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“We’re giving them a hands-on opportunity to see the devices, play with them and read some reviews to help them making that decision,” Stock said. “We’re hoping to tie that in with holiday shopping.”
BECPL Chief Operating Officer Carol Batt said the petting zoo is the best way for potential buyers to find out which devices work best with the library’s web-based e-book system and evaluate all options side-by-side.
“We’re not saying this is what you have to buy, but we can show the pros and cons of what works better with our downloads,” she said.
Both Batt and Stock agreed the iPads are the easiest to use and offer a wider variety of options, but the Kindle Fire is also a good option at a more reasonable cost.
About one month later, the Kenmore Library will hold an Open Lab workshop where users can put all their new Christmas goodies to the test as librarians teach them just how to use that new e-reader to check out BECPL e-books.
The Open Labs are “geared for the library patrons who already own a device and were looking at how to borrow e-books from the library for those devices,” Stock said. “It gives us an opportunity to meet with them one-on-one and give them training.”
While both sessions are free, patrons must bring their BECPL library card to the Open Lab session to be able to access the e-book checkout website. And even though that library card is required, an open library is not to put the e-reader to good use.
“It’s available 24/7,” Batt said. “It’s a service that we’re just really pleased to be able to offer and we’re going to continue to support that as the demand increases.”