Eisenhower Library adds Nooks to collection
Reference Librarian Dan MCPhillips teaches patron Jim Matthews(shown) how to use the new devices.
Updated: August 6, 2012 6:17AM
HARWOOD HEIGHTS— Eisenhower Public Library is expanding its technological repertoire.
Residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights now may check out Nook e-readers and tablets.
The devices allow patrons to choose from a myriad of literature genres for their electronic reading pleasures.
Nooks may be checked out for three weeks.
The library took delivery of 47 units a couple of weeks ago, said reference librarian Dan McPhillips.
Stacy Wittmann, head of reference services, explained the new acquisition is in line with the library’s mission.
“This is the direction the people want to go,” she said. “The library felt it was necessary to take a look at the programs for our residents.”
Wittmann noted the library researched different electronic readers before deciding to go with the Nook, a Barnes and Noble product.
“With Barnes and Noble, we can use with several different types of e-book formats,” she said. “And we received a discount on the purchase.”
Although she did not have exact numbers, Wittmann said the smaller, black and white versions go for $90 each, while the models with color displays cost about $140.
“And for content, the books are significantly less expensive on this format,” she said. The Nooks also are less prone to damages than are books, according to Wittmann.
“But we let people know if the Nook is returned damaged to a point where it cannot be repaired, the patron is responsible,” she said.
The units are divided among the Children’s, Young Adult and Adult departments.
Content for both e-readers and tablets will include thrillers, historical novels, and New York Times best sellers. The color Nooks also will include cookbooks, magazines and newspapers.
“And all the young adult Nooks all will be the color ones,” McPhillips added.
Currently the content is limited to between eight-15 titles per category, but the collection will grow over time, Wittmann said.
The library also holds classes periodically to help patrons become familiar with the units. Residents also may ask for a drop-in session where they can schedule time to ask questions.