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Mamaroneck Library Brings Patrons Into Digital Age

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The Mamaroneck Library will hold a series of programs to help patrons better understand how to use new technology during National Library Week.

From April 9 through April 14, the library will take patrons on a tour of the digital age, teaching them how to use email, get free e-books from the library and use devices like the iPad, Nook and Kindle.

"After the recent winter holidays, we really experienced a surge in e-book demand when scores of customers came in with their new devices in hand, wanting help in downloading," said Susan Library, director of the Mamaroneck Library.

The system the library uses Overdrive, which is compatible with almost all electronic devices, allowing patrons to download any of 182,000 digital books at their leisure.

"E-books aside, what’s evolved the most in the past 10 years has been the user demand for computer services, including free Internet access," said Lori Friedli, head reference librarian. "Our new building includes extra computers to help satisfy demand and we have been offering 'Introduction to the Internet' classes for several years to assist patrons in becoming comfortable with their use."

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • On April 9 at 3 p.m. the director of information technology for the Westchester Library System will present "How to get free e-books at your library." At 6.30 p.m., Lance Pendleton from MacInspires will present "How to use the iPad."
  • On April 10 at 10 a.m., Friedli will teach an introduction to email class.
  • On April 11, there will be a “technology petting zoo,” featuring a hands-on introduction to the iPad at 10:30 a.m., the Nook at 2 p.m. and the Kindle at 3:30 p.m.
  • On April 12 at 1 p.m., Ellen McTyre, teen services librarian, will present the "Kindle Fire and other e-readers"
  • On April 13 at 10 a.m., there will be children's programming – details to follow
  • On April 14 at 11 a.m., there will be another session of the “technology petting zoo.” Then from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lance Pendleton, from MacInspires, will present "How to use the iPad."

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