The Evanston Public Library’s Teen Loft now offers in-house use of Chromebooks for teens in grades 6-12 who are Evanston Public Library cardholders or those who have their public library cards registered at EPL. Chromebooks are a familiar technology to Evanston Township High School students. As of the 2016-17 school year, every student at ETHS will have their own Chromebook for use in class and to take home with them.
For teen visitors to the Loft, 15 new Chromebooks are available for use, adding significantly to the number of computers and providing a flexibility to move around the space not offered by the current desktop computers. For all teens, the computers at the Loft will allow them to more easily continue homework, check email, and browse the web while visiting the Teen Loft.
According to Head of Young Adult Services, Renee Neumeier, “Having Chromebooks here provides continuity of service between Evanston schools and the Library. Students can continue their work and get support while at EPL. We hope that by not being tied to a desktop, students will be able to work more collaboratively in the space.”
Unfamiliar with the difference between a Chromebook and a laptop Mac or PC? Essentially, the Chromebook has a Google operating system; everything done on the computer is initiated by apps. All actions are performed through Google Chrome; instead of documents being saved on the computer, they are saved in the Cloud so they can be accessed by any computer through Google Drive. The computer is relatively inexpensive, lightweight, and has nothing to slow it down since it does not use software. It updates automatically.