Townsend Library received new computers

The Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library in Townsend has received six new computers for patron use. The computers were purchased through a grant from the state provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation funds state libraries in order to help them keep public access computers up-to-date. The library’s computers are available for Internet access and word processing.

After-School Programs for February are: Thursday, Feb. 14 - “Authentic Flower Garden” craft, book sharing, and snacks; Thursday, Feb. 21 - Bob Becker, meteorologist from TV Channel 6, discussing weather. Programs run from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Call the library for more information or to register.

Beginner computer classes for seniors will continue to be offered on the first Thursday of each month from 9 1 p.m. Classes are one-on-one for one hour and are by appointment only. These classes are offered through a United Way Grant and are taught by Laurie York. Call the library to schedule an appointment.

The Townsend Book Club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. in the library. January’s Artist of the Month is Chic Forbes, a painter in Townsend.

The Mary Tippitt Library is located at 120 Tiger Drive in Townsend. Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesday from noon - 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. There is a drop box by the front door for after-hours returns.

Computer access is available to residents and visitors at no charge. Faxing, printing, and copying services are available for a small fee. Visitors are welcome to check out books and/or videos with a temporary patron number and a refundable $20 deposit.

For more information, call 865-448-1441, fax 865-448-1875 , visit the Web site at, or e-mail

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