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Libraries offer chance to win Kindle Fire

Tribune staff report

The El Dorado County libraries provide a multitude of traditional and 21st century programs and tools to the public. There are six library branches in El Dorado County, which were visited by more than 610,000 people between July 2013 and July 2014, and approximately 34,000 people attended one of the 1,749 programs. More than 85,000 library card holders checked out 860,000 books during the same timeframe using their library card.

“We deliver an essential variety of services to the residents of El Dorado County, and we are proud to be a long-standing part of this incredible community,” said El Dorado County Library Director Jeanne Amos. “I invite everyone to visit one of our wonderful branches, meet our amazing team members and get or show your library card to be entered into a drawing to win a brand new Kindle Fire.”

The libraries recognize that knowledge and communication move at every speed and work hard to adapt services to best accommodate the ever-changing technological environment and the public they serve. People are now able to access the library electronically and download thousands of titles to any device connected to the Internet – in-person software instruction is available at all six libraries. Soon, the libraries will make iPads available for check out for people who are curious, but are without access to mobile tablets and apps. To assist in individual career advancement, their Learning Express database delivers practice tests in a variety of industries and fields. And for entertainment, a variety of DVDs – including new releases – are also available for check out for $1 dollar for three weeks.

The El Dorado County libraries also closely partner with the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE), First 5 El Dorado and the school districts in El Dorado County to help enhance student reading skills and introduce them to the myriad of services available through the library. Some of the projects include a summer reading program, comprehensive field trips to the libraries, visits to schools, and teaching modules for students in upper elementary and middle school to help them in many different areas of education. For high school students, the library provides career modules to help them explore information regarding career choices including expected income levels.

“The work the libraries do for the children of El Dorado County is exemplary, and we are fortunate to work with such a talented and dedicated team who help bring reading to every child,” said El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy M. Meyers. “The collaboration between education and various agencies like the libraries only increases the high-quality services we can provide for the members in our community.”

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