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Popularity of eReaders prompts classes
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Forsyth County News

If you go

Advance registration for the eReader sessions at the
Forsyth County Public Library is required. Call (770) 781-9840 to reserve a spot. The remaining sessions are as follows:

• 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Sharon Forks

• 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at Hampton Park

• 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Sharon Forks

• 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Cumming

To learn how to enter a virtual library branch, Forsyth County cardholders can attend a class at an actual one this winter.

The local library system will hold seven demonstrations over the next two months on how to download electronic books to an electronic reader, or eReader, such as the Kindle, Nook or iPad2.

The first three sessions offered, which take place this week, have reached the maximum 40 participants, said Mendy Gunter, branch manager at Sharon Forks.

Staff first decided to add a fourth one-hour class, Gunter said.

Since that one’s nearly full, the system then added another three sessions in February at each of its three branches.

"We have had such a huge demand and interest in learning about how to download eBooks and how to use eReaders," Gunter said.

"We knew with Christmas, we would have a lot of new eReader users."

Since opening the eLibrary online in May, the library has seen a great response from card holders downloading eBooks, she said.

More than 2,600 eBooks for adults, children and teens are available through the online library, Gunter said.

The popularity of the collection has led to a number of patrons questioning how to download the materials, she said, so the library decided to offer the seminars.

Staff members will demonstrate how to download materials to the popular brands of eReaders, including the Kindle, Nook and iPad2, Gunter said. They will also answer questions specific to other devices.

She added that attendees should bring their eReader with them.

The eBook downloads can also be viewed on smartphones and computers.

For those who can’t attend a class, Gunter said, library employees can offer assistance in downloading an eBook any time.