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iPads may be checked out in-library

Adults with library cards in good standing can now checkout Apple iPads for two hours of in-library use at the Carnegie Memorial, DeQuincy, Epps Memorial, Fontenot Memorial, Hayes, Iowa, Maplewood, Moss Bluff, Starks, Westlake and SWLA Genealogical & Historical libraries.

The iPads are preloaded with various library apps as well as such popular apps as Google Earth, Netflix, Skype, and more.

“We know that mobile devices are becoming more and more popular and the public uses them as much as, if not more, than a laptop computer,” said Christy Comeaux, public information officer for the Calcasieu Parish Public Library. “It’s also a great tool for patrons to use while here in the library. It allows them to explore what the library has for them in regards to eReaders, smart phones, and other mobile devices.”

Users can freely practice and/or experiment with the iPads as all changes are wiped out and new images loaded by library staff when iPad is returned to the desk.

Although Central Library and Sulphur Regional Library do not have this service, they do have Tech Cafes with 6 android tablets that can be used by patrons of all ages - no library card, no time limits, no changes allowed.

“Tablets are becoming more of a norm for society, and we as a library want to stay ahead of the game when it comes to giving the public what they want,” concluded Comeaux.

For more information on the tablets, feel free to contact your local branch or call 721-7147. Patrons can also log on to www.calcasieulibrary.org to find out more.

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