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Newport News Public Libraries have laptops for homework use

(August 26, 2009) -- A new program, Learning on Laptops (LOL), now allows children and teens ages 8 to 17 to check out laptop computers to do their homework at Grissom, Main Street and Pearl Bailey Libraries. Each library has 20 laptop computers for students to check out during specified time periods and for use only inside the library. The laptop computers are available for use 3-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3-5 p.m. on Friday, and 1-5 p.m. on Saturday.

The program also includes technology classes and assistance for students. The next class allows children and teens to learn about the Library System’s databases, 4:30-6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Pearl Bailey Library. The databases provide a wealth of information, including newspapers and journal articles, health information, and much more. Registration is required for this class and is ongoing online at www.nngov.com/library/custom/onlinereg or by calling Pearl Bailey Library at 757-247-8677.

In order to use the laptops, students need a permission form signed by a parent, proper identification and a Library card in good standing. Laptops may be used inside the Library for up to two hours for homework use only, and in classes and programs. Substantial fees will apply for damaged or missing laptop computers or parts.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Make sure you and your children have the Smartest Card of All in order to access all of the Libraries’ resources! For more information on how the Newport News Public Libraries can help students succeed in school, please call 757-247-8875 or visit www.nngov.com/library.


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