Plymouth Library to Offer More Digital Options for Patrons in 2014

The library is adding a digital popular magazine subscription service and a slew of children's eBooks.

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Patch file photo
As 2014 kicks off, Plymouth-District Library goers will have plenty of new options for their digital devices.

The library released its brand new digital magazine collection through Zinio on Dec. 18. 

Electronic Resources Librarian Kathy Petlewski said the library staff has been trying it out for the last few weeks. 

"We really like it," she said. "It's (Zinio) a very popular subscription service. Other libraries in the area, like Canton, carry it and it has been very popular for their patrons. We anticipate it's going to be just as popular for ours. It's really designed to kick off the new year for all those people who got digital devices over the holidays. It's going to be great because hey can read their magazines on their digitally."

The service is free for all library members. All you need is your Plymouth Library card for unlimited access to the collection of magazine titles - with no holds, no checkout periods and no limit to the number of magazines you can download. 

In addition to digital magazines, the library has been busy launching its new portal for children's eBooks

"eBooks are very popular, and are becoming very popular with younger children," Petlewski said. "Especially now that the schools are integrating iPads and other digital devices into its curriculum. So we have a brand new eBook page, a portal just for kids books."

Petlewski said parents and children will have the ability to search for titles by Lexile Measure, Reading Level and Interest Level.  All you need to do is sign in using your Plymouth District Library card number. 

"It's a wonderful, colorful page," Petlewski said. "I have a feeling that it's going to be very popular. There's hundreds of children's eBooks and eAudiobooks. They start with the very young, like Curious George, and go up through chapter books. it's a variety of reading interests and reading levels. We think this is going to be another wonderful addition to our eBook offerings for all ages."

Petlewski will also be teaching several classes throughout the month on how to use those brand-new digital devices patrons get for the holidays. The first, "Get Comfortable With Your iPad" will be held Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. There will be other classes for Kindle and Android users later in the month. 

For more information on the new programs or the digital device classes, visit plymouthlibrary.org.


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