A new service at the Laredo Public Library is allowing you to check out books without even stepping into the library. Valerie Gonzalez-Sanchez shows us how easy and convenient the library's e-book service can be.
Whether you like books written in ink or pixels, the Laredo Public Library has something for you. Hector Vasquez-Garcia, the Assistant Library Director, says "Well certainly, we want to be able to try and provide every item we possibly can to all our patrons to be able to promote literacy."
The Laredo Public Library is now offering thousands of e-books for library card holders. The technology is compatible for many types of electronic readers, but the process for iPads and Kindles is only a few clicks away. All you have to do is download the free app 'Overdrive', enter your city's name, select your library and browse for your title.
After your 2 weeks are up, the book is erased from your system; it's a guaranteed way for procrastinators to avoid late fees. However, there are other incentives equally appealing to all age groups. Vasquez-Garcia explains "we have people from middle school and high school that are looking for required reading, to people that are a bit older and are avid readers they're looking for something they can travel with like the e-book reader."
Despite other incentives, like saving gas, or eliminating late fees, some feel bound to bound books. Cynthia Treviño, explains why she prefers physical books: "I don't like reading off the screen and I like coming to the library getting the experience of choosing which book I want." David Michail who also prefers books says of the e-book experience that "it's not quite as personal." Melinda, explains the pitfalls of using the e-books: "With e-books it's not the same experience. It's more relaxing to sit down without the screen, and not having to worry about your battery running out."
While physical books will still hang around for years to come, if you want to turn the page on bound books, you'll now be able to.
For Pro8News, Valerie Gonzalez-Sanchez.
If you don't own an iPad or a Kindle, you can still connect. Just visit www.laredolibrary.org, click on the blue 'e-Library' tab at the top of the page, then click the 'Overdrive' link. That will take you to a page where you can find personalized help to connect to your specific device. You can also call the Laredo Public Library at (956) 795-2400.