By Ashley Rader
The Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library is taking steps to make sure patrons can get to the thousands of additional books available to patrons through a digital system.
To help library patrons get comfortable with the Regional eBooks and Audiobooks Downloads System, Amy Kimani, assistant director of the Holston River Regional Library, visited the ECCPL Wednesday morning to show visitors how to tap into the digital download system using their own devices.
ECCPL Director Mel Goff said library users had asked about help with the READS program, specifically how to download digital library books onto their own devices.
“We have had a number of patrons asking for this kind of training,” Goff said. “Since this is a service offered by the regional library, we decided to take advantage of it to help our patrons out.”
Kimani provided one-on-one assistance to individuals who needed help navigating the READS system online or who need help syncing the downloaded materials to their own ereader, smart phone, tablet or computer. She said the training service was offered free through the regional library as a way to help the local library patrons access more of the services and materials available to them.
“READS is free to use and it has an amazing selection,” Kimani said. “As of August, there were more than 80,000 titles available. To have free access to that is amazing. It is probably one of the biggest collections available in the state.”