Eldredge Library meeting room gets an upgrade

The Forgeron Meeting Room upgrade includes enhancements for hearing impaired

The Eldredge Public Library in Chatham recently completed an audio/visual upgrade to their Forgeron Meeting Room. According to a release from the library, improvements including an enhancement for the hearing impaired.

The Forgeron Meeting Room now has a new mixer amplifier, a remote volume panel and a new high definition ceiling projector.

Key among the AV improvements is the installation of a Hearing Loop system. A wire connected to the sound system encircles the room and transmits electromagnetic signals to hearing aids and cochlear implants. The hearing device acts as a personal, in-ear speaker. According to the Hearing Loop website, cochlear implants and most hearing aids today are equipped with the T-coil) required to pick up the transmission.

The AV improvements were partially funded by long-time supports of the Friends of the Eldredge Public Library Jeannette and Franklin Pease. Additional funding was made through Friends' funding.

When not in use by the library, the Forgeron Meeting Room is available to community groups and organizations. According to the library's website, the room has a seating capacity of 180 and may be divided into two separate rooms of 70 and 110. The hall is available during library hours at no charge. A fee of $25 per hour is charged outside of library hours.

The Eldredge Public Library is at 564 Main Street.

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