The regional network of Yakima Valley Libraries is kicking off 2013 with wireless access for its library patrons, except at the Sunnyside site.
"We are now able to offer wireless Internet access to library customers at Granger, Mabton, Moxee, Naches, Terrace Heights, Toppenish, Wapato and Zillah," Kim Hixson, the library system's director, announced last Friday. "These libraries will join West Valley and Yakima Central Libraries in making this service available."
The exception is Sunnyside's library, and that should be remedied soon, according to Linda McCracken, the regional library system's deputy director.
"It will be very soon in Sunnyside," she said. "It shouldn't be very long, we were hoping it would have been done by now."
The hold-up, McCracken noted, is Yakima County still has a short connection piece needed to plug in Sunnyside's library.
The connection is part of a federally funded grant Yakima County officials garnered to upgrade internet and communications access for Lower Valley governments and agencies.
"We're ready on our end," McCracken said of getting the Sunnyside Library connected.
As for those Yakima Valley regional libraries with wireless access, patrons will need their Yakima Valley Libraries' card number and password.
Those who do not remember their passwords should visit their local library to have their password changed.
The library system also announced its website at www.yvl.org has been streamlined with faster access to library info.
"We're sure excited about it," McCracken said of the improvements. "This has been in the works for a couple of years."