You can download a book for free

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LaRue's library offers new service

By Ron Benningfield

 Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to check out a library book from anywhere – a free one that can’t be lost, stolen, overdue or eaten by the family dog?

That opportunity is available right here in LaRue County through the LaRue County Public Library, according to Dana Jolly, LaRue County librarian.

Needed equipment includes a device that will read and store information and can connect to the Internet. Desktop and laptop computers, android phones, I-phones and I-pads, Nooks, Kindles, and other tablets will do just fine, Jolly told a class learning how to download e-books at the library April 17.

She and Judy Greenwell, with the library’s adult library programs, gave one-on-one instruction to the five learners who came with a variety of downloadable Internet-accessible devices. The class was held as part of National Library Week.

“Some devices make it more difficult to download the books, but once you’re set up, it’s like making banana pudding for the 100th time,” Jolly said.

One of the class’s learners, 80-year-old Hodgenville resident Jean Perkins, said she checks out books regularly and enjoys the convenience of the downloads on her Nook Color.

“You’re never too old to learn something new,” she said.

The local library joined a consortium of Kentucky libraries to expand e-book offerings. Readers can search by format, subject, titles and other means to locate more than 38,000 volumes and 583 streaming videos. A person can check out up to 10 titles at any one time for a period of seven, 14, or 21 days. Each onscreen book cover page contains an icon indicating whether or not the work is available for checkout. An additional icon appears if it’s an audio-book.

“If all copies are checked out, you can reserve the book, and you’ll be notified electronically when the book is available,” said Jolly.

The librarian likes to download books onto her smartphone. 

“It’s a good way to pass the time in a doctor’s office or other place while I’m waiting,” she shared. “The service is also available 24/7, so the library doesn’t have to be open for you to access the books or videos.”

For more information, contact the LaRue County Public Library at 270-358-3851 or e-mail info@laruelibrary.org.