A $2.5 million bequest left to Jackson County Library Services by two educators has provided $124,617 for materials and programs.
Kenneth A. and Lucille D. Hulburt Family Trust left the money to the libraries and each year the interest is distributed.
With the annual funds from the trust, Jackson County Library Services has provided free adult basic computer courses to nearly 8,200 adults and patron technical support services, including hands-on demonstrations and training in electronic media. This year, the library developed instructional YouTube videos and added workshops on Windows 8 and free downloadable Internet resources. Money also was spent to add copies of popular e-books and audio books.
The funds also support the summer reading program, Family Literacy Day "Learn-a-Palooza" in October and Booktalk, which introduces new books to middle school students.
This year's interest was presented to the county on Dec. 19.