by, Daniel Freeman
Even though the demand for digital materials, such as ebooks have increased within the last couple of years, many patrons enjoy using both printed and electronic materials.
An avid reader that was visiting the Rising Sun branch, Kaitlyn Klemencic likes the mobility and ease of electronic books instead of physical copies.
"I prefer electronic books over paper because I can carry more. I have around 3,000 books on my Kindle,” said Klemencic.
"Cecil County Public Libraries have seen a steady increase in usage of digital materials, while printed books continue to remain popular. In fact, many of our patrons like to use multiple formats," said Frazier Walker, Community Relations Specialist for the Cecil County Libraries.
"We have seen that our patrons want to customize their searches to explore the many options for reading, listening and learning that CCPL offers, whether it is physical or digital,” said Walker. "If an item isn't available in physical format, it may be available digitaly and vice-versa. EBooks, eAudiobooks and music can be downloaded onto devices and read or listened to on the go."
Ebooks and eAudiobooks can be checked-out in the library or remotely using applications such as Hoopla. "Once the digital book or audiobook's lending time is over, the item disappears from the user's account with no fines or fees," said Walker.
"Some readers are always looking for their next great read. We have personalized reading recommendation survey called "Bookmate". Once a patron answers a few questions, our librarians will offer 3-5 authors and titles based on the patron's reading preferences," said Walker.
Cecil County Public Libraries continue to find new ways for a patron to find materials.
"We have a new browsing service, SelectReads, that engages avid readers by offering customized reading suggestions. Including monthly newsletters on a wide variety of genres, sent directly to a patrons email," said Walker
"The benefit to this type of browsing service is that suggestions are pulled from all parts of the catalog and are authors or tiles that a reader might have missed but can now be added to their list," said Walker.
According to Walker book circulation has stayed the same within the last couple of years and she believes that this will continue into the next year. "We have consistently circulated over one million items per year and are on track to do so this year as well," she said.