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Library ‘kindles’ interest with e-reader offering


Barbara Thompson (seated) gets some instruction from librarian Melanie Todd as she checks out the first Kindle Paperwhite e-reader from Rockdale’s Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library. Barbara Thompson (seated) gets some instruction from librarian Melanie Todd as she checks out the first Kindle Paperwhite e-reader from Rockdale’s Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library. Rockdale’s Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library has found a new way to “kindle” interest in reading.

Friends of the Library has donated two Kindle Paperwhite e-readers with plans to add several more if there is sufficient interest from the community, according to librarian Melanie Todd.

“Patrons will now be able to check out a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader loaded with up to four books from the best seller’s list,” she said.

Kindle e-readers have options to enlarge print size, a long-use battery that will allow for 28 hours of continuous use and hard cases to protect against accidents.

A battery charger is also included.

LICENSE—“We hope the electronic readers Friends donated will be checked out often,” Annette Stone, Friends of the Library president, said.

“They have the potential to help readers with sight challenges as well as giving readers multiple books in one device. They can be carried anywhere: a doctor’s office, airport or any place you might have a moment to read,” she said.

Todd said Library card holders will be asked to sign an agreement, present their library card and a current Texas driver license in order to check out a Kindle.

“Staff members are available to instruct borrowers on its use. A $200 replacement fine will be enforced if not returned,” Todd said.

Anyone interested in checking out or learning more about the new Kindle Paperwhite e-readers, may contact a librarian at 512 446-3410, or go by the library at 201 Ackerman.

Hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10-6; Thursday 10-8; and Saturday 10-2. Closed Sunday and Monday.

SUPPORT—Friends of the Library support the library by providing Summer Reading Program supplies and T-shirts, monetary support for activities that encourage literacy, library copy machine and supplies, book sales and new books.

Since 1954 the citizens of Rockdale have had a public library.

The Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library has seen improvements through the years that include building expansions and improvements in 1963, 1980, 1989,1999 and 2003.

“With the help of longtime supporter and former Friends of the Library president, the late Bob Thompson, it has kept pace with technological advances,” Stone said.


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