The Oshawa Public Libraries are taking steps toward new technology. This week the libraries introduced iPads and eReaders to their circulation.
Aaron Kimberley, Electric Resource Librarian at the McLaughlin branch said that these technologies have tremendous programming possibilities and give people a great opportunity to try it out.
“Maybe it’s something they can make great use of at home, but they’re not going to put down $600 dollars to try out something that may or may not be useful to them,” he said.
These technologies are especially great for people with vision issues. Someone can read an ebook or use an application at any resolution they choose and expand or contract text size as needed.
“They’re really popular with kids. iPads provide interactive ebooks and games for kids. We have a copy of the Cat in the Hat that will read the book to the child. It will ask them ‘where’s hat’ and the child can click the word hat,” said Kimberley.
The Oshawa libraries are the first to have these technologies available in the Durham Region. Customers can sign out the iPad for one hour and borrow the eReader for up to three weeks.
“If they want to head to Mexico with an eReader from the library, they can do that,” said Kimberley.
Click here to learn about the many benefits of using the iPad.