The Mount Vernon Public Library has received a grant of 3 Sony E-Readers as part of the Sony E-Reader Library Program. Mount Vernon Public Library is one of 3 recipients of this grant in New York State. These readers are here to introduce you to e-readers and ebooks in the library setting.
The Sony readers supplement our already existing catalog of ebooks from Overdrive, which are available for checkout. These ebooks are for your enjoyment, entertainment, and education.
The E-Readers soon will be available for checkout from the Circulation Desk for in-house use. The checkout is one time per day for two hours per patron. This is an opportunity for people to learn how to use the new ebook devices. It will help update the library and prepare for our digital future.
Press Release- Building on its work with libraries to expand their eBook collections and digital reading programs, Sony today announced that it has selected the next 30 libraries to participate in its Reader Library Program. The libraries, from across 20 states, include the Pikes Peak Library District, Parkland Community Library, Laguna Hills Technology Library and the Kalamazoo Public Library. The program will be rolled out over the upcoming weeks and will provide participating libraries with in-house training on digital reading devices, educational materials to help librarians and patrons learn more about eBooks and digital reading devices for library staff use and patron demonstrations. Participating libraries have reported digital circulations more than doubling in the month following the in-house training.
“The first phase of our Reader Library Program was a tremendous success with participating libraries across the country reporting significant interest from patrons corresponding with strong growth in digital lending,” said Phil Lubell, Sony Electronics’ vice president of digital reading. “Today, we’re excited to announce the next 30 participants in the program and look forward to opening up digital reading opportunities to more consumers.”
“The Sony Reader Library Program has enabled our Library to successfully spread the word about digital books, and we have seen an unprecedented increase in use since the inception of this timely partnership,” said Kara Kohn of the Plainfield Public Library. “Our patrons are enjoying the opportunity to test out devices the library would not otherwise be able to provide in the current economic climate. The training and knowledge we received from Sony goes a long way in communicating to the public that the library is on the cutting edge. We can't thank Sony enough for this effective initiative and hope it motivates other libraries to be active promoters of eBooks in the public library.”
Sony is also providing digital reading assistance to libraries beyond the next 30 participants in the Reader Library Program. Libraries not currently participating will have access to further program information, details on applying for it, free eBook training videos and printable collateral for them to use in educating their patrons at www.sony.com/libraryprogram.
Borrowable Sony e-Readers