Mentor Public Library is a tech-savvy library chain.
Patrons can borrow its eReaders, play with its iPads, take computer classes, download mp3s or chat with its digital cat librarian.
Now the library has added six new Nooks to its inventory of eReaders and expanded the number of eBooks available to patrons.
The “Book Your Nook” campaign hopes to generate awareness of the opportunity people have to check out eReaders and eBooks free from the library.
Each new Nook is pre-loaded with a selection of bestsellers, much like the Nooks that have been circulating since 2010.
The newer devices have a wider selection of material including children’s books, young adult and science fiction books. While the library owns a variety of other devices including iPads and Kindle Fires, the Nooks offer the largest selection of books.
Librarian Mary Pelton explained that there is a greater selection of materials to choose from for Nook devices than even in the Overdrive eBook service, where patrons can download library eBooks to their own devices. She plans to include as much short, e-only fiction as possible interspersed with the materials she knows patrons are eager to read.
“We loaded the new Nooks with books that already have a large demand at the library. We looked at which books had the most holds on them,” said Pelton.
Pelton is also the library’s Nook 911 expert. If patrons have questions or are experiencing difficulties with their Nooks, they can call or stop by to see if she can help them.
Any patron with a library account in good standing can book their Nook for a two-week loaning period. Call the library at (440)-255-8811, ext 215 or log on to www.mentorpl.org for more information.