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New hours, electronic readers debut
Library continues to add products
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Forsyth County News


Library hours
Cumming Library

* Sunday 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
* Monday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
* Tuesday 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
* Wednesday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
* Thursday 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
* Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
* Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Hampton Park Library
* Sunday 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
* Monday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
* Tuesday 1 to 8:30 p.m.
* Wednesday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
* Thursday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
* Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
* Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Sharon Forks Library
* Sunday 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
* Monday 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
* Tuesday 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
* Wednesday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
* Thursday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
* Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
* Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Source: Forsyth County Public Library

On the Net
* For eLibrary and Morningstar, visit www.forsythpl.org/onlineResources

The month of May brings with it some changes for the Forsyth County Public Library.

As of today, the county’s three branches will have some hours restored and also begin offering books for electronic readers through the system's Web site.

Library director Jon McDaniel has previously said the system would package everything together to "let the public know we appreciate them supporting us."

"We're taking baby steps to get back to where we were before the recession, but we continue to add new products," he said.

In late 2009, the library shifted and trimmed hours to meet budget restraints.

With some additional money coming back in, 13.5 hours per week in total will be restored to the hours of the three branches.

Effective today, all the locations will be open longer on Saturdays, moving from a 2 p.m. close time to 5:30 p.m.

Sharon Forks and Cumming libraries will also open earlier on Tuesdays, shifting from the late 1 p.m. start to the usual 10 a.m. opening.

Hampton Park will actually lose three hours on Wednesdays, closing at 5:30 p.m. instead of 8:30 p.m. Those hours were swapped to facilitate Saturday's later hours.

Library figures show Hampton Park is the least busy of the branches, especially at night.

With these hours, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays will have at least one library open until 8:30 p.m., and all three until that time on Tuesdays.

The library’s newest branch, the eLibrary, will be open 24 hours, seven days a week.

More than 600 titles will be available to card-carrying patrons to view on eBook readers and mobile devices.

The library plans to continue expanding the collection as money allows.

Through the company OverDrive, several devices will be supported, including iPad, Barnes & Noble NOOK, Literati, Sony Readers and several smart phones.

At this time, Kindle is not a supported e Book reader, though it would be included if OverDrive adds it.

Like a physical book, only one user will be able to view a title at a time, unless the library has bought multiple electronic copies.

Titles can be checked out and accessed from handheld devices until the selected circulation period expires.

Downloadable audiobooks and music titles will also be available through OverDrive.

In addition, a new research tool will be added Monday to the library's online resources.

Morningstar Investment Research Center offers information on more than 35,000 stocks and funds, along with industry and market data, according to a library news release.