Flashback Friday: The Sioux Falls Library’s First Public Computer In 1983


Libraries have been around for a long time so people can check out a book or maybe try their hand at some new technology.

In this week’s Flashback Friday, take a look at when the Sioux Falls library got it’s first computer in 1983.

Sioux Falls public library patrons can now take advantage of a new service.
A coin operated micro computer, one of the 1st in the Midwest.
90 cents will buy you a 1/2 hour of computer time, enough for even a novice to learn the basics.
“They have people here at the audio/visual desk that are trained and know how to run the computer.
Along with instructional manuals to show you exactly how to use a computer. It doesn’t take more than 15 minutes to 20 minutes to learn  how to actually use a computer and have some fun with it.
Library personnel say the computer is being provided for those who cannot afford to purchase their own, as well as those who are considering buying a computer but want to know more about them.
While game programs are not available, other offerings include home accounting, word processing and business forecasting.
There are also children’s programs, but those under 9 years of age must have parental supervision.
Computer buffs are asked to sign up for a time slot in advance.
Susan Greeley, KELOLAND News.

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