The Muskingum County Library System is looking to bring reading into the 21st century with a new initiative involving electronic readers.
Wednesday all 55 library staff members at the six Muskingum County Library locations underwent training for both the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook tablets.
Library Assistant Director Blair Tom said the goal is to be able to help customers take advantage of the increasingly popularity of electronic and audio books.
"Part of our vision is life-long learning and discovery and this is all about learning and discovery," said Tom. "This is a new way of reading a new way of listening to books and I’m really proud that our library system is taking the innovative steps moving forward and sharing this with residents of Muskingum County."
Tom said the library is in the process of getting electronic tablets for the general public to check out.
He said the tablets will be pre-loaded with a few popular titles in hopes that those who use them will have a chance to fully experience the new technology.
"Our plan is for each device to have five titles in the specific genre, so mystery/suspense would have five very popular, current mystery/suspense titles and during a two week loan period our hope is that a customer would find at least one or two titles that would be of interest to them on that device," added Tom.
Tom hopes to have several electronic reading devices available for the public in the next two months.