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"I try to get in here 3 to 4 days a week," said James Walker. "The computer is helpful and I'm glad the library has them."
People like Walker depend on computer labs to search for jobs.
Others use the free service for social media and that's where the trouble occurred Thursday.
Police Lt. Michael Dudley says a local homeless man used the library computer to download a video of child pornography.
Jeffrey Rahn, 51, now faces a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor.
"Not only did they have people around walking by, children included can see. This is disturbing," said Dudley.
The library does have safeguards to prevent porn downloads but Renuka Christoph says there are limits to those safeguards.
"It does not prevent those who have brought in a renewable device such as USB or if they're on their email and look to a site that way," said Christoph.
In this case, Christoph says Rahn circumvented the safeguards by accessing the video through social media but what he didn't know is the library's system can also flag inappropriate material.
"We knew he was accessing something that was inappropriate and we got personnel that closely monitor the area and so we were able to find it," said Christoph.
Rahn is being held on $10,000 bond.
Friday, February 22 2013, 09:58 PM CST
National exhibit on Civil War in Nashville
May 20, 2013 08:09 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A national traveling exhibit on the Civil War will be on display at Nashville's Green Hills Library beginning on Monday.
The exhibit lets viewers experience the war through the eyes of politicians, soldiers, families and freed slaves. It includes letters, personal accounts and images that demonstrate how people grappled with the end of slavery, the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of the war and the role of a president in wartime.
According to the library, the Gilder Lehrman Institute developed the exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
More information on the exhibit is available at http://www.library.nashville.org .
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