Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

February 25, 2013

Oskaloosa schools accepting donated eReaders

DUANE NOLLEN
Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — If you have an eReader that you no longer need, the Oskaloosa Middle School and High School libraries could use them.

Librarian Patricia ErkenBrack said that she has a Kindle to read eBooks but no long uses it because she has a smart phone with a Kindle app.

That gave her the idea to ask members of the Oskaloosa community that if they have a Kindle or a Nook that they no longer use, they can donate it to the middle school or high school libraries so students can use it.

“I’m hoping — depending on how many are donated — to have them in both buildings, ErkenBrack said.

There are several eReaders on the market such as Kindle and Nook.

“They’re expensive and our budget precludes us from buying them,” she said.

ErkenBrack said that eReaders can be de-registered and school officials can re-register them through an account with the school district.

“The readers would be sent home with a combination of books: those purchased from eBook vendors, those on loan from the public library, and those in the public domain, available from such places as Google Books and Project Gutenberg. Classic books in the public domain are available at no charge, providing the potential to rekindle the forgotten popularity of some true literary giants such as Mark Twain, Jack London, Charles Dickens, L.M. Montgomery, Rudyard Kipling, Lewis Carol, and Robert Louis Stevenson,” ErkenBrack said in a written statement. 

“Our AEA has non-fiction eBooks available — mostly at the middle school level,” she added.

ErkenBrack said the eReaders are portable and easy to carry and would appeal to technology-savvy students.

“I think it would be really huge for kids who are struggling” with reading, she said.

If you want to donate an eReader, you can bring it out to either the Oskaloosa Middle School or High School library.

“The kids would really appreciate it,” she said.