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Families can link to loved ones serving overseas

May 07, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- Local families with loved ones serving overseas now have a new way to connect, courtesy of their local library.

Beginning Saturday, the downtown branch of the Washington County Free Library will offer a dedicated computer, with a Web cam and microphone, to service families. The families will be able to see their loved ones, in addition to hearing them.

Saturday's kickoff event, meant to coincide with Mother's Day weekend, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Two librarians will be on hand Saturday to help families set up a free Skype account so they can use the service, said Patricia Wishard, program librarian and spokeswoman for the library.

"It's an additional service we can provide families in these trying times," she said.

Saturday's event does not require an appointment.

Using the computer any other time will require an appointment, which can be made by calling 301-739-3250 ext. 136. Families may have up to two hours, Wishard said.

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The computer will be available Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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