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Ceres library going higher tech
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The Ceres Library will be one of the most technologically equipped branches in the county after it opens next month, Ceres Librarian Brian Sontag told the Ceres City Council last week.

The branch is currently closed as it undergoes a remodeling.

Wi-Fi services were offered but the band width is being increased to support more users and median.

"We're also going to be introducing wireless printing, which is going to be a first for the library system," said Sontag. "We're going to test it out in Ceres and see where it goes."

Two "purposed built" self-checkout machines will be introduced to the branch. The machines will be able to be fed bills and change as well as ATM debit cards for the payment of any late fees.

Five iPads and five Windows laptops will be available for checking out in-house "because we're going to be having more seating."

The remodeling includes painting, installation of new carpet, new shelving and new furniture. A dedicated area will be devoted to children's story times, complete with a speaker system.

"The library's going to look completely different on the inside," said Sontag. "We'll be moving some things around and we'll be getting a new circulation desk."

The branch may not be open in time for the Ceres Street Fair on May 2. Because of the late arrival of materials ordered, the project may not open until then. The library and the Friends of the Ceres Library will be represented at a Ceres Street Faire booth.

During the closure, the book drop-off will be open.
Sontag recommended that patrons use alternative branches in Keyes, Hughson, Modesto and Turlock.while the Ceres library is down.