One of the many special occasions noted during the month of March is National Read and E-Book Week, celebrated this year from March 1-7. The event was started in 2004 by an author named Rita Toews. She was writing eBooks but wanted readers to know more about their availability. The week continues to promote the advantage of reading eBooks, such as convenience and ease of use, and that publishers and authors offer thousands of original eBooks for free.
As more library users began inquiring about eBooks availability, librarians soon recognized the trend and began loaning readers those such as the Nook and Kindle pre-loaded with books. As the small readers became more affordable, funds were allocated from book budgets to provide online access to downloadable eBooks of interest to adults, teens and children.
The Kent Memorial Library subscribes to three different services offering thousands of eBooks to borrow for free. Through our Overdrive, Hoopla, and RB Digital online resources, you can instantly borrow eBooks 24/7 using your library card. Enjoy your favorite titles on any device by downloading the app. Easy to find menus make all features, including your bookshelf, library websites, and bookmarks just a swipe away. You can easily change the size and style of the text, margin widths; make the display lighter or brighter and more options to suit your style. Find your favorite author, subject area and even newly released titles. Not ready to read that book yet? Just place a hold to deliver it to you later. Selections are automatically returned and removed from your device at the end of the lending period, or can be renewed if no one is waiting. And you can read the same book on any one of your devices such as phone, iPad or computer because the app keeps track of your place. And for the young children in your home we offer BookFlix – an online resource that reinforces reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.
Can’t make it to the library? Just grab your library card, pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee, and get access to any one of these services through our website at www.suffield-library.org. Happy reading!