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Base library has much to offer

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- With more than 48,000 books, 14 computers and numerous programs, the McConnell Base Library, located in the Robert J. Dole Community Center, has much more to offer than many people may realize.

The materials offered at the base library accommodate a variety of people. The library has several computers with internet access, two children's computers with educational programs, online databases, College Level Examination Program/Dantes study materials, the Air Force chief of staff reading list and much more.

The library also has many programs available, from Toddle Time for 18 to 35 month olds, to Story Time for 3 to 5 year olds, to a School-Age Story time for older children.

"We offer all sorts of materials for everyone who can use the library," said Darla Cooper, library director.

Other programs include a Home School Group, a Summer Reading Program and an Outreach Story Time for family childcare providers. An adult book discussion is even in the works to start in April.

Anyone with base access is able to create an account with the library. This includes military members, civilians, contractors and even students attending classes on base.

"Not having my own computer in the dorms, I appreciate having the library so close to me," said Airman Armando Dominguez, 22nd Medical Support Squadron member. "It makes it easier to get things done like paying bills and keeping in touch with friends and family."

With classes offered on base from Butler Community College, Southwestern University, Webster University and Emery-Riddle, even non-military affiliated students can take full advantage of the library. In 2006, 1,125 students opened an account to give them complete access to everything the library has to offer.

Roger Klingman, a history teacher at Butler, said many students are dependent on the library because some don't have computer access at home. Mr. Klingman schedules into each of his classes an orientation session to ensure students become familiar with the library.

"Several students dodge into the library just before class in order to complete assigned research," Mr. Klingman said.

With programming aimed to fit all needs, the library can benefit almost all of Team McConnell.

For more information on the library, visit www.youseemore.com/mcconnellafb.