In fact, about 76 percent of public libraries lend ebooks “and most Americans really don’t know if their library has them” as reported by the Pew Institute in its April 2012 libraries, patrons, and E-books report.
Yes, I wrote about it two years ago when we added ebooks to the library’s virtual branch (address — http://wilbor.lib.overdrive.com). However, the Pew article did say that libraries would have to repeat a message several times to make it stick. It was then I remembered another statistic, that you have to hear something seven times to remember it. We all lead busy lives and are bombarded with information all day and night. Most people discard unnecessary information (unnecessary at least for the moment) and concentrate on what they need to know right now.
So, I am here to remind you that the Perry Public Library does have ebooks at our virtual branch along with downloadable audio books. This is just part of keeping our collections and services on the frontier of available technology.
Then I got to thinking again. Maybe the community does not know about our other offerings at the Perry Library. Maybe I need to remind them about our extensive programming, our many collections and our many services. Under programming, we have Children’s Storytime, Family Storytime, Movies at the Library, Lifelong Learners, Quarterly Classics Book Discussions, Monthly Book Discussions, TechTutor sessions, Author Visits, Storytime Outreach to daycares and preschools, computer classes, and our largest programs, the summer reading programs for children, teens and adults. As for our collections for checkout, we have regular print books, large print books, audiobooks on CD for both children and adults, more than 100 magazines and newspapers, movies and TV series on DVD, music CDs, downloadable ebooks and audiobooks (at our virtual branch), young adult books, children’s books, children’s puzzles, and art prints.
And lastly, we provide services which includes reading and viewing advisory (advice on what to read or watch), copying, printing, faxing, scanning, notary public, public access computers connected to the Internet with MS Office on all, free wifi, exam proctoring, study rooms, meeting rooms, free coffee, rental of a laptop, projector or overhead projector, and, my favorite, answering reference questions. If you have a question, ask our librarians. It’s what we do, find information. After all, librarians are the original search engine.Perry Public Library 101 Willis Ave. 465-3569 Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Thur.: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.