On Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, the North Merrick Public Library hosted its first public e-reader demonstration at the 21st annual Merrick Street Fair. In an effort to promote its e-reader and e-book lending programs, the library had e-readers and an iPod on display and provided free instruction on how to download books to these devices.

The outdoor street fair offered the library staff a unique opportunity to speak with not only active library users but also with non-users about the e-reader and e-book lending programs.

Several library non-users commented that although they owned Kindles, they did not know that they could download books to them for free from the library. After learning about the e-book lending program, these library non-users said that they intended to sign up for a library card so that they could take advantage of the free program.

Through the library’s e-reader lending program, adult cardholders can borrow Kindles, Nooks and Sony Readers.