagnostic Code Readers and Digital Projectors Now Available

May 4, 2017 (Canton, Ohio) – Stark County District Library is expanding its technology offerings with two new gadgets available for circulation—Vehicle Diagnostic Code Readers and Digital Projectors. True to its identity as The Smart Store where everything is free®, all of the new items are free to check out with a Library card.

The Vehicle Diagnostic Code Readers can be used to check a car’s error codes to identify common issues, fix malfunctioning indicator lights and save the cost of going to the shop for a diagnostic. This device is compatible with nearly all vehicles 1996 and newer. Simply plug it in and look up the returned error code with the library’s print and online versions of Chilton’s repair manuals.

Library cardholders can also now check out digital projectors for business presentations, backyard movie nights, or art projects. The projectors are compatible with most devices and come with a remote, instruction manual, and power cords.

These new offerings join a unique collection of tech devices that includes: Wifi Hotspots, Kill-O-Watt Electricity Monitors and Speck Air Quality Monitors.

“We’re excited to continue adding new technology to our collection for patrons to borrow,” said Greg Burlingame, Director of Collection Development. “Our goal is to find items that are useful or solve a problem and easily loaned, but perhaps not things that would be commonly owned. It’s another way we try to meet the changing needs of Stark County as The Smart Store®.”

Other items in the tech collection include:
      Wifi Hotspots to provide instant, free, high-speed internet access anywhere there is a cell signal.
      Kill-O-Watt electricity monitors to read and display the power usage of any appliance to identify energy hogs in the home.
      Speck air quality monitors to detect fine particulate matter in indoor environments.  Simply plug it in to begin reporting air quality information.

These devices can be reserved at any branch or online at StarkLibrary.org/Devices.

 

ABOUT THE LIBRARY

 

One of the 9 largest library systems in Ohio – and the county’s oldest library – Stark County District
Library serves the community through 10 locations, six mobile libraries, and a 24/7 digital branch.

A 2009 winner of the prestigious National Medal for library service, the Library serves over 110,000
active cardholders, annually circulating 3.85 million items from its 1.4 million item collection and
providing access to an additional 66 million items from lending networks throughout Ohio. Each year the
library presents more than 9,000 programs for 170,000 attendees and provides 260,000 computer
sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch.

Today, as it reimagines itself as The Smart Store, where everything is free®, the Library is emerging as a
national thought-leader with innovations such as its “no overdue fines” policy, the BikeSmart bike
sharing network, and the Start Smart School Partnership.

For more information, call 330.452.0665 or visit http://www.starklibrary.org.

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