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New eReader is launched by library Friends

A pilot project to lend eReaders to Thurston library customers was launched and is thought to be one of the first of its kind in England.  Pictured: Alsion Wheeler (General Manager of Suffolk Libraries), Peter Robinson (Of the Friends Group), James Hargrave (IT Manager of Suffolk Libraries), Lisa Brennan (Information and Content Librarian) and Cathy McDonald (Thurston Librarian Manager) ANL-141105-231853009

A pilot project to lend eReaders to Thurston library customers was launched and is thought to be one of the first of its kind in England. Pictured: Alsion Wheeler (General Manager of Suffolk Libraries), Peter Robinson (Of the Friends Group), James Hargrave (IT Manager of Suffolk Libraries), Lisa Brennan (Information and Content Librarian) and Cathy McDonald (Thurston Librarian Manager) ANL-141105-231853009

A ground breaking scheme offering people the loan of eReaders has been launched at Thurston Library and proved a hit with one of its borrowers who is 91.

The pilot scheme to lend out eReaders has been supported by the Friends of Thurston Library. Four NOOK eReaders are available and borrowers can take out up to six eBooks from the range of around 7,000 available from Suffolk Libraries.

Betty Self from Mendlesham was having difficulty holding large print books which she needs due to poor eye sight. She also has arthritis but quickly mastered the eReader enjoying its offer of large text and was impressed that the device remembers the last page she had read.

She said: “Some of the large print books are quite heavy to hold and I have a bit of arthritis in my wrists. This is very easy to use and lighter to hold and it is so easy to switch the page over.

“I can’t knit or sew now or read the papers and now this has come along and I am really pleased with it”

John’s son Betty found out about the scheme which will it is hoped will be rolled out in other libraries and the Friends of Thurston Library are hoping to obtain more eReaders.

Some 41,000 ebooks were borrowed from Suffolk Libraries online catalogue in 2013/14. The launch at Thurstonwas held at a Get Connected event which provided information about a range of the county’s online library services.

 

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