The Starr Library in Rhinebeck and Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff are jointly launching an initiative to loan out Barnes & Noble “Nooks” pre-loaded with best-selling fiction and non-fiction titles. Each of the two libraries will have two Nooks to loan. In addition, each library will have two Apple iPad 2s for in-library use to read publications such as The Economist and The New York Times online. These e-readers are made possible by a grant from The Frost Memorial Fund serving the Rhinebeck community.
As Starr Library Director Steven Cook says, “Purchasing an e-reader can be a considerable investment in time and research; but borrowing one from the library is a great way for people to try out this new technology. While Mid-Hudson libraries also offer downloadable e-books and audio books, this will allow people who don’t have their own devices to access the electronic formats.”
Rhinebeck residents over the age of 18 may check out a Nook for 21 days after signing a borrower’s agreement