Library to teach about electronic books

The local library will be hosting a class to help patrons with using their electronic reader.

Auglaize County District Public Library administrators saw the need to create a class for library patrons with helping them to properly use an electronic book, including the Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, iPad and others.

“Our numbers have skyrocketed,” Auglaize County Public Library Assistant Director Diana Schneider said.

Schneider is referring to the patrons who are borrowing items using The Ohio eBook Project. These are downloadable collections that are provided by the local library, and are available for downloading 24 hours, seven days a week.

The collection of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks include thousands of bestselling fiction and non-fiction titles, along with videos and music which can be downloaded to an electronic reader.

Schneider said many people have visited the library and have sat down with a staff member to discuss issues and questions that arise when using an eBook and how to borrow electronic books. This is what sparked the idea to host a special eBook presentation.

The library system will be hosting an informational session at each of the libraries, including a session at 6 p.m. on Monday in Wapakoneta and 5 p.m. on Wednesday at Cridersville Public Library.

The library asks that patrons wanting to attend one of these sessions should pre-register with the library by calling them at 419-738-2921.

“We will talk about how to look for things on the eBook website, the format to be using and what format works for the device and how to search,” Schneider said.

Library staff are encouraged by some of the latest figures.

In December 2009 the library system had 95 downloads, and that number doubled in December 2010 with 261 downloads. In December 2011, the library calculated a total of 530 downloads from Auglaize County Public Library System patrons.

Schneider notes that many people may get an eBook for Christmas, because they see a skyrocket in number of items being borrowed electronically, especially after the holidays.