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If you have an eReader device and want to learn how to use it better – or, if you are thinking of buying one of the devices or a tablet computer – then the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library has a program for you.
A series of new “open labs” for people looking to learn how to use eReaders will be offered across the county in coming weeks, library officials said.
The labs are free and do not require pre-registration.
Participants are invited to drop in, and will be assisted in the order of arrival. Participants should bring a valid library card – and those who do not have cards can apply for library cards, at no cost, before attending the sessions.
The dates and times of some upcoming labs are as follows:
• Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Aurora Town Library, 550 Main St., East Aurora – this will be an “open lab” event, for patrons to bring their own eReader devices and receive one-on-one assistance.
• Nov. 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Lancaster Library, 5466 Broadway, Lancaster – this will be another “open lab” event.
• Dec. 11, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Clearfield branch library, 770 Hopkins Road, Amherst – this is another “open lab” session.
• Nov. 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the Central Library, One Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.
This will be a “technology petting zoo” event, at which library patrons will not have to bring their own eReader devices but instead can “test drive” a variety of eReaders and tablets provided by the library staff members.
• Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Kenmore branch library, 160 Delaware Road, Kenmore – this is another “technology petting zoo” event and no devices are required from patrons.
Also at the events, library staff will be able to provide handouts with product reviews, to assist participants with understanding eReader options.
The collection of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library now contains more than 13,600 eBook volumes in all genres, which are available for cardholders to borrow, library officials noted.
For more information on eBooks or the lab sessions, visit the library system’s website, www.buffalolib.org.

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