Message to the community from Luren E. Dickinson:
Ereader or tablet device? That was the recent headline presenting the dilemma facing many shoppers this holiday season. Electronics have been hot items for a number of years with DVD players, laptops, and widescreen TVs as recent favorites.
Shaker Library wants to stay at the forefront of this trend and, thanks to Friends of the Shaker Library, we have been able to invest in a number of these portable electronic pieces as a way of both helping our employees to become more familiar with the new technologies and providing opportunities for the public to “try” before they “buy” any specific item.
Of the items we purchased, the “oldest” is the iPod Touch, which was released in September 2007. It can be used as a media player, a personal digital assistant, and a handheld game console, as well as a Wi-Fi mobile device. More than 60 million units of the “iTouch” have been sold.
The newest device we have is the Kindle Fire, made available in mid-November. This Android-based computer tablet is a great enhancement over the original black and white Amazon Kindle eBook reader that has been produced in multiple versions. We have the Kindle and the Kindle Touch. Approximately half of the 12 million electronic readers sold in 2010 were produced by Amazon.
Of course, it is the iPad that has created the most “buzz” since Apple began selling this tablet computer almost 2 years ago. Shaker Library bought the newer iPad 2 that came out in March. More than 15 million iPads were sold before the iPad 2 came out.
In addition to the above, we also have three Nook devices produced by Barnes & Noble. The inexpensive Nook Simple Touch has a small black and white screen and is designed exclusively for reading. The Nook Color has Wi-Fi and Internet browsing capability. Released at the same time as the Kindle Fire, the Nook Tablet is set to compete with its Amazon counterpart, as well as the iPad 2, and other tablet computers. Rounding out the Shaker Library’s showcase of digital devices, we also have the Motorola Xoom and SONY S Tablet, as well as the SONY Reader.
If you are interested in examining any of these gadgets, we will have them available at several Tablet and eReader showcases at both Main Library and Bertram Woods Branch. Please check the website for the dates and times.
Our popular “Caps for Kids” community service knitting project continues through December 15 when Knit Night knitters will collect the final creations to deliver to Project Act. Watch the project’s progress as the caps are hung around the Woods Branch Circulation Desk.
The Civic Commons will present a Mobile Town Hall with Nina Turner from 11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 6 at the Main Library. Authors with Barry Herman and Walter Grossman will speak about their book, Cleveland’s Vanishing Sacred Architecture at 7 pm Wednesday, December 7 and James Woods will speak about his book, Out and About with Winsor French at 7 p.m. December 14 at Bertram Woods Branch. “Poetry in the Woods” will take on a lighter fare with poets Dan Rourke and Joe Toner at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 13 at Bertram Woods Branch.
Enjoy the holiday season and don’t forget to give the gift of reading. Can’t afford a gift? Your personal list of favorite books and a Shaker Library card can fill the bill. And if you are seeking to honor that special someone who has everything, consider a gift to the Shaker Library Foundation in his or her name.
Luren E. Dickinson, Director