Teaching tablets

The Kendall Young Library offers 70 magazines for digital download onto mobile electronic devices. The service, through Zinio, requires a library card number and a username for registration. When a magazine is downloaded, there is no return date for the item and can be kept as long as one wants.

Kendall Young Library card holders can check out magazines that cover a wide range of topics, including technology, music, mens and women’s interests, publications in spanish and more.

To help library members access the Zinio magazine service and library services to check out electronic books and audiobooks, Kendall Young Library is holding a series of classes. To accommodate the different devices people may own, classes for Kindles and Kindle Fire tablets will be held separately from classes that show how to use the services on iPads, Nook tablets and other tablets.

“There are just enough differences between how you access the services on Kindles and other devices that it’s just easier to hold the classes separately,” Becca Philipsen, Kendall Young Library circulation and reference clerk, said.

The library has had many inquiries into the classes, according to reference librarian Ketta Lubberstedt-Arjes. About a dozen people showed up to the first class on Tuesday which covered Kindle tablets. The next Kindle class will be held tomorrow in the library meeting room at 6:30 p.m. The library asks that attendees bring their device fully charged, their library card, their email account information and a laptop computer if they have one available.

Classes that cover iPads, Nook tablets and other tablets will be held Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. and Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Those classes will also be in the downstairs meeting room of the library. Lubberstedt-Arjes said that reference librarians will also be available for one-on-one help with accessing library digital services at request.

“As long as someone calls ahead and makes sure there’s someone here to help them, we’ll help the same person 10 times to make sure they can wrap their head around it,” Lubberstedt-Arjes said.

For more information about the library’s digital services, or to schedule a one-on-one session, contact the Kendall Young Library at 832-9100.