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Get Help with E-reader Selection and Training at the Library

It’s not that we don’t love the traditional paperbacks and hardback books that fill our shelves, but librarians are a helpful lot. So they’ve been eager to help patrons adopt new ways to enjoy books and movies on e-readers.

We think it’s an important service that the Library can and should provide. As the sale of e-readers has soared nationwide, our patrons checked out the Library’s e-books and other e-media 90 percent more often in November 2011 compared to November 2010.

Reflecting our growing collection of e-media and the popularity of e-readers, our e-checkouts went from 784 in November 2008 to 2,283 in November 2010 to 4,337 last month.

That’s why the Library has stepped up e-reader training sessions for early 2012. If the holidays bring an e-reader to your home and you’d like some general tips and hands-on help on downloading the Library’s e-collection, drop by one of these free sessions. Registration is not required.

Shopping for an e-reader that’s right for you? You’ll find useful tips in the article, “Choosing an E-reader,” on the Library website,, written by Library Center computer/periodicals assistant Trint Williams.
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A reminder about upcoming Library holiday closings: All branches will be closed and the Mobile Library will not run on Dec. 24, 25 and 26. All branches will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve. The Park Central Branch will reopen from 6-10:30 p.m. as part of Springfield’s First Night festivities. All branches will be closed and the Mobile Library will not run on Jan. 1 and 2.

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