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Braselton library to get new children's computer

BRASELTON - Thanks to a number of civic organizations and local businesses, the Braselton library will be able to purchase a new computer system for children.

"The old one kind of crashed and burned, with a little help from the children," librarian Bev Adkins said with a laugh.

The "old one" was a standard Dell computer loaded with child-friendly software and strictly for kids' use. The new one will be an IBM Young Explorer Center, designed specifically for kids.

"It's very child-friendly, it's made of heavy-duty plastic," Adkins said. "It's for use from toddlers on up ... it's for children and it's full of things that are OK for them to play with ... age-appropriate stuff."

Programs will include everything from Harry Potter, for older children, down to Little Bear and Mr. Potato Head, Adkins said.

The state-of-the-art computer will include everything needed to challenge young minds, but will not have Internet access. Adkins said the library has 11 other computers for those wishing to surf the Web.

Adkins said nine companies and organizations donated. She doesn't know exactly when the computer, which has been ordered, will arrive. But she hopes it's soon.

"It sure would make a nice Christmas present," she said.

Mayor Pat Graham praised everyone involved with making the purchase of the new computer possible.

"The town is fortunate to have such generous businesses and organizations," Graham said. "Especially for this computer-savvy generation of younger library patrons. Our thanks go to the entire community, which rallied to support this cause."