MANISTEE COUNTY — Out with the old and in with the new.
In the case of the Manistee County Library, the old will be going out to benefit area children.
The library is making some technology upgrades and is holding a giveaway for some of its old computers.
To enter, children between the ages of 3 and 12 must submit a paragraph or two — with parental assistance, if necessary — stating what owning a computer would mean to them and what they would like to accomplish with it should they win. Age and contact information should also be included.
A total of 11 computers are up for grabs, with four going to children age 3-5, four going to ages 6-8 and three for the age range of 9-12.
Angela Fischer, Manistee County Library youth services coordinator, said she is excited to put the computers into the homes of children in need.
“We’ve taken the opportunity to do a lot of spring cleaning while we’ve been shut down to the public,” she said. “These are things that Nick (Wallett), our tech guy, has been meaning to get around to, and finally we have the time to do it. We wanted to kind of take lemons and make lemonade for our patrons.”
The drawing will be held Feb. 1. Entries can mailed to Manistee County Library, 95 Maple St., Manistee, MI 49660, or dropped off at any of the Manistee County Library locations.
Fischer said the computers still have plenty of life left in them and will serve their future owners well.
“I know that previously if we had equipment that had to be exchanged or something we would usually donate it,” she said. “These are really great machines that people can use at home, so we wanted to share the wealth a little bit.”
Fischer said the computers are all-in-one computers, which are a little more mobile and take up less space than a traditional desktop computer.
“The tower and the screen are all in one, and there’s a keyboard and a mouse that goes along with it,” she said. “It’s what our patrons might remember searching for books on, if they would come in and search for them themselves.”
Winners will receive the the all-in-one computer, power adapter, keyboard and mouse. The older winners will receive a black keyboard and mouse while younger children will receive colorful ones.
Though short essays are required to enter, Fischer said the winners will be left completely up to chance.
“I’m going to draw winners at random because I want to make sure that (the computers) make it into the hands of people who might really need them,” she said. “I didn’t want to be a teacher on this. I just want to make sure kids who need computers can get one.”
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