Webcams for military families getting little use

RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Webcam-equipped computers for military families to communicate with loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan have gotten little use in Alabama libraries so far.

Computers were placed in 112 libraries across Alabama as part of Gov. Bob Riley's Connecting Families program to keep those serving overseas in touch with their families.

But a 20-inch screen iMac at the Russellville Public Library has not been used for nearly three months, and the TimesDaily reported Tuesday that response appears to be light elsewhere in the state.

Alabama Public Library Service director Rebecca Mitchell said it will take awhile for people to learn and use the technology.

And even though use has been light at Houston Love Memorial Library in Dothan, in one emotional meeting via computer, a mother saw her son for the first time in a year.

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