UniondaleHigh School Library Introduces E-Readers

by Deirdre Reddington

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Can Uniondale High School students carry a library in their backpacks? Absolutely! This February, the UHS library introduced five Kindles and 10 Sony e-readers into circulation. An e-reader device like Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes &Noble’s Nook or Sony’s E-Reader is capable of storing thousands of books for readers to access immediately. The Kindle made its official debut at our Kindle Kick-Off Party held on February 4. Administration, teachers and students attended the event to celebrate and debate the future of the printed book in our digital world.

Our high school is one of the first in Nassau County to circulate e-reader devices to students. Interested students must complete and return a permission slip before being permitted to borrow an e-reader for the one week loan period. Books purchased for the devices are based on student requests and reviews from established sources. Students may submit a request by emailing the high school librarians. Student feedback is very positive and we hope to add more e-readers to our collection.

On the heels of our digital device circulation is Follett’s eShelf. This electronic bookshelf supports 186 high school reference books and professional works for high school students and teachers and administrators throughout the district to view from their computers. Users are able to browse the collection, and ‘open’ a desired book in the built-in viewer. Each work is available in its entirety. We hope our patrons will utilize this convenient tool at school and at home. See a librarian for a username and password.