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Page 4C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press • April 28, 2010 Libraries: connecting the community to the world en you go to the Kyle ommunity Library, does it em as though the com- puters are busier than they used to be? When you bring your laptop to the library to take advantage of the free wireless connection, is it harder to nab one of the prime spots by an electrical outlet?2 If so, it's not your imagination. And it's happening all over the country. In 2002, there were 2,995 uses of the public access computers at the Kyle Community Library. In 2009, the library's public access comput- ers were used 31,200 times. In 1996, only 28 percent of libraries offered Internet access. Today, almost all public libraries offer visitors free access tO computers and the Inter- net. Nearly one-third of Americans age 14 or older (approximately.77 million people) used library comput- ers and Internet access in the past year. In 2009, as the nation struggled through a recession, people relied on library technology to find work, apply for college, secure government benefits, learn about critical medical treatments and connect with their communities. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foun- dation and the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services (IMLS) funded a recently-released report entitled Opportunity for All: How the Ameri- can Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries. The report is based on the first large-scale study of who uses public computers and Internet access in public libraries, the ways library patrons use this free technology service, why they use it, and how it affects their lives. Low-income adults are more likely to rely on the public library as their sole access to computers and the In- ternet than any other income group. Forty-four percent of people living below the federal poverty line used computers and the Internet at their public libraries. All age groups use library comput- ers and Internet access, but teenag- ers are the most active users. Half the nation's 14- to 18-year-olds reported that they used a library computer during the past year, typically to do school homework. More than three-quarters of those who used the library Internet connections had access at home, work or elsewhere. Often they needed a faster connec- tion, assistance from a librarian or temporary access in an emergency. The use of library technology had significant impact in four critical ar- eas: employment, education, health and making community connec- tions. In the last 12 months: • Forty percent of library com- puter users (an estimated 30 million people) received help with career needs. Among these, 75 percent re- ported they searched for a job online. Half these users filled out an online application or submitted a resum6. • Thirty-seven percent focused on health issues, 82 percent logged on to learn about a disease, illness, or medical condition. One-third of these users sought out doctors or health care providers. • Forty-two percent received help with educational needs. Among these users, 37 percent (an estimated 12 million students) used their local • library computer to do class home- work. • Sixty percent of users (43.3 million people) used a library's computer resources to link to their government, communities and civic organizations. "There is no ambiguity in these numbers. Millions of people see libraries as an essential tool to con- nect them to information, knowledge and opportunities," said Marsha Semmel, acting director of the Insti- tute of Museum and Library Services. • "Policy makers must fully recognize and support the role libraries are playing in workforce development, education, health and wellness, and the delivery of government services." Come by the Kyle Community Library and be part of the library technology trend. Bring your laptop and use the library's free wireless connection or sign up for one of the 19 computers with Internet access. If you're in the job market, ask library staff about free access to Resum6- Maker software. We'll be glad to help you make the right connections. Preserving Hays County history STAFF REPORTS le resident Kate John- on has been honored r her work preserving the history of Hays County. Citing her "laudable record of vision, research and support of a wide range of historical preservation activities," the Texas Historical Commission gave Johnson the John Ben Shepperd County Histori- cal Commission Leadership Award at a Houston ceremony on April 23. The award, named for for- mer Texas attomey general and civic activist John Ben Shep- perd, recognizes outstanding leadership necessary to carry out an aggressive and well-bal- anced preservation program. "Kate Johnson's commit- ment to the Hays County Historical Commission demonstrates her enthusiasm for saving the real places of Texas," said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. "Her dedication as a preservationist to enriching the lives of others through history has played an important role in preserv- ing our state's past, as well as enhancing its future." Johnson is a longtime member of the Hays County Historical Commission and has served as chair for three PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN (Left to right) Katherine, Kate, Bill and Lucy Johnson show off the Texas Historical Commission Award honoring Kate Johnson for her work preserving Hays County's history. terms. Her recent accomplish- ments include the production of a documentary of Captain Jack C. Hays, a legendary Texas Ranger and the namesake of the county. She has also supported restoration of the 1880s- era Hays County/aft, workingwith local preserva- tion groups to secure funding for building rehabilitiaiton.. "During her tenure as chair of the Hays CHC, johnson's leadership inspired an accom- plished group of volunteers committed to helping support numerous goals from county- wide oral histories to cem- etery restoration to 6n-site visits of Hays County's many historic sites," Texas Historical Commission officials said. OBITUARIES FLORES Sophia Faith Flores, infant daughter of lock and Kimberley Flores, joined our Lord Jesus Christ and our Blessed Mother along with the heavenly host on, April 19 2010. She was preceded in death by uncle ]ae Flores and grandfather Randall Carroll and great-grandfathers and great-grand- mothers. She is survived by parents, Jock and Kimberly; brother, Preston Iae; grandpar- ents, Gloria Flores and Juan Flores (Mary) and Sarah Carroll (Randall); and numer- ous relatives of the Flores, Carroll, Garcia and Swearingen lineage. Funeral Mass was celebrated April 24 at St. Anthony Marie de Claret Catholic Church in Kyle. Interment followed at Memory Gardens at St. Stephen's Episco- pal Church in Wimbefley. In lieu of flowers we humbly request donations to Cross International Cath- olic Outreach at GUTIERREZ Manuel Joe Gutierrez, 48, of Kyle, formerly of Bastrop, died April 22, 2010. He is survived by wife, Linda. Funeral services were held April 26 at Colorado Chapel Cemetery, near Utley. MORGAN Lillian FrancesRoss Morgan, 69, of Buda, passed awayApri123, 2010. She was a licensed vocational nurse. Survivors are her husband, James Franklin Morgan; children, Donnie Morgan and wife Susan Tankersley, Liz and husband Keith Haines, Kathryn and husband Curtis Yarborough, Bonny and husband Kevin Kester and James Andrew Morgan, deceased; eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchil- dren. Visitation was held April 26, at Har- rell Funeral Home in Kyle and graveside services were held April 27 at Capital Memorial Park, Pflugerville. Lillian was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, nurse and friend. She will be missed. WOELFEL Steven Wayne Woelfel, 54, of Buda, passed away April 17, 2010. He was born in E1 Paso on October 9, 1955 to Robert and Lou Jean Woelfel. Funeral services were held April 24, at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, New Caney, Texas. Interment followed at Resthaven Cemetery in Houston. Vendor spaces inside & out - Singles $30 weekly & up Outside & yard sale spaces - $7 per day & $1B per day Experienced vendors preferred 54ww.AIIArouodHays.co00 Buda woman releases jazz CD Buda resident and jazz vocalist Dena Taylor celebrated the release this month of her second album, Certi- tude, produced by DA Productions. Combining jazz, country and easy listening, guest artists featured on the album include Grammy-winner Redd Volkaert and Texas Music Hall of Fame member Ernie Durawa. Buda Bits Continued from pg. 1C Birthday wishes go out to Shirley Schwartz and Charl Watson on April 28; ]oyce Smithey on April 30; ]anice Bigham on May 1; Mark Smith on May 3; Val Corry, Weston Raby on May 4; Elaine Mason and Trevor • dell on May 5. Happy birthday also to Mountain City as the little town celebrates its 160th. There will be lots of activities going on starting at 9:30 a.m. until noon at the small- incorporated town between Hays High School and old Mountain City. @•@ Congratulations go out to Christopher Powell and Michelle Kuiken who were married last Sat. night at Casa Blanca on Brushy Creek in Round Rock. Powell, who grew up in Buda, is the son of Judy Powell and the late Sammy Dale Powell. The couple is honeymooning in Hawaii. ooo Members of the Onion Creek Senior Citizens of Buda would like to extend their thanks to PEC for presenting them with a check for $1,000 last Wed. at a reception at the Kyle office. Other non-profit organiza- tions from Hays County also were given checks as part of the 2010 Light the Way program. The Shops Above Memory Lane have recently opened for business at 300 Main Street. As the name indicates it is above the Conley's longtime business, Memory Lane Antique Store. The new one is open Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Welcome to Buda! BeginnlngTue. May4, the frontage roads of IH 35 will become one-way from FM 2001 to Kyte Parkway. The east side will convert to one-way northbound and the west side will be one-way southbound. Also pay attention when driving North Main Street (North Loop 4) near Santa Cn Church where there are now school zones. When lights are flashing, the speed limit drops to 25 mph and also newto us around here is the ban on cell phone use in the school zone. O•O Remember you can vote early., until May 4. There are no contested city races but some Buda residents on the west side can vote in the school board election for District 5. Also remember Thurs., May 6 is "First Thursday ' in down- town Buda for Alive After Five. There will be entertainment, food, shopping and visiting. Ya'll come on down. O:FASHION FLEA MARKET COLLECTIBLES Z.2i3 IH-35 South • 512-656-5958 Sat. SO,, I0 a.m, to 6 p.m. Furniture. Appliances • ois ° Toys & Dolls. Gifts • CD's • Tejano Movies • Jewelry new & used • BuildingMaterials • Windows/Doors Computer Repairs • Used Lawmbwer Parts- You pull ii!!ili!i! i:ii! ' ANTIQUES • FURNITURE • GIFTS • FLOWERS JEWELRY • T-SHIRTS • IRON WORKS • & MORE Open Everyday Downtown Buda at the signal light. 295-9444 295-6008