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Los Altos Library Endowment highlights high-tech tools in inaugural program

Los Altos’ libraries service 439,000 visitors each year, but many come and go without realizing the magnitude of learning tools and technology available at their fingertips.

To introduce cardholders to its resources, the Los Altos Library Endowment (LALE) has scheduled its first After Hours at the Library program, “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” 7-9 p.m. Sept. 27 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Director Sandra Hirsh of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University will discuss “Library Technology: Connecting the Community.” Hirsh supported the development of projects that influence users’ experiences with the Web, email and TV.

In addition to the discussion, library staff and volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate new technologies available to library users.

“We’re updating the library and putting it into the technology age,” said Mary Popek, LALE board member.

Those who attend the event can learn how preschoolers and their parents are using new iPad kits donated by LALE to teach reading readiness. The Whipple Collection – comprising more than 300 courses on CD and DVD that offer lectures by university professors on topics ranging from European art history to cosmology and cooking – will be available for browsing.

Popek said the library has much more to offer than most library users realize. She encouraged residents to bring children to the family-friendly event. The library’s teen room will host demonstrations of tutoring tools as well as games for younger cardholders.

For reservations, call 948-3421 or visit lalendow.org.

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