Nichole Hannahs

New Technology Available at Area Library

by Nichole Hannahs on April 16, 2013 at 7:49 am

While Kindle E-readers have been available at John McIntire Library for several months they’ll now broaden the horizons of younger library patrons.

Through the Fisher Literacy Center three Kindle E-readers are available at the Duncan Falls/Philo Library. The center honors the memory of Denny and Erma Fisher and their son.

The three Kindles have the choice of picture books, easy readers and chapter books. The library’s assistant director said it’s important for kids to read no matter in what format.

"That is the age where you have to capture them and then develop life long readers," said Assistant Director Blair Tom. "This will give us the ability to make it inviting to some children who may be reluctant readers in traditional formats."

Staying with the electronic reading theme the library system is now offering Zinio. These are downloadable magazines that can be found on the library systems website.

"After we see what members download then we know the areas to grow that," said Tom. "That’s a great service and we’re really excited to make that available, focus on collaboration."

This new technology comes as libraries celebrate National Library Week. Other changes at John McIntire include a new $14,000 microform machine that was purchased with funds from the library and Genealogy Society and new tables and chairs in the lobby to make the space more user friendly.