October 09, 2012

EREADS in EWashington... now what?

Our press release sounds promising and exciting.  But what does this mean for you?  What can you get and how long can you keep it? 

Consider this your open invitation to try out our EREADS in EWashington borrowing program.

What:  Nook Simple Touch, preloaded with titles.  The grant has funded the purchase of 12 Nooks (2 per library), and each one is loaded with a different genre.  NPL will start out with Romance and Readable Nonfiction; in December, all the Nooks will rotate and we'll get two new genres.  We'll keep rotating devices for a year until we've had all 12.  (We will share a rotation schedule, and you'll be able to see which titles are on each device through the catalog.) 
Through a generous donation, we have also ordered a Nook Color.  This device will be preloaded with Juvenile books and Parent Center selections.  This device will always live at NPL (it will not rotate to other libraries).
Each device will come in a cover (they look like book jackets); it will also come with a power cord and adapter, a Quick Start guide, a copy of the user agreement, and our little user survey, all contained in a plastic box.  Everything you need for a great reading experience!

Who:  All NPL cardholders!  Patrons of any age may place holds, although patrons under 18 will need a guardian (the one listed on the account) present to check out and check in.  Patrons will need to be under the fine limit (or current on a payment plan) to check out.

When:  Beginning October 15th, patrons may place holds and check out. 

Where: Neill Public Library and other area libraries (Asotin County Library, Columbia County Rural Library District, Denny Ashby Library, Walla Walla Rural Library District, and Whitman County Library).  For more information, to place a hold, or to check in or out, ask at NPL's Information Desk.

How:  NPL (and associated libraries) applied for and received a grant from the Washington State Library.  This grant funded the purchase of the devices, the covers, the extra cables, the carrying boxes, and most of the titles that will be loaded onto the devices.

More Info:  The check-out period for each device is 10 days.  Holds can be placed; patrons have 48 hours to pick up a hold.  We can only accept 8 holds per device, since these two devices will be sent to another library on December 15th.  We can only accept holds for the devices we have (we cannot accept a hold for the device we will get in June, for example). 
More Information is available at the Information Desk; email, call, or stop by with questions.

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