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December 3, 2012

Kenmore Library to lend a hand with e-readers

Tonawanda News — Officials at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system are anticipating Santa might hand out quite a few e-readers and tablets at Christmas this year, so they’ve decided to give Western New Yorkers a hand at directing the jolly man to a device that’s right for them, and teach them how to use said holiday gift to check out e-books.

Beginning in October, the BECPL began offering a series of workshops to help library patrons not only choose the device that works best for them, but also learn how exactly to use the device to check out e-books from the library’s website for free. A couple of these workshops are scheduled to be held at the Kenmore Library in the coming weeks.

Kara Stock, a BECPL librarian who oversees training labs and technology services, said the library had been receiving a lot of questions from patrons about how to use e-readers and which are the most compatible with the library’s e-book lending system. 

That, combined with a rapid increase in e-book circulation — 263,716 e-books were checked out between January to October 2012, a 76 percent increase of the roughly 150,000 checkouts for all of 2011 — has led to the creation of Technology Petting Zoo and Open Lab workshops.

The Kenmore Library at 160 Delaware Road will host a so-called petting zoo 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and an open lab 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 8. 

Library patrons can try out a variety e-readers during the petting zoo workshop Saturday. Stock said there will be a table featuring five different Barnes and Noble Nook devices, including the new Nook HD; a second table featuring five different Kindle models, including the new Paperwhite and Fire; and a third table with tablets, including the iPad 2 and 3, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and Google Nexus.

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