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All started in January of 1996
I attended a Word Perfect class at BCIT from January 1996 to May 1996. My instructor was wonderful. I came from Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania and worked in data processing for over 20 years. Needless to say that work experience did not provide PC training on a daily basis. Therefore I was a not able to utilize a personal computer ... period.
In 1995 when my family and I moved to South Jersey, I realized that "everything" was moving more and more to computers ... and I had to learn. After attending the class at BCIT I asked my instructor "what do I do now"? He said to go to the library and continue using your skill.
I did as suggested and arrived at the Burlington County Regional Library Headquarters in the spring of 1996. There were only (2) computers in the back of the library. I have watched the growth in technology in the library to where it is today. Because of the awesome library atmosphere of information, knowledge, technology, etc. ... there is the friendly spirit that grabs and keeps you coming back. There is so much in the library that you never run out of things to do. The list would just be too long to note in this message.
I just want to let whoever reads this document know that the library made it possible for me to do work for my church, business, personal and so much more. With the use of the just the technology of the computers alone developed me from a "PC Dummy" to the "PC Guru" I’ve become (so my friends tell me). I barely knew where to push the "on" button in 1996 to where I am now ... doing and creating a host of projects I never thought I could do.
I expanded out to other libraries such as: Browns Mills/Pemberton, Edgewater, Maple Shade, etc. Also I have membership with Atlantic County and Ocean County. Your staff was instrumental in telling me about this relationship between the three counties. My horizon has expanded that much more ... who knows where I will go from here.
Had the pleasure to meet many people who have now become my friends. What a great place to meet, greet, conduct meetings, share ideas in a great safe environment. We are truly blessed to have all of this in our own backyard.
Well that is enough of my story ... do not want to rattle on. Hopefully my story can be a useful message regarding the necessity of the "Library". I never leave home without it.
Eugenia, Burlington County Library