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August 23, 2011

Plainfield library embraces e-books

PLAINFIELD — The Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library is now able to add e-books to its list of materials available to patrons.

Library Director Edra Waterman reported to the Plainfield Town Council earlier this week on their many e-book selections and other news.

“We now have content available for your Nooks and iPad,” Waterman said. “You can do everything by going to our website. In just a couple of clicks — OK, more than a couple of clicks — you will have a book on your electronic device.”

The library staff is in the process of being trained on how to help patrons get started.

“We already have a few experts,” Waterman said. “Our goal is to get everybody trained. We are hoping we will have T-shirts that say ‘ask me about e-books.’”

To help spread the word, she said the library staff is going to be tailgating at some Plainfield High School football games, along with Red Pride.

“We will have iPads and computers there so people can see how it works while they’re in line to get a hot dog,” Waterman said.

Since Christmas, she said, the requests for e-book information has grown exponentially.

“And we hear that maybe in September we will be able to work with the Amazon Kindle,” Waterman said. “That’s the rumor we’ve heard.”

The Plainfield-Guilford Township Library will be closed the week of Sept. 12-18 for a re-carpeting and re-arranging project.

“We will re-open on Sept. 19 but the project will not quite be finished,” she said. “We will have a grand re-opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 24.”

In other news, the library board has decided to begin only lending to Plainfield and Guilford Township residents as of Jan 1, 2012. For several years there has been an inter-library agreement with other county libraries.

Waterman said if patrons who do not live in the township wish to continue to use the library’s services, they will need to purchase a PLAC (Public Library Access Card).

“For a cost of $50 a year, you can go to any library statewide,” Waterman said. “I’m thinking a PLAC will make a great Christmas gift.”

brenda.holmes@flyergroup.com

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