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Library Helps Patrons Live in Digital World

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – It’s a reality of the 21st century – everything is going digital, even library books.

The Pound Ridge Library is trying to help its patrons understand the new technology, such as e-readers, by holding ongoing technology workshops to make it easier for them to download books onto devices such as Kindles and Nooks.

Last week, the library held its first session, hosted by Shannon Robinette of Cambriar Consulting, which focused on Amazon’s Kindle e-reader. There will be future classes on other devices.

“I just got a Kindle for Christmas and tried to figure it out by going online,” said Jennifer Coulter, one of the workshop’s attendees. “That didn’t work. Then I heard about this and thought that it could help. I’m a little old-fashioned, but I love books. So I’m not going into this kicking and screaming. I don’t want to be a dinosaur.”

Robinette, who has also held tech workshops for the Lewisboro Library, said most people don’t have time to learn the ins-and-outs of the devices on their own and noted that the technology is forever evolving, which makes learning  even more challenging

“They don’t come with much of a manual,” she said. “And I struggle with it all myself. I have been doing these presentations for a year now and I have to change the handouts every time I do one because it’s always changing.”

Robinette said that, though many like Coulter can find the technology daunting, they are embracing it because they don’t want to be left behind.

“I had one couple who came in last fall and told me they were so frustrated that they gave up – they left it alone,” she said. “But most people are embracing the technology – that’s why they’re here.”

Library Director Marilyn Tinter said the library is doing what it can to help its members learn how to download books from its inventory.

“We plan to do at least one session a month,” she said. “If they want us to zero in on something in particular, they can let us know.”

Besides the workshops on digital downloading for e-readers, the library also offers general classes on working with computers.

“We have a soup-to-nuts computer class every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m.,” Tinter said. “We teach everything about the computers from how to do e-mails to downloadable books.”

Amy Travis, another one of the Kindle workshop attendees, also received her device as a Christmas present. She said the class proved beneficial.

“I wanted to learn how to use it to take books out of the library,” she said. “The class was very helpful and all my questions were answered.”

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