New Boston Public Library now offering E-books
A public library is an opportunity for members of the surrounding area to come rent books, learn more, read, and many other things. New Boston Public Library has introduced a program called “E-Read Texas”.
E-Read Texas is a program that will allow a participating library to bring electronic books to its members. This program was first launched and put into action in July of 2019 by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC). Other small libraries throughout the state of Texas have been using this program and now New Boston is starting with the program as well. This program will be partnered with Amigos Library Services in which they will use an open source e-book app called “SimplyE”. SimplyE will be available for nearly all types of devices that are able to connect to internet services. It is a fairly simple app to use in which they consider it to be a “three-click” approach to reading e-books. You are able to search books that have open access already through SimplyE and then you are able to search books provided by your local library as well.
New Boston Library Director, Christine Woodrow, talked a little bit about the program, “We have been involved in this program for a few months now. It is fairly simple to use. To be able to use it with our books though, you have to have a library card from our library. This is how you login to use our library.”
Getting a library card from the New Boston Public Library is easy as well. To receive a library card you must live in New Boston or the surrounding areas. Just bring a photo ID and proof of your current address to the library and fill out an application. Anyone under the age of 17 must have a parent sign for their library card.
Christine talked about the opportunity for this app, “Once people are signed in to the app with their library information it allows them to read the e-books that we are available through our catalog. This is a great program for us here at the library, and for the people who use our library as well. Some of these e-books can be very expensive to buy themselves. This just allows those that enjoy e-books to be able to expand their library on their phone or tablet.”
If you would like to receive a library card to start using this app or to be able to rent books or movies from the library you can stop in at the library at 127 N Ellis New Boston, Texas. They are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. till 5:30 p.m. and also on Saturdays from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m.