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MIDDLEPORT – Help is on the way for people who are baffled by the new smartphones or iPads they were given for Christmas.

Time on a computer with a trainer will be offered during a free “open access session” from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Royalton Hartland Community Library, 9 Vernon St.

Residents are invited to bring their Kindles, Nooks, iPads, flash drives or other computer equipment, along with their charging cords, and to ask questions about them or about the NIOGA Library System’s free online e-book service called Overdrive, and its free music download service called Freegal. NIOGA serves libraries in Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties.

Library Director Rose Bernard said, “You will be able to meet with an e-mobile trainer from the NIOGA Library System who will answer questions and show you how to use just about any electronic device on an individual, walk-in basis. You will be able to download items right at the session so you will know how to do it on your own.

“Since NIOGA now offers books for downloading to e-readers and music for every device, it’s a great time to learn exactly how to use these services. No one should be embarrassed to come and ask questions.”

Open access sessions and the NIOGA Library System’s express e-mobile unit are funded by the state library with money from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunication and Information Association to expand computer access throughout New York State.

More information is available at the library’s website www.RoyHartCommunityLibrary.com and by telephone at 716- 735-3281.

In addition to the open access session, adults who enjoy reading are invited to join the Royalton Hartland Book Club for a meeting at 7 p.m. on the same date – Jan. 14 – in the upstairs meeting room in the library. New members are welcome at the book club, which meets monthly to discuss a wide variety of literary selections and a variety of opinions.

This month’s book selection for discussion is “The Roots of the Olive Tree” by Courtney Miller Santo.

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