Queens Library is now lending Google Tablets from the community library at 108-19 71st Avenue in Forest Hills and from the Flushing Library at 41-17 Main Street at Kissena Boulevard. Additional libraries will begin lending them in the coming weeks. Loans are free with a Queens Library card. Customers may borrow them for a month, with three possible renewals (four months total). First-time borrowers must sign a borrower's agreement and show photo ID. 

Queens Library lends the tablets programmed with a proprietary software interface. It is the first library to do so. The interface has received three national awards and is icon-driven. Even users who have not had previous experience with this technology will be encouraged to explore and learn more. The tablets are pre-loaded with curated content so there is plenty of information available whether the customer is online or not. Preloaded content stresses educational information, health resources, resources for job readiness and searching, resources for computer skills training, resources for literacy and learning, resources for citizenship and immigration, original feature content, age-appropriate book lists and information about library programs and locations. The tablets can access e-books and e-magazines for reading offline. Content will be refreshed and updated every time a user comes into a Queens Library or is within wifi range. Customers who have access to wireless internet at the library or in other locations will have the full internet experience, as well.

Mon, 2014-11-10 13:47