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May 29, 2012

Hi-tech bookmobile plans a stop in Bloomfield Township

By Robin Ruehlen
C & G Staff Writer

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Still deciding on which e-book reader to use? Join the staff of the Bloomfield Township Public Library at the Digital Bookmobile June 15, and try them all.

The big blue behemoth will roll into the Bloomfield Township Hall’s Exeter Road parking lot June 15 from noon to 6 p.m. in order to showcase the library’s e-book and audio book download service.

Assistant Library Director Carol Mueller said this mobile gadget station is not the type of bookmobile most people remember.

“It’s very high-tech, and it’s so large that it won’t fit in our library parking lot,” she said.

“There are several different areas with broadband Internet-connected computers, hi-definition monitors and premium sound systems where people can experience the different e-reader devices.”

The 74-foot, 18-wheel semi trailer houses a free gadget gallery featuring the Amazon Kindle, the iPad Touch, Android devices, BlackBerrys, Nooks, and more. Patrons are welcome to try each device and explore the library’s digital media collection of e-books, audio books, music and videos. Prizes and other activities will also be part of the day’s events.

Mueller said the library fields calls every day from patrons who request assistance with e-readers that they bought or received as a gift.

“We get a lot of calls right after the December holidays, but even now we’re getting questions on how to use them,” she said.

“We also offer classes on how to use the various e-readers, but anyone can give us a call or bring one in and we’d be happy to help them.”

Cleveland-based OverDrive Inc. operates the Digital Bookmobile. According to OverDrive, readers checked out more than 20 million library e-books in 2011. OverDrive powers download websites at more than 18,000 libraries worldwide.

Library Director Karen Kotulis-Carter said the bookmobile helps demonstrate that the 21st century library is never farther than one’s smartphone, iPad or e-reader.

“This is a fun experience,” she said.

To check out and download e-books, audio books and music with your Bloomfield Township Public Library card, visit www.btpl.org. For additional information, call the library at (248) 642-5800.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Robin Ruehlen at rruehlen@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1105.