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505 North: You got that awesome new gadget - now what?

The Barrington Area Library is offering more than 20 workshops and info sessions this January about e-readers and gadgets of all kinds! Get free e-books, too.

So your holiday wish came true, in the form of a Kindle, Nook, iPad, Surface, or snazzy smart phone. Congratulations - have you had the nerve to take it out of the box yet? :) Just kidding, but, we know that new gadgets come with high expectations and occasional anxiety. So our friendly, expert librarians are offering lots of opportunities in January to help you get familiar with your new device. Here are a few highlights.

Librarian Lizzy will be available every Wednesday evening in January for all your e-book and e-reader questions. Just stop by the first floor Media Bar between 5-7 PM - bring your device!

On Thursday, Jan 3, from 4-5:30 PM, and Thursday, Jan 10 from 10 AM - Noon, it's "Demystify Your Device." Librarian Liz will be waiting in our atrium - bring your gadget in and she'll answer your specific questions and help you get started. No registration or appointment required.

We hope you already know that the library offers free e-books, audiobooks, music downloads and even e-magazines. If you haven't tried them yet, we've got plenty of free classes in January that will make you a pro.

E-reader e-book class: (use links to register for date of your choice)
Jan 5, 10-11 AM

Jan 5, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Jan 8, 2-3 PM
Jan 12, 1-2 PM
Jan 12, 3-4 PM

Learn how to check out library e-books for your e-Reader in this hands-on class. Everyone will go home with an e-book on your device! Please remember to bring your library card number. Sign up early as space is limited. *Note: if you have a Nook Tablet or Color, please attend our Tablet and Smartphone class.

Kindle e-book class:
Jan 5, 1-2 PM
Jan 8, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Jan 12, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Learn how to check out library e-books for your Kindle in this hands-on class. Everyone will go home with an e-book on your device! Please remember to bring your library card number and your Amazon login and password. Sign up early as space is limited.

Tablet & smart phone e-book class:
Jan 5, 3-4 PM
Jan 12,10-11 AM

Learn how to check out library e-books for your mobile devices in this hands-on class. Everyone will go home with an e-book on your device! Please remember to bring your library card number and device password. Sign up early as space is limited.

Can't make these dates? Check out the full events calendar for additional January dates/times!  One of our New Year's resolutions is to become your technology help center, right here in the Barrington community. Try one of our device-specific classes today or drop by for an informal chat. Happy reading in the new year!

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